Industry open house, lecture series scheduled in Hammond

Johnny Morgan  |  4/11/2016 6:22:22 PM

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Margie Jenkins, nationally known breeder and authority on azaleas, speaks at the dedication of the Margie Y. Jenkins Azalea Garden at the LSU AgCenter Hammond Research Station in 2003. (Photo by Johnny Morgan, LSU AgCenter)

(04/11/16) HAMMOND, La. – The annual Margie Jenkins Azalea Garden Horticulture Lecture Series and Industry Open House will be held at the LSU AgCenter Hammond Research Station from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on May 6.

This educational event is planned for nursery growers, landscape contractors, landscape maintenance firms, retail garden center owners, managers and their employees, said Allen Owings, research coordinator at the station. Continuing education units are available for landscape architects that attend.

Speakers for the program include Buddy Lee, director of plant development for Plant Development Services, and Jeff Kuehny, LSU AgCenter horticulturist and resident director of the AgCenter Botanic Gardens at Burden.

“We will have garden tours of on-going research and plant trials,” Owings said. “We also will introduce the Plants with Potential for 2016.”

The LSU AgCenter Hammond Research Station established the Margie Y. Jenkins Azalea Garden in 2006 in recognition of one of Louisiana's most widely known nursery owners and nationally known breeder and authority on azaleas.

Because no registration fee is required, an RSVP is requested to get a count for the hamburger lunch that will be served in the gardens, Owings said.

The Hammond Research Station is located at 21549 Old Covington Highway (Louisiana Highway 1067) east of Hammond. Driving directions may be found on the LSU AgCenter website.

Additional information is available by contacting the Hammond Research Station at 985-543-4125 or Owings at aowings@agcenter.lsu.edu.

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