LOUISIANA ARTICLE ARCHIVE

Below you will find our growing collection of Louisiana-specific articles. Enjoy!

BACKYARD SERENITY

Nature lifts the spirit and feeds the soul Story and Photography by Yvonne Lelong Bordelon If the sight of the blue skies fills you with joy, if a blade of grass springing up in the fields has power to move you, if the simple things in nature have a message you understand, rejoice, for your …

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SPANISH TOWN PERSONALITY

By Yvonne Lelong Bordelon The delightful Spanish Town garden of Lloyd Wardrip and Archie Obregon, which was one of the four gardens featured in Hilltop Arboretum’s Spring Garden Tour in Baton Rouge, is an imaginative harmony of color, texture, and form. Their extensive collection of more than 200 container plants, inground shrubs and trees, and …

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BANANA PEPPERS

Some like ‘em hot, some like ‘em not Story and Photos by A.J. Heinsz-Bailey Nearly all Louisianans have encountered peppers – in a culinary dish or in their gardens. Stuffed bell peppers have always been a church potluck staple and hot sauce – Tabasco or another – is a common table condiment.  Banana peppers are …

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HUMBLE EARTH GARDEN

By Leslie Leonpacher Humble Earth garden … the name doesn’t quite do this place justice. If by being humble you mean that this garden provides a sustainable, renewable environment then perhaps it is aptly named, but it is so much more. Sanctuary, nurturing environment …  however you label it, for some creatures these places are …

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A CHERRY ON TOP!

Tiny terrific tomatoes to tempt even timid gardeners By A.J. Heinsz-Bailey Before you can repeat that tongue twister five times you will have the knowledge to grow your own tiny treasures. True tomato enthusiasts long for that first vine-ripened tomato every spring. To help shorten the wait, consider growing cherry tomatoes. These delicious morsels will …

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THE GREAT FALL BATTLE

Resolving Brussels sprout and red cabbage garden mysteries By Kathryn Fontenot Louisiana fall gardens almost always include cabbage plants. Whether you grow them for nourishment, coleslaw, eggrolls, relish, or salads … or perhaps to throw in St Patrick’s Day Parades, they are generally a staple crop of fall gardens. In general, Louisiana gardeners can grow …

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PLAN TO PLANT

Think about what you really want and plan it out before you dig By Dan Gill Louisiana gardeners are often told that the key to gardening success is planting the right plant in the right place. Although this sounds relatively simple, a lot goes into the decision of what plants should be used and where …

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NASTURTIUM

Story and Photography by Yvonne Lelong Bordelon Old-fashioned nasturtiums are perfect for Louisiana’s cool seasons. In North Louisiana, the attractive edible beauties can be enjoyed from early spring through summer. In South Louisiana, this flowering cook’s delight can be grown from fall through spring during mild winters.  Vining varieties are happy on fences, trellises, or …

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GO PLUM CRAZY!

Growing plums in your Louisiana landscape Story and Photography by A.J. Heinsz-Bailey In the early 19th century, “plum” meant any desirable treasure, a coveted prize, or the best of a group. Now the word is used as an adjective describing something covetable, like a “plum role” in a movie. Living up to this reputation is not …

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