Our mission is to assist the Sierra Club in their collaboration with the Park to maintain and improve existing beds as well as develop new gardens and areas. The project will include the development of an educational guide of native plants in Fontainebleau Park for the State Parks website and a digital ID system using QR codes on individual plant signage readable by visitors’ cellphones.
Project Chair: Kim Burt
Habitat for Humanity
Master Gardener volunteers provide several classroom sessions with new homeowners and 2-3 planting days just before the new owners close on their house.
Project Chairs: Julie Deus and Jenny Graffeo
Lacombe Butterfly Garden
Master Gardeners maintain the garden by weeding, replanting, pruning, and cleaning the area. We sponsor the Wild Things Festival at the Lacombe Wildlife Refuge. At the festival four tables are set up under a tent and children are invited to do art projects related to butterflies and other pollinators. Information is provided on the plants needed in a garden to attract butterflies and the butterfly life cycle.
Project Chairs: Dave Maher and Barbara Moore
Lang House Gardens
The Lang House Jardin Potager is part of the Historic Lang House Museum in Old Mandeville. This beautiful potager of herbs, flowers, fruits, and vegetables was designed and built by members of the St. Tammany Master Gardener class of 2017 as an inspiration for pleasure and healing to those who visit. The harvest will be incorporated in the Old Mandeville community.
Project Chair: Peter Weaver
LSU AgCenter Super Plant Garden
Under Will Afton’s direction, the Super Plants are chosen, planted, and maintained for the garden in the front of the Ag Center.
Project Chair: Will Afton
Northlake Nature Center
Northlake Nature Center (NNC) is a jewel of western St. Tammany, located between Bayou Castine and Pelican Park. Although recent actions by the gas line company have ruined the butterfly garden at the entrance, there remain several hundred acres of several ecosystems with eight miles of trails. Removal of invasive exotics and planting native trees, shrubs, and flowers are ongoing activities.
Project Chair: Jim Russell
Otis House Rose Garden
Located in Fairview-Riverview State Park in Madisonville this garden is maintained by master gardener volunteers. Workdays are held throughout the year to weed, prune, plant and clean the area.
Project Chairs: Ann Durel and Judy McCloskey
Parenting Center Butterfly & Vegetable Garden
Master Gardener volunteers maintain a butterfly garden and a vegetable garden and teach the children about gardening, bugs, and butterflies. They help make learning fun.
Project Chair: Janet Jones
School Garden Partnerships (Rooting the Future)
Master Gardeners work with several schools in the Parish to establish Legacy Gardens and support Arbor Day activities.
Project Chair: Dave Maher
Lee Road Elementary School – Lyn Monteleone, CoordinatorMarigny Elementary School – Sue Maguire, Coordinator
Woodlake Elementary School – TBD
Slidell Library Garden
These wonderful raised beds are filled with herbs, natives, and flowers. Volunteers meet once a month to spruce up beds, learn about the herbs and plants, and sporadically craft, harvest, and taste herbs. Fall and Spring Herb Festivals are open to the community.