Alexandria Garden Club, Inc

Alexandria Garden Club, Inc The Alexandria Garden Club was organized in 1925, Incorporated in 1927, & Federated in 1934.
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"Despite the forecast, live like it's Spring" Lilly Pulitzer
04/01/2020

"Despite the forecast, live like it's Spring" Lilly Pulitzer

“Despite the forecast, live like it’s Spring.” Lilly Pulitzer

03/31/2020
Judith Blacklock Flower School

5 Top Tips for Spring Flowers

Where flowers boom - so does hope! Five fun floral tips to make easy inspirational designs at home - improvise and use flowers from your garden or your local supermarket. Fun to do with the kids and a quick way to bring colour and joy to the house.

MSU Extension Coastal Floral
03/30/2020

MSU Extension Coastal Floral

Join me today, 1:00 Central, for a mini Kids Camp in Floral Design!

Adorable fairy gardens!
03/19/2020

Adorable fairy gardens!

Since National and International Garden Club members have been advised to stay home and knowing that gardening is a recommended therapy, perhaps this is the best time to make a container-grown Miniature Garden or a Fairy Garden. Small scale gardens can be made of dwarf trees, small-leafed perennials, succulents and ground covers. Try making one, you’ll find instructions and videos on the internet and soon you’ll have a pint-sized world of your own to enjoy all year long! Photos of Miniature and Fairy Gardens are from Garden Clubs in Mexico, Central, and South America

Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden
03/17/2020

Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden

Didn't get the chance to come see Dallas Blooms in person? Don't worry because we're bringing it to you! While the garden is closed, stay tuned in to our social media for our first-ever Digital Dallas Blooms, presented by IBERIABANK. Get ready for your virtual visit to the garden as we share at-home gardening tips, video tours, garden updates and more!

03/16/2020
Kent Plantation House

Kent Plantation House

In light of the recent outbreaks of COVID-19, the Kent House will be closed to the public for tours effective Monday, March 16th through the end of the month. As of now, all scheduled Rentals and our upcoming Blacksmith Class will still take place. We will continue to post updates as we monitor the situation.

03/16/2020

FLOWER SHOW CANCELLED
We want to keep everyone safe and this is the best course of action we can take. Although the flower show was scheduled for March 25, it was actually meant as our April meeting. It was rescheduled because the LGCF convention (also cancelled) was meeting then. Our next meeting is May 6 when we have our garden tour at the Hines’ in Bentley, LA.

Southern Gardening
03/14/2020

Southern Gardening

The Garden Professors
03/13/2020

The Garden Professors

Friday Funny

"Is it a Louisiana Iris?" guide from the GNO Iris Society.
03/10/2020

"Is it a Louisiana Iris?" guide from the GNO Iris Society.

We've had a few people send in pictures of irises that are not Louisiana irises, so we thought we'd post this helpful information.

As it shows in the center photo, if the iris has a center rib running down the length of the leaf, it is not a Louisiana iris. That's usually a quick and easy way to tell. The rib shows itself much more in older leaves.

The Greater New Orleans Iris Society's once a year potted Louisiana iris sale is Sunday, April 5th. Information can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/events/2567616216788752/

Container ideas!
03/09/2020

Container ideas!

Not only are these 2020 Recipes of the Year, but they're also available as flower pillows! How great to easily plant and simply enjoy these flowers this spring.

Order yours now from Proven Winners
http://bit.ly/flowerpillow
Top: Gloria Rose, bottom: Sunglasses 😎

Wow! Look at the tulips at the Burden Center in Baton Rouge.
03/03/2020

Wow! Look at the tulips at the Burden Center in Baton Rouge.

