Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue!

Lee Ann Fields  |  1/8/2018 3:25:43 PM

Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue. No, we are not talking about weddings; we are talking about your garden. The joy of having a mature plant with its place established in the garden competes with finding a new treasure and then digging it into that last little pocket of available dirt.

That borrowed plant is really a prized passalong plant given to you by your mother, aunt, sister, brother, friend or one found at an old homesite. Bees love blue flowers, so plant something blue for those pollinators to forage among.

Speaking of something new, the North Central Louisiana Master Gardeners will hold four Tuesday lunch hour seminars at Lincoln Parish Library. Dates are January 23, February 27, March 27 and April 24, 2018 at noon. There is no charge for these events and no prior registration is required. Plan to join us.

Speakers and topics covered are as follows:

January 23, 2018: LOUISIANA SUPER PLANTS

Allen Owings, retired LSU horticultural agent and media personality, is an expert in ornamental plants. He was a pioneer in the Louisiana Super Plant program. He will discuss some new plants you may want to add to your garden this year.

The Louisiana Super Plant program is an educational and marketing campaign that highlights tough and beautiful plants that perform well in Louisiana landscapes. Louisiana Super Plants have a proven track record having gone through several years of university evaluations and observations. Louisiana Super Plants are “university tested and industry approved” according to the LSU AgCenter website.

Each spring and fall LSU AgCenter horticulturists unveil a list of Louisiana Super Plants, evaluated and selected for their superior performance under Louisiana growing conditions.

February 27, 2018: GROWING VEGETABLES

Kathryn Fontenot, LSU horticultural agent, is a vegetable specialist and author of the recently released book “The Louisiana Urban Gardener: A Beginners Guide to Growing Vegetables and Herbs.” She will offer advice for both novice and experienced vegetable gardeners. We can borrow her advice for a great garden.

March 27, 2018: GARDENING FOR WILDLIFE

Jean McWeeney is a member of North Central Louisiana Master Gardeners, a garden writer and the owner of The Natural Garden Coach. She will discuss steps you can take to attract more bees, butterflies and other pollinators to your garden and why you should do so. I wonder if she will discuss including blue flowers?

April 24, 2018: GARDENING BY THE MOON

Liz Allison is a member of North Central Louisiana Master Gardeners. She has been gardening by the phases of the moon for many years, just as her German grandparents did. Do you enjoy learning something new to you, even when it is an old way of doing things?

A brown bag lunch and bottled water will be served at the January meeting. The speaker will begin at 12:05 pm and conclude by 12:50 pm. North Central Louisiana Master Gardeners hope that these seminars will help spread the knowledge and love of gardening.

We encourage you to attend as many sessions as possible to learn about something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue. Mark your calendar now!

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