Talkin’ Dirt with Kathy – April Dirt

Since you last heard from me, the azaleas have finished blooming, our lawnmowers have gone to work and we are now on daylight savings time!

In my last article, I mentioned the Jonquil Jubilee Festival in Gibsland, Louisiana.  If you recall, Gibsland is not only the town where Bonnie and Clyde met their end but also the daffodil capital of Louisiana.  On the first Saturday of March, three of my friends piled in my car and we made the hour drive to Gibsland to see the daffodils.  Gibsland has a small downtown area where several vendors had gathered to sell their hand crafted items, homemade jams and jellies as well as their prized daffodils.  After loading my car with all of the daffodils we purchased, we then began our self guided tour which included several historic homes and various plantings.  The daffodils were perfectly beautiful and we enjoyed our tour which took only about an hour.  However, with such an early spring, I feel like the daffodils were about 10 days past their peak.  Put this on your calendar though for next year because it was a great way to spend a Saturday morning.


Saturday, April 14, 2012

WEST MONROE FARMER’S MARKET will host its 4th annual spring Festival/ Plant Sale which is presented by the Northeast Louisiana Master Gardeners.  An assortment of annuals, perennials, ferns and shrubs will be for sale.  Master gardeners will be available to answer questions.  Also, there will be pottery, jewelry, yard art, soaps, jellies, jams, goat cheese and more!  1700 North 7th Street.

TRAILS AND TRELLISES:  A GARDEN TOUR AND SEMINAR.  Presented by the Piney Hills Louisiana Master Gardeners, this event in Minden, LA will feature four lovely area gardens and attractions.  9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Call Judy Burge at 318-949-4800, or Kay Boykin at 318-745-2630 to purchase tickets or you can stop by TG’s Garden Center in Minden to purchase your ticket.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012


The Biedenharn Museum and Gardens has proudly announced the speakers for their 22nd Annual Southern Garden Symposium.  John Grady Burns will give our floral demonstration, Brooks Garcia will answer, “What is a Garden?” and Neil Odenwald’s talk will definitely be a winner.  Neil is the landscape consultant for Elsong Gardens at the Biedenharn Museum.  The symposium will be held in various locations at the Biedenharn on Tuesday, April 17 from 9:00 AM until 3:30 PM.  The cost is $60.00 per person and includes the 3 guests speakers, morning refreshments, lunch and a wonderful time with fellow gardeners.  To register, call 387-5281 or visit the website at


VIBURNUM MACROCEPHALUM or better known as snowball viburnum is THE plant for a savvy spring gardener.  Statuesque in scale, one shrub is all you need to make a statement.    If you don’t plant pretty quickly, I suggest waiting until the fall so the roots can better establish themselves before the severe heat arrives!  Laden with hydrangea-like blooms, a single specimen can add oomph to the border or be trained into a small accent tree.  This semi-evergreen blends beautifully into any yard.  At some point in March in our zone, you’ll be rewarded with spectacular, softball-size blooms.  These flowers start out lime green and then open to pristine white.  It has a rounded growth habit and grows between 12 to 20 feet tall and wide.  This plant prefers full sun to partial shade.  After it flowers, the owner needs to remove dead wood and shape.

When I write next, I will describe several of my other favorite spring plants.  I also plan to announce the spring 2012 Louisiana Super Plants.  Each spring and fall, LSU AgCenter horticulturists unveil a list of Louisiana Super Plans that have been evaluated and selected for their superior performance across the state.  Wholesale nurseries are encouraged to grow Louisiana Super Plants and retail nurseries are encouraged to carry them.  That way, when you hear about these outstanding plants, you should be able to find them at your local nurseries.

Until next time, happy gardening!  Don’t forget the strawberries are being picked at Sal’s Strawberry Farm right past River Oaks School on Finks Hideaway Road.  My husband went today and bought two flats!  They are the BEST and oh so pretty!

Happy Easter!


Kathy VanVeckhoven, Realtor
(318) 388-0941
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