Azalea Garden Established at Hammond Research Station

Regina P. Bracy, Morgan, Johnny W.  |  11/9/2006 11:13:24 PM

The Margie Yates Jenkins Azalea Garden has been established at the LSU AgCenter's Hammond research station to recognize one of Tangipahoa Parish’s most widely known nursery owners. Jenkins, center, visits with some of those who attended a recent dedication ceremony in her honor.

News Release Distributed 11/06/06

The LSU AgCenter’s Hammond Research Station has established the Margie Yates Jenkins Azalea Garden in recognition of one of Tangipahoa Parish’s most widely known nursery owners.

"Ms. Margie turned 85 years old this year, and she is still active. We wanted to do something to celebrate the many contributions she has made to the green industry," said Dr. Regina Bracy, professor and resident coordinator at the station. "Donations are being given now to establish the garden in her name. We unveiled a plaque at a garden party in her honor at the station on Oct. 26."

More than 200 people attended the event and gave more than $50,000 in cash and in-kind donations, Bracy said. All of the proceeds will go toward the establishment of the garden.

"I believe you should work hard, and I treat people like I want to be treated," said Jenkins when asked her secret to success.

Jenkins is the oldest of six children, and she said her job growing up was to help her mom raise the family. She said those childhood duties helped her build a strong work ethic. Even at age 85, she still goes to work every day.

Many of the speakers on the program remembered how they were never allowed to leave Jenkins’ nursery without being given a plant to try out in their own gardens, Bracy said. The azalea garden will be part of the new Landscape Horticulture Research and Extension Center being constructed at the station.

For additional information on the Landscape Horticulture Research and Extension Center or the Margie Yates Jenkins Azalea Garden at the Hammond Research Station, contact Bracy at rbracy@agcenter.lsu.edu or (985) 543-4125.

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Contact: Regina Bracy at (985) 543-4125 or rbracy@agcenter.lsu.edu
Writer: Johnny Morgan at (225) 578-8484 or jmorgan@agcenter.lsu.edu

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