Welcome spring with Feb. garden events

Choosing annuals wisely is the topic of a talk at the North Central Louisiana Master Gardeners seminar. Photo by Kathie Rowell.

Spring is on the horizon but it’s not here yet.

In the meantime, why not scratch your gardening itch by learning something new?

Take a look at these February gardening events. (Did I miss something. Send an email and I’ll add it.)

Wise Gardening Practices, Principles for Easier Gardening’

The North Central Louisiana Master Gardeners (NCLMG) will present their fourth annual gardening seminar, “Wise Gardening Practices, Principles for Easier Gardening,” Feb. 7 at Lomax Hall on the Louisiana Tech University campus, Ruston. Doors open at 8 a.m. with the program starting at 8:30 a.m. The seminar is jointly sponsored by NCLMG and the Louisiana Tech University Department of Agricultural Sciences. Topics/speakers: “Home Landscaping: Right Plant, Right Place,” Greg Grant, award-winning horticulturist, author and research associate at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center; “Choosing Annual Color Effectively,” Frances Davidson, staff horticulturalist at the Biedenharn Museum and Gardens; “Planning for Your Low Maintenance Garden,” Dan Gill, author and associate professor in consumer horticulture with the LSU AgCenter. Admission: $15 at the door. Info: www.facebook.com/nclmg orNCLAmastergardeners@yahoo.com.

‘All About Growing Fruit’

LSU AgCenter fruit/pecan expert Charlie Graham will speak on growing fruits, nuts, citrus and berries in Northwest Louisiana at 10 a.m. Feb. 7 at Louisiana Nursery, 12290 Mansfield Road, Keithville. Admission: free. Info: 318-925-0971.

Herbicide Safety

Robin Bridges, an Arkansas county agent, will present a program on “Safety and Efficacy While Spraying Pesticides and Herbicides” at a 2 p.m. Feb. 15 meeting of the Ark-La-Tex Daylily Club.  The event will be at the Randle T. Moore Center, 3101 Fairfield Ave., Shreveport.  Admission: free and open to the public. Info: 318-742-3276.

‘Buds and Blooms’

The Piney Hills Louisiana Master Gardeners will present “Buds and Blooms” from 9 a.m. to noon Feb. 21 at First Methodist Church of Minden, 903 Broadway, Minden. Topics/speakers: “5 Things You Don’t Need To Be A Good Gardener,” Kathie Rowell, creator ofwww.louisianablooms.com and former features editor/garden columnist for The Shreveport Times; “Honey Bee Emergencies,” Jeff Smith; “Community Gardens,” Grace Peterson, LSU AgCenter assistant extension agent; “Vermi Composting,” Lee Faulkwill, LSU assistant extension agent of Claiborne Parish. Admission: $10. Info: 318-927-4055 or 318-927-1777.

Camellia Garden Stroll

The annual Camellia Garden Stroll at LSU AgCenter’s Hammond Research Station will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Feb. 22 at the Hammond Research Station, 21549 Old Covington Highway, Hammond. The event is co-sponsored by LSU AgCenter and the Tangipahoa Parish Master Gardener Association. Admission: free.  Info: 985-543-4125.

‘Organic Gardening for Roses and More’

American Rose Society Consulting Rosarian Robert Powell will give a talk at 10 a.m. Feb. 28 at Akin’s Nursery,  5901 E. Kings Highway, Shreveport. His topic will be growing roses organically, information that will apply to other plant material as well. Admission: free, but space is limited so advance signup is advised. Info: 318-868-2701.

Green Thumb Seminar and Pruning Party

The Gardens of the American Rose Society will hold its first Green Thumb seminar of the year and annual pruning party from 9 a.m. to noon Feb. 28. Featured speakers from 9 to 10 a.m. are LSU AgCenter horticulturist Allen Owings, whose topic is “Roses, Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow,” and Stephen Scanniello, author and heritage rose expert, who will speak on heritage roses. Bring your clippers and participate in the hands-on demonstration in the garden beginning at 10 a.m. The rose center is located at 8877 Jefferson Paige Road, Shreveport. Admission: free. Info: 318-938-5402.

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