St. Helena Arts and Technology Academy revealed its demonstration school garden Oct. 5 at the school in Greensburg.

The primary purpose of the garden, LSU/SU agricultural agent Ahmad Robertson said, is to showcase flowering plants and vegetables that perform well in the climate and soils with minimal maintenance.

“Demonstration gardens showcase plants and sustainable gardening techniques appropriate to local areas and provide learning opportunities for home gardeners and landscape planting and maintenance procedures,” said Robertson.

The gardens include annual display beds of Louisiana recommended plant varieties. Each site will include an herb garden and a pollinator garden.

The gardens are planted in September and March and youth and the community can share the fresh vegetables.

Local nurseries and garden centers provide transplants, mulch and fertilizer for the gardens, the agent said.

The gardens are designed for self-guided tours and each plant is labeled with its common name and cultural information.