Master Gardeners Upcoming Community Activities

By Marné Deranger

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At their January meeting, the Master Gardeners of Natchitoches Parish kicked off the New Year with a planning session. In addition to their ongoing projects (e.g., Council on Aging’s raised beds, school gardens), they have joined the City’s brainstorming team on a Butterfly Waystation.

The Master Gardeners will also help the Natchitoches’ Office of Community Development’s Beautification Crew again. On Feb. 6 and 7 at 9 a.m., they will help plant tulip bulbs! Many hands make light work. You don’t have to be a Master Gardener to come help. Meet at the greenhouse at the intersection of Touline Street and 6th Street.

Don’t forget to mark your calendar for Blooming on the Bricks on March 17! The Master Gardeners’ booth will be extraordinary. They are already planting seeds and propagating perennials. They plan to offer herbs, flowers, tomatoes, moonflowers, and butterfly ginger just to name a few. They also will have blue bird boxes and beautiful decorative pots for sale again this year.

Interested in joining the Master Gardeners? Swing by your friendly Parish Extension office at 624 Second Street, sign up for the course, and take the first step to becoming a Master Gardener! The LSUAg Center plans to start a class in April. The 10-week course costs $150 per student. For that fee, each student receives a stack of valuable reference material covering everything from soil to trees, bugs to berries, landscaping to disease diagnosis. Presenters are experts from across the state, and they don’t just teach. They become part of your network of advisors.

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Join them for a meeting, second Wednesday of the month at 10 a.m., 560 2d Street, Natchitoches.