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Lic Res Mort Lender in LA NMLS#39943 877.617.5611 ubh.com  United-B[It Homes Ho.ae.aaaeOu #or 3o., and others agree the Hammond station is most like an actual gar- den. "We conduct plant evaluations in several gardens including some exposed to sun, others in shade, the Margie Jenkins Azalea Gardens and an urban forest," she said. At a recent field day, George Hackney, president of Hackney Nursery in Quincy, Fla., stopped to see the research at the station. He came back later with his sales team from Louisiana and Florida to discuss research results and to tour the station's garden trials. "He also told Gary Knox at the University of Florida about our program," Bracy said. "Knox has made trips to the station with volunteers to see firsthand the work that's being done here." Knox, a professor of environmental horticulture, said he is in- terested in setting up a program similar to the Hammond Station at the North Florida Research and Education Center in Quincy. "We have very similar type stations and similar goals," Knox said. "We want to display traditional and new plants and showcase the best of existing plants:" After seeing what they have in other southern states, its evident the setup in Hammond is unique said Allen Owings, LSU AgCen- ter horticulturist at the station. "Tour groups enjoy the garden layout much more than the 'bed- ding plants in rows' technique seen at other trial locations," Ow- ings said. The Hammond garden was designed by Dr. Neil Odenwald, Louisiana State University professor emeritus and co-author of "Identification, Selection and Use of Southern Plants for Land- scape Design." "He laid out beds that curled and curved and envisioned walk- ways, water features and resting areaK" Bracy said of Odenwald's design. "We wanted to duplicate the growing conditions experienced by homeowners and landscape professionals in their landscapes." A special garden at the station is the Margie Jenkins Azalea Garden. In September 2006, the first azaleas planted in the garden were Robin Hill varieties selected by Margie Jenkins, for whom the garden is named. "Also included in this first planting were 23 cultivars of Robert 'Buddy' Lee's Encore azaleas. Later the Crimson azaleas - Majesty, Queen and Princess - developed by another Louisianian, Richard Odom, of Country Pines Nursery, were added to the garden. The size of the garden was doubled in 2007 with the addition of South- ern Indian azaleas," Bracy said. The urban forest at the station has 32 species of trees that were planted after Hurricane Katrina. "We planted them with adequate space between them because we want people to see the growth patterns and decide whether it will fit into their landscape plans," Bracy said. HOME PHONE THE PONCHATOULA TIMES, SEPTEMBER 9, 2010, PAGE 5 Official Journal T Ponctou[a Times Ponchatoula Area Recreation District #1 Chairman and Board The PARD #1 Board held a regular meeting on Monday, July 26, 2010. The meeting was held in a conference room at Holly & Smith due to electricity being turned off in PARD Office. The meeting was called to order at 6:36 p.m. and roll was called. Present: Byers, D. Dufreche, Rocquin (6:40 p.m.), Wheat Absent: Palmer Guest: R. Dufreche, Holly, Beckers, Scherer Dufreche made a motion to approve the minutes from the June 22, 2010 regular meeting and the July 6, 2010 special meeting. Byers seconded the motion. All board members present were in favor and the motion passed. Byers made a motion to accept the check register. Dufreche seconded the mo- tion. All board members present were in favor and the motion passed. R. Dufreche informed the board that PARD had been provisionally approved for $91,587 for the FHWA Recreational Trails Program for Louisiana grant. There are additional steps that need to be taken prior to receiving authorization to begin the project. Wheat thanked R. Dufreche for guiding us through this process. Rocquin arrived at 6:40 p.m. Wheat stated that the Fireworks Show was a huge success. The Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival Cookoff and Hot Dog Eating Contest were welcomed addi- tions. The Strawberry Festival was a big help in setting entertainment and other things up prior and during the Fireworks Show. Wheat thanked the following Fireworks Show sponsors: First Guaranty Bank, Ponchatoula Lions Club, City of Ponchatoula, Whitney Bank and Berryland Motors. The Holly and Smith group updated the board on the gymnasium progress. B. Watts and L. Pierson are planning to head the Fall Baseball Program. They are requesting to have games on Tuesday and Thursday nights in the fall. There was discussion of lights and an employee staying. In addition the board discussed field charges and security guard fees. Rocquin made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Byers seconded the motion. All board members present were in favor and the motion passed. The meeting adjourned at 8:15 p.m. s/William E. 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