2006 Baton Rouge Garden Show Blooms March 25-26

News Release Distributed 02/22/06

The LSU AgCenter’s Baton Rouge Spring Garden Show will bloom again March 25-26 at the John M. Parker Agricultural Coliseum on Highland Road on the LSU campus.

The fourth annual event will be held from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. both days, according to the LSU AgCenter’s Department of Horticulture.

"This event has already established itself as the must-see springtime gardening event in the area," said Dr. David Himelrick, head of the LSU AgCenter Department of Horticulture. "The show will be held indoors in the gigantic John M. Parker Coliseum, where the floor will be transformed into a fascinating world of plants and gardens."

The show will include numerous vendors selling a wide variety of plants and garden-related merchandise from artwork and furniture to irrigation systems and unusual planters, Himelrick said. In addition, nurseries and other vendors will be offering plants and other garden wares, including tools, pots, ornaments and landscaping materials.

Local garden societies will be on hand distributing information about their specialties and offering plants for sale. Participating organizations will include the Baton Rouge rose, camellia and hibiscus societies, Herb Society of America and Capital Area Pond and Water Gardening Society.

The LSU AgCenter also will conduct a plant health clinic to help homeowners and other gardeners diagnose plant pest and health problems. LSU AgCenter experts also will be available to answer a variety of gardening questions.

"An impressive group of gardening experts and LSU faculty members will present educational programs," Himelrick said. "In addition, there will be children’s activities such as planting seeds, playing with insects and learning about interesting animals.

"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," he said. "This should be fun for the whole family and is the place to be if you love plants."

Admission each day will be $5 for adults and teenagers. Children under 12 will be admitted free of charge. More information on the show is available by calling (225) 578-2158.


Contact: David Himelrick at (225) 578-2158 or dhimelrick@agctr.lsu.edu
Writer: Rick Bogren at (225) 578-5839 or rbogren@agcenter.lsu.edu

2/23/2006 3:27:14 AM
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