Pollination Celebration event set for Sept. 24 in Hammond

Johnny Morgan  |  9/8/2016 3:09:32 PM

(09/08/16) BATON ROUGE, La. – The LSU AgCenter and the Tangipahoa Parish Master Gardener Association will present a daylong Pollination Celebration for all ages at the Hammond Research Station on Sept. 24.

The gates will open at 8:15 a.m., and the event, which will feature kids activities, speakers and make- and-take projects, will begin at 9 a.m. and end at 3 p.m., according to LSU AgCenter agent Whitney Wallace from Tangipahoa Parish.

The day will include activities for adults and children throughout the research station gardens.

Some of the topics will include:

– Effects of pesticides on pollinators.

– Important food sources for moths and butterflies.

– Backyard beekeeping.

– Why vegetable gardens need pollinators.

– History of the Hammond Research Station and how pollinator-friendly plants are being incorporated into the grounds.

– Guided pollinator plant tour of station.

The event will feature a vendors market with plants and handcrafted items for sale. Food and drink will be available for sale, Wallace said.

Admission to the event is $10, which includes parking.

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

For more information, contact Wallace at 985-748-9381 or wwallace@agcenter.lsu.edu

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