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One of several tornadoes that ravaged Mississippi on April 24 knocked down trees along state Highway 389 in Oktibbeha County. Horticulturists with the Mississippi State University Extension Service advise people to use caution in removing trees and debris. (Photo by Scott Corey)
April 26, 2010 - Filed Under: Farm Safety, Disaster Response, Lawn and Garden, Landscape Architecture

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- On April 24, a series of tornadoes ripped through central Mississippi leaving 15 counties with substantial damage from wind, hail and water. As Mississippians begin the long process of rebuilding and cleaning up their tornado-ravaged landscapes, there are ways to make the process safer and easier.

Safety is the first consideration when removing damaged trees or large limbs that have fallen on electric power lines or pose other hazards to homes or people. Hire a professional to do this when the job is not safe.

January 25, 2010 - Filed Under: Landscape Architecture

MISSISSIPPI STATE – Those with a desire to learn the latest in a variety of landscape maintenance topics will have a chance to do so in a two-day short course offered through  Mississippi State University and the University of Arkansas.

The 2010 Landscape Short Course will be held Feb. 18-19 at the Desoto County Board of Education Building in Hernando. It is jointly sponsored by the MSU Extension Service and the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture.

A Nellie R. Stevens holly provides pleasing winter color to this home landscape, holding its abundant fruit through the dreary winter months. (Photo by Jeff Wilson)
January 14, 2010 - Filed Under: Lawn and Garden, Landscape Architecture

Numerous landscape plants have attractive foliage mixed with colorful berries, but few can match the brilliant luster of a holly.

The striking, dark green leaves of hollies provide a beautiful backdrop for their deep red and orange berries. Another reason these plants are so popular in the landscape is their ability to adapt to environmental conditions.

The wax myrtle produces thousands of small, waxy, blue berries that feed around 40 species of birds.
October 22, 2009 - Filed Under: Lawn and Garden, Flower Gardens, Landscape Architecture, Trees

By Norman Winter
MSU Horticulturist
Central Mississippi Research & Extension Center

In my region, the southern wax myrtle reigns supreme. When I say “my region,” you might think I mean the Deep South, but actually it stretches from Texas to the East Coast and as far north as New Jersey. You could not ask for a better small tree to act as a privacy screen around a porch, patio, deck, or garden bath or to soften harsh walls. Coastal residents are always looking for plants tolerant of salt spray, and wax myrtles are among the best.

In some areas, dogwoods are as exquisite as hollies with bright red, oval-shaped fruits, or drupes. (Photo by Norman Winter)
October 15, 2009 - Filed Under: Lawn and Garden, Flower Gardens, Landscape Architecture

By Norman Winter
MSU Horticulturist
Central Mississippi Research & Extension Center

As I was touring the landscape of an Southeastern college, I noticed that everywhere I looked was a native dogwood. I couldn’t help but think to myself, “This dogwood is for the birds.”

My thought was not too far off because this small tree feeds 28 species of birds, including quails and turkeys. Deer and squirrels also love the fruit, making this tree an all-star for those wanting a backyard wildlife habitat.

September 17, 2009 - Filed Under: Landscape Architecture

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- People who want to learn more about unifying design concepts of homes and gardens should attend Mississippi State University’s 54th annual Edward C. Martin Jr. Landscape Design Symposium on Oct. 21.

The MSU Department of Landscape Architecture and the Garden Clubs of Mississippi Inc. sponsor the event each fall to introduce the public to new concepts in green design and the influence they have on daily life. This year’s theme is “Inside/Out,” which highlights how inside and outside environments can work together.

Red can be a difficult color to use in gardens, and the secret to its success sometimes lies in using it as an accent. The first thing that catches the eye in this outdoor room is the bright red Adirondack chairs. A short walk away is an idyllic children's play house of the same color. (Photo by Norman Winter)
August 27, 2009 - Filed Under: Lawn and Garden, Landscape Architecture

By Norman Winter
MSU Horticulturist
Central Mississippi Research & Extension Center

Red is a color that many gardeners want in the landscape but find very difficult to use successfully. The secret, however, may lie in your accent features.

It seems strange to think that red may be hard to use. There are red roses, red zinnias, red petunias and scores of other red flowers, but if you place them near each other, a wave of nausea may sweep over you.

November 6, 2008 - Filed Under: Landscape Architecture

MISSISSIPPI STATE – A landscape short course Dec. 10-12 at Mississippi State University will give professionals and enthusiasts a chance to learn more about plants and their maintenance.

Sponsored by the MSU Extension Service, the event will be in Dorman Hall. Early registration is $160 per person if paid by Dec. 1. Onsite registration is $200. The fee covers the cost of educational materials, supplies and some meals.

The short course will cover basic principles of landscape establishment and management.

