David Himelrick, Merrill, Thomas A. | 4/22/2005 9:28:04 PM
The LSU AgCenter’s Baton Rouge Spring Garden Show will bloom again March 27-28 on campus in Baton Rouge.
"After a highly successful inaugural year, this second Baton Rouge Spring Garden Show is set to burst onto the scene later this month," said Dr. David G. Himelrick, head of the LSU AgCenter’s Department of Horticulture. "This event has already established itself as the must-see springtime gardening event in the area."
The show will be held indoors in the spacious John M. Parker Agricultural Coliseum on Highland Road on the LSU campus in Baton Rouge. It will be open from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. both days. Admission is $5 for adults and free for children under 12.
"The floor of the coliseum will be transformed into a fascinating world of plants and gardens," Himelrick said, explaining, "The show will include numerous vendors selling a tremendous variety of plants and garden-related merchandise from artwork and furniture to irrigation and unusual planters."
Numerous local nurseries and other vendors will be offering plants and other garden wares – including, tools, pots, ornaments and landscaping materials.
Local garden societies will distribute information about their specialties and offer plants for sale. Among those will be the Baton Rouge Rose, Camellia and Hibiscus Societies, the Herb Society of America and the Capital Area Pond and Water Gardening Society.
Representatives of the LSU AgCenter also will conduct a Plant Health Clinic to help gardeners diagnose pest and health problems of plants and to answer questions about lawn and garden issues.
"In addition, an impressive group of current and former LSU and LSU AgCenter faculty members will present educational programs," Himelrick said, adding, "Many of the speakers have authored excellent garden books, so a book signing will take place after each speaker."
Among the speakers scheduled for March 27 are Charles Fryling, an associate professor in the LSU School of Landscape Architecture, who will speak about native plants and wildflowers in the landscape; Dr. Tom Pope, professor emeritus in the LSU AgCenter’s Department of Horticulture, who will address attracting birds to your landscape; and Dr. Neil Odenwald, professor emeritus in the LSU School of Landscape Architecture, who will talk about container gardening with summer color.
On March 28, LSU AgCenter horticulture agent Rob Trawick will cover new landscape tree cultivars for Louisiana; horticulture professors emeritus Dr. Edward O’Rourke and Dr. Leon Standifer will talk about "Earthworms and Organic Matter: The Straight Poop on Composting" and LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill will speak about "What to Plant and When? Baton Rouge’s Gardening Seasons."
There also will be children’s activities such as planting seeds, playing with insects and learning about animals from the Baton Rouge Zoo.
"The show is a great opportunity to get the information you need to be a successful gardener and to interact with local and LSU AgCenter gardening experts," Himelrick said. "This should be fun for the whole family and is the place to be if you love plants."