CREATING NATURAL LANDSCAPES WORKSHOP, November 7, 2019

CREATING NATURAL LANDSCAPES: 

BLENDING  ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE WITH FINE GARDEN DESIGN

Featuring Dr. Charles M. Allen and Larry Weaner

Thursday, November 7, 2010

Workshop: 8:00am – 3:00pm

ULL’s Cade Farm Welcome Center

Cade, Louisiana (20 minutes south of Lafayette, Louisiana)

Hosted by the LOUISIANA NATIVE PLANT SOCIETY

in partnership with

THE CAJUN PRAIRIE HABITAT PRESERVATION SOCIETY

THE LSU HILLTOP ARBORETUM

THE LOUISIANA CHAPTER OF THE AMERICAN SOCIETY OF LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTS

THE LOUISIANA NURSERY AND LANDSCAPE ASSOCIATION

THE ACADIAN NATIVE  PLANT PROJECT

THE NEW ORLEANS NATIVE PLANT INITIATIVE

THE CAPITOL AREA NATIVE PLANT SOCIETY

 

Marketing published and registration to begin September 3, 2019

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Charles Allen, https://www.allenacresbandb.com/about-us

Larry Weaner, http://lweanerassociates.com/

 

Conference Chairs,

Peggy Coates, Executive Director LSU Hilltop Arboretum,

Jackie Duncan, Treasurer, Louisiana Native Plant Society

Phyllis Griffard, Acadiana Native Plant Project

Marc Pastorek, President, Louisiana Native Plant Society

 

prairie tours and prairie speakers in Louisiana and Mississippi, Sept 7 and 8

 

make America prairie again!

Cajun Prairie Habitat Preservation Society

September 7, 2019 Eunice restored prairie tour, a guided tour of landscapes created from seed and plant rescues

Dona Wiefenback will speak on the growing efforts of the Acadian Native Plant Project, growing prairie plants and other fun stuff plus a rare prairie plant auction

https://www.cajunprairie.org/

 

Mississippi Native Plant Society Conference

MS Museum of Natural Science, Jackson, MS

September 7 and 8 Jackson Mississippi area

Admission to the museum is $6 for adults; there is no further charge to attend the conference.

 

Saturday

 

Registration: 9:00-9:30

 

v  9:30 -10:30 Dr. Dwayne Estes – Southeastern Grasslands Initiative, Austin Peay State University

 

v  10:30-10:40 Break

 

v  10:40 -11:40 John Manion – Birmingham Botanical Garden – A Passion for Paw Paws

 

v  11:40 -12:10 Dr. Lelia Kelly – Landscaping with Native Plants

 

v  12:10-1:30 Lunch – on your own

 

v  1:30-2:00 Dr. John Guyton – Mississippi State University Extension – Commemorative Trails: William Bartram’s and Ross Hutchins’ Trails at the MSU Extension’s Crosby Arboretum

 

v  2:00-3:00 Dr. Janet Wright – iNaturalist presentation and hike behind museum

 

v  3:00-3:10 Break

 

v  3:10-3:35 Aaron Calidris – Predators in the Pines – Carnivorous Plants

 

v  3:35-3:50 Toby Gray – Mississippi State University – Update on the Mississippi Native Plant Conservation Alliance

 

v  3:50-4:05 Ryan Folk – Mississippi State University – TBD

 

v  4:05-4:20 Donna Yowell – Pollinator Efforts of the Mississippi Urban Forest Council

 

v  4:20 Closing Remarks

 

v  4:25-5:00  Business Meeting

 

Sunday

 

Meet at the entrance to the Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum at 1150 Lakeland Drive in Jackson.

 

v  9:00-9:15 Marc Pastorek – Starting a prairie habitat from seed

 

v  9:30 Depart from the Agriculture and Forestry Museum for field trip to Harrell Hill Prairie.

 

 

show up! don’t be foolish.  thumbs up!

City of Covington Nature Trail has a restorative plan

Keep Covington Beautiful, a non-profit organization dedicated to keeping our town pretty and clean, has just recently made a giant leap forward in its work to realize the vision of its master plan for the Blue Swamp Creek Nature Trail. For well over five years the board of trustees has formulated a design that is today closer to being a reality, thanks to recent work executed by Kotteman Tree and Forestry services. The Nature Trail, a City Park located on Deporres Rd in the north part of town, is a demonstration garden and educational venue modeled on the local ecology of the Piney flatwoods that once ran interrupted from the north shore of Lake Ponchartrain to where the hills start showing up, a tad north of Covington. If you haven’t been, you should check it out. Bring a kid or a retiree with you. Its a cool 7 acre garden.

Thursday and Friday last week for me was spent guiding Mr. Kotteman and his tree mulching machine through our design for the woodland-savanna trail loops, and creating new savanna areas that will regenerate via management, guided by Kurt himself. I was there to keep him on the right spots, within the boundaries of his work zones.

