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
In the News...
The Northwest Louisiana Master Gardeners are proud to announce the 2019 recipients of NWLAMG Community Grants.
NWLAMG awards grants to organizations and municipalities that support beautification and horticultural education within our community. Of particular interest are projects that make a difference in the community, that are sustainable, and involve collaboration among local organizations. The NWLA Master Gardeners awarded a total of $18,575.
The winners of the community grant program are:
Cope Middle School - $905 –Cope Middle School is planning to add a greenhouse to their working garden. The purpose of the garden and greenhouse is to provide students with disabilities the opportunities and work experiences associated with assisted employment in the nursery industry.
Donnie Bickham Middle School - $913 – The Donnie Bickham ‘Patriot Planters’ will create an edible garden and beautify the campus which will engage students in hands-on learning across all subject areas with a focus on science and health.
Martin Luther King Health Center and Pharmacy- $970 – After losing several large trees on the property, MLK Health Center will install environmentally responsible vegetation to the area to help replace the loss of the shade trees.
North Caddo Magnet High- $2043 –North Caddo Magnet High will create an aesthetically inviting area that will foster student morale and create a space conducive to social interaction between students and staff.
Northwest Louisiana Veteran’s Home - $4184 – The mission of the Northwest Louisiana Veteran’s Home is to provide care for veterans and their families. The addition of flowerbeds and landscaping will help create a pleasant and attractive surrounding at the Home.
Oakland Cemetery Preservation Society- $1500 – The society will continue their beautification by adding landscaping throughout the cemetery property. Oakland Cemetery is home to some of the most beautiful monuments in the area. Coupling those with a garden will be a strong force for attracting visitors.
Shreveport Little Theatre- $3000 – The Shreveport Little Theatre is a non-profit organization that produces a variety of live theatre, entertainment, enlightenment and growth of artists. After a year of trying to save their beautiful rose bushes they finally died from the dreaded Rose-Rosette Disease and had to be removed. The grant will go towards re-landscaping the large beds surrounding the theatre.
Vitalize Vivian - $5060 – This is a project of Re-Vive Vivian, a local organization that was formed to help enhance downtown Vivian. The grant will be used to beautify the town square and police department with flowers and trees in the hope that it will bring in more visitors to the town of Vivian.
The NWLA Master Gardeners launched this program in 2010 as a way to give back to the community after all the support given each year for the Le Tour des Jardins, Fall Bulb Sale, and Spring Plant Sale. The mission of the Master Gardeners is to educate the public about gardening and engage our community in horticultural pursuits. Giving these grants allows them to multiply their efforts by aiding and funding projects envisioned, implemented and maintained by other groups.
New Superplants Announced by LSU AgCenter
To order call: visit www.rose.org or call 318-938-5402
Enjoy roses all year long with the ARS ROSES wall calendar.
All photos by ARS members. Five photos per month.
11’x13’. $15 plus shipping
Or go to the American Rose Society here to order.
Gardening could be the hobby that helps you live to be 100
As reported at BBC.com
Gardening can be a mood elevator, increase time outdoors and greater physical activity, all that have been found to be health benefits. Gardening has also been found to increase the benefits of those with cognitive issues, perhaps even lower the risk of dementia. For more on the Dutch Study, click here.
Looking for gardens to visit in the Ark-LA-Tex?
Here are three that should not be missed...
Visit the Gardens of the American Rose Center, the Asian Gardens of Shreveport and the R.W. Norton Art Gallery and Botanical Gardens.
2019 Northwest Louisiana Master Gardeners Community Investment Program
On September 1, 2018, the Northwest Louisiana Master Gardeners (NWLAMG) will begin accepting applications for its 2019 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 email@example.com between September 1 and September 30, 2018.
Award decisions will be announced no later than December 31, 2018.
2019 Application Form
2019 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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!
Saturday, January 19, 2019
Seeds of the Past for the Future featuring John Coykendell 7:30am -1:30pm West Monroe Civic Center
9th Annual January Gardening and Seed Swap
Registration Fee $20
January 26, 2019
SFA 4th Annual Seed Swap at the PNPC. The History Department will be doing interviews about your favorite seeds you save. Bring photographs of your plants.
February 8-9, 2019
Mid-Winter Workshop 2019
Feb 8&9 2019 at the American Rose Center - Klima Hall
8877 Jefferson Paige Road, Shreveport, LA 71119
For more information or to register use the following link : http://www.gulfdistrictrose.org/mid-winter-workshop.html
February 16, 2019
Green Thumb Seminars At the Gardens of the American Rose Center Jefferson Paige Road Shreveport, LA: 9:00-11:00 "Pruning roses, the Right Way to Successful Roses" Speaker Baxter Williams, Houston Rose Society https://www.facebook.com/AmericanRoseCenter/
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 January 2019
Dianthus - Amazon Series
By Dan Gill
LSU AgCenter Horticulturist
The Amazon dianthus series was a Louisiana Super Plants selection for fall 2010. This outstanding cool-season bedding plant comes in three outstanding varieties, Amazon Neon Purple, Amazon Neon Cherry and Amazon Rose Magic.
