The Margie Jenkins Azalea Garden Horticulture Lecture Series and Industry Open House will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, May 15, at the Hammond Research Station.

The educational event is planned for nursery growers, landscape contractors, landscape maintenance firms, retail garden center owners, managers and their employees, said Allen Owings, research coordinator at the station.

Speakers for the program include Mark Windham, of the University of Tennessee, who will discuss problem-solving in dogwoods, roses and hydrangeas. Rick Webb, of Louisiana Growers in Amite, will discuss the use of south Louisiana natives and some of the improved varieties.

“We will have garden tours and plant trials,” Owings said. “We also have a new program this year called Plants with Potential.”

The LSU AgCenter Hammond Research Station established the Margie Y. Jenkins Azalea Garden in 2006 in recognition of one of Louisiana’s most widely known nursery owners and nationally known lover, breeder and authority of azaleas.

Because there is no registration fee, Owings said reservations are required to get a count for the hamburger lunch that will be served in the gardens.

The Hammond Research Station is at 21549 Old Covington Highway, east of Hammond.

Call Owings at (985) 543-4125 or visit