The Nature Trail gardens are modeled after the Aldo Leopold/ John Curtis landscape gardens at the University of Wisconsin and the North Carolina Botanical Gardens at Chapel Hill, Part of the University of North Carolina.

Serving on the board for many years now are Priscilla Floca, Adam Perkins, Leslie Ackel, Charlotte Siedenberg, John Mayronne, and myself. What a fun and energetic group of citizens can do with a little bit of time is quite remarkable indeed.

The Park is a relic of land that is part of the Covington Recreation Park, made for ball fields and outdoor community events. The ball fields were built and the remaining land is what makes up the template for our ecological restoration-cool garden work. Much of it is wetlands but we’ve developed different plant association by restoring natural disturbance regimes, mainly fire. Our emphasis right now is opening up the bog areas in what were until recently heavily canopied areas where fire has been suppressed for the last twenty years and woody growth of Maples, Yaupon, Gums, Wax Mrytle and a healthy dose of Cyrilla has completely shaded the ground and rendered the herbaceous cover absolutely dormant with the exception of a few significant indicator species. Mr. Kotteman’s work of removing the woody plants and letting the sun rain in will trigger growth from one state of composition to another.

In white, above, is what we’ve currently been burning annually for three years now. These are our open field succession experiments.

at left above is the googleEarth image of the forested zone (in green) reflecting the differing canopy variation, and the hand drawn sketch shows in yellow where we’ve opened up the canopy for fine fuel restoration.

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photographs of the smaller opened area, above

The entire Nature Park will be burned between now and October, the first restorative burn to be conducted in the second-growth area in many years. The result will likely be a dramatic change in transition of vegetation through natural succession.

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LARRY WEANER OF LARRY WEANER LANDSCAPE ASSOCIATES DESIGN WORKSHOP TO BE HELD NOVEMBER 7, 2019 IN LAFAYETTE, LOUISIANA

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more info to be posted soon…..

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a link, below, to a great story of a simple man who cared…

The Birdman of Idaho

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Louisiana Native Plant Society conference, Woodworth, Louisiana – February 7-9, 2020

USING NATIVE PLANTS IN THE LANDSCAPE: CURING THE ECOLOGICAL AMNESIA MALADY

Friday night 6:00-8:30
6:00-6:50  Eric Vanbergen  – THE IMPORTANCE OF BRINGING CAJUN PRAIRIE PLANTS TO SCHOOLS
6:50-7:40  Anita Pant – THE INFLUENCE OF PLANT DIVERSITY ON POLLINATOR SPECIES RICHNESS AND ABUNDANCE
7:40-8:30  Steven Nevitt – TELLING YOUR CAJUN PRAIRIE STORY: REDISCOVERING OUR ECOSYSTEM ROOTS; ENVIRONMENTAL CONNECTIONS TO THE ANCIENT ENVIRONMENT AROUND US. NORMALIZING THE DISCUSSION ABOUT THE CAJUN PRAIRIE AND ITS BENEFITS

Saturday

7:30-8:30 breakfast
8:30-9:30  Charles M. Allen – EDIBLE USEFUL CHLOROPHYLL ORGANISMS WITH XYLEM
9:30-10:20  Malcolm F. Vidrine – NATIVE GARDEN PROPAGULES—PRODUCING PLANTS FOR YOUR PRAIRIE GARDEN FROM ‘STICKS’ (STEM AND ROOT CUTTINGS)
10:20-11:10  Bill Fontenot – WILDLIFE GARDEN DESIGN: CONCEPTS AND CONSIDERATIONS
11:15-12:00 biz meeting
12:00-1:00 lunch
1:00-2:00  Jane Patterson – PLANTS FOR BIRDS – WHY NATIVE PLANTS MATTER

Eric Vanbergen

Title: THE IMPORTANCE OF BRINGING CAJUN PRAIRIE PLANTS TO SCHOOLS

Bio: Eric Vanbergen is a freshman at LSU majoring in Environmental Science. As a high school student at Ascension Episcopal School in Youngsville, Louisiana, he led two native plant restoration projects: a 3-acre planting of Cajun prairie seed and a Cajun prairie themed pollinator habitat garden

Description: Most people who live in Louisiana are clueless to the unique beauty and diversity of native prairie plant species that can be easily incorporated in the landscape. Introducing these native plants to places like schools is crucial for bringing awareness of the importance of conserving rare native plants and protecting the animal species that depend on them.