The tulips are blooming at Burden!
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#LSUAgCenterBotanicGardens #DiscoverBurden #tulips #parrottulips

AGC MEETING REMINDER: Kent Plantation HouseWEDNESDAY, March 4th. Coffee at 9:30/Meeting at 10 AM"Happy Trails to You"LEA...
03/03/2020

AGC MEETING REMINDER: Kent Plantation House
WEDNESDAY, March 4th. Coffee at 9:30/Meeting at 10 AM
"Happy Trails to You"
LEARN about the 24 mile Azalea Trail which begins near Woodworth with Steve Shrively, Kisatchie wildlife biologist. This is just in time to select a trail and see the azaleas in bloom.
REMEMBER to BRING Horticulture
Let’s Go to the Movies booklet
2 page horticulture cards
Yearbook

Lichens are not harmful, but they are an indicator that your plant is stressed. If you improve the health of your plant,...
03/02/2020

Lichens are not harmful, but they are an indicator that your plant is stressed. If you improve the health of your plant, the lichens will go away.

LICHENS!!! (our monthly post on the topic)

Lichens are often found growing on rocks, window-panes and plants. They are harmless but could indicate that something is wrong with a plant or tree.

Lichens usually don’t grow on young, healthy, actively growing trees and shrubs. As long as an object is growing (or moving), lichens can’t take hold. On the other hand, stressed trees and shrubs grow very slowly and often have lichens growing on them.

Lichens are not pathogens, meaning they don’t cause disease in plants. They use the plants as a surface to grow on. When a tree or shrub begins to decline due to some sort of environmental stress or other disorder, its leaf canopy will thin and allow sunlight to enter and support lichen growth. If overall plant health is improved, a dense, vibrant leaf canopy should inhibit any sunlight available for lichen growth.

Lichens are often found growing on trees planted in the lawn. The two most common causes for stress to trees and shrubs is injury to the plant from trimmers and trimmers, and poorly drained soils. Other reasons include herbicide damage, poor plant quality and planting technique, and forgetting to remove plant ties and plastic name tags that can girdle branches.

If you see lichens growing on trees and shrubs in the landscape, this is a clue that something is causing your plants to grow slowly and decline in health. This could be a combination of factors like plant competition, drought stress, root stress, over watering, soil compaction, poor nutrition or improper soil pH.

If you remove what’s stressing your trees or shrubs (correct the pH, improve drainage, apply fertilizer improvement of air movement around the plants), the lichens will go away and the plant’s overall health will improve. A fungicide containing copper can also be applied to aid in control.

The Garden Professors
02/17/2020

The Garden Professors

Happy Monday!

The Hummingbirds are coming soon!
02/12/2020

The Hummingbirds are coming soon!

RUBY THROATED Hummingbird Migration map only. (Most active areas) When do I start hanging my hummingbird feeders map.
* remember homemade nectar is best 🌺 without any dyes or flavoring, just water and sugar. HummingbirdPots.com

02/10/2020
LSU AgCenter

Proper pruning for crape myrtles from the LSU AgCenter.. don't crape murder.

February is a great time to prune crape myrtles, just make sure you don't commit crape murder. This term is used to describe severely cutting back crape myrtle trees. St. Tammany Parish county agent Will Afton discusses proper pruning techniques in this video from Banting's Nursery.

Stop the Crape Murder!
02/10/2020
Crape Murder

Stop the Crape Murder!

As healthy trees are hacked in the prime of their lives, an expert pleads: “Stop the madness!”

AGC MEETING REMINDER: Kent Plantation HouseWEDNESDAY, February 5th. Coffee at 9:30/Meeting at 10 AM"Oldies but Goodies"L...
02/03/2020

AGC MEETING REMINDER: Kent Plantation House
WEDNESDAY, February 5th. Coffee at 9:30/Meeting at 10 AM
"Oldies but Goodies"
LEARN about the La. Garden Clubs unique program - Live Oak Society whose members and officers are trees. Mr. Frank Thibodeaux will explain the history, purpose and goals of this society. And, Darren Green will be submitting local trees for membership. Live oaks are a symbol of the deep south and we are proud that our state and our club recognizes their significance in our landscape.
REMEMBER to Bring your printed copy of the Flower Show schedule that Yvette sent you last week. She will be going over it and it would be helpful if you had your copy to follow along.
BRING horticulture

Time to remove the old and dead foliage before new growth appears.
01/28/2020
Garden Tips: Now's the time to cut back ground covers

Time to remove the old and dead foliage before new growth appears.

