Wow!!! Ninjas Gail Barton, Greg Grant, Richard Johnson, and Fred Nation to speak at LNPS/ Brit Hitchmough set for April 1 Manship lecture/Dude.

If ever you were going to miss the Louisiana Native Plant Society’s annual meeting, don’t do it this year. Check out the schedule of events and see some amazingly talented horticulturists and naturalists that will share their stories with us. What’s crazy is that all of the program is free. No dinero, amigo. click on the pages below to see the schedule and list of speakers-topics…




I hope to see a bunch of plant people there this weekend. Pretty sure I will.

Prof. James Hitchmough!!!

Um hold on to your hats, ya’ll, its big news…  mark your calendars for a lecture by none other than THE James Hitchmough, Professor of Horticultural Ecology, University of Sheffield, UK! He’ll speak on April 1st at 5:00 through a Manship lecture. I am so excited that my friend and fellow-Urban Meadows teacher, Wes Michaels, has arranged for Professor Hitchmough to visit and share stories with us. Like I said, folks, this is big big news for Louisiana and the Gulf South region.

Okay, I am not kidding. I saw Elvis Presley, with my own eyes, in a 2003 model Chevy pick-up going southbound on the Lake Ponchartrain Causeway a few weeks back. I would not lie about something like this. see pic below


Its true. Elvis lives! click on photo an see for yourself 🙂

He was checking me out. A blinding glare from the sun protected him from a clear shot by my I-phone. It was definitely him, though. I should watch where I’m going when I drive. I guess this is how people go over the railing and into the Lake sometime.

Happy Sunday!




L-DOT decides that Big Al needs a prairie pal

Thanks to the brilliance and foresight of ULL Professor Jim Foret and his former student, La state Transportation Department supervisor Ryan Dugas, the New Iberia-Lafayette area will be the recipients of a cool 1.3 acre Coastal Tall grass Prairie planting just next to Big Al, the massive Live Oak that was relocated a couple of years ago during construction along highway 190.

Ryan, Jim, and I met in the spring to discuss a plan of action to join these two in the holy bond of marriage and since then Ryan has taken steps that will prepare the way for planting this winter. Big Al the Live Oak was moved only because folks came out of the woodwork to fight to save him and as a result, two years later, we have a well-settled-in friend who seemed a bit lonesome up on his knoll. Jim and Ryan took it upon themselves to remedy that lonesomeness. In the spring and summer next year a prairie will begin to emerge as a life companion for Mr. Al. I couldn’t think of a more compatible couple, …those two lovebirds! 🙂


above: Prof. Jim Foret, left, walks up to a very Big Al, with Dr Charles Allen, to check Al’s pulse, a year or so after the move, in spring 2013 (click to enlarge the photo)

The prairie planting will be done just east of Al, in a 1.3 acre triangle shaped arrangement in a pre-Christmas marriage ceremony. Pastorek Habitats, LLC will provide the seed for the awesome planting. All Louisiana’s folks are invited to be witnesses to this nuptial blessing. Here is one of the signs made recently to be placed along the highway shortly after their honeymoon is over. (photo courtesy of Ryan, via Jim)


I hope to see ya’ll at the ceremony! Peace.