Trinity Center, Trinity United Methodist Church
I-20 Exit 84
1000 Woodward Avenue
Ruston, LA 71270
Nellie Neal, “Garden Mama,” our keynote speaker, will be speaking about “Organics for the South.” She writes and speaks from a solid educational background, coupled with a lifetime of gardening successes and failures. She learned to garden from her grandfather, who lived in Monroe, La., then she went on to major in English and Horticulture at LSU.
Nellie began writing and speaking about gardening from her home office in 1990 and began her radio programs in 1994 as “The Garden Mama.” A garden advocate, she presents formal lectures, demonstrations and workshops annually. She is the author of several books including Questions and Answers for the Deep South Gardeners, Getting Started in Southern Gardening, Ortho’s All About Greenhouses, Ortho’s All About Houseplants, and Organic Gardening Down South. Her latest book, The Gardener’s Guide to Tropical Plants, will be released by Cool Springs Press in spring, 2012. Nellie and husband, Dave Ingram, have four adult children, three cats, and one beautiful acre in Jackson, Miss. She states, “I have never met a plant I didn’t want to propagate!” You may click here to reach her.
Denyse Cummins received a B.S. in Horticulture from Louisiana Tech University and an M.S. in Floriculture from Colorado State University. She is presently the horticulture county agent with the LSU AgCenter Cooperative Extension Service, working as an area horticulture agent in Northwest Louisiana with an office in Shreveport, La. Denyse has been a cut-flower grower for years, growing field-grown specialty cut flowers in Lafayette. She was a frequent traveler to El Salvador to teach cut-flower production to farmers. Originating the Master Gardener Program in Lafayette, La., she assisted in the development of Master Gardener programs throughout the Northwest Region and is currently the coordinator of the Northwest Louisiana Master Gardener Program. Author of Field-Grown Cut Flowers for Louisiana, Denyse has presented numerous demonstrations on the subject. She will be speaking about hydrangeas. You may click here to email her.
Carolyn Sutton, born and raised in Lake Charles, La., attended LSU and then LSU New Orleans. Having been married more than 47 years, her primary occupation has been homemaker and mother of five. Her topic, “Oh, Say Can You Seed?” was inspired by the book by Bonnie Worth from the Cat and the Hat Learning Library. Carolyn said that her first success with seeds was a bed of zinnias in 1966; she has been gardening ever since. Reading and collecting gardening articles and books, attending gardening seminars and landscape classes, and working in the Master Gardener Program, have all added to her gardening expertise. Carolyn and husband Fletcher reside in Ruston, La. You may click here to email her.
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