On April 9, 2014, the St. Helena Head Start received plants and materials from Bracy’s Nursery, Ace Hardware, and Dykes Feed & Seed to landscape their flower garden. A team consisting of Louisiana Master Gardner Betty Curry, St. Helena Horticulture Academy; Mr. Terry Guy, S.H.C.H. Ag Teacher and student James Dunn architected a beautiful flower garden.
The team planted perennials and ornamentals including Agapanthus improved Peter Pan and Azalea Amagasa for beautification. Agapanthus is a native to Southern African flowering perennial it makes good background plants or used in cut flower arrangements. Azalea, Amagasa is a low growing satuski hybrid which produces large, vivid deep pink almost red flowers in late spring and in the fall. The students learned about planning, spacing, location, depth, mulching, and soil testing.
The St. Helena Head Start and youth will enjoy the colorful landscape project upon entering campus around their front sign supervised by the LSU/SU Ag Center. Increasing the understanding of agriculture is essential to today’s students so that they may become citizens who support wise agricultural policies. This project was led by Ahmad R. Robertson, Agriculture & Natural Resource Agent, St. Helena & Tangipahoa Parishes.
The LSU AgCenter and the LSU College of Agriculture