GROUND COVER: Clip ground covers back now through February before new growth appears to remove unattractive foliage, rejuvenate the plants and control growth. Liriope, monkey grass, wedelia, Japanese ardisia and

Did your Sasanquas and Camellias not bloom as usual this year?
01/20/2020

Did your Sasanquas and Camellias not bloom as usual this year?

SASANQUAS NOT BLOOMING and CAMELLIA JAPONICAS BLOOMING LESS last 2-3 months. Although this topic has been discussed a lot, we have not specifically addressed it on our page.

Numerous reports of this situation across the South. We were very hot and very dry in the late summer and early fall. This is the time when the buds finish developing on camellias. Sasanquas bloom early (starting in late October) and Camellia japonicas bloom later (starting in December). We had a very significant cold spell November 13-ish across the South. In October we had a 97 degree day. Around Halloween was a frost/light freeze. Then, the second week in November we were 23 degrees at our nursery. Plants that were more stressed during the 2019 droughty days were more susceptible to bud drop but this occurred across different landscape conditions.

Thanks to Mary Beth Roussel in Baton Rouge for these photos - note all the flower buds of Shi Shi Gashira on the ground this fall after the cold spell and note the nice Shi Shi Gashira planting at her house with only a few blooms when this planting would normally be full of flowers at the time to photo was taken.

Many of us in the horticulture game cannot recall this happening in the last 20-25 years. Mother Nature cannot be beaten.

We had a great Garden Club Christmas luncheon! The "Halls were Decked", Christmas carols were sung, and the Grinch enter...
12/05/2019

We had a great Garden Club Christmas luncheon! The "Halls were Decked", Christmas carols were sung, and the Grinch entertained us. And, the pot luck dishes were especially delicious!

Alexandria Garden Club Christmas Luncheon.Wednesday, December 4 at 11:30 a.m. we will have our Don't miss our the skit b...
12/02/2019

Alexandria Garden Club Christmas Luncheon.
Wednesday, December 4 at 11:30 a.m. we will have our
Don't miss our the skit by the "AGC Players"
"A Very Grinchy Christmas to You"
Remember to bring a covered dish and serving utensil.
No horticulture, Bring $$ for Bromeliad orders.
Wear an ugly sweater, or a bedazzled sweater, a glitzy blouse, or something that is cozy and comfortable.
Looking forward to seeing you there!

Beautiful wreath with dried flowers!
11/13/2019

Beautiful wreath with dried flowers!

Going wreath wild over here! #localflowers #driedflowers

November's Civic Beautification for Pineville was awarded to Crest Industries on Hwy 28 East.  The large campus is immac...
11/07/2019

November's Civic Beautification for Pineville was awarded to Crest Industries on Hwy 28 East. The large campus is immaculately groomed, Both old growth trees and younger trees all around the building provide nice shade. Plantings around the sign are very attractive and the well-pruned knock-out roses are about to burst into bloom. The display of chrysanthemums and pumpkins provide nice color.

AGC MEETING REMINDER: Wednesday, November 6, 2019 at Kent House:  9:30 and the meeting starts at 10:00. PROGRAM: "Oh, My...
11/04/2019

AGC MEETING REMINDER: Wednesday, November 6, 2019 at Kent House: 9:30 and the meeting starts at 10:00.
PROGRAM: "Oh, My Aching Back." It's about raised beds; from rustic to classic to whimsical, the pros and cons will be explained as well as construction, location and care. There will be lots of pictures to give you inspiration for raising your beds.
Here is a list of things for you to remember:
DUES $35.00, HORTICULTURE- 3 specimens a year.
NAME TAG, YEARBOOK, COFFEE CUP,
You are welcome to BRING A GUEST to our meeting..
IN-SERVICE - After the meeting, the in-service topic will be tools and items needed for working with flowers and types of containers that are good for different types of designs. Everyone is invited to stay as this is important information that will be used for the Flower Show. A necessary topic for new members and a good refresher for established members.

