NDAL webinar features Ian, Larry, and Marc

I’m looking forward to participating in the NDAL webinar lectures and panel discussion on restoring biodiversity titled Seed to Landscape (how to create an awesome habitat garden with a handful of seed) on August 13, 2020, part of the webinar series Ecology, Culture and the Designed Landscape hosted by New Directions in the American L:landscape and co-sponsored by The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center and Wild Ones – Native Plants, Natural Landscapes. see below link for details…

Webinars for Landscape Practitioners



….Hanging Out at the Seed Farm in Mississippi with some friends…


Liatris pychnostachya with Bumble Bee

blue Bee or Fly on picnanthemum muticum


Liatris squarrosa


a bumbling Monarda

Skippers abound in the seed fields

Natives provide natural attractions other than just beautiful uncommon flowering plants

Grow prairie and see insects you’ve never seen before!

they don’t call it Goldenrod for nuthin’! Solidago odora

Pycnanthemum is a prairie rockstar

working a lot on seed these days – summertime is the time to get it!

asclepia obovate under the scope

even non-flowering herbaceous flora is impressive and beautiful, as in Carex lupulina


Matt Herron hand-collecting Carex lupulin in the Bogalusa, La., Pearl River backwater bottom

Get out there and get you a handful of fun (seed)!!!


rare lily bulb sale

rare lily plant sale

I’m offering for sale several hard-to-find or rare lilies that I believe need to be more readily available in the nursery trade. This offer is for a limited time and of limited availability. These are plants I’ve grown for many years and are proven to be extremely resilient, adaptable and long-lived. All are particularly well adapted to any drought and prolonged period of rain our Gulf coastal environment can  dish out.

  • Crinum moorei X powelli var. Alba includes shipping
  • small – 3 for $45
  • medium – 3 for $70
  • large – 3 for $85
  • extra large – 3 for $115
  • Manfreda variegata “Will Fleming” – 3 for $35
  • laBuffarosea Rain Lily 3 bulbs in a four inch nursery cup for $14
  • Copper Rain Lily – 3 for $12
  • Lost tag Rain Lily named cultivar hybrids two of each for $14

Bulbs are guaranteed to be true to species and or cultivar. Shipping dates will be on December 16,17, 18th and January 13,14,15th only. For ordering, please send check or money order to Marc Pastorek, 72322 Ingram Street, Covington, La 70435


….some things you won’t find on the interweb…….

For over 25 years, I’ve grown Crinum moorei x powelli variety “Alba”, the pure white strain of Moorei x Powelli.. I’ve also grown many or most of the horticultural varieties commonly found in Gardens in the central Gulf coastal plain. All are immensely valuable garden plants requiring little or no care. But moorei x powelli var alba is particularly endearing to me it is and exceptionally prolific garden plant in terms of self-propagation. Every year it makes bulblets that grow from mature roots.

This Crinum hybrid has long strapped, dark green leaves and a full, rounded overall appearance, or form – a mature plant will get 6 feet in diameter and three feet tall, very pretty clump of course textured foliage, a problem-free plant. In 25 years I’ve never had a problem with the plant. It performs. It has been highly prolific and that is why I have been able to offer them.

These are non-native plants of course, having at least some South African blood.

Great thing about this plant is it grows in standing water or upland sandy conditions and in full shade or full sun. Do you know another amazing plant that can do that here in our region? I didn’t think so. And you’re welcome.

holy cow, cool green foliage

pregnant flower bud of Crinum moorei x Powelli

medium sized

large sized

as big as my arm extra large sized

“Will Fleming” Manfreda x variegata

Manfreda variegata is a particularly good ground cover plant with a adaptability range of the Atlantic and Gulf coastal plain and west into Texas. It originated from Will Fleming of Tomball Texas in the mid-1990’s and I’ve gardened with it since. On a scale of 1 to 10 this is an 11. The plant is basically flat to the ground with pointed but not pointy strapped leaves to 18 inches long. The plant grows and expands by tightly running fleshy stolons – it self-propagates. If you get it you’ll have it forever. It takes sun oir shade and wet or dry. It makes a most excellent container plant, never needing water. Its flowers are bore on purple pencil-thin stalks to

shoes in the photo for scale, showing massing of runners making a mat of foliage. Leaves are year-round in the southern part of zone 8a (St. Tammany Parish, Louisisna.

