Hammond, Covington set AgCenter garden shows

The Hammond Spring Garden Day is set for March 10 and the Northshore Garden Show is March 16-17 in Covington.

Spring Garden Day will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the LSU AgCenter Hammond Research Station.

The program will include LSU AgCenter recommendations on gardening and related topics and feature garden products and services available in the area, said Sandra Benjamin, LSU AgCenter county agent.

This year’s program will include a plant swap, the annual plant sale, children’s activities, commercial and educational exhibits, educational presentations, concessions and the plant diagnostic center.

Tours of the station at 10 a.m. and noon will showcase some of the research there, Benjamin said.

Participants also may bring soil samples for testing. The cost for each one-pint soil sample is $10, payable by check or money order.

Visitors are asked to bring nonperishable food items to donate to the Tangi Food Pantry.

The event is sponsored by the LSU AgCenter and the Tangipahoa Parish Master Gardeners Association.

Admission is $5 per vehicle. More information is available on Spring Garden Day from Sandra Benjamin at 985-748-9381 or 985-748-5462.

The research station is located at 21549 Old Covington Highway (La. 1067 off of La. 190).

LSU AgCenter and St. Tammany Master Gardeners will hold their annual Northshore Garden Show and Plant Sale at the St. Tammany Fairgrounds in Covington.

“This year’s show will feature free plant and gardening information by local Master Gardeners, hourly presentations by experts in their field, more than 35 exhibitor booths, children’s activities and food concessions,” said Rusty Batty, LSU AgCenter county agent.

Speakers and topics for March 16 include Eileen Gremillion on basics of butterfly gardening, Nick Singh on plant diagnosis, Curt Bowman on irrigation for small gardens, Ron Strahan on weeds vs. lawns vs. man and Ned Edwards on recommended fruits in the South.

The March 17 program will include Nancy McDonald and Karla Patridge on composting: the world of worms, Patrick O’Connor on Louisiana irises, Dan Gill on can’t miss colorful plants, Diane Quinn on water gardening and Eric McQuiston on lessons in landscaping for beginners.

Gates will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p. m. each day. Admission is $3 for adults. Children under 12 may enter free.

The event will be held under a pavilion, so weather will not be a problem. Parking is free.

Proceeds from the Covington garden show will benefit the Bobby Fletcher Sr. College Scholarship Fund.

For additional information on the Northshore Garden Show contact Batty at 985-875-2635. The complete program is available on the LSU AgCenter website, www.LSUAgCenter.com, and clicking on March 16 on the calendar.

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