Starkville garden club enthusiast Jane Loveless makes a point about plants with former landscape architecture professor Ed Martin, left, and department colleague Robert Brzuszek during a design symposium held annually at Mississippi State University. (Photo by Marco Nicovich)
October 16, 2008 - Filed Under: Landscape Architecture

By Patti Drapala
MSU Ag Communications

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Mississippi State University professor Ed Martin spent nearly 40 years teaching landscape architecture students to use plants to create great outdoor spaces, and he felt others should understand this principle, too.

Soon after arriving at MSU in 1956, Martin began a partnership with the Garden Clubs of Mississippi to educate people about the function of the landscape. He started a design seminar open to the public.

September 25, 2008 - Filed Under: Landscape Architecture

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- A former landscape architecture professor at Mississippi State University who influenced many professionals in the business today is coming back to campus to participate in a program he began in 1955.

January 24, 2008 - Filed Under: Family, Landscape Architecture

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Few events are more beautiful or memorable than an outdoor wedding in an idyllic setting, but actually making one happen takes a lot of planning and some fortunate timing.

Bob Brzuszek, an assistant professor of landscape architecture with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, suggested those hosting an outdoor wedding or reception start planning a year in advance.

September 28, 2006 - Filed Under: Landscape Architecture

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- An upcoming workshop will help people address many of the issues related to landscape design.

The 51st Mississippi Landscape Symposium is the longest running workshop of its kind in the country. The symposium will take place from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Oct. 18 in the Bost Auditorium at Mississippi State University.

May 4, 2006 - Filed Under: Lawn and Garden, Landscape Architecture

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Commercial plant growers, retail garden centers, landscapers and people planning to enter one of those professions can preview the plants of tomorrow during an upcoming conference in Raymond.

The Mid-South Greenhouse Growers, Retail Garden Center/Landscape Conference will be held June 5-7 at Eagle Ridge Conference Center in Raymond, just south of Jackson on Highway 18.

The blue-green foliage of the Arizona cypress stands out in showy contrast against the fall rusty red needles of the bald cypress.
December 8, 2005 - Filed Under: Landscape Architecture

By Norman Winter
MSU Horticulturist
Central Mississippi Research & Extension Center

The winter landscape can look breathtakingly beautiful by choosing the right plants, such as the smooth Arizona cypress.

Nothing will perk up the neighborhood and your spirits like planting. Color in the landscape can certainly bring a renewed spirit. Some garden centers are already bringing in mums as well as fall blooming salvias, ornamental peppers, fresh marigolds, petunias and a host of other flowers.
September 8, 2005 - Filed Under: Lawn and Garden, Landscape Architecture

When disaster strikes, the little things take on more importance. Saving something from a site of total devastation can be a big boost, even if what is saved is just a tree or a special bush. As I travel around in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, I have noticed a few things that could be overlooked by homeowners.

Water is critical...

Andrea Brown, a 14-year-old Oktibbeha County 4-H member, rakes limbs and debris in the yard of a senior adult friend in the Bell Schoolhouse Community. Many Mississippians are depending on the help of friends and family to assist in cleaning up in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.
September 1, 2005 - Filed Under: Lawn and Garden, Landscape Architecture

By Norman Winter
MSU Horticulturist
Central Mississippi Research & Extension Center

Knowing you live in an area at risk for hurricane damage is one thing, but watching a Catagory 4 or 5 hurricane barrel down on your home is a helpless feeling. When the time for recovery arrives, cleaning up landscapes can seem overwhelming, especially if a lot of trees are down. What took a few hours to bring down, may take weeks to clean up.

April 28, 2005 - Filed Under: Landscape Architecture

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- High school students from across Mississippi can learn about horticulture and landscape architecture during a three-day summer program at Mississippi State University.

Students currently enrolled in grades 10 through 12 are eligible to attend the program June 12-14. The summer seminar in horticulture and landscape is co-hosted by MSU’s Department of Plant and Soil Sciences and Department of Landscape Architecture, and it is sponsored by the Garden Clubs of Mississippi.

July 22, 2004 - Filed Under: Landscape Architecture, Turfgrass and Lawn Management

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Homeowners know summertime means mowing time, but it is also the time to improve the health of the lawn and prepare it for fall.

Wayne Wells, turfgrass specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said water, nutrients, proper mowing, and pest and disease management are the four keys to having a good lawn.

"Summer is the time to grow grass, and measures can be taken now to catch up for missed work in the spring or to prepare the turf for winter," Wells said.

April 29, 2004 - Filed Under: Landscape Architecture

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- High school students can learn about horticulture and landscape careers in a unique summer seminar at Mississippi State University.

March 5, 2001 - Filed Under: Landscape Architecture

By Norman Winter
MSU Horticulturist
Central Mississippi Research & Extension Center

All landscapes reach a point where they need a little re-engineering. This year's storms have created problems across the state that will require repair efforts for years to come.

Re-engineering is a popular word today. Corporations use to describe changes they are making in their market focus or their corporate structure. Re-engineering basically means looking at where you are and assessing how you can capitalize on what you have.

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