Bonsai Society learns air-layering techniques

Howard Merrill showed how to start new bonsai by rooting a branch or trunk on an existing bonsai when the Louisiana Bonsai Society met May 19 at the Baton Rouge Garden Center.

Often a bonsai will have a branch or top that has grown too tall or long. It can be rooted by using an air-layering techniques to create another bonsai instead of cutting and discarding it.

Members showed examples of other bonsai that had been developed using air layering rooting techniques.

LBS meets on the third Tuesday of each month at the Baton Rouge Garden Center, 7950 Independence Blvd. Visitors are welcome. Contact Lowell Tilley,(225) 272-6744 or email

Art League scholarship goes to LSU student

The Baton Rouge Art League presented a $1,000 scholarship award to LSU junior art student Kristen Kaluba on May 20.

Incoming President Sharon Keaton presented a gift to Susan Smith, who was president for the past two years.

The meeting was the group’s annual picnic, held at the Walden Clubhouse. Chairing the event was Marilyn Ehr. Committee members were Millie Bonacorso, Vera Bahlinger, Cynthia Campbell, Susie Carpenter, Maria Darden, Jean Hebert, Patricia Ryan, Rita Wallace, Ella Rein Wheeler and Cindy White.

Hurst KC Council holds annual Awards Banquet

Father Maynard E. Hurst Jr. Knights of Columbus Council 9016 held its 30th anniversary Past Grand Knight and Awards Banquet May 30 at the St. Louis King of France Catholic Church Parish Activity Center.

Steve and Cheryll Thomas were named Family of the Year, Joe Mannino was named Knight of the Year and Calvin Bajon was named Person of the year by Grand Knight Thomas Sylvester. Terri Martin was named Lady of the Year by Auxiliary President Shirley Bonaccorso.

Mary Scallan, wife of the late Herman Scallan, lighted the memorial candle. The Rev. Jack Nutter gave the blessing. Guests included Diocesan Coordinator Steve Hart and his wife, Connie; Past State Director Ellis Coutee and his wife, Juanita; and Page Meyer, wife of the late John Meyer, past grand knight.

Succulents topic for ‘Reflections’ meeting

M ark Mese, a gardening enthusiast who is an expert on succulents, spoke to the Burden Horticulture Society’s “Reflections in the Garden” June 1 program.

Mese described succulents ranging from ones that live in areas with very little rain and lots of sun to rain forests. Some are cold-hardy and some are tropical. He explained potting, propagation and care.

“Reflections in the Garden” is a monthly lunch program about horticulture and gardening. Copper Alvarez will speak about the Red Stick Farmers Market at noon Monday, July 6, at the LSU AgCenter Burden Conference Center, 4560 Essen Lane, Baton Rouge. More information about BHS, visit

Master Gardeners hear from Southern faculty

Southern University faculty members Stephanie Elwood, extension associate for community and schools coordination, and Mila Berhane, senior research associate in plant science, spoke to East Baton Rouge Master Gardeners June 2 about community gardening and edible landscapes. The meeting was held in the LSU Botanic Gardens conference center.

Elwood showed photos of local gardens created at schools, public areas and in vacant lots. Volunteers plant and tend the gardens. Berhane showed slides and answered questions about planting vines, trees and landscape plants that are edible and beautiful. Fruit, herbs and vegetables can all be appropriate to residential and public green spaces, she said.

Persimmon, loquat and jelly palm are examples of fruit trees, while hyacinth bean, Jerusalem artichoke and Malabar spinach are vines with edible parts that can easily be included in the suburban garden. Lemon grass, garlic chives and rosemary are easily grown herbs that can enhance a home setting, Berhane said.

The East Baton Rouge Master Gardeners meet on the second Tuesday of each month except July. Summer activities include a booth at Garden Fest at Burden on June 20.

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