January 18, 2020 7:30 am - 1:30 pm
10th Annual January Gardening Seminar and Seed Swap
Native Plants and Native Landscapes
West Monroe Convention Center
$20 Registration Fee (pre- or at the door)
Speakers include Dr. Charles Allen, Dr. Dwayne Estes (Keynote) and Tammany Baumgarten
NWLAMG trip to the Fort Worth Botanic Garden
Northwest Louisiana Master Gardeners: April 18, 2020
Bus leaves at 7:00 am and returns by 8:00 pm.
We will be traveling by a 56 seat motor coach.
Price of $50 includes bus trip and ticket into the gardens for a docent led tour of the Fuller Garden and the Japanese Garden. Contact: Katherine Benson or Melissa Elrod
You can pay prior to the next General Meeting by cash, check or credit card.
Master Gardener General Meetings
Listed below are some of the upcoming programs and topics in store for us at our Master Gardener Meetings. WOW! Another good reason to never miss a General Meeting!
April 2019 - Class 2019 Graduation and Hours Awards
May 2019 - Mark Wilson, LSU AgCenter Superplants
June - Emilie Harmeyer, Shreveport Green
July - Gary Northen educating us about our hours
August - Mark Wilson, RTM responsibilities
September - Tour of the RTM Garden Beds
December - Christmas Party
Miss the Last NWLAMG General Meeting?
September 20, 2019
Master Gardener Appreciation Day at the American Rose Center
It was a great day with many AgCenter speakers and Master Gardeners from all over North Louisiana.
August 17, 2019
A great day at the Red River Research Station where the community and
Master Gardeners evaluated the Superplants in the Superplant gardens followed by a presentation by Dr. Paul W. Wilson, father of our own Mark Wilson who spoke on What To Do with Your Bountiful Harvest
June 12, 2019
Emilie Harmeyer was our speaker for the 1/2 hour education program. She spoke about the Shreveport Green Mobil Market and easy worm composting.
March 13, 2019
Helen Herzog presented our ½ hour education program today. She gave us a glimpse of the beautiful properties that will the featured on this year Le Tour des Jardins.
We were happy to be back in the Randle T. Moore Center!
February 13, 2019
We had a great presentation by Ron Killingsworth from Plantation Point Nursery in Mooringsport, LA on Caddo Lake. Ron is a propagator of Louisiana Iris and a member of the SLI.
Dr. Beverly Burden, Associate Professor at LSUS and Entomologist informed the Master Gardener about the world of insects in our gardens. You can hear her on the third Tuesday of each month on KDAQ FM or you might know it as Red River Radio. Her show is called "What's bugging You."
She let us know that she loves to talk about insects! And, that "All insects are bugs but all bugs are not insects."
If a caterpillar is hairy-don't handle it, you will be injected with poison!
We saw and heard about leafminers, sucking insects like aphids, leafhoppers, scales, spider mites, white flies, earwigs, weevils, gall formers and mealy bugs (not what you grew up calling roly polies. Mealy bugs have one antennae and roly polies have two antennae.
And of course, as gardeners, we know that there are good bugs and bad bugs. Some stink bugs feed on plants and some feed on other insects.
And of course, Dr. Burden said the most dangerous insect in the world is the mosquito! They can carry so many diseases that kill and incapacitate their victims.
The presentation was great and Dr. Burden aka," The Bug Doc" was very entertaining. If you have questions about insects or pictures you would like to have identified, you can email Dr. Burden at Beverly.Burden@LSU.edu
John Terrell, LSU AgCenter Assistant Extension Agent, instructed and entertained the Master Gardeners at the October 2018 meeting with a presentation titled "The Fall Gardener"
Planning for your garden, you must evaluate, replant and plant, decided what you need/want/can get.The maintenance areas are the flower beds, garden, landscape and the lawn. Maintenance includes cleaning out the beds, cutting back perennials and deadheading, pruning shrubs and cutting out dead and diseased branches.
In order to winterize, a gardener needs to 'Wack the weeds' and kill the fungus with a fungicide.
