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
Get your tickets now for the 2019 Northwest Louisiana Master Gardeners
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!
April 27, 2019
The Piney Hills LA Master Gardeners will host their Green Thumb Jamboree on April 27, 2019 at the Webster Parish Extension Office in Minden, LA from 9am until 3pm. There is no cost to attend the festival. A welcome center in the Teaching Garden gazebo will be manned by Master Gardeners to enable folks to sign up to be on a gardening event email list, get festival questions answered, and plant-related questions as well. A variety of vendors, demonstrations, and children’s activities will be available for visitors. The PHLMG annual plant sale will also be held at the Jamboree. The Jamboree will be held in lieu of the annual garden tour, Trails & Trellises for 2019.
For more information, please call 318-927-2106 or 318-371-1371. You may also visit www.phlmg.com .
May 11-12, 2019
Northwest Louisiana Master Gardeners present the 2019 Le Tour des Jardins. Click here for more information.
Get It Growing by Dan Gill of the LSU AgCenter
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 by Dr. Joe White. Check it out in the Master Gardener Knowledge Tree, Gardening Wisdom from Dr. Joe White
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.
APPLICATION TO BECOME A MASTER GARDENER:
Do you know someone who wants to be a Master Gardener? Classes will begin January, 2019. 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 2019 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
Plant of the Month
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 for April
Coleuses are generating a lot of interest these days. Just look at the amazing variety of these plants available at area nurseries. One issue with coleus varieties is finding those that are less inclined to bloom. Coleus is grown for its colorful foliage, and the flower spikes are not generally desirable. The newest coleus for the most exceptional performance in Louisiana is Henna. The foliage is highly fringed and sports shades of gold, chartreuse and reddish-purple on top and reddish-purple underneath. Plants reach 24-30 inches in height and do best planted in a full-sun to partial-sun landscape. They should be planted in spring after the danger of frost has passed. Plants last until first killing frost.
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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?
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And, sometimes, the items we need are not locally available.
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