Anita Pant
Title: THE INFLUENCE OF PLANT DIVERSITY ON POLLINATOR SPECIES RICHNESS AND ABUNDANCE

Bio: Anita Pant is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Her research focuses on plant-insect interactions. Ms. Pant received a Master’s degree in the Environmental Sciences from Tribhuvan University, Nepal. She has received many research and travel grants from different organizations such as the Graduate Student Organization, UL Lafayette, The Louisiana Native Plant Society, The Ecology Center, Resources Himalaya Foundation. She has worked as a research associate at the “Living Earth, Nepal”, where she was responsible for conducting soil and water analysis and report writing. She also worked as a data analyst at Forum of Environmental Management and Sustainable Development, Nepal. Along with her study, she is
equally involved in volunteer work. She has volunteered as a judge in Science Olympaid (2016), secretary in Nepalese Student Association (NSA, 2016-2017)), treasurer in NSA (2013-2014), teacher in Deneb International School (2007), and in many other activities and organizations.

Description: Plants depend on pollinators for their sexual reproduction and the pollinators get food from the plants. The mutualistic relationship between plants and pollinators is important for natural and managed ecosystems. The number and diversity of pollinators are in decline due to habitat degradation, invasive species, climate change, and use of insecticides and pesticides. The presentation will focus on highlighting the influence of plant species richness on the pollinator species richness and abundance. Further, the presentation will focus on identifying plant species that attract a greater number and diversity of pollinators.

Steven Nevitt

Title: TELLING YOUR CAJUN PRAIRIE STORY: REDISCOVERING OUR ECOSYSTEM ROOTS; ENVIRONMENTAL CONNECTIONS TO THE ANCIENT ENVIRONMENT AROUND US. NORMALIZING THE DISCUSSION ABOUT THE CAJUN PRAIRIE AND ITS BENEFITS

Bio: Steve Nevitt is a Geoscientist with The Hise Company. He graduated from University of LOuisiana at Lafayette in 2017, with a Master of Science in Geology concentrating in paleoclimate reconstruction of coastal systems. He is currently the President of the Cajun Prairie Habitat Preservation Society.

Teaching city-slickers and country-folks about prairies through school lessons, pocket prairies, technology and storytelling. Prairies are a significant part of our history, supporting cattle, rice and crawfish production across the region. By reconnecting with the roots of our culture we can reestablish what has been lost. Showing others how incorporating prairies into our communities can make us resilient and healthy.

Bill Fontenot

Title: WILDLIFE GARDEN DESIGN: CONCEPTS AND CONSIDERATIONS

Bio: Since 1986 Bill Fontenot has dedicated his career in biology to restoring ecological integrity in lands, from the smallest urban gardens to the largest wildlife management areas. He served as Curator of Natural Sciences as the Lafayette Natural History Museum beginning in 1986, then as manager of the Acadiana Park Nature Station, where he retired in 2008. Since 1987 he has also operated his own wildlife management, “wildscape” design, and ecological restoration consulting business, specializing in ecological assessment, biological inventory, land-use planning, and wildlife-friendly native plant-oriented landscape planning. His consulting work has taken him to hundreds of sites throughout the midwestern and eastern U.S.,
serving wildlife management and conservation agencies, landscape designers, community planners, ecotourism interests, and private landowners.

He has published many natural history-related articles in various newspapers, newsletters, magazines, tourist information guides, and scientific journals. He has authored/coauthored a number of books and publications including Native Gardening in the South (1992), A Cajun Prairie Restoration Chronicle (1995, with Drs. Charles Allen and Malcolm Vidrine), Gulf Coast Birds (2001, with Brian Miller), Louisiana Birdwatching (2004, [25-page introduction] with Bill Thompson III), Vanishing Before Our Eyes (2006, with Dr. Wylie Barrow, Jr.), Wings Over The Wetlands (2008), and Watching a Forest Grow (2008). After contributing a weekly nature column in the Lafayette, LA Sunday Advertiser newspaper for 22 years, he now produces a nature blog at https://www.facebook.com/thenaturedude .

In 2001, Fontenot was honored in receiving the Louisiana Wildlife Federation’s Professional Conservationist of the Year award. In 2009, he received the Louisiana Ornithological Society’s President’s Award, and the Louisiana Native Plant Society’s Karlene DeFatta Award for service to those organizations. In 2011 The Cullowhee Gardening with Native Plants Conference honored him with the Tom Dodd, Jr. Award of Excellence.

Description: Wild creatures possess a built-in set of search images which guide them in their selection of proper sites for reproduction, roosting/resting and feeding. At the same time, many homeowners and landscape managers are concerned about the “aesthetic costs” of installing wildlife-friendly designs, or are simply intimidated by the process of laying out the correct mix of trees, shrubs, vines, and perennials necessary to accomplish that goal. This presentation focuses on the identification of natural habitat components crucial to wildlife, and translating those components into the domestic confines of gardens and other human-built landscapes in a manner satisfactory to both ecological and aesthetic concerns.

Charles M. Allen

Title: EDIBLE USEFUL CHLOROPHYLL ORGANISMS WITH XYLEM

Bio: THE Man!