Stop the Crape Murder. And Yes, It is Actually Bad for  the Tree.
10/19/2019

Stop the Crape Murder. And Yes, It is Actually Bad for the Tree.

It is October, so crape myrtle pruning season has started. That means, unfortunately, that the “murder” method of pruning is being conducted on our beautiful Lagerstroemias! Why? The world may never know!

Our senior horticulturist Allen Owings has worked in partnership with other nurseries, landscapers and affiliated other industry sectors, along with land grant universities, over the last 2 years to advocate for “proper” crape myrtle pruning. A Facebook impact of over 2 million. Yet, the improper pruning continues.

Please, please, please - thin as needed! No topping! Stop the crap and save the crapes (crepes).....

10/18/2019

This Saturday, October 19th, (already), will be the regular third Saturday gardeners workday. It is also Reptile Day so there will be lots of activities going on. The YCP group will be here to help. Gates will open at 7:00. Please come out and spend an hour or two working in the gardens. All help is welcome!

Gardening Ideas Daily
10/18/2019
Gardening Ideas Daily

Gardening Ideas Daily

Growing new plants from cuttings is a great way to increase your stock in a relatively short time. Rooted cuttings are often sturdier than seedlings, and come to maturity faster, many of them bearing flowers and fruits much earlier than seedlings.

A "few" more pictures from the productions of The Wartville Wizard by the Alexandria Garden Club members
10/14/2019

A "few" more pictures from the productions of The Wartville Wizard by the Alexandria Garden Club members

These members of the Alexandria Garden Club presented The Wartville Wizard play to Rosenthal Elementary and Prompt Succo...
10/14/2019

These members of the Alexandria Garden Club presented The Wartville Wizard play to Rosenthal Elementary and Prompt Succor Elementary today. They did a great job and their production was well received at both schools.

National Garden Clubs Inc.
10/14/2019
National Garden Clubs Inc.

National Garden Clubs Inc.

Your free composting starter kit is falling from the trees right now!

#nationalgardenclubs #plantamerica

The Fall Flowers in Forest Hill are calling you!
10/11/2019

The Fall Flowers in Forest Hill are calling you!

Cool weather is here!
Just recieved a fresh delivery of pansys, snap dragons, dianthus and much more. Come see us and begin your fall gardening.
We are now open Monday thru Friday 8:00 - 4:00
Saturday 8:00 - 2:00
Closed Sundays
#fall color
#huge mums
#pansys # snapdragons

We saw two different and very creative versions of making Three Season Arrangements from Mary and Leslie at our meeting!...
10/06/2019

We saw two different and very creative versions of making Three Season Arrangements from Mary and Leslie at our meeting! Great ideas!

So your Caladiums have reached the ugly stage, what do you do?
10/04/2019
Here’s what you can do with caladiums

So your Caladiums have reached the ugly stage, what do you do?

(10/05/18) Caladiums are among the most reliable summer bedding plants for providing color in shady areas and even in the sunny beds. They stay attractive despite the intense heat of summer and are rarely bothered by insects or disease.

09/30/2019

GARDEN CLUB - OCTOBER MEETING REMINDER:
Kent House. Social time is 9:30/meeting begins at 10:00.
Program: "How to Get Through Three Seasons Using the Same Plant Materials." presented by Mary Vizzier and Leslie Mikell.
Please remember to bring your dues - $35.00.
Bring horticulture in clear bottles with your name and the name of your plant.
There will be an In-service for our new members immediately following the meeting.
After the meeting the Wartville Wizards Cast will be rehearsing.

Have a little fun with your arrangments!
09/26/2019

Have a little fun with your arrangments!

There are some very interesting kinds of containers that are actually a grouping of smaller containers on one base, or fused together. These are lots of fun to play with.

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