The Northshore Garden and Plant Sale was held at the St. Tammany Parish Fairgrounds in Covington Friday and Saturday, April 22 (Earth Day) and April 23, with proceeds benefitting the Bobby Fletcher Sr. and St. Tammany Master Gardeners College Scholarship Funds.
Several hundred people turned out for the long-awaited spring event, with a record turnout on Friday as gardeners from throughout the area converged on the showbarn filled with scores of exhibits, plants, lawn ornaments, books, and a raffle table loaded with dozens of donated goodies.
People came with their own wagons and cruised up and down the aisles, seeing what they needed to complete (or even start) this year's garden, a welcome return to getting outside and making green things happen. It was put on by the St. Tammany Master Gardeners and the LSU AgCenter.
Vendors included Bonjour, Bruce's Bromeliads, Don and Shirley's Nursery, Dub's Nursery, Flower Pot Nursery, Fronderosa, Full Moon, Geaux Veggies, Gene's Greenhouse, Gomez Pine Straw, Grant's Plants, Guidry's Daylily, Kat Kaw, Kool Art, LeRoy Aucoi, Louisiana Growers, Mizell Camellias, Mizell Farms, My Edible Nursery, Nancy's Plants, Ninth Ward, Northshore High, Old Town Markete, Petalsmith, Rodrique, Southern Driftwood, Succulent Fanatic Farms, Weeds N' Stuff, Wild Bird Center and Wild Wood Apiary.
Food trucks on hand for the event included Creole Tomateaux, Frozen Bliss, Krazy Kettle, Main Squeeze and Old School Eats.
A number of speakers from the LSU AgCenter were also available to talk about various topics of interest to gardeners. Among the topics were micro-greens, edible landscapes, common landscape diseases, weed control, hemp, storm water management, native plants, and selecting and planting landscape trees.
St. Tammany Master Gardeners have contributed over $46,000 in scholarships to St. Tammany students majoring in agricultural fields.
Here are some photographs of the event recently held at the fairgrounds.