New president ushered in at Master Gardeners _lowres

Nina Briley

Nina Briley, of Amite, succeeded Gary Boutwell, of Hammond, as president of the Tangipahoa Parish Master Gardeners at the group’s meeting on Jan. 14 at the LSU AgCenter Hammond Research Center.

Refreshments were provided by Tony and Maria Benigno and Jennifer and Joann Roques, all of Hammond.

The guest speaker was Dan Gill, an LSU AgCenter associate professor and horticulturist, who held a question-and-answer session focused on problems that Master Gardeners have encountered.

John Grimm, of Metairie, handed out flyers for the Camellia Garden Stroll, set for 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 21 at the Hammond Research Station, 21549 La. 1067.

Members were asked to stay after the meeting and the February meeting to help clean up and prune in the gardens across from the LSU AgCenter. Also, volunteers were requested to help with the 4-H Egg, Poultry, Bento Cookery and Fashion Show.

The Tangipahoa Master Gardeners’ Spring Garden Day is 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 12. Master Gardener participation is requested. Community members interested in setting up a vendor booth or educational display can call Assistant Extension Agent Whitney Wallace at (985) 748-9381 or email