The two primary species of dianthus in Louisiana gardens are Dianthus chinensis, Chinese dianthus or pinks, and Dianthus barbatus, sweet William.
Pinks have always been more popular than sweet William because they bloom more reliably over a long season. Planted in fall, they bloom from then until late spring/early summer. They are generally shorter, bushy plants that produce profusions of flowers in shades of scarlet, rose, pink and white.
Sweet William plants are fairly low and bushy, but they produce their flowers in large clusters on long stems that look like lollipops. The main issue is they’re biennials. Planted in fall, they must go through the winter cold before they are triggered to bloom in spring. So, from a fall planting there are no flowers until spring. And as many gardeners have discovered, spring-planted transplants that have not been exposed to winter cold often fail to bloom.
The Amazon dianthus series was created by breeding together these two species – called an interspecific hybrid – and was developed by PanAmerican Seed Company. The results are nothing short of outstanding. Louisiana Super Plants selections are plants with exceptional characteristics and performance in Louisiana growing conditions, and the Amazon dianthuses really deserve this tribute.
The foliage is an unusually rich, deep green, and the narrow leaves form a mound at the base. Even out of bloom, the foliage provides a verdant green color in the winter landscape.
When the plants bloom, the flower stalks are very similar to sweet Williams. The stocky flower stalks are clothed in narrow green foliage, rising about 2 feet above the base growth and producing large clusters of colorful flowers. Unlike sweet Williams, however, Amazon dianthuses do not have to go through winter cold to trigger flowering.
Purchase and plant these blooming plants this fall, and they will bloom through fall and intermittently during winter and then put on a traffic-stopping display of colorful flowers from late February or March though late May or early June. Excellent heat tolerance means they generally bloom reliably well into early summer.
During the flowering period you should remove faded flower stalks. When all of the flowers in a cluster have faded, cut the stalk back to the lower foliage. Removing faded flowers is called deadheading, and it will keep your plants looking fresh and attractive and encourage them to continue to bloom.
The three colors included in the Amazon series – Neon Purple, Neon Cherry and Rose Magic – are brilliant and eye-catching. Neon Purple and Neon Cherry practically glow, their colors are so intense and vivid. Planted together, the colors seem to vibrate visually. You can buy each color separately and plant them together or buy them in a combination called Neon Duo. I guarantee, everyone will notice a planting of these colors, either individually or together.
Because the Neon Purple and Neon Cherry produce such colorfully dominate flowers, you can combine them with other flowers with strong colors such as deep purple, gold or burgundy. Or, you can tone them down with shades of blue, lavender, pale yellow, silver or white.
Amazon Rose Magic is, I must admit, my favorite. The large clusters of flowers go through a remarkable, even “magical,” transformation as they bloom. The flowers open a bright white, age to a soft pink and finally finish up an intense rose. All three colors appear simultaneously in each cluster of flowers. Combine Rose Magic with other flowers of blue, lavender, pink, silver and white for an elegant effect in the garden or in containers.
Although at 2 feet they are relatively tall, full-grown plants are not leggy. The flowers form an almost-solid layer over the plants, and flower stalks at the edge of a group tend to bend over creating a full appearance. For this reason, Amazon dianthus is versatile and can be used in front of taller-growing, cool-season bedding plants, such as tall snapdragons, foxgloves or delphiniums. Or they can be used in the middle or back of a bed with shorter-growing bedding plants like alyssum, pansy, viola or dwarf snapdragons.
As with other cool-season bedding plants, best performance of Amazon dianthus depends on proper planting and care. Select a site in full sun with good drainage. Prepare the bed by working 3 to 4 inches of organic matter (such as compost) into the upper 6 to 8 inches of soil. Space plants 10 to 14 inches apart, and plant them at the same depth they were growing in the container. When planting is finished, mulch the bed with an inch or two of your favorite mulch to reduce weed problems, and water everything in.
Fall planting is much preferred because it will provide the longest flowering in your gardens as well as more spectacular blooming plants in the spring. These plants are hardy into temperatures in the teens and will not be bothered by average Louisiana winter temperatures. But you can plant them as late as March and expect good results.
Look for Amazon dianthuses in your local nurseries. Because these plants are Louisiana Super Plants selections, signs showing the logo, pictures of the plants and growing information will be placed in nurseries and garden centers around the state to help shoppers find and choose Louisiana Super Plants.
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Yes, You CAN…and this is how you do it.
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.
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.
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