Master Gardeners learn about ‘proven winner’ plants

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The Master Gardeners of Natchitoches Parish met on April 12 and enjoyed an informative presentation by Corkey Bruce from Natchitoches.  Corkey described “Proven Winner” plants – those top performing plants that thrive year after year, proving to be disease-resistant and tolerant of our heat and humidity.  Natural Springs ensures they have these plants on hand each season – make sure you ask during your next visit.  Corkey then gave the group advice on caring for container plants.  Remember: it is easier to recover from under-watering vs. over-watering.  If you are unsure, invest in a moisture meter.

Peggy Fisher attended the meeting to remind attendees about Hodges Gardens State Park, located along Hwy 171 between Many and Leesville.  The Master Gardeners decided to use next month’s meeting date (May 10, 2017) as a field trip to Hodges Gardens.  Attendees should bring money for admission (and the gift shop), a sack lunch, and wear comfortable shoes.  For information about Hodges Gardens, visit .

Finally, LSU AgCenter Cooperative Extension Office is pleased to announce a Master Gardener class starting in June.  The 10-week course meets once a week with an extensive and well-qualified list of presenters.  Contact the parish office at 318-357-2224 for more information.  If interested, the deadline for class registration is May 12, 2017.

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