Welcome to the LSU AgCenter Hammond Trials Web App and the 2021 Virtual Margie Jenkins Spring Open House
With the inability to host our normal Margie Jenkins Lecture Series and Spring Open House due to COVID, we have decided to introduce you to our newest project, the Hammond Trials website. This website will serve as a permanent "Open House" for our gardens, with photos, descriptions, and cultural information for the plants in the Hammond Trial Gardens. We have just begun entering data, and information is being updated daily. Please take a moment to browse this site and view our trials. You may also notice the virtual tours an section located just below. We have begun to upload all of our virtual garden tours from the past year, and will continue to do so. Moreover, we have developed materials specifically for this event, so check out the Virtual Field Day section for some trial reports, and a very special video dedicated to the Horticultural contributions of our event's namesake Ms. Margie Jenkins. We also have some exciting new features planned for introduction later this summer, so make sure you continue to check the website for updates. Please feel free to pass along any feedback, as we want to ensure that this website will serve as a tool for the Louisiana nursery and landscape industry.
We hope you enjoy,
-Hammond Research Station Team
Centered between Louisiana's two largest metropolitan areas, the LSU AgCenter Hammond Research Station serves as the primary destination for nursery crop production and landscape horticulture research and extension in Louisiana. Century-old live oak trees frame acres of lush landscaping approximately 6 miles from the city of Hammond. The Hammond Research Station was initially established in 1922 as a fruit and truck crop research station; however, as time passed the station's mission was refocused to serve the green industry of Louisiana.
Today, the Hammond Research Station has a twofold mission:
- Evaluating and promoting new ornamental crops for the nursery, landscape and garden center industries of Louisiana.
- Enhancing nursery crop production and landscape management efficiency and sustainability through research, extension and educational outreach.
The core mission of the Hammond Research Station is fulfilled through the trials at Hammond, a program of intense evaluation on approximately 35 acres of research grounds. The ornamental trials at the Hammond Research Station are unique as plants are evaluated in a landscape setting instead of blocks or rows. However, the trials are laid out and replicated as needed to provide valuable and strong data to our trial partners locally, nationally and internationally. The four primary gardens at the Hammond station include the Allen D. Owings Sun Garden, the Margie Yates Jenkins Azalea Garden, the Piney Woods Garden and the Shade Garden, as well as many smaller gardens and evaluation areas used for the trials at Hammond.
Our trial gardens include everything from seasonal bedding plants to woody shrubs and trees. The gardens are constantly changing with the inclusion of new trials and the culmination of existing trials. Combine that with our permanent collection and demonstration beds, and you get a wonderfully unique location that we can’t wait to share.
This website serves as a virtual walk through our gardens, with trial results and evaluations from the current gardens and the past. We invite you to browse our website and find any information you may be interested in using. Additionally, please keep up with our blogs and updates for information on news and events associated with the Hammond Research Station and our beautiful gardens.
Images used throughout this app are copyrighted to the LSU AgCenter.