Description: A hands-on, actually more nose and taste bud talk about edible useful plants.  Participants will be allowed to smell and taste plants plus sample freshly brewed teas.

Malcolm F. Vidrine

Title: NATIVE GARDEN PROPAGULES—PRODUCING PLANTS FOR YOUR PRAIRIE GARDEN FROM ‘STICKS’ (STEM AND ROOT CUTTINGS)
Bio: Malcolm is a retired professor of biology from LSU Eunice. He has published more than 100 scientific papers and 14 books on prairies, butterflies, mussels and mites. He propagates native prairie plants in his nursery under Live Oak trees in his front yard.
Description: Prairie gardens can be focused upon specific goals: grass gardens, mint gardens, sunflower gardens, pea gardens, milkweed gardens, Louisiana iris gardens, pollinator gardens and/or biodiversity gardens. The main concern is plant selection and production. Stem and root cuttings (sticks) are my preferred method of propagation. A list of readily available plants that can be propagated will be provided with instructions on methods for ‘stick’ production.

Jane Patterson

Title: PLANTS FOR BIRDS – WHY NATIVE PLANTS MATTER

Bio: Jane Patterson is the current President of Baton Rouge Audubon Society, as well as the Education chair. She started birding in 2005  and has gotten into it in a big way, especially from the educational perspective. Jane started a bird club for kids in Baton Rouge (KidsWhoBird), and also teaches beginning bird classes for adults through the LSU Continuing Ed systems. She was honored at the National Audubon national conference in July 2014 with the Dutcher award for outstanding service by an Audubon Chapter leader for her efforts in bird related education. Prior to becoming a birder, gardening was one of Jane’s primary hobbies, so combining birding and gardening is one of her passions.  She has also gotten into bird photography; what better subjects than all of our beautiful birds!. Jane retired from her.career in state government in 2017 as the Director of Telecommunications where she was responsible for overseeing internet and phone services for Louisiana state government. .

Description: Our native birds rely on insects and plants that evolved with them, especially during breeding season. This talk will focus on changes you can make in your yard to support our native birds.

“remarkable work with seed”

Join Marc Pastorek at the Home garden of Doug and Mary Green of Folsom Louisiana, Saturday at 10:00 June 15, 2019 and we will follow in the footsteps of the legendary Dr. Charles Allen, research botanist, author, the Father of grassland restoration in the central Gulf Coastal region, and all -around good dude, patriot, as he describes the Green garden and the plants in it, maybe gift us with some insight into the process of gardening with prairie habitat – that sort of thing. Dr. Allen was kind enough to befriend me and taught me quite alot about seed – he’s been one of my many generous mentors – he and Dr. Vidrine, his partner in (prairie) crime – so many others. That’s what it took to achieve the level of significance that a garden such as the Green garden is. Its a work of art. I know, pretty braggadocious of me but the proof is in the pudding as the old saying goes. I don’t take credit, I give credit where credit is due, to the kind and brilliant researchers who came before me and helped me and truly to the Maker (he or she) who really knows how to create beautiful landscapes, I am just an observer and occasional worker bee using some of his or her painting pallet to make landscape collages.

Dr. William F. Platt, another legendary prairie ecologist and botanist, a friend and mentor, with fifty years of prairie and coastal plain ecology and research under his belt famously said that “Pastorek Habitats’ work with seed is remarkable!” I wonder what he would say if or when he sees the Green garden. It is truly remarkable.

meet us, with the Louisiana Native Plant Society on Saturday at 320 Bienville Street, Folsom, La. at 10;00

       Green garden February 2019

 

Green garden above and below, April 2019

below, Green garden June 15, 2017

enjoy all! go micro-prairies!!!! restore habitat, live in a healthy world!

new orleans botanical garden power point/ photos, june 1, 2019

powerpoint presentation to the plant people at the NOLA Bot Garden

Growing Bullet-proof Native Plants in the Crescent City

starts with geology and eco-regions, then intro prairiescapes in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama, cool international garden designers that are focused on naturalized landscapes, some of my projects and the plants in them, then my own ten acre garden, and finally then the very beautiful Doug and Mary Green prairie garden In Folsom where a open garden/ field trip will be held by way of the Louisiana Native Plant Society on Saturday June 15, in two weeks. click on the links below

bulletproof plants for new orleans

https://www.nwrc.usgs.gov/prairie/paradise_lost.pdf

clematis, prized prairie companions

Species of Clematis native to Louisiana and the surrounding region are good general use garden plants and they lend themselves exceptionally well to the natural prairie landscape. Clematis grows to less than eight feet or so, perfect for going upwardly on a  small garden trellis or horizontally, across the top of prairie grasses. These plants are herbaceous with thin brittle woody stems but the plants are very long lived and tough as nails (specifically the Clematis species crispa, pitcheri, reticulata and glaucophylla).

Get some!

