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.
A Letter from the NWLAMG President, Sadie Bolyer
Sarah Shields the Louisiana State Coordinator for Master Gardeners sent out an email. In it she says quote (Our number one priority, in light of the current situation related to COVID-19, is to keep our agents and our LMG volunteers healthy. With this in mind, all Louisiana Master Gardener educational and volunteer activities will need to be adjusted moving forward. After speaking wiath administration, beginning today and until further notice, there will be no in-person (face-to-face) gatherings of individuals associated with the LSU AgCenter's Louisiana Master Gardener Program. For the time being, all LMG group/association meetings, workdays, plant sales, festivals, and classroom trainings will be postponed or conducted virtually.)
So in saying I have decided to cancel all monthly meetings, board meetings, workdays, plant sale (If you want to buy plants out of the greenhouse you will need to call John Oswalt or Gwen Phelps to schedule a time to meet them at the greenhouse they will sell to no more than five at a time. Contact them for further information), and any other activity that has been scheduled. Everything will be cancelled for the rest of March and all of April. At that time we will decide where to go from there. If you have any questions you may call or text me and I will try to help with any questions.
Sadie Bolyer, President 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?
For more information about Louisiana Master Gardeners and statewide programs you can go to https://www.lsuagcenter.com/topics/lawn_garden/master%20gardener
LSU AgCenter Covid 19 Recommendations
Mark A. Wilson
Assistant Extension Agent – Horticulture Specialist
Northwest Region recently sent this email to NWLA Master Gardeners
At the close of business today(Monday, March 16) LSU AgCenter will be closing all Offices AgCenter offices to visitors effective March 17, 2020, until further notice.
I am closing the horticulture office as part of this mandate. That being said I would strongly recommend you all as Master Gardeners do the same for your office. I will be changing the message on the answering machine to reflect the closing of the office.
April Meeting Canceled
After speaking with the city they have determined all events with more than 50 people are to be canceled until April 13th. This means that the April Master Gardener Monthly meeting will not be held.
As we process through the Covid 19 Pandemic, check back to see when events are returned to the calendar.
It is that time of year again!
Many of us suffer from springtime allergies! Everything is coated in yellow now.
Do You Know Where Master Gardeners Volunteer?
Randle T. Moore Center is the home of the Northwest Louisiana Master Gardeners
New Superplants Announced by LSU AgCenter
A catalog of the Louisiana Super Plants since 2010.
Each spring and fall the LSU AgCenter announces a new list of plants deemed worthy to be Louisiana Super Plants. These are reliable and beautiful plants selected for superior performance under Louisiana growing conditions. Click this link to see the list from the LSU AgCenter.
Plant of the Month
Plants of the Month for March
Azaleas in northwest Louisiana are just about in full bloom. If you are trying to get a walk in while self distancing, take a walk at R.W. Norton Art Gallery to get a look at beautiful azaleas. The George L. Tabor variety are all over the gardens.
[Video] (3/16/2020) Okay, so your azaleas are blooming or they’re nearly ready to bloom. That’s great! On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Heather Kirk-Ballard explains why it’s important, though, to wait until the right time to prune your azaleas back.
Wondering What is Wrong With Your Plant?
Looking for something garden related to do inside while you self quarantine?
One of my favorite past times is to watch Laura's videos on facebook or youtube, Garden Answer.
She recently posted:
Planting more spring color
NWLA Master Gardeners
Record Your Hours!
In the News
Community Grant Recipients 2020
Plant of the Month
Check out the video for the right time to prune them
Have a question? Email Master Gardeners for your answer!
Have a question about your garden or plants?
Email the NWLA Master Gardeners your question and pictures for the answer!
Blessed are the gardeners, for they touch the earth with love and understanding.
Check the NWLA Master Gardeners' Calendar for interesting gardening activities taking place around North Louisiana!
Having Problems with Leaffooted Bugs?
Check out these Newsletters from the LSU AgCenter
Northwest Louisiana Horticulture Newsletter
GNO Gardening Regional newsletter published by the Greater New Orleans Area Horticulture agents. June 2019
Dan Gill is the spokesperson for the LSU AgCenter’s Get It Growing project, a statewide educational effort in home horticulture utilizing radio, Internet, TV and newsprint. Gardeners throughout Louisiana read his columns in local newspapers watch his gardening segments on local TV stations, listen to him on local radio and access content on the Internet.
Articles from the NWLAMG Seedlings. Newest edition can be found at Master Gardeners Knowledge Tree - NWLAMG Publication "Seedlings"
LSU AgCenter Newsletter "Horticulture Hints" Newest edition of the quarterly newsletter highlight, Spring 2020.
GNO Gardening Magazine from the LSU AgCenter
Latest Edition can be found here
when you shop AMAZON.COM!
Knowing that our local merchants do not have the purchasing power of a giant engine like Amazon, why don’t we shop more often at this gi-normous marketplace, where almost anything is available?
Hold on! We want to shop locally. We want our local merchants to succeed. We have made friends with many shopkeepers and want to be able to find items we need at our favorite stores. For most people, if there is a purchase to be made, the first notion is to run errands and shop close to our homes. After all, the most delightful thing about bargain hunting is that you mingle with people, you are outdoors, you are touching, smelling and viewing the products you need, and want to purchase. But, even a shopkeeper may tell you “ just go to our online catalog… you’ll find it there!”
And, sometimes, the items we need are not locally available.
What is our next move? Start internet shopping and fire up Amazon.com. But, listen to this: When you shop at Amazon.com, and buy a product from them, your order will make money for the NORTHWEST LOUISIANA MASTER GARDENERS! We can earn 5% cash back for the Northwest Louisiana Master Gardeners every time that you purchase anything from Amazon.com. And, this money will be immediately deposited in our bank account. It’s true! AMAZING.
Of course, it doesn’t just happen by magic! You must sign up for us to be eligible for the 5% refund. Here is how you register to send money to NWLAMG’s. Go to amazon.com as usual.. On the black bar below the white search bar are several departments. Choose the “Prime” button. In order to participate, you should be a Prime Member (This membership provides free shipping for all purchases, and many other benefits as well.) There will be a section in the registration asking which non-profit you want to support. Choose NWLAMG’s. That’s it. You’re in. We’re in. Everyone benefits. The next time you enter ‘firstname.lastname@example.org’, you will see that all of your purchases generate money for the Northwest Louisiana Master Gardeners Association. Pat yourself on the back for helping our organization find some free money!