OUR COMMUNITY PROJECTS

Abita Springs Library Garden

The Abita Springs Library Project’s primary focus is promotion of gardening and to provide gardening education for the Abita Springs residents and surrounding community. Spring and Fall presentations are created, organized, and presented by St. Tammany Master Gardeners in conjunction with the St. Tammany Parish library staff. The presentations are open to anyone in the community. Some project members also lend a hand with the library’s butterfly and herb garden.

Project Chair: Sandy Thomaszewski

Boys and Girls Club of Covington

Master Gardener volunteers provide the horticultural expertise and management of an infrastructure consisting of vegetable planter boxes, herb and patch beds, a planned butterfly garden and the potential for much more. The focus is engaging the Club every Friday after 3:00pm and during summer camp in an edible learning environment where the children grow their own gardens. We also provide our local community with a platform for volunteer opportunities (Chevron, American Heart Association, Rotary Club).

Project Chair: Inactive Project, the club moved and is rebuilding so project inactive as there is no outside area at this time.

Covington Farmers Market

Master Gardener volunteers host a table at the Farmers Market the 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month to answer questions and provide gardening tips as well as promote upcoming events.

Project Chairs: Diana Cammatte (1st Saturday) and Billie Stanga (3rd Saturday)

Covington Library Project

Each year, the St. Tammany Master Gardeners and the Covington librarians host a Spring Garden Festival with local speakers, table talks, plants for sale and food to eat. The 2019 theme was “pollinators.”

Project Coordinator: Changes Annually

Fall Seminar

The fall seminar is hosted by the St. Tammany Master Gardener Association as an event to educate the community about the art and science of gardening. It takes more than a hundred volunteers to produce this premier event. Guest speakers come from around the country and provide education and entertainment. There is a plant boutique, gardening books for sale, and lunch catered by a local chef.

Project Chair: Open

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: Barbara Moore and David Maher

Lang House Garden

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 Volunteers

Master Gardener volunteers work in the office to answer telephone calls related to gardening. The morning and afternoon shifts are four hours long and this is a great way to learn new things. You do not have to know everything, just where to find it!

Project Chair: Cindy Manger

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

Northshore Garden and Plant Sale

This two-day event is held each spring and open to the public for a small entry fee. It is our primary fund-raiser and is lots of fun with many vendors, loads of plants and gardening materials, opportunities to meet Master Gardener  volunteers, and to buy garden plants and accoutrements.  

Project Chair: Julie Deus

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 and 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 Partnership (Rooting the Future)

Master Gardeners work with several schools in the Parish to establish Legacy Gardens and support Arbor Day activities.

Marigny Elementary School – Sue McQuire, Coordinator

Lee Road Elementary School – Lyn Monteleone, Coordinator

Woodlake Elementary School – Pat Sharpe, Coordinator

Project Chair: Dave Maher

Slidell Farmers Market

Master Gardener volunteers research, write and produce horticultural talks for community garden groups, membership, and to our parish libraries. We also host a Spring Garden Fest at the Covington library each Spring.

Project Chair: Janet Schexnayder

Slidell Library Herb and Pollinators Garden

The Slidell Library Herb and Pollinators Gardens are wonderful raised beds filled with herbs, natives, and flowers. Our group meets once a month to spruce up beds, learn about the herbs and plants, and sporadically craft, harvest, and taste herbs. The garden is there for us to share and learn about the plants growing habits. We have a Fall and Spring Herb Festival that the community enjoys. This is a great place to learn everything about growing, cooking, harvesting, preserving and aromatherapy of herbs. You will gain knowledge of which pollinating plants are beneficial and beautiful in your home environment.

Project Chair: Linda Franzo

Speakers’ Bureau

Master Gardener volunteers research, write and produce horticultural talks for community garden groups, membership, and to our parish libraries. We will be hosting a Spring Garden Fest at the Covington library in April, 2018.

Project Chair: Darice Breeding

Spring Seminar

Our newest Master Gardener graduates host a day-long educational event each spring that is open to the community for a modest fee.  The seminar features local and regional speakers, informational table talks, and lunch.

Project Chair: Newest Graduating Class

Super Plant Garden at LSU AgCenter

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

Table Talks

Table talks are a way for us to fulfill our mission to teach others, including other Master Gardeners and the public. At our seminars, the Plant Sale, and at other events, MG volunteers set up a table and do demonstrations or just give information about a topic of interest. Ex: attracting hummingbirds, soft wood cuttings, caladiums, and composting. If you have an interest, sign up to share your knowledge or help someone at their table talk.

Project Chair: Open

Vegucators

This group of Master Gardeners is dedicated to learning more about growing vegetables in St. Tammany Parish. They undergo additional training beyond the regular MG class so they can be available to answer questions about vegetable insects and disease, give talks to the community and to our organization and keep us up to date on the latest information and trends about growing vegetables.

Project Chairs: Dawn Lavoie and Mimi Padgett

West St. Tammany Habitat for Humanity

Master Gardener volunteers educate new homeowners by providing several classroom sessions along with two to three planting days just before the closing on their house.

Project Chairs: Jenny Graffeo and Julie Deus

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ST. TAMMANY MASTER GARDENER ASSOCIATION

PO Box 2074, Mandeville, LA 70470

info@stmastergardener.org

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