LOUISIANA ARTICLE ARCHIVE

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

WOODLAND PHLOX

Story and Photos by Yvonne Lelong Bordelon Woodland phlox, also known as wild sweet William, is a low-growing native perennial sporting masses of white, pink, blue, and lavender blooms. Pollinators, such as swallowtail, gray hairstreak, and western pygmy butterflies, are attracted to the fragrant flowers. Phlox forms colonies, spreading by shallow roots from stem nodes, …

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UNDER THE BRIDGE

Utilizing footbridges and creeks in the garden Story and Photos by A.J. Heinsz-Bailey Generally speaking, water has never been a problem for Louisiana gardeners. Sometimes, however, what to do with all the water can be a challenge for us. In northern parts of the state, we have hills, and down south, we have lowlands. Working …

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FROM STUDENT TO TEACHER

Dr. Charlie Johnson By Kathryn Fontenot Gardening is challenging. Storms, diseases, herds of insects, and unidentifiable problems lurk out there. The unpredictability and the constant need to prevent or overcome hurdles is why it is absolutely imperative that all gardeners learn from one another.  Dr. Charlie Johnson has shared his experiences with many budding gardeners …

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VEGGIE FIXES

15 problems solved in your warm-season vegetable garden Story and Photos By A.J. Heinsz-Bailey Every day there are changes in your vegetable garden. Along with these changes – temperatures, rainfall, insects and diseases – problems arise. The warm-season vegetable garden is a living entity that requires constant supervision to produce positive results (groceries). It is …

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ALMOSTA RANCH

Story and Photos by A.J. Heinsz-Bailey In 1978, Charlotte Fanz found the perfect property to call home. It was a 4-acre tract with a cottage and a pasture and plenty of room for native plants, which are Charlotte’s favorites. It reminded her of the cattle ranch she grew up on. She brought her family to …

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DR. JOE WHITE

6+ decades of gardening Story and Photo by Jennifer Williams If you have been a gardener in the Shreveport-Bossier City area in the last 30 or so years, you have probably heard of Dr. Joe White. The gold standard in gardening for the northwest Louisiana community, Dr. White has a long and varied history in …

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GARDENING ON A BUDGET

Story and Photos by A.J. Heinsz-Bailey Three years ago, high school sweethearts became a married couple and then a new house with a bare yard became a garden on a budget. Sky and Tiffany Barker are creating a great garden a little at a time by doing it themselves. Parents and grandparents are nearby for …

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LOOKING BACK

A nostalgic take on Louisiana gardens Story and Photos by Jennifer Williams Creating a garden with a nostalgic look is a very personal project. The task of recreating a memory can be daunting but beautiful, as the process takes you back to the plants of your favorite memories. A tiny pink rose, tucked into the …

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BEYOND GREEN

How to liven up your shade garden with a little color Story and Photos by Yvonne Lelong Bordelon In Louisiana, shade gardens are prized for the green coolness they offer on hot, humid summer days – places to sit and relax while sipping a cool drink. A garden in shade can be lovely when planted …

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