More Garden Gate Programs Planned For 2006

Allen D. Owings, C.P. Hegwood  |  1/13/2006 11:41:44 PM

News Release Distributed 01/13/06

A popular series of monthly educational programs for home gardeners that started last year will be continued in 2006.

Dubbed "Through the Garden Gate," the programs are short, mid-day educational sessions held the third Thursday of every month at the LSU AgCenter’s Burden Center in Baton Rouge.

They are designed to provide timely home garden information on a number of topics and are coordinated by the LSU AgCenter’s Department of Horticulture and its Burden Center in cooperation with LSU’s Hilltop Arboretum.

The first program for 2006 is scheduled for Jan. 19. LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill will be the featured speaker on "Winter Damage in the Landscape."

January’s program, and all subsequent programs for the year, will be held at the Ione E. Burden Conference Center at Burden Center located on Essen Lane in Baton Rouge. Registration will begin at noon, and the program will start at 12:10 p.m. and conclude by 1:00 pm.

The cost is $5 per person – although students are admitted free of charge. Attendees are invited to bring their lunch.

Additional programs planned for 2006 are:

  • Feb. 16 – "Advantages of Organic Gardening," by Dr. Carl Motsenbocker, LSU AgCenter.
  • March 16 – "Encore Azaleas and Current Azalea Efforts," Buddy Lee, Transcend Nursery.
  • April 20 – Tour of Windrush Gardens at Burden Center, Peggy Cox, LSU AgCenter.
  • May 18 – "Crape Myrtles: Care and Selection," Dr. Allen Owings, LSU AgCenter.
  • June 15 – "Hibiscus: Care and Selection," Bobby Dupont, Dupont Nursery.
  • July 20 – "Invasive Plants and Their Alternatives," Dr. Hallie Dozier, LSU AgCenter.
  • Aug. 17 – "Landscape Bed Weeds: Prevention and Eradication," Ron Strahan, LSU AgCenter.
  • Sept. 21 – "Backyard Habitats," Jimmy Culpepper, Greener Trees.
  • Oct. 19 – "Fruit Review," Dr. Charlie Johnson, LSU AgCenter.
  • Nov. 16 – "Lime and Sulfur Considerations in the Landscape," Dr. Allen Owings, LSU AgCenter .
  • Dec. 21 – "Holiday Arrangements," speakers to be announced later.

To register in advance for any of these programs or to obtain additional information, call LSU’s Hilltop Arboretum at (225) 767-6916.


Allen Owings at (225) 578-2222 or
Pat Hegwood at (225) 763-3990 or Susan Broussard at (225) 767-6916

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