LaHouse to Showcase Best Landscape and Horticulture Practices

Since the inception of the idea for Louisiana House, landscape and horticulture features have been an integral part of the project. The LaHouse landscape team is led by LSU AgCenter horticulturist, Dr. Allen Owings. We are fortunate to have the legendary duo of Dr. Neil Odenwald and Dr.Tom Pope to contribute major design and consultation expertise to the project. Dr. Odenwald is former head of the LSU Department of Landscape Architecture and is a fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects. Dr. Pope is retired Extension horticulture/landscape specialist of the LSU AgCenter.

Plans at this time include features to showcase:

  • Plant (turf and ornamentals) adaptability and selection (hardiness zone, heat zone, hurricane resistance, invasiveness)
  • Cost-effective maintenance (reduced mowing, plant selection, native plant use)
  • Best management practices for irrigation, fertilization, and pest management (slow-release fertilization, xeriscaping, beneficial insects)
  • Energy conservation (shade tree use, greenhouse orientation, heat island effects)
  • Soil conservation (erosion control, topographical mapping, maximizing vegetative cover)
  • Composting/waste material recycling (yard waste, backyard composting, Don't Bag It lawn care)

Theme and display gardens will be included. All landscape and horticulture features will be practical for Louisiana homeowners and potential homeowners to implement. LaHouse will also serve as an opportunity for green industry professionals to develop landscape ideas and refer clientele for site visits.

Additional information on LaHouse landscape and horticulture project efforts can be directed to Allen Owings, LSU AgCenter, PO Box 25100, Baton Rouge, LA 70894-5100, Phone 225.578.2222, Fax 225.578.0773.

1/30/2019 8:26:12 PM
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