LOUISIANA ARTICLE ARCHIVE

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

FRINGE TREE

Story and Photos by Yvonne Lelong Bordelon Versatile, hardy, and beautiful, native fringe tree is perfect for urban landscapes. Also known as grancy graybeard, this member of the olive family has long, fragrant, wispy white spring blossoms that move with the slightest breeze. In summer, it sports dark purple fruit beloved by birds. In fall, …

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WHITE-FLOWERING TURNERA

Story and Photography Yvonne Lelong Bordelon White-flowering turnera is a useful ornamental native to tropical America. These sturdy shrubs are adaptable to many growing conditions and are drought and salt tolerant once established. The showy white flowers are pollinator magnets – especially to honeybees, bumblebees, and butterflies – making it a welcome addition to the …

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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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TURNIPS

A vegetable deeply rooted in the South Story and Photos by A.J. Heinsz-Bailey Turnips may not be the most glamorous vegetable in garden, but they have a loyal list of followers. The Scots carved them for Halloween before pumpkins took the job. Farmers used them for livestock fodder. Vermont even named the turnip as its …

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COEXISTING

Don’t forget the animals By Dan Gill Although we gardeners mostly focus on plants, we must admit that animals are also a part of our gardens. Many of the animals that inhabit or visit our gardens are never noticed, some are noticed and appreciated, some are decidedly not welcome, and some are tolerated with affection. …

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MAKE MINE SPICY!

Growing your own hot peppers at home By A.J. Heinsz-Bailey If you have never sat at the kitchen table with your eyes watering, mouth on fire, and nose dripping asking for one more ‘Carolina Reaper’ you might be missing a culinary delight. Since you live in the South, you probably like it hot and ‘Tabasco’ …

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JEANETTE BELL

Gardens on Mars and other earthly delights Story and Photography by Meaghan Clark Wandering the city of New Orleans while on a floral delivery, gardener Jeannette Bell got turned around and lost somewhere in the city’s Ninth Ward. What she did find was several blighted properties and vacant lots in need of love … and …

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AVOIDING FAILURE TO THRIVE

Sometimes a plant’s failure is obvious … sometimes not so much By Dan Gill I love lazy June days when it’s too hot to work in the garden. The temperatures are not quite as torrid as they will be later on. And that certain desperation that comes as scorching day follows scorching day has not …

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CELERY

Seasoning of the South Story and Photos by A.J. Heinsz-Bailey Celery (Apium graveolens) is a well-known element of Cajun and Creole cuisine. Along with bell pepper and onion, it is a member of the “Holy Trinity” seasoning mix. You don’t have to be French to appreciate the distinctive earthy aroma of homegrown celery. Jambalaya and …

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