LSU AgCenter experts help gardeners 'Get It Growing' with 2019 lawn and garden calendar

Kyle Peveto  |  11/7/2018 9:03:19 PM

(11/07/18) BATON ROUGE, La. —Twelve months of wisdom and tips to help Louisiana gardeners “Get It Growing” are available now in the latest edition of the LSU AgCenter lawn and garden calendar.

Recently published, the 2019 Get It Growing Lawn and Garden Calendar features dazzling photos of plants, flowers and gardens from Louisiana photographers along with articles and tips that will inspire and educate both green-thumb gardeners and novices.

Along with brilliant full-color photos, the calendar includes monthly directions for planting and maintaining gardens and beds and a special section on the basics of planting trees, shrubs and ground covers at the optimal time from LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill, a respected regional expert. The calendar also contains helpful information for popular projects, such as when to plant tulips and tomatoes and to look for Lemon sedum, Lime Sizzler firebush, Jolt series dianthus and other Louisiana Super Plants.

Created in 2005 as part of the AgCenter Get It Growing educational campaign for home lawns and gardens, many Louisiana gardeners eagerly await the calendar’s new edition each year, said Elma Sue McCallum of LSU AgCenter Communications, who serves as the calendar’s coordinator.

“Louisianians have come to depend on the research-based knowledge the LSU AgCenter provides on so many important topics,” McCallum said. “Gardening remains one of the most popular aspects of our work, and the Get It Growing calendar is a fun and informative way to connect gardeners with our horticulturists’ great work.”

Besides the monthly gardening tips for 2019 and the helpful how-to articles on planting in the fall, the full-color, 32-page, 9-inch-by-13.25-inch calendar features an illustrated step-by-step guide to planting Easter lily bulbs. The calendar provides a list of AgCenter lawn and garden publications along with helpful information on the LSU AgCenter Master Gardener program, the AgCenter Plant Disease Diagnostic Clinic and the AgCenter Soil Testing and Plant Analysis lab.

Photographs for the calendar are chosen through a public call for entries each fall. The 2019 calendar selections include photographs by Ann Anderson, of New Orleans; Norman Balliviero, of Lafayette; Glenda Balliviero, of Lafayette; Linda Benedict, of Baton Rouge; Roxy Blanton, of New Iberia; Claudia Husseneder, of Baton Rouge; Igor Kamalov, of Baton Rouge; Gayle Miller, of Hammond; Nadine Melancon, of Lafayette; Conchita Richey, of Gonzales; Patricia Riddick, of Baton Rouge; Charleen St. Marie, of Harahan; Charlotte Schafer, of Ponchatoula; Rhoda Stevenson, of Campti; and Glenn Stokes, of New Iberia.

The Get It Growing calendar sells for $11.95. Order online at www.LSUAgCenter.com/OnlineStore or by phone by calling 225-578-2263. Calendars are also available at select garden centers across the state. View sample photos and additional information on the AgCenter website, www.LSUAgCenter.com.

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The purple coneflower is a reliable herbaceous perennial for Louisiana glower gardens. This image was selected as both the June entry and the cover for the 2019 Get It Growing Lawn and Garden Calendar. Photo by Igor Kamalov

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Ornamental peppers are becoming more popular for fall decorating. This image of purple and red peppers appears in the September entry in the 2019 Get It Growing Lawn and Garden Calendar. Photo by Rhoda Stevenson

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