Saturday, March 17, 2018

Northshore Garden and Plant Sale

The St. Tammany Master Gardener Association and the LSU AgCenter held the annual "Northshore Garden & Plant Sale" Friday and Saturday, March 16 and 17, at the parish fairgrounds in Covington. The gate admission helped raise money for the Bobby Fletcher Sr. College Scholarship Fund and the St. Tammany Master Gardener College Scholarship Fund.

Some 45 exhibitors lined the aisles of the Bobby Fletcher Sr. Agriculture Showbarn, representing a variety of nurseries, lawn ornament artists and craftsmen, and educational outreaches. Talks were presented on a number of topics, including beekeeping, gluten-free baking, butterflies, and different kinds of gardening techniques. 

Here are some photographs. Click on the images to make them larger. 

It's a big place.

A large number of young folks and students turned out for the event. 

Some folks were dressed up in butterfly costumes. 

The plant experts at Northshore High School had an exhibit and sales booth to display the product of their efforts in their greenhouse and acre of garden.

It wasn't all plants. There were garden ornaments and artwork as well.

Leroy Aucoin had his PVC Pipe bird creations on display.

A number of educational presentations were offered in the Rusty Batty speakers tent. Topics ranged from dealing with termites to growing citrus and from caring for azaleas to home vegetable gardening.

Beekeeping was a hot topic, as was the proper care and maintenance of garden tools.

Vendors included Inwood Gardens, Mizell Farms, Dub's Nursery, David's Pottery Garden, Pine Hills Nursery, Tiller of the Land, Folsom Nursery, New Orleans Old Roses, Bamboo Nursery, Bois D'Arc Gardens, Bruce's Bromeliads, Michael Weeds, Susan's Style, St. Tammany Forestry Association, Dogwood Hill Nursery, MG Gloves/Books, CBros Innovations, Gomez Pine Straw, Wild Bird Center, Dixie Fruit, Kat Kaw Landscape, Ornamental Driftwood, Merle's Daylily Patch, Unique Woodwork, Luana K. Perez Photography, Salvaged Past, Full Moon Gardens, Mizell Camellia Hill Nursery, Louisiana Growers, Star AMO Crescent Casting, The Flower Pot Nursery, Boy Scouts Troop 119, Citrus Tree NOLA, Alkaline Water, Kool Art, Southbound Gardens, Fronderosa, and several Master Gardener tables and educational exhibits. 

Also on hand were food trucks and refreshments.

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