Minden Press-Herald

Oct 02nd

Preparing young ‘buds’ to bloom

flowers103The eighth annual Buds and Blooms seminar will be held Saturday in an effort to raise money for a local student program.

"The Piney Hills Master Gardeners Club presents this event each year in an effort to raise money for the local 4-H Garden Contest," Louisiana Master Gardener Melba Love said. "In addition to raising money for the students' worthwhile projects, the seminar is also informative to anyone interested in gardening or wildlife."

The seminar, which is open to the public, costs $5 at the door. "Buds and Blooms" will be held February 9 from 9 a.m. until noon at First United Methodist Church in Minden.

"'Buds and Blooms' continues to be the sole source of monetary incentive and prizes for each 4-H contestant," Love said. "Hence, the name – as we are preparing young 'buds' to grow and learn to be beautiful garden 'blooms.'"

The annual seminar aims to enhance public education in all things horticulture related.

This years speakers are Kathie Rowell, Dr. Donald Reed and Julie Alexander.

Rowell, a former feature editor for The Times of Shreveport, will share tips and how-to's for southern climate plants.

Dr. Reed, a professor and wildlife extension specialist with LSUAgCenter, will present a program, which deals with nuisance critters that invade homes and gardens.

Alexander, a Piney Hills LA Master Gardener and Bossier Parish educator, will present "Bags, Bale and Barrel Gardening."

A raffle, door prizes, plant sales and refreshments will be available during the seminar.

Brenda Perryman will be available to demonstrate wreath making and flower arranging.

"Please come enjoy food, education and fellowship with us," Love said. "Gardeners and nature lovers always have a great time at 'Buds and Blooms,' and we look forward to seeing everyone again this year along with new faces."

According to LSU AgCenter, The Louisiana Master Gardener program is a service and educational activity offered by the LSU AgCenter.

The program is designed to recruit and train volunteers to help meet the educational needs of home gardeners while providing an enjoyable and worthwhile service experience for volunteers. Master Gardeners are part of the volunteer staff of the LSU AgCenter's Louisiana Cooperative Extension Service.

They provide unbiased, research-based educational assistance and programs on consumer horticulture issues to the gardening public.

4-H is a student club which aims to enable students to become positive, productive, capable and compassionate members of their communities through non-formal, research-based, experiential educational activities.

For more information about Buds and Blooms contact Melba Love at 377-3466 or Kay Elzen at 377-8364.






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