Landscape field day slated for June 25 at LSU AgCenter’s Hammond Research Station

Johnny Morgan, Bracy, Regina P., Owings, Allen D.

News Release Distributed 05/26/09

The LSU AgCenter’s Hammond Research Station will hold its annual landscape horticulture field day for industry professionals on June 25.

The field day will begin with registration at 2:30 p.m., and a walking tour of the landscape research projects and demonstration plots is scheduled from 3-5 p.m. It will include an overview of ornamental plant variety evaluations, including Knock Out rose varieties, said Dr. Regina Bracy, resident coordinator at the station.

“There will also be new plants from Proven Winners, Ball FloraPlant, Ball Seed, PanAmerican Seed, Sakata Seed, Syngenta and other companies and a review of some new woody ornamental plants,” Bracy said. “These are planted in the new ‘sun garden’ evaluation area here at the station.”

Bracy said new roses from Conard-Pyle and Weeks also will be on display.

Hammond Research Station horticulturists will conduct tours of various research projects at the station.

“Care and maintenance studies available for viewing will include liriope trials, plant growth regulator studies on woody ornamental shrubs and mulch demonstration plantings,” said Dr. Allen Owings, an LSU AgCenter horticulturist.

He said the program also will address environmental issues along with a tour of the urban forestry areas, the Margie Jenkins Azalea Garden – which features many azaleas and companion plants, including under-utilized native species – and a plant disease clinic.

Bracy said although no registration is required, interested persons are encouraged to contact the station so adequate plans can be made.

The station is located approximately 6 miles east of Hammond at 21549 Old Covington Highway (La. Highway 1067). Directions are available on the Internet at www.lsuagcenter.com/hammond.

For more information about the field day, contact the LSU AgCenter’s Hammond Research Station at 985-543-4125.

Johnny Morgan

5/26/2009 8:25:04 PM
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