They divide via root and grow via seed, collect seed green and sow immediately. Once established, they’ll live longer than you!

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C. reticulata on my tractor shed, seed from Highway 43 north of Henleyfield Mississippi, above, below

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below, Clematis pitcheri, originally via Lynn Lowery, Houston, Texas, April 1994, in my Covington, Louisiana meadow garden

Lynn Lowery article http://southerngardenhistory.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/Magnolia_Summer_1999.pdf

Clematis crispa, below, in my garden, originally via seed from the edge of the Pearl River, near Nicholson, Mississippi approximately 1991.

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Jeff McMillian of Almost Eden nursery lists Crispa in his family’s plant inventory.

 

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New Orleans Museum of Art Sculpture Garden addition design and construction is complete!

The opening ceremony to celebrate doubling the size of the garden was Tuesday. Working with Reed-Hilderbrand Landscape Architects for the last three years as their local horticultural consultant was quite the enjoyable experience.  go Team!

 

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Ground covering Sedges reign mightily over the sculptures at the Museum Gardens.

 

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The Elyn Zimmerman glass bridge sculpture carries foot traffic.

 

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                  Meadow garden open to the public in June

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a view of Doug and mary Green’s prairie garden last week, Folsom, Louisiana.

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above, Lespedeza capitata, left and below, Penstemon digitalis

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Restored Native Wildflower Habitat Field Trip, Folsom, La

The Louisiana Native Plant Society will meet June 15 in Folsom Louisiana at 10 a.m. at the home of Doug and Mary Green to experience their 3 acre prairie garden. The garden, planted from seed five years ago by Doug, has a developed into a particularly impressive array of flowering plants, some in large populations. Management of the garden has been done only by burning and mowing. This garden will be featured in the soon-published revised edition of Sally Wasowsky’s Gardening with Native Plants of the South. We will meet at the corner of Henri and Bienville Streets where the garden is right there at your feet. Address is 320 Bienville Rd, Folsom, La. The reason for the 11:00 timing is the hope to see butterflies and other insects.
For more information contact Marc Pastorek
meadowmakers@gmail.com

 

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Bullet-proof garden plants lecture

I will be discussing superior native plants adaptable to the Central Gulf coastal region, but specifically the New Orleans garden – I’ll cover a long list of nearly care-free herbs, grasses, grass-likes, vines, shrubs and trees – at the New Orleans City Park Botanical Gardens Saturday, June 1, 10:30-11:30. I hope to see you there!

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Steven F. Austin University visit was so fun!

 

Dr. Allen and I were treated like we were Elvis Presley (thank you ver’ much!) by Dr. David Creech and his gardening associates at The Pineywoods Garden at SFA last week. Got a tour of the gardens which is always exciting. They are very active in horticulture there and have been for a long while. Talked all things prairie including treating them to the story of the Winkler’s Firewheel that has been growing in my prairie demo gardens in Mississippi for the last 20 years, was originally from SFA. I brought them a bunch of my seed crop from last year in return for their original start, via Botanist-nurseryman Peter Loos, former student of Dr. Creech.

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Garden pavillion built by Dr Creech and students back some years ago, and Lady Bird Johnson letter on the wall of David’s office building.

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Clematis Botany 101

by Dr. Charles Allen

The genus Clematis (leather flower, virginsbower) includes mostly native herbaceous to slightly woody perennial vine species in the Ranunculaceae (Dicot). The leaves are opposite and pinnately compound. The inflorescences are axillary and a solitary flower or cyme. The flowers are perfect and regular with four petaloid sepals, no petals, and numerous stamens. The ovary is superior and numerous brown flat achenes develop from the carpels. There are two major groups of species; one group including C. crispa, C. glaucophylla, and C. reticulata produce a single flower while the others including C. catesbyana, C. terniflora, and C. virginiana produce many flowers in a cyme. Five of the species are native with only C. ternifolia introduced from Japan. Note: there are a number of cultivated species and forms of Clematis with one species Clematis x jackmanii perhaps escaping and is reported from nine parishes across the state. Note: info and images from Allen, Wilson and Winters ‘Louisiana Wildflower Guide” and info also from Allen, Newman, and Winters “Trees, Shrubs, and Woody Vines of Louisiana”. Other images from the intenet.

