What you’ll see at the Hammond Research Station

Richard Bogren  |  7/19/2016 9:34:11 PM

Southern Homestead Planting

A two-story Southern house built in the late 1800s is surrounded by “homestead” plants, which duplicate 30 to 50-year-old landscapes found throughout the South.

Urban Forest

This area planted in 2005 includes 32 species of shade trees. Over time, these trees will provide research opportunities in suitability for urban uses and maintenance practices.

Sun Garden

Small “island” groupings of ornamental shrubs, annuals and perennials showcase some of the newer introductions in the plant world.

Margie Y. Jenkins Azalea Garden

This garden established in 2006 currently includes Robin Hill, Encore, Crimson and Southern Indica families of azaleas. Over 50 different species of native trees and shrubs can be found scattered among the azaleas.

Retention pond and constructed wetland

This water feature adds an aesthetic drama to the entry of the station and also serves as a demonstration and research area on landscape pollution mitigation and landscape pond management.

Heritage Live Oaks

Two 100-year-old oaks at the entrance to the station demonstrate protection and pres­ervation of historic trees. The station has four centurion and eight junior live oak trees, of which seven are registered with the Live Oak Society.

W.F. “Hody” Wilson Camellia Garden

More than 600 camellia plants from the early work of W.F. “Hody” Wilson Jr. were planted in the early 1940s and 1950s and can be found nestled under a pine forest. A Camellia Stroll is hosted annually in February by the AgCenter and Tangipahoa Parish Master Gardeners.

Shade Garden

The performance of the new plants and new varieties of old plants are evaluated under shade provided by an old stand of spruce pine trees and oaks. Plants include caladiums, impatiens, torenia, begonias, hostas and gingers.

Piney Woods Garden

Located under a pine canopy, this five-acre garden of 40-plus landscape beds features plantings of native trees, Southern heritage shrubs, native azaleas, Japanese maples, yellow-flowering magnolias, dogwood species, heat-tolerant rhododendrons, hydran­geas, new shade tree selections and more.

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