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Design Week 2013 participants at Mississippi State University created plans for an undeveloped courtyard at the university's landscape architecture facility in a learning competition. Department head Sadik Artunc, third from left, stands with members of the winning team. From left are Emily Overbey, Jerry Hill, Nathan Locke, Nicholas Stengel and Jason Treloar. (Photo by MSU Landscape Architecture/Elizabeth Payne Tofte)
January 31, 2013 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Landscape Architecture

MISSISSIPPI STATE – An undeveloped courtyard at Mississippi State University’s landscape architecture facility provided the challenge for student teams in Design Week 2013.

The theme of the annual learning competition was Art into Nature. The teams, composed of landscape architecture and landscape contracting students and a faculty advisor, competed to design the best courtyard based on the space and needs. The challenge was to create an artistic and ecologically integrated design for the landscape architecture facilities, then present it to the judges in a compelling fashion.

The Savannah holly has a natural pyramidal growth habit that is loose and open. It can be used as a screen or a single specimen. (Photo by MSU Extension Service/Gary Bachman)
January 28, 2013 - Filed Under: Lawn and Garden, Flower Gardens, Landscape Architecture

January and February are good times to see where landscapes need evergreen color to break out of the drab grays and browns of winter. When you find a spot that needs a pick-me-up, Savannah holly is a superb evergreen plant to grow in our Mississippi gardens and landscapes.

It has a natural pyramidal growth habit that is loose and open. This holly is versatile in the landscape and can be used for screening or strategically placed as single specimens.

Satsuma oranges grow well in Mississippi and produce very juicy fruits with deep-orange rinds. (Photo by MSU Extension Service/Gary Bachman)
December 24, 2012 - Filed Under: Lawn and Garden, Flower Gardens, Landscape Architecture

There’s nothing like reaching into the toe of a Christmas stocking under your tree and finding a fresh and tasty satsuma orange that came right from your own garden.

I’d like to say I’ve done that, but so far, all the fresh satsumas I’ve enjoyed have come from my friend Terry’s house. Let me just say that I don’t have to worry about scurvy for a while.

The South Mississippi Branch Experiment Station in Poplarville recently won first place in the All-America Selections' Landscape Design Contest. (Submitted Photo)
October 15, 2012 - Filed Under: Lawn and Garden, Flower Gardens, Landscape Architecture

POPLARVILLE -- A Mississippi State University experiment station recently won first place in a North American landscape design competition.

The South Mississippi Branch Experiment Station in Poplarville took top honors in the first annual All-America Selections’ Landscape Design Contest.

October 3, 2012 - Filed Under: Lawn and Garden, Landscape Architecture

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Landscape and garden enthusiasts can get help planning for next spring from nationally acclaimed designers at a Mississippi State University landscape design event.

The 57th annual Edward C. Martin Jr. Landscape Design Symposium will be Oct. 17 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Bost Conference Center on MSU’s Starkville campus. Attendees can preregister by Oct. 12 for $20 or register at the door for $25.

Mississippi State University students and professors designed and built this pavilion with a "green roof" at the Oktibbeha County Heritage Museum. The structure marks the last in a series of sustainable storm water management strategies developed for the site. (Photo by MSU Ag Communications/Kat Lawrence)
August 23, 2012 - Filed Under: Community, Landscape Architecture

STARKVILLE – A Mississippi museum is conserving the past inside and embracing the future outside with its modern, sustainable landscape.

Visitors to the Oktibbeha County Heritage Museum will enjoy a new pavilion’s shade but may not realize they are surrounded by environmentally friendly solutions to a challenging landscape using environmentally friendly solutions.

August 23, 2012 - Filed Under: Lawn and Garden, Landscape Architecture

MISSISSIPPI STATE – Gardeners may be getting ready to put away their gloves for the year, but now is the perfect time to get a head start on environmentally friendly landscaping projects.

Planning ahead can make yard maintenance easier, save money and conserve natural resources.

The Sweet Caroline ornamental sweet potato has two leaf shapes, cut-leaf and heart-shaped. Colors include bronze, green-yellow, light green, purple, red and black. (Photo by MSU Extension Service/Gary Bachman)
July 16, 2012 - Filed Under: Crops, Sweet Potatoes, Lawn and Garden, Landscape Architecture

If you’re looking for a vigorous and unique ground cover for your landscape, consider a popular ornamental that I really enjoy, the colorful sweet potato vine.

Longtime favorites include Margarita, which is lime green with large leaves; Blackie, a cut-leaf variety with dark purple to black foliage; and Tricolor, which has leaves of green, pink and white.

New selections have introduced amazing color selections and leaf shapes.

June 28, 2012 - Filed Under: Environment, Landscape Architecture

JACKSON – Mississippians can see footage of the West’s wildfires nearly every day, but many could be surprised to learn that their own state averages more than 600 wildfires a year. With urban sprawl infringing on the state’s forests, the fire risk is growing.

