St. Helena Arts & Technology Academy revealed its model demonstration school garden on Oct. 5.
The primary purpose of the garden, agricultural agent Ahmad Roberson said, is to showcase flowering plants and vegetables that perform well in Louisiana’s 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,” Roberson said.
The gardens include a display of beds with Louisiana plant varieties.
Each site also will include an herb garden and a pollinator garden, Roberson said.
The gardens are planted in September and March, Roberson said, and youth and the community can share the fresh vegetables.
Local nurseries and garden centers provided transplants, mulch and fertilizer for the gardens.