Slip into your jeans and grab your big hat. Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon, it?s the LSU Burden Center?s annual garden festival.

Hayrides take you to demonstration plots to see varieties of tomatoes, watermelon, peppers and sweet corn, said Jeff Kuehny, resident director at Burden.

All-America Selections of vegetables, ornamental annuals, perennials and roses are on the tour.

?This is a great opportunity for consumers, home gardeners, chefs and commercial growers of vegetables, fruits and ornamentals,? Kuehny said.

LSU AgCenter?s Kathryn Fontenot will host the vegetable tour, Charlie Johnson the fruit tour and Allen Owings the All-America Selections.

The Burden Center is at 4560 Essen Lane at I-10. For more information, call (225) 763-3990 or go to

TAKE THAT, SUCKER: Prune crape myrtle tree suckers at or below ground level as soon as the suckers appear.

Try not to leave a stub to slow resprouting.