Plant Materials Conference Set For Dec. 2 In Baton Rouge

Allen D. Owings  |  4/26/2005 8:28:21 PM

News Release Distributed 11/10/04

"Green industry" professionals will have a chance to learn the latest about plants available for use in the state at the 10th annual Louisiana Plant Materials Conference Dec. 2.

The conference, which is sponsored by the LSU AgCenter and other organizations, will be held in the Ione E. Burden Conference Center at AgCenter’s Burden Center on Essen Lane in Baton Rouge.

LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dr. Allen Owings says a variety of topics will be addressed at this year’s conference. Among those will be keynote presentations from Rand Hopkins with Monrovia Growers and Ken Tilt from the horticulture department at Auburn University.

In addition, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dr. Carlos Smith will speak about "Southern Heritage Plants." Richard Odom from Country Pines Nursery in Forest Hill will introduce the new Crimson series azaleas. And Michele Andre from Ball Seed and Joel Cape will talk about patents and trademarking. Other presenters will include Owings and Todd Ellefson and Buddy Mobley from Windmill Nursery in Folsom.

Owings says all Louisiana "green industry" professionals are invited to the program. The registration fee is $29 per person and includes printed materials, refreshments and a catered lunch. Advance registration is encouraged to assist with planning meals and printing.

The program begins with registration at 8:30 a.m. and concludes about 3:30 pm. Co-sponsors are the Louisiana Nursery and Landscape Association and Louisiana State Horticulture Society.

For additional information on the conference, contact Owings at (225) 578-2417 or  or Anthony Witcher at (225) 578-2415 or


Contact: Allen Owings at (225) 578-2417 or

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