Richard Bogren | 2/21/2009 3:10:59 AM
Louisianians can work in their yards almost every day of the year, but spring is prime time for gardening. The LSU AgCenter has announced a lineup of garden shows that kick off in March and continue into May in Hammond, Covington, Baton Rouge, Lake Charles, New Orleans and Houma.
March 14, Hammond
The Hammond Spring Garden Day will be held on Saturday, March 14, at the LSU AgCenter’s Hammond Research Station at 21549 Old Covington Hwy. (Hwy. 1067 just off Hwy. 190) from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Beginning at 9:30, LSU AgCenter faculty members and Master Gardeners will present a series of presentations on backyard composting, rain-barrel gardening, gardens after tree loss, new landscape plants and square-foot gardening.
The show will include LSU AgCenter recommendations on gardening and related topics and feature garden products and services available in the area.
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.
The show is sponsored by the LSU AgCenter and the Tangipahoa Parish Master Gardeners Association. Visitors are asked to bring nonperishable food items to donate to a food drive to benefit the Tangi Food Pantry.
Admission is $5 per vehicle. For more information, contact Sandra Benjamin at (985) 748-9381 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
March 21-22, Covington
The Northshore Spring Garden Show and Plant Sale will be held on Saturday and Sunday, March 21-22, at the St. Tammany Parish Fairgrounds in Covington.
Sponsored by the St. Tammany Master Gardeners, the show will feature plant and garden supplies for sale, a plant health clinic and children’s activities.
LSU AgCenter specialists and Master Gardeners will offer seminars on native plants, lawns, landscaping, working with worms, bees and other gardening topics.
The show runs from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. both days. Admission good for both days is $3 per person ages 13 and over. Children 12 and under may enter free. Proceeds from the show go toward funding an agriculture/horticulture scholarship.
For more information, contact Rusty Batty at (985) 875-2635 or email@example.com.
March 21-22, Baton Rouge
The seventh annual Baton Rouge Spring Garden Show is set for Saturday and Sunday, March 21-22, at the John M. Parker Coliseum on Highland Road in Baton Rouge.
The show will run from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. both days and include local nurseries and other vendors selling 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 plants for sale.
Representatives from the LSU AgCenter will conduct a plant health clinic to help gardeners diagnose plant pest and health problems and answer garden questions. Other faculty members will give one-hour talks during the day.
Children’s activities will include planting seeds, playing with insects and learning about animals, and the Kiwanis Club will again sponsor a chili cook-off on Saturday at the 4-H Mini Farm adjacent to Parker Coliseum.
Admission to the show is $5 for ages 13 and over. Children 12 and under are admitted free. For more information, contact David G. Himelrick at (225) 578-2158 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
March 28-29, Lake Charles
The 10th Anniversary Southwest Louisiana Garden Festival will be held in Lake Charles March 28-29 at Burton Coliseum at 7001 Gulf Highway.
The event will include a plant health clinic with LSU AgCenter experts and Master Gardeners to answer gardening questions. Guest speakers will present informative sessions on a variety of gardening topics.
The festival also will include a regional flower, and vendors will have many plants and gardening-related items for sale.
Festival hours are 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $2, and proceeds will benefit the Calcasieu Parish 4-H program. More information is available online at www.gardenfest.org.
April 4-5, New Orleans
The New Orleans Spring Garden Show will be held at the City Park Botanical Garden on Saturday and Sunday, April 4-5, from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. both days.
Exhibits and sales booths will be featured throughout the garden. Speakers will make presentations on a wide variety of gardening topics, and LSU AgCenter specialists will answer questions relating to tree and plant health.
The New Orleans Spring Garden Show is sponsored by the LSU AgCenter in cooperation with the Metro Horticulture Foundation and the New Orleans Botanical Garden.
Admission is $6 for ages 13 and over. Admission is $2 for children ages 5-12. Children under 5 and members of Friends of City Park may enter free.
For more information, contact Brent Jeansonne at (504) 838-1170 or email@example.com.
May 2, Houma
The Bonne Terre Garden Fair will be held Saturday, May 2, at Southdown Plantation in Houma from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.
The event will include vendors with plants, supplies and lawn and garden merchandise.
The program will include educational speakers and demonstrations.
Admission is $3 for ages 13 and over. Children under 12 are admitted free. For more information, contact Barton Joffrion at (985) 873-6495 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Writer: Rick Bogren at (225) 578-5839 or email@example.com