Another day full of beautiful plants and delicious food!
Our day began at the LSU AgCenter Hammond Research Station in Hammond, LA. Allen Owings gave an incredible tour of the gardens and the beds were just amazing!
Dr. Allen Owings: outstanding in his field!
We rode wagons throughout the gardens.
Our next stop was Crosby Arboretum. The Arboretum is part of the Mississippi State University Coastal Research and Extension Center. We were treated to a fantastic lunch and plenty of time to explore this native plant conservatory and Pinecote Pavillion. To learn more about Crosby, visit: crosbyarboretum.msstate.edu
Next on today’s itinerary was a stop at the South Mississippi Branch Station, also part of Coastal R and E Center. There we explred the many trial beds including All-America Selection trials and demonstrations.
So many new plants!
Our final stop of the day was GreenForest Nursery in Perkinston, MS. Dan Batson was a gracious host! He and his wife Kathy welcomed us to their home after an incredible tour of the nursery and propagation area.
Dan Batson and Patricia Knight.
Hiram Baldwin discussing magnolia propagation.
Propagation house at GreenForest.
Tomorrow is sure to be another busy and educational day!
Wow! What a great start to our tour! We started out visiting Buddy Lee’s Transcend Nursery in Independence, Louisiana. His expansion area was once an old nursery site, and there’s still some lingering evidence, like these old cans.
Old can yard.
Then Buddy, along with his friends and family, treated everyone to an awesome lunch complete with shrimp, catfish, brisket, and alligator nuggets! There was even Zydeco band, so of course there was dancing!
Our next stop was to Jenkins Farm and Nursery and Amite, where Ms. Margie held court.
Ms. Margie forgets more about plants each day than I’ll ever know!
She shared her knowledge and her fantastic collection of unusual plants.
White Moon azalea
When presented with a thank you gift, Ms. Margie remarked, “A gathering of plant people is a feast for the soul.”
Then we headed up the road to visit the spectacular Bracy’s Nursery.
There we learned a lot about nursery production and propagation. Randy and Regina Bracy were wonderful hosts, wining and dining us at their home!
Now to get some rest before we hit the road bright and early in the morning!
The Southern Region of the International Plant Propagators’ Society (IPPS) is hosting the international board. Dr. Patricia Knight, Department Head of Coastal Research and Extension Center, is the current President. Therefore, it is our pleasure to host the Board for a tour of nurseries and cultural attractions along the Gulf Coast. Our tour starts in New Orleans and ends at the Southern Region meeting in Tampa! Participants will begin coming in tomorrow from China, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, England, South Africa, and elsewhere.
Stay tuned to follow us on our adventures!
Join us September 17th for an informative workshop on Farm to School in Mississippi!
Location: MSU Coastal Research and Extension Center
1815 Popps Ferry Road
Biloxi, MS 39532
Please RSVP to email@example.com by Sept.11.
For more information, check out the attached flyer!
Regional Farm to School Workshop_biloxi
Dine out. Do Good.
September is No Kid Hungry month.
All month long, people from across the country will come together to raise funds and awareness for fighting childhood hunger by dining out for No Kid Hungry at participating restaurants.
Each year, 16 million children in America face food insecurity every day. September is a month when everyone can become part of the solution simply by dining out. Thousands of participating restaurants are incentivizing customers to help No Kid Hungry through unique promotions that include percentage of your purchase, discounts or coupons on your return visit. You win from the restaurant’s promotion. The restaurant wins for having you as a customer. And America’s kids win, because you helped make No Kid Hungry take a step closer to becoming a reality.
All month long you can find a participating dine out restaurant by visiting NoKidHungry.org or by texting DINE to 877-877. Bring your family, friends and coworkers to enjoy a meal and special offer from one of the thousands of participating partners. Share your visit by posting a picture and tagging with #NoKidHungry.