After more than 80 years of service to the fruit and vegetable growers in Southeast Louisiana, the LSU AgCenter’s Hammond Research Station has a new initiative. In addition to the station’s mission of research in the strawberry and vegetable industry, the new Landscape Horticulture Research and Extension Center is being established to provide research and education for the green service industry. The 1 85-acre Hammond Research Station is about 6 miles east of Hammond in Tangipahoa Parish. Some of the new features at the station include a retention pond and constructed wetland, a shade and understory garden, an azalea research demonstration area, the W. F. “Hody” Jr. Camellia Garden, and the Margie Yates Jenkins Azalea Garden. The yellow house at the station serves as headquarters for the LSU AgCenter’s Southeast Region.
(This article was published in the winter 2007 issue of Louisiana Agriculture.)