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?
For more information about Louisiana Master Gardeners and statewide programs you can go to https://www.lsuagcenter.com/topics/lawn_garden/master%20gardener
It is that time of year again!
(11/13/19) BATON ROUGE, La. — Louisiana gardeners and others have a chance to “Get It Growing” next year with the new 2020 calendar from the LSU AgCenter.
Like previous editions, the LSU AgCenter Get It Growing calendar provides gardening enthusiasts with opportunities to learn more about their craft and to enjoy beautiful garden photos.
“The 2020 calendar is a showcase for one of the LSU AgCenter’s most popular information areas,” said Elma Sue McCallum, of LSU AgCenter Communications, who serves as the calendar’s coordinator.
“The AgCenter is a resource for Louisiana homeowners and gardeners who want to improve and maintain their yards and gardens,” she said. “The Get It Growing calendar provides a wealth of information geared to the seasons of the year that are unique to Louisiana.”
In addition to monthly gardening tips, the calendar features a special section on edible landscapes with advice from LSU AgCenter statewide consumer horticulturist and spokesperson for the LSU AgCenter Get It Growing program, Heather Kirk-Ballard.
“The calendar includes monthly tips that accompany beautiful photos of flowers, plants and gardens. It is a must-have for expert or novice Louisiana gardeners. With the holidays approaching, it also makes a nice gift,” McCallum said.
The 9-inch-by-13.25-inch, full-color, 32-page 2020 calendar includes an illustrated, step-by-step guide to creating a raised bed. It also provides a list of AgCenter lawn and garden publications along with information on the LSU AgCenter Master Gardener program and the AgCenter Plant Disease Diagnostic Clinic and Soil Testing and Plant Analysis labs.
Photographs for the calendar are chosen each year through a public call for entries in the fall. The 2020 calendar winners include Ronald Austin, of Shreveport; Glenda Balliviero and Norman Balliviero of Belle Chasse; Claudia Husseneder, of St. Gabriel; Debra Jones, of Walker; Igor Kamalov, of Baton Rouge; Hanna Kwasik, of New Orleans; Catherine Lorio, of Oscar; Nadine Melancon, of Lafayette; Conchita Richey, of Gonzales; Pat Riddick, of Baton Rouge; Rhoda Stevenson, of Campti; Maureen Theriot, of Harvey; and Dale M. Ulkins, of Baton Rouge
The Get It Growing calendar sells for $11.95 and can be purchased online at www.lsuagcenter.com/GetItGrowingCalendar. Phone orders can be placed by calling 225-578-2263. Sample photos and more information are available on the website.
Created as part of the AgCenter Get It Growing educational campaign for home lawns and gardens, the calendar is also sold at many bookstores, garden centers and gift shops across Louisiana.
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 December
What better plants for December than camellias! They are just beginning to start blooming. Dr. Allen Owings highligted both Camellia japonica and Camellia sasanqua in his recent newsletter.
Roses Need Summer Care
Now is the time to think about your roses. According to Dan Gill of the LSU AgCenter, June is a good month to prune roses. In this article, Dr. Gill will tell you about watering, mulching, deadheading and insect, disease and weed control. You can click on this link to read the article.
Wondering What is Wrong With Your Plant?
NWLA Master Gardeners
Record Your Hours!
In the News
Community Grant Recipients 2020
NWLAMG trip to Fort Worth Botanic Garden
Plant of the Month
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!
American Rose Center’s
Green Thumb Educational Series
Date: Saturday, February 15
Time: 9:00 AM
Place: Klima Rose Hall, The American Rose Center
8877 Jefferson Paige Road, Shreveport, LA
Cost: Seminar is free and open to the public
Schedule: 9:00 – 10:15 Connie Reeve, Speaker
Connie is a member of the Shreveport Bossier Rose Society, Consulting Rosarian for the area, and a Master Gardener. Her program will guide the novice and experienced gardener through a calendar year of caring for roses in the home garden. During the program she will demonstrate the use of many helpful tools and products that she uses in her personal rose garden of 75 roses.
10:15-12:00 Pruning of Roses
Attendees will be allowed to practice pruning of roses under the guidance of rose society members. Long sleeve shirts or long gloves along with pruning shears would be helpful for those who want to help prune the roses in the front of Klima Rose Hall.
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 highlights.
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 ‘email@example.com’, 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!