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Flowers white, numerous in a somewhat flat cyme; filaments glabrous………………B Flowers pink to blue or purple, solitary; filaments pubescent……………………………….D

B(A). Flowers perfect, with 5-10 carpels; anthers 1.5-3 mm long; leaf margins entire (rarely Somewhat lobed……………………………………………………………………………..5. C. terniflora
B. Flowers mostly imperfect, with more than 15 carpels; anthers 1 mm or shorter; leaf

margins coarsely toothed………………………………………………………………………………………C

C(B.) Leaflets 5-7; carpels 18-35 ………………………………………………………………….1. C. catesbyana C.Leaflets three; carpels 40 or more ………………………………………………………….. 6. C. virginiana

D(A). Flowers without bracts………………………………………………………………….2. C. crispa D. Flowers with two bracts present…………………………………………………………………..E

E(D). Leaves leathery; veins distinctly reticulate veined……………………………………..4. C. reticulata
E. Leaves membranous; veins not reticulate veined…………………………………………..3. C. glaucophylla

1. Clematis catesbyana Pursh (Coastal Virgin’s-bower, Satin-curls) syn = C. ligusticifolia Nutt. Ex T and G. Similar to C. virginiana but with 5-7 leaflets, 18-35 carpels, and darker achenes that are reddish brown to dark purplish black. Reported only from St. Helena and West Feliciana parishes but additional records may be out there and filed away under C. virginiana. Someone should examine all the Clematis specimens in the state. Wetland ranking FAC

2. Clematis crispa L. (Swamp leatherflower, Marsh Clematis, Southern Leatherflower, Blue Jasmine) The leaves have 3-5 linear to ovate leaflets that are cuneate to truncate at the base and acute to obtuse apically. The margins are entire and revolute, sometimes lobed. It produces single pink, lavender, or blue (rarely white) flowers without a bract. The filaments are pubescent. A common species of the Mississippi River floodplain and other hardwood forest areas throughout the state. It

has a long flowering time from March to October. Reported from 59 parishes and missing from

Beauregard, Bienville, Evangeline, Plaquemines, and St. Charles parishes. Wetland ranking FACW

  1. Clematis glaucophylla Small (whiteleaf leatherflower, glaucous leatherflower) The leaves have 2-5 ovate, entire leaflets that are usually cordate at the base. The lower surface is grayish white whenyoung, hence the name glaucophylla, but becoming green with age. The flowers are solitary and rose purple on the outside and white inside. Two bracts subtend each flower. Filaments pubescent. Rare in Louisiana with the only report from Copenhagen Prairie in Caldwell Parish. Wetland ranking FAC
  2. Clematis reticulata (netleaf leatherflower, netleaf clematis) The leaves have 3-9 ovate to elliptic, leathery, leaflets that are usually cuneate at the base and obtuse apically. The veins are distinctly reticulate and the margins are revolute, frequently lobed. The flowers are solitary and bluish with two bracts. Filaments pubescent. Infrequent in west and northwest Louisiana on well drained, often sandy soils with reports from eight parishes in west and northwest Louisiana; Bienville, Bossier, Caddo, De Soto, Natchitoches, Rapides, Sabine, and Vernon. No wetland ranking.
  3. Clematis terniflora DC (Japanese virginsbower, sweet autumn virginsbower) Synonyms include Clematis dioscoreifolia, Clematis maximowicziana, and Clematis paniculata. This is a non-native introduced from Japan and Korea. The leaves have 3-5 ovate to elliptic leaflets that are entire to lobed. The base of the leaflets is subcordate or rounded and the apex acuminate to acute. The flowers are white, perfect, and in large clusters. The anthers are 1.5-3 mm long with glabrous filaments. The achenes are brown and obovoid. It is reported from 35 parishes; Acadia, Allen, Avoyelles, Bienville, Bossier, Caddo, Calcasieu, Caldwell, Cameron, Claiborne, De Soto, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Franklin, Lincoln, Livingston, Morehouse, Natchitoches, Orleans, Ouachita, St. Charles, St. Helena, St. Landry, St. Mary, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Tensas, Union, Vermilion, Vernon, Washington, West Baton Rouge, West Carroll, West Feliciana, and Winn. Wetland ranking = FACU.
  4. Clematis virginiana L. (virginsbower, devil’s darning needles, herbe, gueux) The leaves have three, rarely five, ovate leaflets that are serrate to lobed, rarely entire. The base of the leaflets is truncate to cordate and both surfaces are light green. The flowers are white and in large clusters. The anthers are 1 mm or shorter and filaments glabrous. The achenes are light to dark brown or greenish brown. Various medicinal uses are reported including a liniment once used for skin eruptions and itching and a leaf tea used for insomnia, nervous headaches and uterine disease. There are also warnings that the plant can be toxic and highly irritating to the skin and ingestion may cause vomiting, diarrhea, and convulsions. Widespread across the state and reported from 51 parishes; Ascension, Assumption, Avoyelles, Bienville, Bossier, Caddo, Caldwell, Catahoula, Claiborne, De Soto, East Baton Rouge, East Carroll, East Feliciana, Evangeline, Franklin, Grant, Iberia, Jackson, Jefferson, Lafayette, Lafourche, LaSalle, Lincoln, Livingston, Madison, Morehouse, Natchitoches, Orleans, Ouachita, Plaquemines, Pointe Coupee, Rapides, Red River, Richland, Sabine, St. Charles, St. Helena, St. James, St. John the Baptist, St. Landry, St. Mary, St. Tammany, Terrebonne, Union, Vermilion, Vernon, Washington, Webster, West Carroll, West Feliciana, and Winn. Wetland ranking = FAC.