“Wildfires don’t get much attention here because we aren’t impacted like people who live in the West,” said Bob Brzuszek, associate professor of landscape architecture at Mississippi State University. “Our climate is more humid, we have a great fire service, and our wildfires tend to happen in more rural areas.”

May 4, 2012 - Filed Under: Community, Landscape Architecture

MISSISSIPPI STATE – Mississippi State University is “beating the bushes” for high school students with horticultural interests for a June 3-6 camp on campus.

Designed for students age 15 to 17, the 43rd annual Horticulture and Landscape Architecture Summer Camp will offer a variety of educational and fun activities.

Michael Seymour
March 8, 2012 - Filed Under: Landscape Architecture

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- The Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture honored Mississippi State University associate professor Michael Seymour with the national 2012 Excellence in Teaching Award.

Seymour has taught in MSU’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences in the Department of Landscape Architecture for seven years. He has distinguished himself as an outstanding educator, researcher and colleague, said Sadik Artunc, head of the landscape architecture department.

March 8, 2012 - Filed Under: Disaster Preparedness, Landscape Architecture

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- A storm-resistant landscape design and consistent tree health monitoring can save cities and property owners time and money.

“Well-designed landscapes are easier to maintain and reduce the risk of damage from a fallen tree or limb,” said John Kushla, a Mississippi State University Extension Service forestry specialist and associate research professor in the Forest and Wildlife Research Center.

Good design helps trees weather storms more easily.

Resolve to grow a new vegetable this year. If you like traditional zucchinis, try growing a new variety in 2012. (Photo by Gary Bachman)
January 2, 2012 - Filed Under: Lawn and Garden, Landscape Architecture

In my job with Mississippi State University, I am asked a lot of questions about problems people have with plants and ideas they have for their landscapes and gardens.

As we begin the new year, here is my list of four resolutions to help make your landscape and garden more enjoyable and productive in 2012.

1- Get those pesky landscape and lawn weeds under control.

Visitors to the Crosby Arboretum in Picayune who have iPhones, iPads or iPod Touches can now experience the pond and south Savanna journey by downloading the free GPTrex App. (Photo by Scott Corey)
November 22, 2011 - Filed Under: Community, Technology, Landscape Architecture

PICAYUNE – Mississippi State University’s Crosby Arboretum has a new, high-tech way for visitors to experience the nature preserve.

Bob Brzuszek, associate professor of landscape architecture at MSU, created an interactive application through GPTrex, a company focused on providing fun, family adventures while boosting interest in a local community’s cultural, historical and educational venues.

October 25, 2011 - Filed Under: Lawn and Garden, Flower Gardens, Landscape Architecture, Vegetable Gardens

MISSISSIPPI STATE – Best-selling garden book author Bobby J. Ward will be speaking at Mississippi State University on Nov. 4.

Ward will speak at Tully Auditorium in Thompson Hall on MSU’s campus in Starkville from 10 until 11 a.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Ward will present information about contemporary plant collectors around the world and the unique finds they have contributed to the horticulture trade.

American beautyberry is a Mississippi-native shrub that lives up to its name by putting on a show of bright purple berries in the fall. (Photo by Gary Bachman)
October 18, 2011 - Filed Under: Lawn and Garden, Landscape Architecture

If you want something besides leaves to provide fall landscape color, take a good look at the American beautyberry. This Mississippi native shrub lives up to its name by putting on quite a show in the fall, with its clusters of bright purple berries.

Known botanically as Callicarpa americana, American beautyberry is frequently found on the edges of woodlands all across Mississippi. It is widely distributed east of the Mississippi River in the mid-Atlantic and Gulf Coast region. American beautyberry is also quite at home in the landscape.

September 27, 2011 - Filed Under: Lawn and Garden, Landscape Architecture

MISSISSIPPI STATE – The 38th Annual Ornamental Horticulture Field Day on Oct. 6 will give updates on current research findings and experiments relevant to this industry.

The half-day event will be held at the South Mississippi Branch Experiment Station in Poplarville. There will be tours of the trial gardens and research updates from scientists at Mississippi State University and the USDA Agricultural Research Service’s Southern Horticultural Laboratory.

September 8, 2011 - Filed Under: Landscape Architecture

MISSISSIPPI STATE – Mississippi State University’s 56th annual Edward C. Martin Design Symposium on Oct. 19 will focus on how landscapes can best fit their environment.

Michael Carlew (right), a senior studying landscape architecture and landscape contracting and management at Mississippi State University, talks to two other MSU students about the role landscape architects play in the environment. (Photo by MSU Ag Communications/Scott Corey)
August 22, 2011 - Filed Under: Landscape Architecture

By Karen Templeton
MSU Ag Communications

MISSISSIPPI STATE – A group of Mississippi State University students recently participated in a nationwide event to help educate others about the discipline and program they love.

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