Will Fleming Manfreda X variegata, flower terminal in hand and, at the garden I planted at the New Orleans Botanical Garden.


Rain lilies – the Ultimate care-free garden plant

for the Central Gulf coast?

The definitive answer is yes…

Rain lily – Zeparanthes “Labuffarosea” a rare Mexican lily introduced by plant explorers Lynn Lowery, Carl Schoenfield and John Fairey. Exceptional in its character of creating a dense clump of foliage and highly prolific in self-propagation. Excellent garden plant.

laBuffarosea in foliage after 19 degree freeze, above, left – and in the nursery in flower a month after potting up, top right

The Labuffarosea Rain Lily, truly a wonderful and beautiful plant.

You can find more info on it’s discovery at the link below….page down to pg42.


laBuffarosea, a four inch cup of Christmas cheer!

Habranthus robustus – Pink Fairy Lily

most excellent garden plant. Spares foliaged but stellar garden plant. Limited quanities

ribbon leafed, hippy-haired Habranthes robusta after 19 degree freeze

Copper Lily – Habranthus tubispathus

cool dependable relatively common garden plant only if you’re in an uncommon garden


Two named cultivated varieties via Will Fleming – lost tag cultivated varieties

These are two named cultivars with lost identities with traits obvious in the photos

very limited quantities on these

Merry Christmas , Happy Hunnukkah, and Happy Holidays

4 La. design workshops focus on prairie innovation, adulation

If you have not begun to fall in love with grass dominant landscapes, my sympathies are with you…..

above, first year shade garden via seed, with Aster pilosa and Eupatorium coelestinum with native grasses and sedges, last week at a residence in Alexandria, Louisiana, photo and garden by Marc Pastorek

Four educational forums focused on natural landscapes will be held around the state of Louisiana in the next three months. The Louisiana Native Plant Society, in conjunction with the Louisiana Nursery and Landscape Association, the Louisiana ASLA, the Cajun Prairie Society, The Acadiana Native Plant Project, and the Hilltop Arboretum join together to present the Larry Weaner Workshop on Grassland and Woodland landscape design and construction in Lafayette, November 7, 2019.

There’s also the Thomas Rainer and Claudia West Designing Plant Communities for Resilient Landscapes workshop in New Orleans, The Native Plants and Native Landscapes seminar in Monroe, Louisiana, and the Curing the Ecological Amnesia Malady Conference in Alexandria. It is not a coincidence that master Botanist, (the real) Master naturalist, and master garden designer Dr. Charles Allen is participating in three of the four!

And, contrary to popular belief (see Facebook), you are not likely a natural landscapes expert. Dr. Allen is! ha

above, below, the six year old City of Mandeville conservation garden, last week…

Little Bluestem, Silver Bluestem, Goldenrod, Eupatorium hyssopifolia, Eupatorium serotinum composition in the Mandeville garden.

Charles Allen’s greatest work? possibly the 330 acre landscape via seed in Duralde, Louisiana

the purplely Andropogon moorei with Love grass in center and a hundred thousand Chrysopsis pilosa, Duralde Louisiana, yesterday.

Splitbeard Bluestem grass silvery linear seedheads flutter in the wind in the hallowed ground of Duralde prairie, est 1996.

November 3, 2019 Charles Allen Bluestem, as far as the eye can see, at Duralde

the green grassiness of Liatris pycnostachya contrasts with fire-blackened Wax Myrtles, Duralde, La. landscape design by Charles Allen

Get educated, folks!!!

“Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.”
Winston Churchill


Creating Natural Landscapes Workshop, Nov 7, Lafayette, La

Creating Natural Landscapes:
Blending Environmental Science and Fine Garden Design
Sponsored by Louisiana Native Plant Society
Thursday, November 7, 2019
Workshop 8:00am – 3:00pm
ULL’s Cade Farm Welcome Center
Program Fee: $70 Per Person (All Inclusive Including Lunch)
Registration Deadline: October 31, 2019, Full Capacity 178
Learn how to create a natural landscape like Hilltop’s new meadow!
The Louisiana Native Plant Society will hold a day-long workshop on Creating Natural Landscapes: Blending Environmental Science and Fine Garden Design featuring Dr. Charles Allen and Larry Weaner on Thursday, November 7, 2019 from 8:00am – 3:00pm at the ULL Cade Farm Welcome Center. Creating natural landscapes workshop focuses on blending an ecological approach to land management with traditional garden design. This process begins with a general understanding of ecological concepts, natural plant communities and how to manage landscapes using the processes of natural succession. Learn how public perception plays a role in the interpretation, appearance and development of the garden and its artistic style. Dr. Charles Allen is a Botanist and a retired Professor of Biology from the University of Louisiana at Monroe and also retired from Colorado State University’s Center for Environmental Management of Military Lands. Larry Weaner founded Larry Weaner Landscape Associates in 1982, combining expertise in horticulture, environmental science, and the traditions of garden design.  See speaker bios below.
Project partners include the LSU Hilltop Arboretum, Acadiana Native Plant Project, Louisiana Nursery and Landscape Association, The Cajun Prairie Habitat Preservation Society, and Louisiana Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects.

Registration link: https://www.lsu.edu/hilltop/programs/adult/landscape_workshop.php

Workshop Program
8:00-9:00am          Registration
9:00am                  Introduction
9:10am                  Larry Weaner 
                                Overview of general ecological concepts that can be incorporated into garden design, understanding plant
                               communities, and succession.
10:30am   Dr. Charles Allen
                              Overview of our local ecoregions and their plant communities using examples of specific plants and soil
adaptability. How dominant species in evolving plant communities drives natural succession.
11:45am               Lunch
12:30pm               Larry Weaner
                              The process of blending an ecological approach into traditional garden design. Learn how using genetic
diversity and local, adaptable ecotypes plays a critical role in establishing plantings that are built to insure resilience and persistence.
1:45pm                  Break
2:00pm                 Larry Weaner
                               Learn insights into how people perceive natural landscapes and how to make native gardens more palatable
through the use of artistic style and creativity.
3:00pm                 Workshop adjourned

Workshop worship!




Walk with Charles Allen and you’re liable to find a pink Liatris picnostach.


panorama of Mississippi Native Plant group at a Jackson soils prairie in Scott County, Mississippi, Harrell Hill Botanical Area, Bienville National Forest, September 8, 2019



overlook looking west from a Cedar prairie remnant, Sherman Hill, Scott County, Mississippi


          Ipomea pandurata, manroot morning glory, Jackson soils prairie in Scott County

Silphium integrifolium, common in high quality Black Belt and Jackson prairies

ten foot tall Silphium integrifolium from seed 22 years ago, in my seed fields, Pearl River County Mississippi

how to build an herbicide wick applicator


Doug and Mary Green garden in August, with pink strophostyles

Stroph beans in hand


Little Bluestem grass arriving on time, October, 2019 with Swamp Sunflowers and aster pilosa



Green garden, Folsom, La, seeded prairie

soon-to-be prairie, Folsom, La





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)


in partnership with









Marketing published and registration to begin September 3, 2019

       save the date!

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



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.




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




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.


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.




Save the date!

more info to be posted soon…..


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

The Birdman of Idaho



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


Friday night 6:00-8:30


7:30-8:30 breakfast
11:15-12:00 biz meeting
12:00-1:00 lunch

Eric Vanbergen


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

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


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


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


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

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


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

Click to access 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!


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



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.


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





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!



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






The Elyn Zimmerman glass bridge sculpture carries foot traffic.




                  Meadow garden open to the public in June


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


above, Lespedeza capitata, left and below, Penstemon digitalis


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





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!




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.


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.






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.

A. A.

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.