William Afton | 11/22/2016 2:46:42 PM
On Thursday, November 3, 2016 twenty-nine St. Tammany Parish residents completed the first phase of the Louisiana Master Gardener program. The first phase consisted of a 60 hour training program where selected participants received information on all aspects of home horticulture including vegetable gardening, raising backyard fruit, home lawn care, plant disease management, entomology, and general landscape maintenance. The next phase will consist of each student returning forty volunteer service by helping the County Agent conduct educational programs to the residents of St. Tammany Parish.
The 2016 Louisiana Master Graduates are Susan Cannizaro, Alice Rogers, Jamie Blazek, Sandra Tomaszewski, Michael Sage, Sharon Gunther, Patsi Day, Patti Roushar, Irene Shinn, Janice St. Germain, Roxane Gunser, Rachel Lambert, Kimberlee Burt, Joe Cummings, Ignatius Thomas, Patti Carlin, Debbie, Montreuil, Dave Maher, Stephanie Deshautreaux, Caryn Lang, Gina Sutton, Debbie Langenhennig, Mary Kathryn Villere, Don Fulham, Kendra France, and Ron Rowland. Not pictured are Cindy Williamson and Dan Dain.
One component of the Louisiana Master Gardener Training Program is to get an inside look at the local horticulture industry. On October 13, 2016 the training class visited Stelz Nursery, a wholesale flowering bedding plant nursery in Covington, where Rodney Keating gave them a behind the scenes tour of the facility (pictured on the left). Later that day the class visited and toured Mizell's Camellia Hill Nursery in Folsom. Owners, David and Mary Mizell, welcomed the class for a tour of the the greenhouses and provided information on growing tea, Camellia sinensis (pictured right).
For information on applying for the Louisiana Master Gardner Program in St. Tammany Parish contact the St. Tammany Parish Extension Office at (985) 875-2635.
The LSU AgCenter and the LSU College of Agriculture