Hammond Spring Garden Day set for March 8

Coco Annie, Morgan, Johnny W.  |  2/12/2008 3:43:45 AM

News Release Distributed 02/12/2008

The 2008 Hammond Spring Garden Day will be held on Saturday, March 8, at the LSU AgCenter’s Hammond Research Station at 21549 Old Covington Hwy. (Hwy. 1067 just off Hwy. 190) from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.

The show will include LSU AgCenter recommendations on gardening and related topics and feature garden products and services available in the area, said According to Annie Coco, LSU AgCenter county agent in Tangipahoa Parish.

The event serves as a fund-raising activity for the Louisiana Master Gardeners in Tangipahoa Parish to enable them to continue their horticulture and related educational and service efforts, she said.

“Visitors will be able to get gardening advice from LSU AgCenter faculty and Master Gardeners,” Coco said. “There also will be gardening and educational exhibits and plants and related gardening items for sale.”

Ponchatoula Junior High student Kevin Patrick, of Hammond, will provide musical entertainment at 12 noon and 1 p.m.

“Also new this year will be additional educational booths that feature other agricultural industries in the area, including dairy and forestry, so people can learn their economic impacts and where some everyday products come from,” Coco said.

Beginning at 9:30 a.m. LSU AgCenter faculty members and Master Gardeners will present a series of half hour talks on the challenges and opportunities of organic gardening, native plants for drought and deluge, attracting birds and butterflies to the garden, “garden sun dial” and proper pruning: when and how.

Guided walking tours of the Hammond Research Station at 10 a.m. and at noon will feature some of the ongoing research at the station.

A kids tent will allow children to plant a small plant to take home, make a pine cone bird feeder, play a fishing game and participate in other activities.

The Tangipahoa Master Gardeners’ plant sale will include an assortment of plants grown by Master Gardeners, as well as professionally grown plants suited for Florida parishes gardens and landscapes, Coco said. Area nurseries and garden-related businesses also will have plants and garden-related items available for sale. New commercial vendors this year will be selling plumerias and daylilies.

Concessions will feature grilled hamburgers and other home-made items.

Visitors are asked to bring non-perishable food items to donate to a food drive to benefit the Tangi Food Pantry.

Spring Garden Day is co-sponsored by the LSU AgCenter and the Tangipahoa Parish Master Gardener Association. All interested persons are invited to attend. Admission to the event is $5.00 per vehicle.

Anyone with a disability that requires special accommodation to participate in this event may contact Coco at 985-748-9381.


Contact: Annie Coco at (985) 748-9381 or acoco@agcenter.lsu.edu

Writer: Johnny Morgan at (225) 578-8484 or jmorgan@agcenter.lsu.edu

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