Nursery Festival Slated For March 19-21

Jr. Smith, Chaney, John A.  |  4/22/2005 10:57:25 PM

News Release Distributed 2/27/04

The 19th Annual Louisiana Nursery Festival is slated for March 19-21 in Forest Hill.

"The festival will provide an opportunity for gardeners and homeowners to find plants, flowers and supplies to meet their landscaping needs," said LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dr. Carlos Smith.

This festival is held in downtown Forest Hill in the heart of some 240-plus nursery growers who will have the streets decorated with plants for gardening enthusiasts to choose to satisfy their landscaping needs.

"Large crowds visit the festival in Forest Hill to enjoy the festivities, purchase landscaping plants, attend the parade and learn about plant care," said Clyde Holloway, chairman of the Louisiana Nursery Festival Planning Committee, "It’s a family event. We have something for all family members – from children to senior citizens."

The festival will feature sales of a variety of plants, educational talks by LSU AgCenter faculty members and nursery professionals, a nursery parade with floats decorated with flowers and plants, carnival rides, food booths, displays of lawn and garden equipment and many arts and craft items.

Speakers will discuss ground covers for the home lawn, controlling weeds in the lawn and plant color in the landscape. In addition, an LSU AgCenter agent will be available during the presentations to help gardeners identify plant problems and make recommendations to correct the problem.

Nursery festival events will start at 8 a.m. on March 19 and continue daily March 20 and March 21 in downtown Forest Hill.

Additional information can be obtained by calling at (318) 473-6605, or a flier can be downloaded from the Web site: www.lsuagcenter.com/
parish/rapides. (Click on the Nursery Festival link on that site.)

In addition to the nursery festival, the nearby Southern Forest Heritage Museum will hold a Spring Machine Shop Day on March 20.

As part of those events, a blacksmith at the museum will demonstrate how tools were made at the turn of the century, and a machinist will demonstrate how to use many turn-of-the-century belt-driven machines such as lathes, sharpeners, presses, drills, shavers and many other tools.

The forest museum will provide a shuttle van to transport visitors between the museum and the nursery festival grounds March 20.

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Contact: 
            Dr. Carlos Smith at (318) 473-6530 or csmith@agcenter.lsu.edu
Writer: 
            John Chaney at (318) 473-6605 or jchaney@agcenter.lsu.edu

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