LSU AgCenter Hammond Research Station plans garden stroll

Regina P. Bracy, Morgan, Johnny W.  |  7/22/2008 11:42:38 PM

News Release Distributed 07/23/08

The LSU AgCenter’s Hammond Research Station will host a garden stroll August 2 from 8:00 a.m. – noon.

Dr. Regina Bracy, resident coordinator at the station, said the station will open to the public to show off more than 3,000 plants growing in their gardens that she wants home gardeners and professionals to see.

“This is the largest herbaceous ornamental plant trial effort in Louisiana and a great opportunity to see what’s new in the plant world in one location,” Bracy said. “We have so many different shrubs, annuals and perennials on display that it is hard to list them all.”

A few plants of special note include the newest addition to the Knock Out family of roses – the yellow-flowered Sunny – new dwarf loropetalums Pixie and Purple Diamond from Plant Development Services Inc., vincas resistant to root and stem rot, and the newest colors of Profusion series zinnia.

Bracy said visitors also will see the Zahara zinnias, which are one of the featured landscape plants at the Summer Olympic Games in Beijing.

“We have over 300 varieties of zinnias, coleus, cannas, vinca, angelonias, ornamental peppers, ornamental sweet potatoes, lantanas, hibiscus and others,” she said.

The plants are from major wholesale suppliers from across the country, including Ball FloraPlant, Proven Winners, PanAmerican Seed, Sakata Seed and Syngenta Flowers.

Bracy said this is a great opportunity for the public to come out, stroll the grounds and view the gardens at their own pace.

In addition to Bracy, LSU AgCenter horticulturists Dr. Allen Owings and Dr. Yan Chen will be in the gardens to answer questions, and the Tangipahoa Master Gardeners will assist with the stroll and sell refreshments.

Bracy said the event is open to the public and free of charge.

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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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