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       Third Annual Gardening Seminar         

Saturday January 19, 2013

West Monroe Convention Center


Presented by the Northeast Louisiana Master Gardeners

North Louisiana Agri-business Council

Roger Swain, former host of The Victory Garden on PBS will be our keynote speaker this year.  Roger hosted The Victory Garden from the mid 1980's until 2001. Also known as "the man in the red suspenders," Roger Swain is perhaps the most widely recognized male gardening authority. The author of five books, Roger holds both a Bachelor's and Ph.D. degree from Harvard College.  His topic is "Growing Food in Public."  Read more about Roger on the reverse side.


Christy Francis is Assistant Manager of Kiroli Park for the City of West Monroe. She also serves as Environmental and Educational Coordinator for the West Monroe Department of Parks and Recreation. In addition, she serves on the board for the Northeast Louisiana Master Gardeners. She holds Bachelor's degrees in integrated pest management (entomology) and environmental design as well as a Master's degree in industrial design, all from Auburn University. Along with plant propagation, gardening with natives and edibles she includes crafting, photography, and environmental education among her primary interests.

Teresa Robin Morris has been a resident of West Monroe for more than four decades and has been growing herbs for the past 18 years. Teresa's love for herbs began on a camping trip in Arkansas, and she's been hooked ever since. Teresa joined the Ouachita Herb Society in 1996, and has served in every capacity from President to Treasurer. She is an active Master Gardener and maintains memberships in the Northeast Louisiana Flower Society, the Northeast Louisiana Rose Society, and the Louisiana Bayou Bluebird Society. Between 2005 and 2012,Teresa and her husband Ted who is also a Master Gardener, were the owners of Thyme In The Garden where visitors enjoyed gourmet lunches and garden tours.  Teresa will be speaking on the cultivation and propagation of herbs.



Door Prizes                 Refreshments                         Vendors                       Free Seed                   Free Plants


Vendors will be on hand selling a wide variety of garden-themed items.


Doors Open 7:30 A.M.            Registration $20           Pre-registration or  Walk-ins are welcome


It is the policy of the Louisiana Cooperative Extension Service that no person shall be subjected to discrimination on the grounds of

 race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, or disability.


      7:30 - 8:15    Registration,  Meet Roger, Vendors                                             9:15 -  9:45   Christy Francis

      8:15 - 8:30    Welcome Remarks                                                                         9:45 - 10:15  Refreshments, Vendors, Book Signing          

      8:30 - 9:00    Teresa Morris                                                                              10:15 - 11:30 Roger Swain

      9:00 - 9:15    Door Prize and intro next speaker                                                11:30 - 12:00 Door Prizes, vendors, meet Roger, Adjourn


Roger Swain will be available at the NELA Master Gardeners Table at Ag Expo from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.



            The Kitchen Garden


                                                                                  Flowers and Food

               From The

Home Garden 



Roger Swain, former host of The Victory Garden on PBS, will be the featured speaker at the third annual Northeast La. Master Gardeners Seminar Jan. 19, 2013. Roger hosted The Victory Garden from the mid 1980's until 2001.


Biologist, gardener, writer and storyteller, Roger Swain was born and raised outside Boston Massachusetts. He graduated from Harvard College, and went on to earn a Ph.D. studying the behavior in ants in tropical rain forests, before becoming Science Editor of Horticulture Magazine. Since 1978, readers have been enjoying Roger's essays and articles in that magazine, as well as his five books: Earthly Pleasures, Field Days, The Practical Gardener, Saving Graces, and Groundwork. When he is not editing Horticulture, filming a TV series, writing, or meeting with gardeners across the country, Roger can be found at work in the orchard and gardens of his New Hampshire farm.


Roger's literary career led to him receiving the American Horticultural Society Award For Writing in 1992, then being awarded the Massachusetts Horticultural Society Gold Medal for his ‘Power To Inspire Others' in 1996.


Roger is always on the go traveling across the country talking to and teaching young gardeners. Chatting with fellow gardeners and those new to gardening is one of Roger's passions. Roger recently co-hosted People, Places, and Plants, a show on HGTV that celebrates New England gardens and gardeners. It features Roger's commentary "Food for Thought".


Common sense, dry wit and experience all rolled into one, Roger offers a wealth of useful and practical information to help you have the most productive garden possible while learning to make choices that work with the surrounding environment. "The skill of gardening was the single greatest skill that humans ever invented," Swain said. "It's an ancient art — 10,000 years old". And it's like sticking your finger in the light socket of life. You're doing something really important."







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Make checks payable to NELAMG.  Mail payment and registration form to: NELA Master Gardeners, 704 Cypress Street, West Monroe, LA 71291.                                


                                Registration                                                                                $20.00                                

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