Tour trial gardens, learn about horticulture research July 19 at Hammond field day

(07/09/24) HAMMOND, La. — The LSU AgCenter Hammond Research Station will hold its annual horticulture field day July 19, allowing visitors the chance to tour trial gardens, learn about top-performing plants and hear experts speak about their research projects.

Registration will begin at 7:45 a.m. with coffee and refreshments. The program will start at 8:30 a.m. with remarks from AgCenter administrators. Mike Strain, commissioner of the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry, will then give a state-of-the-industry update.

A research tour at 9 a.m. will feature several topics, including:

— Turfgrass establishment.

— Tree and shrub establishment and transplanting practices.

— Best management practices for mulch.

— Ponds and solar energy.

— Bioreactors and water cleaning.

— Nursery production research on substrates, fertilizer and temperature.

— Propagation.

Attendees will be given time from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. to wander the station’s Sun Garden, where scientists evaluate the performance of hundreds of plants. Staff will be on hand to answer questions.

A free lunch provided by the Louisiana Nursery and Landscape Association will be served at 11:45 a.m. After the meal, the association will host an industry update and panel discussion.

Landscape architects who stay for the entire event can receive up to five continuing education units.

The station is located at 21549 Old Covington Highway in Hammond. For information, call 985-543-4125.

People standing in a large garden.

Attendees of a previous field day at the LSU AgCenter Hammond Research Station enjoy a tour highlighting plants being trialed in the Sun Garden. LSU AgCenter file photo

7/9/2024 6:54:04 PM
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