What Is a Master Gardener?

By Marné Deranger

NPJ-Gardening

Do you have a green thumb or do plants shudder at the sound of your name? Me, I’ve moved 13 times and killed plants in six states. When I decided to “put down roots” in North Louisiana, I knew something had to change. Luckily, I discovered the LSU AgCenter and the Master Gardener Association of Natchitoches Parish.

Hopefully, you already know about the LSU Ag Center. You know to send you soil to them for testing and analysis before attempting to plant or change anything in your landscape. You know when and where to plant based on their pamphlets. You pounce on anything written by Dan Gill. But did you know about the Master Gardeners?

According to LSU AgCenter’s website, “The Louisiana Master Gardener Program is a volunteer development program offered by the LSU AgCenter. Master Gardener volunteers are highly trained and provide proven, research-based educational programs to Louisiana residents.” I think the Master Gardeners are more than that. They are a community of classes, lectures, contacts, resources, and a network available for advice on anything green…or anything that should be green, and isn’t.

Come see your parish Master Gardeners. Sit in on meetings (second Wednesday of each month at the Art Center) and listen to guest speakers. Admire the vegetable gardens they help maintain at the Fort St. Jean Baptiste State Historic site (historically accurate) and many local school gardens. Swing by their booth at Blooming on the Bricks Saturday, March 18 and ask them gardening questions. Better yet, become a Master Gardener yourself. Swing by your Parish Extension office at 624 Second Street, and sign up for the course (if there’s enough interest, a class may be held in May or June).

To keep up to date on what your Natchitoches Parish Master Gardeners are doing, and receive daily tips and information on Northern Louisiana gardening, “like” us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/NatchitochesMasterGardener/

5 thoughts on “What Is a Master Gardener?

  1. Thank you Marne for reminding us of this wonderful program. I’d like to know when classes and events in the Natchitoches area are taking place without having to remember to check the LSU Ag Center website. Is there a web address where one can sign up to receive emails for those of us (made just me?) who prefer not to use Facebook? Thank you.

    • Hi David and thanks for your interest. An emailed newsletter is a great idea, but we don’t have one…yet. Until then, we will post more updates here at the Natchitoches Parish Journal and our meetings are listed in the Natchitoches Times.

    • David, thank you for your interest. We don’t have an email newsletter yet, but will submit more articles and information here at the NPJ in the future. You are welcome to attend our monthly meetings, second Wednesday of the month at 10 am. Happy gardening!

    • David, thank you for your interest. We don’t have an email newsletter yet, but will submit more articles and information here at the NPJ in the future. You are welcome to attend our monthly meetings, second Wednesday of the month at 10 am. Happy gardening!

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