April offers garden talks, sales, tour

Hydreangeas are among the plants that will be available at the Northwest Louisiana Master Gardener Plant Sale. Photo by Kathie Rowell.

Hydrangeas are among the plants that will be available at the Northwest Louisiana Master Gardener Plant Sale. Photo by Kathie Rowell.

Plant sales, talks and tours …

April is sprouting garden events all over the state.

You’re going to want to clone yourself on April 12. At least eight garden events are scheduled on that one day. What’s a gardener to do?

Can’t help you there, but I can give you details to help you make your own decisions.

  • Youth and Community Gardening Volunteer Training Program: LSU AgCenter is offering 10 hours of training for those interested in participating in Youth and Community Garden Programs. A commitment of 10 volunteer hours Youth and Community Gardening Volunteer Training Program within a 12-month period is required of participants. Training will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. April 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 at SPAR’s Valencia Recreation Center, 1800 Viking Drive, Shreveport (next to Caddo Magnet High School). Participants should plan to  attend all five sessions: Admission: free. Info: 318-741-7430 ext. 1502 or gpeterson@agcenter.lsu.edu.
  • Spring-Fest 2014: Spring-Fest 2014, a plant sale put on by the Northeast Louisiana Master Gardeners, will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 5 at the West Monroe Farmers Market, 1700 N. 7th St., West Monroe. A preview sale will be held from 3-6 p.m. April 4. Among plants offered will be vegetables, herbs, annuals, perennials, flowering vines, flowering trees and butterfly garden plants. Admission: free. Info: 318-323-2251.
  • A Day with Shreveport Green: Representatives of Shreveport Green will discuss composting, sell compost tumblers and offer information on how you can volunteer in the community from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 5 at Garrison’s Greenwood Gardens, 6905 Greenwood Road, Shreveport. Proceeds from the sale of all compost tumblers will go directly to Shreveport Green along with a percentage of garden center sales made between 10 a.m. and  2 p.m. Admission: free. Info: 318-635-6296.
  • New Orleans Spring Garden Show: The New Orleans Spring Garden Show will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 5-6 at the New Orleans Botanical Garden, Victory Avenue, City Park. It will feature plant and garden products, exhibits and sales, educational programs, children’s activities, and music, arts and crafts. Admission: $8, adults; $4, children 5-12; free, children under 5 and Friends of City Park. Info: 504-658-2900.
  • 2014 Central Louisiana Garden Expo: The 2014 Central Louisiana Garden Expo will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 11-12 at the State Evacuation Shelter on the south side of LSU-Alexandria on Highway 71. It will include vendor booths, gardening seminars, plants and supplies and a question-and-answer booth. Admission: $2. Info: 318-427-4424.
  • East Baton Rouge Master Gardener Plant Sale: The East Baton Rouge Master Gardeners will hold their annual plant sale from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 12 at the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens at the Burden Center, 4560 Essen Lane, Baton Rouge. More than 5,000 plants and 250 plant varieties will be offered. Admission: free. Info: www.mgplantsale.com or lmgplantmakers@gmail.com.
  • Northwest Louisiana Master Gardener Spring Plant Sale: The Northwest Louisiana Master Gardeners will hold their spring plant sale from 8 a.m. to noon April 12 at the Randle T. Moore Center, 3101 Fairfield Ave., Shreveport. LSU AgCenter area horticulture agent Melea Martin will hold a gardening help clinic. Admission: free. Info: 318-698-0010 or www.lsuagcenter.com/nwlamg.
  • The Art of Container Gardening Workshop: Louisiana Nursery owner/manager Kim Liles will teach container gardening techniques at 9 a.m. April 12 at Louisiana Nursery, 12290 Mansfield Road, Keithville.  Participants may bring their own containers or choose a new one to purchase. Potting mix and fertilizer will be available at no charge. Participants’ cost will be the plant materials they select. Refreshments will be served. Info: 318-925-0971.
  • Louisiana Super Plant Kauai Pink torenia. Photo courtesy of LSU AgCenter.

    Louisiana Super Plant Kauai Pink torenia. Photo courtesy of LSU AgCenter.

    The Flowers, The Plants, The Best of the Best for Your 2014 Garden: Green Thumb seminars will be held from 9 a.m. to noon April 12 at the Gardens of the American Rose Center in conjunction with the annual Spring Bloom celebration of springtime. Topics/speakers include “Best of the New Flowers from East Texas,” Dr. Brent Pemberton, horticulture professor, Texas A&M University in Overton; “2014 Louisiana Super Plants,” Dr. Allen Owings, LSU AgCenter horticulturist; “Famous English Gardens” Power Point presentation,  Claude Graves, Consulting Rosarian from Dallas. Admission: free, but registration is appreciated by calling 318-938-5402 or 318-294-0642.

  • Fertilizing, Watering and Mulching Vegetable Gardens: LSU AgCenter assistant extension agent Grace Peterson will lead a session on fertilizing, watering and mulching vegetable gardens at 9:30 a.m. April 12 at Valencia Park Community Center, 1800 Viking Drive, Shreveport. The event is part of the We Grow Together garden initiative. Admission: free. Registration or info: 318-840-1565.
  • North Central Louisiana Master Gardeners Plant Sale: The North Central Louisiana Master Gardeners Plant Sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  April 12  at the Ruston Lincoln Parish Convention and Visitors Bureau, 2111 N. Trenton St., Ruston. More than 50 varieties of plants to be sold include hollyhock, morning glory, zinnia, coreopsis, gomphrena, browallia, rudbeckia, rose campion, yarrow, veronica, as well as herbs such as fennel, marjoram, and bee balm. Admission: free. Info: 318-251-5234.
  • Festival des Fleurs de Louisiane: Festival des Fleurs de Louisiane Garden Show and Sale will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 12 and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 13 in Blackham Coliseum, 2330 Johnson St., Lafayette. Plants, tools, supplies, books, pottery, garden ornaments and more will be available. Admission: $5, adults; free, children under 12. Info: 337-482-5339 or www.inhc.louisiana.edu/festival.
  • Biedenharn Garden Symposium and Plant Sale: The 24th annual Biedenharn Garden Symposium and Plant Sale will begin at 9 a.m. April 25 at the Biedenharn Museum, 2006 Riverside Drive, Monroe. Speakers are Jeffery Carbo, who will highlight a discussion of the integration of art with design as well as the science of sustainability; Charles Allen, “Edible and Useful Plants of the Gulf South”; Catherine Strange, who will give a floral design presentation focusing on using a single container for multiple functions as presented in her book “One Vase-Fearless Entertaining.” Admission: $65, which includes lunch and morning coffee. Info: (318) 387-5281, or toll free 1-800-362-0983,  info@bmuseum.org or www.bmuseum.org.
  • Trails and Trellises Garden Tour: The annual Trails and Trellises Garden Tour, sponsored by the Piney Hills Louisiana Master Gardeners, will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 26 in Minden. On the tour are the gardens of Denton and Dr. Savanna Culpepper, 1201 Broadway; Mike and Whitney Harper, 1300 Drake Drive; and Master Gardener Evalyn Cabell and husband, Ben, 1025 Ridgewood. Also included this year is the Piney Hills Louisiana Master Gardener Teaching Garden located at the Webster Parish Extension Office, 1202 Homer Road. There will also be a plant sale and garden vendors. Admission: $10 in advance by calling the Webster Parish Extension Office at 318-371-1371; $12 the day of the tour at any of the gardens. Info: gcollums@agcenter.lsu.edu, Pixley_s@bellsouth.net or rdwhiterx@yahoo.com.

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