LSU AgCenter sets horticulture meeting for Oct. 29

Johnny Morgan, Owings, Allen D.  |  10/6/2009 9:23:28 PM

News Release Distributed on 10/06/09

The 13th Louisiana Plant Materials Conference is scheduled for Oct. 29 at the LSU AgCenter’s Hammond Research Station.

Co-sponsored by the LSU AgCenter and the Louisiana Nursery and Landscape Association, the event is an educational program for nursery and landscape professionals, said Dr. Allen Owings, LSU AgCenter horticulturist.

“The meeting will showcase new landscape and ornamental plants, with renewed interest in fruit and vegetable crops in the past year,” Owings said. “A few topics pertaining to those subject areas also will be presented.”

Michele Andre from Ball Horticulture and Buddy Lee from Plant Development Services Inc. will be featured speakers.

“Andre will provide information on new plants from Ball Horticulture for 2009 and 2010,” Owings said. “In addition, she will cover sustainable program ideas that growers, retailers and landscapers can implement. Lee will address the Southern Living plants program.”

Five LSU AgCenter horticulturists also will be on the program:

Plant breeder Don LaBonte will discuss new ornamental sweet potatoes, and Dan Gill will discuss plants for bog gardens and retention areas. Charlie Johnson will review recommended fruit varieties for Louisiana, and Jimmy Boudreaux will present information on tomato varieties. Owings will review results of LSU AgCenter landscape plant trial results.

The conference will begin at 9 a.m. and conclude at 3:30 p.m. The registration fee is $25, and advance registration is required.

More detailed program information and a registration form are available by contacting Owings at (985) 543-4125 or

The Hammond Research Station is located at 21549 Old Covington Highway in Hammond.

Johnny Morgan

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