LSU AgCenter’s 2010 Get It Growing calendar makes great holiday gift

Elma Sue Mccallum, Merrill, Thomas A.  |  12/10/2009 11:05:09 PM

Cover photo for 2010 Get It Growing Lawn and Garden Calendar features yarrow, an excellent drought-tolerant perennial that blooms in early to midsummer in a variety of colors. The shot was taken by Lynn Ward from Gretna, La.

Among the other shots in the 2010 calendar is this one of an incense passion flower shot by Karen Chargois from Duson, La.

Featured on the August pages of the 2010 Get It Growing calendar is this shot from Powell Smith from Lake Charles, La. It shows the firebush – a tender, summer-flowering shrub that is attractive to hummingbirds and butterflies.

News Release Distributed 12/10/09

The LSU AgCenter’s Get It Growing Lawn and Garden Calendar can be a great holiday gift for gardeners and others who enjoy beautiful plants, flowers, gardens and landscapes.

The 2010 edition of the calendar is on sale now and provides a variety of helpful information tailored to Louisiana gardeners, as well as those who simply enjoy looking at garden scenes or learning more about plants.

The calendar, now in its sixth year of publication, features advice and photos tailored to Louisiana’s climate and growing conditions.

“The calendar makes a wonderful gift for Louisiana gardeners or those interested in beautiful photos of plants, flowers and lawns,” said Elma Sue McCallum, assistant director of LSU AgCenter Communications, who oversees the project.

The 2010 calendar is a full-color, 32-page publication. It features a special section on hibiscus, a Louisiana Hardiness Zone Map and an illustrated guide to taking a cutting in addition to monthly gardening tips and photos.

Its gardening tips were written by LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill, who is known across the region for his expertise on Louisiana gardening and is the author of “Month-by-Month Gardening in Louisiana” and co-author of the “Louisiana Gardener’s Guide.”

“We know from our experience the past few years that the Get It Growing Lawn and Garden Calendar inspires both experienced and novice gardeners alike and that it provides a special look at the rewards of gardening as a leisure activity,” McCallum said. “Dan Gill’s gardening tips are helpful and easy to understand, and the special section offers a look at the wide variety of hibiscus you can grow in Louisiana.”

The calendar is part of the LSU AgCenter’s Get It Growing educational initiative, which is intended to help gardening enthusiasts and others learn how to make the most of their lawns and gardens.

“One of our goals in producing the calendar each year is to showcase gardening as a fun and relaxing activity and to promote the LSU AgCenter as a valuable resource for lawn and garden information,” McCallum said. “We have a host of experts and volunteers ready to answer questions. For instance, the Louisiana Master Gardener program is a service and educational program of the LSU AgCenter that’s designed to recruit and train volunteers to meet community needs for gardening information.”

The 2010 Get It Growing calendar sells for $11.95 and is available for online orders at www.LSUAgCenter.com/GetItGrowingCalendar. Sample photos and more information also are available through that site.

Those interested in having their photos considered for the 2011 calendar also can find details under “Call for Entries” at www.LSUAgCenter.com/GetItGrowingCalendar. The deadline for submitting photos for 2011 is Jan. 29, 2010.

In addition to online orders for the 2010 calendar, phone orders can be placed by calling 225-578-4161. The calendar also is available through a variety of bookstores, garden centers and gift shops across the state.

Proceeds from calendar sales support the Get It Growing Horticulture Scholarship in the LSU AgCenter’s School of Plant, Environmental and Soil Sciences.

The Get It Growing calendar is just one part of a variety of information, publications, Web sites and workshops the LSU AgCenter offers for gardening enthusiasts. Many of those are available free of charge or at low cost, and additional information can be found at www.LSUAgCenter.com or by contacting the LSU AgCenter Extension Service office in your parish.

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Contact: Elma Sue McCallum
Editor: Tom Merrill

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