Next step - bed prep. Do you use mulch, leaves or pine straw? Do you want to go organic and use gin trash, compost, peat moss, ground bark and/or manure?
Fall is the best time to plant trees and shrubs, so you need to have a plan!
Good cool season vegetables are cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, pumpkins, turnips, greens including chard, collards, mustard, spinach and lettuce, garlic and strawberries.
To see the NWLAMG Phone Duty calendar, click here
If you want to work the phones at the carriage house and need to be added to the calendar, please contact Melissa Elrod by text, phone or email.
If you add your phone duty to the hand written calendar at the carriage house, you can email email@example.com and be added to the google calendar!
Click on the link below
Record your Educational and Volunteer hours here
Civic & Community Activities is where you record plant sales, Le Tour, helping with a field day for community gardens. Think of it as ‘Events’. Remember to make a ‘guesstimate’ of how many folks are at the event and enter it as Total Number of People Reached. Extension Activities are what you do here at the office that makes our home base and our programs run smoothly: working in the gardens, answering the phone, prepping or setting up for the sales and events.
Notification of changes to LMG Reporting Site The changes apply ONLY to the Volunteer Service reporting. Type of Service (2 options): Volunteer Service OR Continuing Education Just a brief reminder on the distinction between the two: - Volunteer Service includes those activities where you are educating others. - Continuing Education includes educational programs and activities where you are being educated. Activity (6 options): Choose the activity title that best fits the volunteer service activity. Project (*NEW*): Choose the project description that best fits the volunteer service activity completed. Note: If none of the project description categories describe the activity, please select “Not Applicable” Parish (*NEW*): Select the parish in which the volunteer service activity was completed. Note: The ability to specify a parish offers the ability to provide more detailed impacts when submitting local, state, and federal reports. The need had arisen for LMG associations comprised of multiple parishes to have a better way to document which projects and programs were being conducted in specific parishes. Selecting a specific parish will NOT impact total volunteer service hours calculated at the end of the calendar year for the 29 active Louisiana Master Gardener groups and associations. Activity Description/Impact: Please provide a brief statement on the volunteer service activity completed. Date Completed: Select the date you completed your service on from the above calendar by clicking in the textbox and then clicking on the appropriate date on the calendar. Number of Service Hours: Enter the number of volunteer service hours dedicated to this project or program. Mass Contacts (*NEW*): This box should be used for recording the number of contacts attending large events (plant sales, plant/garden fest, garden seminar, expo, etc.) For example, let’s say your LMG association hosts a large spring garden seminar and 1,500 attend the event. Those 1,500 individuals should be entered into Mass Contacts. Additionally, if you know that the project chair (or another individual) is planning to report 1,500 into the system, you may enter “0” (zero) into this field. The ability to distinguish between Mass Contacts and Individual Contacts will result in more accurate data reported in local, state, and federal reports we (LSU AgCenter employees) have to submit.
Randle T. Moore Center
RTM Landscape Committees
RTM Landscape Chair - Margie Caplis
Chemical Application Chair -
Hydrangea Bed Chairs - Ed and Karen Durham
N 1/4 Bed Chairs - Ruth Baker & Kristy Braud
S 1/4 Bed Chairs - Suzanne Shriver & Sandy Lowrey
Urns & Basket Chair - Cindy Jeansonne & Sharon Dewitt
Parterre/Greenhouse Bed Chair -
Butterfly Garden Chair - Mike Livingston &
Contact the chair of the committee to find out what days they will work and to sign up for the committee.
Pioneer Heritage Center, LSUS
Contact: Mary Anne Tompkins
Scheduled work day: 9:00 am 2nd Monday of the month
Northwest Louisiana Master Gardener Spring Plant Sale
Randle T. Moore Center
April 4, 2020
Annual Spring Plant Sale Director John Oswalt, Co-chair, Debbie Kuperman
Northwest Louisiana Master Gardeners Fall Bulb Sale October 26, 2019
New this year, Square Card Reader for purchasing items with a credit or debit card!
Ron Calk, Barb Thompson, Chairmen
Here is how well we did in 2018.
Ron Calk and a host of Master Gardener volunteers have done it again!
