Louisiana Gardening »»»Published: May 28, 2009

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  • Tired of seeing gardening shows that tell you how to raise posies in Indiana?

That's why Louisiana Public Broadcasting has produced Louisiana Gardening, a special dealing with landscaping, and growing flowers and vegetables in Louisiana.

Louisiana Gardening is a two-hour special hosted by popular New Orleans gardener Dan Gill, the co-author of the Louisiana Gardener's Guide and the author of Month-by-Month Gardening in Louisiana. Gill, who hosts a radio show and does a weekly gardening segment on WWL-TV, gives tips on how to solve the problems that keep you from having a great flower bed or vegetable garden. Dan is joined by camellia expert Art Landry, butterfly gardener Linda Auld, and Bill Fontenot, an expert on landscaping using native plants.



Butterfly Gardening
Linda Auld
, the "Bug Lady of New Orleans," is owner of Barber Laboratories, a pest control company started by her grandfather. Her interest in butterflies has led to her establishing Bug Lady Farms, where she gardens and raises caterpillars for butterfly releases at special events and for butterfly conservatories in our region.

Camellias
imageArt Landry
has been a camellian all his life, having learned to appreciate these beautiful ornamentals as a child growing up in Houma, Louisiana. He is president emeritus of the American Camellia Society and a Director of the International Camellia Society. Art has been a show judge for many years and is Magazine Editor of the Gulf Coast Camellia Society. As a charter member of the Baton Rouge Camellia Society, he currently concentrates on educational programs, and maintains 300-400 camellias at his home in Baton Rouge.

Early Spring Crops
Will Perkins
is a biologist and environmental engineer who lives and works in the Zachary area. At their home, Will and his wife cultivate a wide range of seasonal organic vegetables and herbs that are sold under the Port Hudson Organics and Natural Woman Products trade names. Will is a member of the Louisiana Organic Growers Association and is also involved in air quality initiatives in the Baton Rouge area. image

Landscape Tips for Southern Gardens
Anne Spafford
is an Assistant Professor in the School of Landscape Architecture at Louisiana State University. She received her bachelor degree in Ornamental Horticulture and master's degree in Landscape Architecture, both from the University of Illinois. After working for the Historic Landscape Division of the Army Corps of Engineers and then a residential design firm, she left her colleagues in the midwest 2 1/2 years ago for the greener and warmer pastures of the Deep South. She now teaches several courses in plant materials and planting design and researches how landscapes impact human well-being.

Landscaping with Native Plants
imageBill Fontenot
is a naturalist with the Acadiana Park Nature Center in Lafayette. He and his wife also run a native plant nursery and ecological consulting service at their home in Carencro, Louisiana.

Bill will be featuring commercial and residential landscapes which he and others have designed using native plants. He is the author of several books, including 'Native Gardening in the South,' and has contributed hundreds of articles to various newsletters, newspapers, and magazines throughout the eastern U.S. He is a former president of the Louisiana Native Plant Society, a former director of the Gulf Coast Native Plant Conference, and a former program director for the Cullowhee Native Plant Conference, held each summer at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, North Carolina.

  

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