Baton Rouge Spring Garden Show to bloom March 29-30

David Himelrick, Morgan, Johnny W.  |  3/12/2008 1:35:18 AM

News Release Distributed 03/07/2008

After five successful years on the LSU campus, this year’s sixth annual Baton Rouge Spring Garden Show is set to burst on the scene in full color on March 29-30.

The show will again be held inside the John M. Parker Coliseum on Highland Road from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. each day.

Dr. David Himelrick, LSU AgCenter professor of horticulture, said the floor of the coliseum will be “transformed into a fascinating world of plants and gardens.”

Each year the show includes numerous vendors selling a variety of plants and garden-related merchandise ranging from artwork and furniture to irrigation and unusual planters.

Local nurseries and other vendors will offer for sale plants and other garden wares, including tools, pots, ornaments, and landscaping materials.

Local garden societies also will be on hand with information about their specialties and offering plants for sale.

Himelrick said the show will be a fun event for the whole family and is the place to be if you love plants.

“The show is a great opportunity to get the information you need in order to be a successful gardener and to interact with local and LSU AgCenter gardening experts,” he said.

Organizations supporting the show include the Baton Rouge rose, camellia and hibiscus societies and the Baton Rouge Area Pond and Koi Society.

Representatives from the LSU AgCenter will conduct a Plant Health Clinic to help homeowners diagnose plant pest and health problems and answer garden questions.

Children’s activities will include planting seeds, playing with insects and learning about animals.

The Kiwanis Club will again sponsor a chili cook-off on Saturday at the 4-H Mini Farm adjacent to Parker Coliseum.

LSU AgCenter faculty members will present a series of one-hour talks during the show. The schedule is:

Saturday, March 29

9:30 a.m. –Top Fruit Crops for the Yard

10:30 a.m. – Fertilizer Spreaders for Home Lawns

11:30 a.m. – How a New Sweet Potato Variety is Developed

1:00 p.m. – Organic Vegetable Gardening

2:00 p.m. – Perennials

3:00 p.m. – New Bedding Plants

Sunday, March 30

10:30 a.m. – Plants that Transcend Time

11:30 a.m. – How to Improve Your Tomatoes

1:00 p.m. – Weed Control in Lawns

2:00 p.m. – How to Improve Your Lawn

3:00 p.m. – Ground Covers

Admission to the show is $5 for adults, and children 12 and under are free.

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Contact: David G. Himelrick at (225) 578-2158 or dhimelrick@agctr.lsu.edu

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

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