Welcome to the website of the Northwest Louisiana Master Gardeners! This site is intended to provide up-to-date information on our organization including educational and gardening activities, volunteer opportunities in and around town, and the latest news of NWLAMG.
The mission of the Louisiana Master Gardener volunteer program is to support the LSU AgCenter’s Cooperative Extension Service by using research-based information to help educate the public on best management practices in consumer horticulture and environmental stewardship.
We hope you will find our site provides you with resources, inspiration, and encouragement for your gardening projects.
Call the Master Gardener Hotline at 318-698-0010.
How do I become a Master Gardener?
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IT’S HERE AGAIN! THE 2018 NWLAMG COMMUNITY INVESTMENT PROGRAM
On September 15, Northwest Louisiana Master Gardeners will send out a press release announcing the launch of our eighth annual Community Investment Program. (grant proposals) For those of you that are new to NWLAMG; over the last 7 years we have donated more than $100,000 to area non-profits to fund horticultural pursuits that support the aims and goals of the LSU Agricultural Center and Master Gardeners. Projects that have received funding include the sponsoring of horticultural education, area seminars, the beautification of schools and parks, and the proliferation of community gardens. Using the ideas and manpower of other non-profit organizations have allowed Northwest Louisiana Master Gardeners to maximize our efforts in the support of gardening throughout the parishes of Caddo, Bossier, Desoto and Red River Parishes.
Applications to compete for the grant will be posted on our website (Projects-Community Grants Page) by September 15. All grant hopefuls will need to have their applications completed by the October 31, 2017 deadline. Some of our best applications and consequent projects were brought to us through our own Master Gardeners. So, put your thinking caps on and get the word out to other organizations that you know, schools that could benefit, churches that have outreach programs, Friends Groups that provide financial assistance to non profits, and municipalities throughout our 4 parish area that could use a little sprucing up.
APPLICATION TO BECOME A MASTER GARDENER:
Do you know someone who wants to be a Master Gardener? Classes will begin January, 2018. Application forms are may be obtained from the MG Office in the Carriage House or by calling 698.0010. Class size is limited; for consideration for the 2018 Master Gardener Class, or by going to this address: nwlamg.weebly.com. Please submit your application by December 1. Once submitted, participants will be notified of acceptance. http://nwlamg.weebly.com/forms.html
Northwest Louisiana Master Gardeners can record volunteer hours and education hours online at the LSU AgCenter website here. Click here.
Check the NWLA Master Gardeners' Calendar for interesting gardening activities taking place around North Louisiana!
SPRING SYMPOSIUM, MARCH 9, 2018
Gardens of the American Rose Center:
Chris Van Cleave “The Redneck Rosarian” Master of Ceremonies
Pat Shanley: President American Rose Society
Greg Grant: A&M Horticulturist. And Author
Bill Welsh: Legendary Texas A & M Landscape Horticulturist and Author
David Creech: SFA Gardens, Nacogdoches, TX
Buddy Lee: Developer of Encore Roses, Independence, LA
Marilyn Wellan: The Great Garden Renovation Project
Frank Hover: Top Ten Keys to Growing Successful Roses
Speaker TBA: Favorite, Recommended Rose for Louisiana
There will be vendors, book signings, Plant Development Services, Louisiana Super Plants, Door Prizes, and MUCH MORE!
Put this date on your calendar: March 9, 2018, 9:00 am-4:30 pm.
Lunch will be provided along with snacks, and opportunities to visit with the speakers.
Articles by Dr. Joe White. Check it out in the Master Gardener Knowledge Tree, Gardening Wisdom from Dr. Joe White
2018 Northwest Louisiana Master Gardeners Community Investment Program
On October 1, 2017, the Northwest Louisiana Master Gardeners (NWLAMG) will begin accepting applications for its 2018 Community Investment Program. Applications for community grants and donations will be accepted.
NWLAMG will accept applications for projects in Bossier, Caddo, DeSoto, or Red River Parish.
NWLAMG will accept electronic applications from eligible groups at firstname.lastname@example.org between October 1 and October 31, 2017.
Award decisions will be announced no later than December 31, 2017.
2018 Application Form
2018 Program Guidelines
For more information and for assistance in completing this application, contact the NWLAMG Community Investment Committee by phone (318-564-1180 or 318-465-0000) or by e-mail (email@example.com)
Special Master Gardener Project
The Livingston Parish Flood Project began as a response to the stories of anguish and destruction occurring following several floods in the spring of 2016. And, it was obvious that housing and basic services were the immediate needs for people bereft of homes, clothing and food. As cleanup efforts began, more and more the enormity of the issue became apparent. Although home and business cleanup was the first line of attack, landscapes were obliterated too. And the ugliness of the whole community was in plain sight everywhere.
About that time, considering the human anguish and landscape damage in this parish, the Northwest Louisiana Master Gardener Association approved a project to partner with Ouachita Parish and Webster Parish Master Gardeners to raise money for direct aid to the Livingston Parish Master Gardeners. The aim was the restoration of landscaping in their community where families found pleasure and fulfillment. One of those spaces, flooded and no longer useful as a playground, had been a major project of the Denham Springs Master Gardeners and the Pilot Club of Livingston Parish. It was the Kidz Corner Playground, an area where children of all abilities and special needs could learn and play in a safe playground. Now, like the rest of the community, it was a disaster. There was no contingency funding to restore this park, The LSU Ag Center Parish Agent/Master Gardener coordinator, Kenny Sharpe suggested that Livingston Parish was in desperate need of financial assistance for this well used, but under-funded project. All three of the partnering Master Gardener Associations concurred in donating their fundraising efforts to this project. We began passing the hat and collecting donations.
The first phase of the project, collecting funds, ended August 17. On August 22, to complete the project, master gardeners Tina Kendrick and Lou Osburn traveled to Denham Springs to present a check to the courageous people of this region, enough money to continue funding the restoration of the grounds of the Kidz Playground.
August 22nd on a steamy hot afternoon on the Kidz Playground, where our associations came together check in hand. Although the check was signed by NWLAMG Treasurer Steve Roberts, the funds had been derived from the generosity of Piney Hills, Northeast and Northwest Louisiana Master Gardener Associations. On this hot afternoon, the misting system was in full force on the ‘‘wet” area of the park, and children and parents were playing in the spray.
Under the pavilion, Denham Springs Master Gardeners and members of the local Pilot Club International gathered for a small ceremony to receive a gift of money to restore landscaping in the Kidz Playground. Northeast Louisiana Master Gardeners, Piney Hills Master Gardeners and Northwest Louisiana Master Gardeners have collected donations for this playground since last October to help fund landscaping restoration in the park. And YOU have been a part of this restoration endeavor!
To the surprise and utter delight of Master Gardeners and Pilot Club members, the check donated to the Kidz Park amounted to $4,320! These dollars will purchase benches, trees, plants and hardscape for the drowned park, returning it to a place of beauty and service for the whole community of Livingston Parish. Delighted smiles, thanksgiving and happiness filled the pavilion. You have brightened the day for people who have suffered a great loss. Thank you for helping make this gift possible.
Thank you for your generosity, Northwest Louisiana Master Gardeners.
You donated $2000.00 for this project.
Tina and Lou