Landscape horticulture industry field day set for Oct. 6

Johnny Morgan  |  9/6/2016 3:10:10 PM

(09/06/16) HAMMOND, La. – The LSU AgCenter will hold the annual landscape horticulture industry field day for nursery, landscape and garden center professionals at the Hammond Research Station on Oct. 6.

Providing service to the landscape horticulture industry is the major focus of the research and extension program at the Hammond Research Station, said Allen Owings, resident coordinator.

The field day will begin with registration at 8 a.m. Walking tours of landscape research projects and demonstration plots along with indoor and outdoor lectures on a number of horticulture topics are scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 2 p.m.

Topics for the field day will include an overview of ornamental plant variety evaluations, including annual bedding plants, herbaceous perennials, roses, new crape myrtles and new shrubs; updates on current disease, insect and weed issues; and a field tour featuring new research focusing on native prairies and ornamental meadows.

“A discussion and overview of AgCenter work with figs and a walk-through of the olive variety research orchard at the station also will be included,” Owings said.

The annual Southeast Louisiana Nursery Association trade show will be held concurrently with the field day.

Wholesale nursery exhibitors from the Northshore will display available products from 8 to 9 a.m. and from noon to 3 p.m.

Louisiana licensed landscape architects attending the event will receive Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry continuing education credits.

Refreshments will be available throughout the day and a barbeque lunch will be served at noon. Attendees will receive a booklet summarizing current activities and research.

No registration fee or RVSP is required to attend the field day, which is intended exclusively for professional horticulture industry personnel.

The station is located approximately 6 miles east of Hammond at 21549 Old Covington Highway (La. 1067).

For more information about the field day, contact Owings at 985-543-4125 or email aowings@agcenter.lsu.edu.

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LSU AgCenter instructor Jason Stagg discusses his research at last year’s landscape horticulture industry field day at the Hammond Research Station.

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