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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.

September 27, 1999 - Filed Under: Landscape Architecture

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Houses that look good from the road carry higher price tags, a fact that turns landscape investments into money in the bank when selling a house.

Dr. David Tatum is the state nursery specialist with the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station and the Mississippi State University Extension Service. He has tips for homeowners looking to increase the value of their home before it's sold.

"Money spent working on the landscape is a good investment and will bring actual returns," Tatum said.

October 19, 1998 - Filed Under: Landscape Architecture

By Jamie Vickers

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Landscapes never look the same after a natural disaster, but steps can be taken to minimize the damages, and some relief may be available at tax time.

Damage to trees includes broken and torn limbs, wounds, split branches, exposed roots and fallen trees. The care given to injured trees depends on the extent of the damage, age of the tree and the time needed for the surrounding soil to reach normal moisture levels.

April 9, 1998 - Filed Under: Landscape Architecture

By Norman Winter
Horticulturist
Central Mississippi Research & Extension Center

Temperatures are fairly moderate now as are utility bills, but we all know what is ahead. We can take decisive action today which will pay great dividends in subsequent years.

January 22, 1998 - Filed Under: Landscape Architecture

By Norman Winter
Horticulturist
Central Mississippi Research & Extension Center

If your landscape looks a little desolate, barren or Siberia- like, it probably needs some evergreens. Of all landscape plants in the South, conifers are some of our most beautiful.

Conifers are important to our timber industry, but their usefulness doesn't stop there. A conifer is a cone-bearing tree or shrub. Familiar ones are the loblolly, slash pine, long and shortleaf pine, and others.

May 29, 1997 - Filed Under: Lawn and Garden, Flower Gardens, Landscape Architecture

By Norman Winter
Horticulturist
Central Mississippi Research & Extension Center

California is home to two of the most beautiful trees in the world, the redwood and the giant sequoia. If you have ever seen them, you were probably like me and just stood there in awe.

More than likely you returned to Mississippi wishing you could grow such spectacular trees. You can. Both the redwood and sequoia are in the redwood family.

March 31, 1997 - Filed Under: Lawn and Garden, Landscape Architecture

VERONA -- Pictures might help some home landscapers choose plants, but others may prefer an up-close-and-personal look at a demonstration landscape.

A visit to the Magnolia Botanical Gardens could be a surer way to see how the plant will fit into a landscape plan. The four-acre botanical gardens are the latest addition to the North Mississippi Research and Extension Center in Verona.

The horticulture commodity group developed plans for the gardens following a recommendation at the center's 1996 Advisory Committee meeting.

March 31, 1997 - Filed Under: Lawn and Garden, Landscape Architecture

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Knowing that proper landscaping can add as much as 15 percent to a house's value makes it easier to avoid the temptation to hire someone to do the work just because they are cheap.

Patricia Knight, assistant horticulturist with the South Mississippi Research and Experiment Station in Poplarville, said landscaping takes time to learn and do correctly. Hiring someone to do landscaping without knowing their credentials or references can be a big mistake.

March 13, 1997 - Filed Under: Lawn and Garden, Flower Gardens, Landscape Architecture

By Norman Winter
Horticulturist
Central Mississippi Research & Extension Center

All landscapes reach a point where they need a little re-engineering. A tornado destroyed giant trees in our yard before we bought the house and repair efforts continue each year.

Re-engineering is a popular word today. Corporations use it 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.

March 6, 1997 - Filed Under: Lawn and Garden, Flower Gardens, Landscape Architecture

By Norman Winter
Horticulturist
Central Mississippi Research & Extension Center

Have you ever shopped for a house and discovered you liked the ones with gorgeous landscapes better? Homes with attractive landscapes generally bring a premium price.

While we don't necessarily plant a landscape to help sell our home, we should avoid anything that hurts our investment, including a mundane landscape.

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