LSU AgCenter’s Get It Growing Calendar makes great holiday gift

Elma Sue Mccallum, Merrill, Thomas A.  |  11/22/2008 1:50:37 AM

Cover of 2009 Get It Growing Lawn and Garden Calendar showcases tulips.

News Release Distributed 11/21/08

The LSU AgCenter’s Get It Growing Lawn and Garden Calendar can be a great holiday gift for gardeners and others.

The 2009 edition of the calendar is on sale now and provides a variety of helpful information tailored to Louisiana gardeners, as well as those who simply enjoy photos of beautiful gardens and plants.

The calendar, now in its fifth year of publication, features advice and photos tailored to Louisiana’s climate and growing conditions.

“The calendar makes a wonderful gift for Louisiana gardeners or those interested in beautiful photos of plants, flowers and lawns,” said Elma Sue McCallum, assistant director of LSU AgCenter Communications, who oversees the project.

The 2009 calendar is a full-color, 32-page publication. It features a special section on crape myrtles, a Louisiana Hardiness Zone Map and an illustrated guide to pruning crape myrtles in addition to monthly gardening tips and photos.

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 the calendar will inspire experienced and novice gardeners alike and that it provides a special look at the rewards of gardening as a leisure activity,” McCallum said. “Dan Gill’s gardening tips are easy to understand, and the special section offers a look at the wide variety of crape myrtles in Louisiana.”

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.

“One of our goals in producing the calendar each year is to showcase gardening as a fun and relaxing activity and to promote the LSU AgCenter as a valuable resource for lawn and garden information,” McCallum said. “We have a host of experts and volunteers ready to answer questions. For instance, the Louisiana Master Gardener program is a service and educational program of the LSU AgCenter that’s designed to recruit and train volunteers to meet community needs for gardening information.”

The 2009 Get It Growing calendar sells for $11.95 and is available for online orders at 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 Get It Growing Horticulture Scholarship in the LSU AgCenter’s School of Plant, Environmental and Soil Sciences.

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 or by contacting the LSU AgCenter Extension Service office in your parish.


Contact: Elma Sue McCallum at (225) 578-2462 or
Editor: Tom Merrill at (225) 578-5896 or

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