NWLA Master Gardeners Spring Plant Sale
April 6, 2019
Director -- John Oswalt and Debbie Kupperman, co-chairs
Master Gardeners pot up cuttings in the fall and early spring to offer for sale to the public.
Director -- Ruth Schlichtemier
This program provides education and assistance for the creation and on-going support of community gardens. We have an opportunity to share knowledge, skills and love of gardening with people of all ages in neighborhoods that are traditionally under-served. This program teaches people the skills needed to grow healthy food, create a place for positive family interactions and provides a foundation to build stronger neighborhood connections.
Community Grant Program
Director -- Michele Wiener
Each year NWLAMG awards grants to community horticulture projects. Seven agencies were awarded grants for 2019 totaling $10,000.
Special Master Gardener Project
The Livingston Parish Flood Project began as a response to the stories of anguish and destruction occurring following several floods in the spring of 2016. And, it was obvious that housing and basic services were the immediate needs for people bereft of homes, clothing and food. As cleanup efforts began, more and more the enormity of the issue became apparent. Although home and business cleanup was the first line of attack, landscapes were obliterated too. And the ugliness of the whole community was in plain sight everywhere.
About that time, considering the human anguish and landscape damage in this parish, the Northwest Louisiana Master Gardener Association approved a project to partner with Ouachita Parish and Webster Parish Master Gardeners to raise money for direct aid to the Livingston Parish Master Gardeners. The aim was the restoration of landscaping in their community where families found pleasure and fulfillment. One of those spaces, flooded and no longer useful as a playground, had been a major project of the Denham Springs Master Gardeners and the Pilot Club of Livingston Parish. It was the Kidz Corner Playground, an area where children of all abilities and special needs could learn and play in a safe playground. Now, like the rest of the community, it was a disaster. There was no contingency funding to restore this park, The LSU Ag Center Parish Agent/Master Gardener coordinator, Kenny Sharpe suggested that Livingston Parish was in desperate need of financial assistance for this well used, but under-funded project. All three of the partnering Master Gardener Associations concurred in donating their fundraising efforts to this project. We began passing the hat and collecting donations.
The first phase of the project, collecting funds, ended August 17. On August 22, to complete the project, master gardeners Tina Kendrick and Lou Osburn traveled to Denham Springs to present a check to the courageous people of this region, enough money to continue funding the restoration of the grounds of the Kidz Playground.
August 22nd on a steamy hot afternoon on the Kidz Playground, where our associations came together check in hand. Although the check was signed by NWLAMG Treasurer Steve Roberts, the funds had been derived from the generosity of Piney Hills, Northeast and Northwest Louisiana Master Gardener Associations. On this hot afternoon, the misting system was in full force on the ‘‘wet” area of the park, and children and parents were playing in the spray.
Under the pavilion, Denham Springs Master Gardeners and members of the local Pilot Club International gathered for a small ceremony to receive a gift of money to restore landscaping in the Kidz Playground. Northeast Louisiana Master Gardeners, Piney Hills Master Gardeners and Northwest Louisiana Master Gardeners have collected donations for this playground since last October to help fund landscaping restoration in the park. And YOU have been a part of this restoration endeavor!
To the surprise and utter delight of Master Gardeners and Pilot Club members, the check donated to the Kidz Park amounted to $4,320! These dollars will purchase benches, trees, plants and hardscape for the drowned park, returning it to a place of beauty and service for the whole community of Livingston Parish. Delighted smiles, thanksgiving and happiness filled the pavilion. You have brightened the day for people who have suffered a great loss. Thank you for helping make this gift possible.
Thank you for your generosity, Northwest Louisiana Master Gardeners.
You donated $2000.00 for this project.
Tina and Lou
Fall Heirloom Bulb Sale
October 26, 2019
Directors -- Ron Calk and Barb Thompson
The bulb sale makes southern bulbs available to the public.
Le Tour des Jardins
June 6 and 7, 2019
Director -- Ruth Baker
Annual garden tour of area homes. There will be several homeowner gardens and one professional garden on the tour this year.
Pioneer Heritage Center, LSUS
Director -- Mary Ann Tompkins
This living museum consists of 7 buildings constructed between 1850 and the early 1900's. They offer a glimpse into the everyday lives of the pioneers of our area. Marty Young, Director, conducts tours for school and civic groups. Master Gardeners plant and maintain a medicinal herb bed, a culinary bed, a small vegetable garden and several cottage-type flower beds keeping with the theme of the "old-fashioned" plants. Each Spring the grounds provide a beautiful location for the vendor sale of Le Tour des Jardins.