Elma Sue Mccallum, Merrill, Thomas A. | 11/18/2006 1:00:42 AM
The LSU AgCenter’s 2007 Get It Growing calendar provides a variety of helpful information tailored to Louisiana gardeners, and it’s available for holiday gift-giving.
The calendar, now in its third year of publication, features advice and photos tailored to Louisiana’s growing conditions and climates.
"We think the Get It Growing calendar, which we completely update each year with new photos and information, makes a unique gift for anyone who enjoys gardening or anyone who simply enjoys the outdoors or beautiful garden photos," said Elma Sue McCallum, assistant director of LSU AgCenter Communications, who oversees the project.
This year’s full-color, 32-page calendar features a special section on Louisiana irises, a Louisiana Hardiness Zone Map, a step-by-step guide on how to appropriately prune a branch, gardening tips for each month of the year and photos of beautiful flowers, vegetables and plants.
Its gardening tips were written by LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill, who is known across the region for his expertise on Louisiana gardening and is the author of Month-by-Month Gardening in Louisiana and co-author of the Louisiana Gardener’s Guide.
"We think Dan Gill has done an outstanding job with the special sections – particularly the one on the Louisiana Iris as the state’s floral ambassador to the world, which includes a large number of beautiful photos of these irises," McCallum said. "Louisiana gardeners will find all the information easy to understand and useful."
The photos for the calendar were selected from approximately 2,500 submitted this year by amateur and professional photographers across the state.
"It was interesting going through all the photos that were submitted, because you really got a sense that these photos expressed more than just capturing images of pretty flowers and plants," McCallum said. "It was obvious the photographers love gardening and that it appears to play an important role in their lives."
The calendar is part of the LSU AgCenter’s Get It Growing educational initiative, which is intended to help gardening enthusiasts and others learn how to make the most of their lawns and gardens.
"In developing the calendar each year, we try to produce a beautiful, educational, quick-reference guide for Louisiana gardeners and provide a glimpse into the intangible quality of gardening," McCallum said. "We want people to know gardening is fun and relaxing and offers great rewards to those investing a little or a lot of their leisure time."
The 2007 Get It Growing calendar sells for $11.95 and is available for online orders at www.lsuagcenter.com/GetItGrowingCalendar. Sample photos and more information also are available through that site.
Phone orders also can be placed by calling (225) 578-4161, and the calendar is available through a variety of bookstores, garden centers and gift shops across the state.
Proceeds from calendar sales support the horticulture research and educational efforts of the LSU AgCenter, as well as potential horticulture scholarships for students.
In addition to the Get It Growing calendar, the LSU AgCenter provides a variety of information, publications, Web sites and workshops for gardeners. Many of those are available free of charge or at low cost, and additional information can be found at www.lsuagcenter.com or by contacting the LSU AgCenter Extension Service office in your parish.