Miniature gardens topic for Reflections meeting

Angie Wall with the EBR Master Gardeners led a program on miniature gardens for the Burden Horticulture Society’s “Reflections in the Garden” program on April 6.

Wall provided information materials on how to create, care, prune and control pests in terrariums and fairy gardens. She showed several examples of terrariums and fairy gardens.

Landscape architect Jeffery Carbo will speak on the LSU lakes project at the next Reflections event at noon Monday, May 4, at the LSU AgCenter Burden Conference Center, 4560 Essen Lane, Baton Rouge. For information about BHS, visit

LSU Retirees hear about orphan trains

Harold Dupre spoke about the orphan trains to the LSU Faculty and Staff Retirees Club on April 13.

Dupre, Orphan Train Society president and a descendant of an orphan train rider, detailed the adoption system to place some 150,000 orphans in homes across the nation between 1854 and 1929. The children traveled by rail. More than 2,000 came to Louisiana. Opelousas is home to the Orphan Train Museum, one of only two in the country.

Members voted for next year’s officers, chairs and committee members. Joan Benedict, Barbara Bryan, Judy Lithgoe, Denver Loupe, Rose Ann Martin and Pat Triche provided refreshments. The club holds monthly meetings and tours during the academic year. Contact

Cortana Kiwanis hears Water Institute’s Groat

Charles “Chip” Groat, CEO of the Water Institute of the Gulf, spoke on the state’s initiative to stop coastal erosion to the Cortana Kiwanis Club on April 16.

Groat said engineers, scientists, economists and other specialties were involved in this comprehensive planning. The program will be evaluated so that the coastal needs are continuously being improved.

The Baton Rouge Area Foundation has broken ground on the Water Campus, a 33-acre tract on Nicholson Drive. The Water Campus will work to understand and better manage the complex relationship between water, land and people around the world. The Water Institute is devoted to protection and restoration of our coast.

The Cortana Kiwanis Club meets at 7:30 a.m. Thursdays at the Piccadilly Cafeteria, 3332 S. Sherwood Forest Blvd., Baton Rouge. Guests are welcome to attend. Contact Lowell Tilley, or (225) 272-6744.

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