 

Horticultural substance

The private gardens of real gardeners Kit and Mark Grote will be open to the general public as a fundraiser for the City of Covington, Louisiana’s beautification organization, Keep Covington Beautiful, next Saturday only in the morning. Try to take time to see this true garden gem. If you like gardens and horticulture, I suspect you’ll be amazed at the variety of combinations of garden plants and the inventive artwork – self built architectural features, and really fun outdoor sculptures.

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Acorus and Pickerel Weed in a marginal aquatic garden

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bench, jack-in-the-pulpit, and a handcrafted pigeonaire with real pigeons!! ha

 

 

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Lysamachia laden garden beds

 

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an old cattle trough finds new life as a cooling pool

 

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attractive Salvia bletherophylla, Rose Bud Sage, foliage is a good looking plant even without its dark pink flowers

scroll down to my previous post to find information on the garden tour.

good day!

Hopewell Sculpture Garden tour

Hopewell Gardens will host an open garden event on May 4, as a fundraiser for Keep Covington Beautiful, a volunteer-lead non-profit organization in Covington, Louisiana.

I’ve heard a lot about this garden and can’t wait to experience it.

information is as follows…

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……there are many native plant events April…….send a message to native@camtel.net if you need further info…

Event Calendar Louisiana Nature

March 22-23 Southwest Louisiana Garden Conference & Expo Burton Coliseum Complex, Lake Charles
https://www.visitlakecharles.org/event/southwest-louisiana-garden-conference-%26-expo/34298/
March 23 – EBR Master Gardener Plant Sale, LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens- 7am to 2pm
https://www.lsu.edu/botanic-gardens/events/index.php
March 23 NPSOT Spring Symposium, Austin https://npsot.org/wp/story/2019/11389/
March 23-24 plant giveaway at Allen Acres see attached
Mar 26-28 PLANT IDENTIFICATION WORKSHOP BASIC THREE DAY Allen Acres in Cravens,
Louisiana; 5070 Hwy 399; Pitkin, LA 70656 337-328-2252 native@camtel.net
March 31 – Presentation, “The Plight of the Humble Bumblebee,” by Betty Miley, Goodwood Library, Baton
Rouge, 3pm
April 2-4 WETLAND PLANT IDENTIFICATION WORKSHOP 2019 Allen Acres in Cravens, Louisiana;
5070 Hwy 399; Pitkin, LA 70656 337-328-2252 native@camtel.net
April 4 Margie Jenkins Azalea Garden Lecture Series and Industry Open House
by LSU AgCenter Hammond Research Station. Two of our plothers will be presenting: Jim Foret (“Bringing
Cajun Prairie to Town”) and Bill Fontenot (“Site-Adaptable Native Plants”)
https://www.har.com/margie-jenkins-azalea-garden-lecture-series-and-industry-open-house/event_E0-001-
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April 5-6 Baton Rouge, BREC bioblitz
http://www.brec.org/index.cfm?md=communication&tmp=viewcampaign&nowrap=1&msgid=1161&uid=gad
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April 6 Cajun Prairie meeting, Eunice, LA https://www.cajunprairie.org/
April 6 Garden to Table Symposium, Covington https://www.louisiananorthshore.com/event/garden-to-table-
symposium-by-st-tammany-town-and-country-garden-club/2731/
April 6 Briarwood Spring Picnic http://www.briarwoodnp.org/upcoming-events.html
April 6 and 7; http://neworleanscitypark.com/events/spring-garden-show &7- New Orleans Botanical Garden
Spring Garden Show – Saturday 9am to 5pm & Sunday 10am to 4pm
April 6 Hilltop Arboretum Spring Fling Plant Sale, Baton Rouge
https://www.lsu.edu/hilltop/events/spring_fling/spring_fling.php
April 6 Shreveport. 2nd Annual Dr. Allen Owings Regional Horticulture Symposium
https://www.rose.org/hortsymp

