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Peter J. Hatch
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The Northeast Louisiana Master Gardeners will host their fifth annual gardening seminar, “Gardening Through the Ages,” 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Jan. 17, in the West Monroe Convention Center. Nationally known authors and speakers Peter J. Hatch, William Welch and Chris Wiesinger will present at the event.
Hatch will be featured as the keynote speaker. Hatch is a professional gardener and historian. He has authored four books on the gardens of Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, where he served as director of gardens and grounds for 35 years. Hatch gardens and botanizes from his home in Virginia and has been traveling extensively to promote his latest work, “A Rich Spot on Earth,” Thomas Jefferson’s Revolutionary Gardens at Monticello, which covers in-depth the vegetable garden at Monticello. He also consults on the installation and maintenance of public gardens and private estate landscapes.
Welch is Professor of Horticulture and also works as Texas AgriLife Extension Service Landscape Horticulturist at Texas A&M University. His books, “Perennial Garden Color” and “Antique Roses for the South,” have been best sellers. Welch considers plants grown by ancestors as living antiques, because they are tangible symbols of success for generations of gardeners. He is a regular contributor to Southern Living Magazine.
Wiesinger is a graduate of Texas A&M and is the owner of Southern Bulb Company near Tyler, Texas. He is a member of the AgriLife Extension Service. Wiesinger, also known as the Bulb Hunter, has turned what started as a personal passion and college project into a lifestyle and profitable business. His book, “The Bulb Hunter,” co-authored by Welch, is a story of his adventures to find, grow, and propagate heirloom bulbs that were out-of-fashion and off the market.
Pre-registration for the “Gardening Through the Ages” seminar is recommended, but walk-ins will be welcome the day of the event. Admission is $20 and seating is available for 400. You do not have to be a master gardener to attend, just have an interest in gardening.
The Northeast Louisiana Master Gardeners host three events each year, the gardening seminar in January, Spring-Fest in April and a bulb sale in October. This year, Spring-Fest will be held April 11. A large selection of plants will be offered.
The Northeast Louisiana Master Gardeners also plan to host a Master Gardener class this year. Those interested in the class should contact the Northeast Louisiana Master Gardeners office in West Monroe at 318-323-2251 for details.
The Louisiana Master Gardener program is a program provided by the LSU AgCenter. Master gardeners are volunteers for the LSU AgCenter’s Louisiana Cooperative Extension Service. The program involves a combination of training and a variety of ways to volunteer to share that knowledge within the community. Anyone interested in becoming a master gardener can find more information online at www.lsuagcenter.com.