LSU AgCenter Announces World Of Gardening

Denyse Cummins, Coolman, Denise  |  4/19/2005 10:29:20 PM

News Release Distributed 09/22/04

SHREVEPORT – The LSU AgCenter’s Northwest Louisiana Master Gardener’s organization is holding its 4th annual World of Gardening Regional Conference Oct. 15-17 at the Highland Center here.

The conference is open to anyone interested in gardening, flowers, landscaping or plants in general, said LSU AgCenter horticulturist Denyse Cummins.

"Several speakers with extensive backgrounds in horticulture are scheduled to speak at the conference," Cummins said. "A variety of topics will be discussed including incorporating plants into interior designs. We also will have a plant auction and a plant and garden bazaar."

Speakers on the agenda include Dr. Art Tucker III. Tucker works with the Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources at Delaware State University. He has received numerous awards, has written three books, has published numerous articles on botanicals and has studied the evolution of cultivated plants.

Diane Ross is another speaker on the agenda. Ross has a degree in interior design and is a certified Feng Shui consultant. She will talk about Feng Shui and outline basic rules to make the home a more harmonious environment. Ross also will discuss what areas of the garden relate to health, wealth and relationships.

Hayes Jackson, a county agent from Anniston, Ala., will discuss Xeriscaping –using plants that are water-wise – as well as underutilized plants for dry situations. He also will introduce a variety of angel trumpets that are becoming more popular in southern gardens.

Speaking on growing crape myrtles will be Marc Byers, a fourth generation nurseryman. Byers specializes in the propagation of Lagerstromeia cultivars.

Jane Hall, a Louisiana native, will share her knowledge and experience by giving a hands-on workshop on building a meadow using native Louisiana plants.

Another hands-on demonstration will be given by Leonard Veazey, former grounds director for the American Rose Center and currently operations supervisor for Hodges Gardens. Veazey will show how easy it is for anyone to build a rustic arbor out of cedar and grapevine.

Using different media to create pleasing designs is the topic that will be covered by Chad Duggan of Chad Duggan Design in Shreveport. Duggan creates floral works of art that stylistically range from very traditional to extremely contemporary and modern.

Activities for the conference get under way with early registration and opening of exhibits from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Oct. 15. Registration will open again at 7 a.m. Oct. 16, and lectures will begin at 8:15 a.m. that day. Ross will give her talk and demonstration beginning at 8 a.m. Oct. 17.

Cost for attending the World of Gardening Conference is $55. For more information, or to register, call the Northwest Louisiana Master Gardener Hotline at (318) 741-7435 or go to


Contact: Denyse Cummins at (318) 741-7435 or
Writer: A. Denise Coolman at (318) 644-5865 or

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