April 7 Monroe The Louisiana Master Naturalists-Northeast first quarter meeting is scheduled Sunday, April 7,
at Black Bayou Lake NWR from 2 until about 5 p.m. All are welcome, including kids. We will gather at 2 p.m.
at the Visitor Center to walk trails and boardwalks looking for dragonflies and damselflies in particular, but also
being distracted by the rich flora and fauna of BBL. We’ll return to the Visitor Center at about 3:15 for a
presentation by Dr. Doug Clarke of Vicksburg, who has made himself an Odonate expert. Our members’
meeting will start at 4:30; visitors are welcome to observe or depart at that time.
Apr 9-11 PLANT IDENTIFICATION WORKSHOP BASIC THREE DAY Allen Acres in Cravens, Louisiana;
5070 Hwy 399; Pitkin, LA 70656 337-328-2252 native@camtel.net
April 12-14 Grand Isle Migratory Bird Festival https://www.townofgrandisle.com/events-2/
April 13 – Festival des Fleurs, Garden Show and Sale, Blackham Coliseum, Lafayette, 8am to 4pm
https://www.festivaldesfleurs.org/
April 16-18 WETLAND PLANT IDENTIFICATION WORKSHOP 2019 Allen Acres in Cravens, Louisiana;
5070 Hwy 399; Pitkin, LA 70656 337-328-2252 native@camtel.net
April 21 Easter
April 23-25 GRAMINOID (GRASSES, SEDGES, AND RUSHES) IDENTIFICATION WORKSHOP
Allen Acres in Cravens, Louisiana; 5070 Hwy 399; Pitkin, LA 70656 337-328-2252 native@camtel.net
April 27-28 Edible Plant Workshop, Allen Acres
Apr 30-May 2 PLANT IDENTIFICATION WORKSHOP BASIC THREE DAY Allen Acres in Cravens,
Louisiana; 5070 Hwy 399; Pitkin, LA 70656 337-328-2252 native@camtel.net
May 3-4 Southern Garden Festival, 3502 E. Simcoe St., Lafayette, LA

guerilla gravel grassland

The resiliency of the prairie plant community never ceases to impress me. Take the right of way nearby that was re-engineered last March by way of a giant track-hoe machine, leaving a deep layer of recycled asphalt in which to establish a guerilla garden. In the dark of night I snuck in a inoculated the one acre site with a seed mix of local prairie germplasm, sprinkling liberally from one end to the other. This approach based on James Hitchmough’s work (not the guerilla part) and the fact that prairie grows stupendously in Tennessee glades where gravel, rock and boulders provide a basis for rough-neck red-neck flora.

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Rudbeckia grandiflora, a premiere Coastal Prairie and Pineland species established by the hundreds across the gravel surface. I tried with a pocket knife, then a shovel and then a six foot steel pry bar to penetrate the gravel to see just how deep it was but to no avail. Supertough plants, for sure.

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Lots of Indian grass, Little Bluestem, Elliot’s Bluestem and Split Beard Blue has colonized and dominated much of the seeded site. I couldn’t have asked for more.


 

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initiating nurturing prairie fires

 

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the Green Garden, Folsom, La, February 3, 2019

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Allen Acres, Vernon Parish, February 10, 2019

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Burn at Almost Eden Nursery, Feb 10, 2019 Vernon Parish, La

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Deana Launey was there at Dr. Vidrine’s prairie burn to capture the St. Landry Parish firemen putting out the fire – and the fun, in a selfie. It just aint right, ya’ll.  What were they thinking?    :))))

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at the seed farm in Mississippi where prairie reigns. Shared the gardens for the first time with Steve and Jake, the Cajun prairie dogs. New Machine of Kotteman Forestry broken in on one of the woody encroached areas – worked out beautifully.

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Tres amigos! My brother Paul Pastorek spoke on Iris nelsonii conservation and Dr. Allen spoke on “a few my favorite plants” at the Louisiana Native Plant Society meeting in February. Stirring it up…

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Iris virginica, a plant I gave Dr. Vidrine a piece of many years ago. Its a pink form that comes true to pink from seed, originally given to me via Lynn Libous-Bailey of Leyland, Mississippi a hundred years ago….

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new book thanks to Dr. Vidrine and the other heavy-weight lifters.

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photos for program “converting a Bahia grass pasture to native prairie” at the Sustainable Agriculture Conference, Louisiana Tech, Ruston, La March 8 and 9, 2019 – go microprairies!!!!

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new prairie gardening books

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Dr. Malcolm Vidrine has been busy writing books, ones to add to your reading wish list. The first one I will mention is titled The Cajun Prairie Restoration Project in Eunice, Louisiana: 30 Years of Volunteerism, which of course focuses on the story of the Cajun Prairie Society’s establishment of the Eunice prairie.  The latest book, completed and printed just before Christmas is a wonderful story of his family’s prairie gardens located just outside of Eunice. It was written by both Dr. Vidrine and his wife Gail, and is called The Cajun Prairie Gardens.

Dr. Vidrine is a trailblazing biologist who worked in partnership with Dr. Charles Allen to develop the ideas of researching and experimenting with restoring the Louisiana coastal prairie ecosystem. Get the books but more importantly, go see the Garden if you haven’t lately. It is worth seeing anytime of the year and is without a doubt one of the most interesting and beautiful gardens in Louisiana. If you see it first-hand, you’ll understand how I can make this bold claim!

I hope you enjoy reading these, as I did – and sharing the news with those who might be interested.

Have a great day!

Marc