Photo provided by HELEN TURNER -- Livingston Parish County Agent Kenny Sharpe, left, and Master Gardeners Pat Zeller and Sandy LeBlanc build a raised bed which will be part of a demonstration garden at the Watson Library on Dec. 2. The garden is a joint project of the Master Gardeners and the Livingston Parish library.

A Master Gardener class is being offered to Livingston Parish residents by the LSU AgCenter under the guidance of the parish’s county agent Kenny Sharpe from 9 a.m. to noon March 4 through May 20 at the LSUAg County Agent’s office, 29849 S. Magnolia St., in Livingston.

New and experienced gardeners can receive horticultural instruction from various experts about ornamental plants, trees, fruits and vegetables, insects, diseases, soil fertility, diagnosing plant problems and much more and will take educational field trips, a news release from the AgCenter said.

The classes will be held on consecutive Wednesdays. The fee is $155. Those interested can pick up an application at the office or call (225) 686-3020. Applications must be returned by Feb. 18, the release said.

The Master Gardeners are partnering with the Livingston Parish Library to establish a demonstration garden on the grounds of the Watson library.

The first planting bed was built in December, and more beds and other elements will be added in the spring. The library has built a small stage, which will be used for outdoor demonstrations about plants and other activities, the release said.