Gardening in Ascension Parish – Just Keeps Growing!

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

The Ascension Parish Master Gardeners Association under the direction of the LSU AgCenter presents a three-part fall series of educational workshops with gardening and landscaping tips geared to both novice and advanced gardeners. The workshops are hosted by the Ascension Parish Library on the following topics:

Plant Survival in a Winter Wonderland: September 23, 6:30 pm, Galvez

Do harsh winters regularly cause havoc in your well-tended landscape? Don’t let the threat of freezing temperatures prevent you from growing tropicals and other tender plants. Members of the Ascension Parish Master Gardeners will discuss ways to prevent or minimize freeze damage by either protecting plants growing in the ground, by creating a greenhouse environment, or by moving plants indoors. Explore these strategies and more with a panel of local master gardeners, and be ready for the next big freeze. Call 622-3339 to register.

“Shady Characters” for Our Gardens: October 7, 6:30 pm, Dutchtown

Is your landscape blessed with trees and lots of shade? Such a blessing can be frustrating for gardeners trying to successfully grow their favorite sun-loving ornamentals. However, beautiful plants do exist that actually thrive in the shade. Dr. Allen Owings, professor of horticulture at the LSU AgCenter and the Hammond Research Station, will discuss how to abandon those sun-worshippers and be inspired to create serene landscapes with ornamentals that love shade. Call 673-8699 to register.

Pathways to Creative Landscapes: October 28, 2014, 6:30 pm, Gonzales

When your dull landscape seems just a little too predictable, an intriguing path can add beauty and mystery. But, even more than that, pathways can define garden rooms and enhance the function of the entire landscape. Patricia Brussack, a master gardener from Georgia, will discuss how to create and utilize effective pathways to add variety to your home landscape. Ms. Brussack’s garden was featured on the Piedmont Gardeners Annual Garden Tour of gardens in Athens, Georgia. Call 647-3955 to register.