On a chilly Autumn morning, with shadows lingering on the front lawn of the Randal T. Moore Center, volunteers came first and shoppers next, waiting for the sale to begin.
Tables were laden with bulbs of all kinds, shapes and sizes. Shoppers waited impatiently for the sale to begin. We began to banter about who was going to get to the tulip table first.
The day of the bulb sale was beautiful. But, bear in mind; weather, both good and bad does not keep gardening types from turning out in droves when the reward is Master Gardener Bulbs.
From giant crinum to teeny tulips, people shopped and bought and shopped some more.
According to Ron, from the moment the ribbon to shop was cut, there were people racing around, shoppers bag in hand, looking for bargains, some saying they found too many! Everyone wore a smile as bright as sunshine.
Ron, master director of the bulb sale, has his role down pat! The sequence of collecting bulbs from Master Gardeners, purchasing special bulbs, tagging and bagging bulbs, putting up and taking down tables, naming and describing the bulbs for sale makes for a lot of interesting conversation as volunteers did their jobs before, during, and after the sale.
Of course, there is the ‘afterglow’ when all of the above fun is over, and the work of destructing the site has been finished and tucked away for another year. That’s when we all smile and go home!
So, you ask how did the sale turn out financially? The full accounting is not complete, however, there were many people filling their shopping bags. After many bulbs purchased and tables emptied, and a lot of smiles shared all around, shoppers left. The final total hasn’t been announced, but NWLAMG’s Association may be close to $5000.00 richer now than we were a week ago! (This figure has not been verified; it is an estimate based on the number of bulbs that were sold.)
After the sale was concluded, and ‘city’ shoppers had gone away, MG Donna Shope bought a ‘grab bag’ of bulbs. She stated that she found more than 50 small bulbs of unknown origin in the bag. What a purchase! And no one could have deserved it more. I watched and listened at the bulb sale while Donna gave a rousing explanation of crinum bulbs, how to use, plant, and enjoy them, from start to finish. It should have been recorded. In two to four minutes, this customer received a well thought out, interesting and valuable description of the bulb and how to care for it. We have talented and vocal advocates in our midst. You are very impressive, Donna. Keep teaching us.
CONGRATULATIONS RON! All of us thank you for the work, time and energy which put another successful and lucrative Bulb Sale behind us. Pat yourself on the back. We’ll be with you next year!
Red River Research Station, Super Plant Garden
Donna Shields, Chairman
The garden is beautiful, but the work at the Red River Research Station is far from over. Mark Wilson has sent out a call for Master Gardeners to continue work at the Northwest Louisiana Master Gardeners Super Plant Research Garden. Watch your email for more information for times and days. This service will count toward your volunteer hours! BYW..This garden looks beautiful! But the weeds never stop growing.
Gwen Phelps, Chairman
Did you forget? Every Master Gardener is required to man to phones at the Carriage House:
This is a requirement clearly stated and understood by all Master Gardeners in good standing (i.e.paying dues, attending meetings, participating in Master Gardener projects). Any master gardener who needs hours or who wants a day to chat up other gardeners can do so by serving phone duty in the MG Office.
New! The calendar is now online on this very page! You can see it by clicking on this link. You need to sign up in the carriage house, call the carriage house or contact Melissa Elrod.
Contact Ruth Shlichtemier
The Travel Committee has been reinstated for trips and tours!
The next trip will be April 18, 2020
Fort Worth Botanical Garden
For Master Gardeners - The bus will leave at 7:00 am and return around 8:00 pm. Cost of $50 includes bus trip and ticket into the gardens. (check or cash; $52.50 by credit or debit card)
Contact Melissa Elrod and Kathryn Benson
NWLMG Field Trip to the Red River Research Station Tomato Greenhouses
Thanks to Carrie Lott for the great tour and information
Northwest Louisiana Master Gardeners Field Day to Plantation Point Nursery in Mooringsport, Louisiana
April 22, 2017
Thanks to Ron Killingsworth, SLI
An awesome educational experience!
Such a beautiful gem on Caddo Lake and such a knowledgeable Iris propagator!