“In the Yard” column for April 19, 2013

Photo provided by the Baton Rouge Botanic Gardens -- It's time to go plant shopping at the Baton Rouge Botanic Gardens in Independence Park from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.
Photo provided by the Baton Rouge Botanic Gardens -- It's time to go plant shopping at the Baton Rouge Botanic Gardens in Independence Park from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

Roses, gingers and irises are just some of the many plants — including trees, herbs and vegetables — that will be available from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Baton Rouge Botanic Garden Plant Sale.

The Botanic Garden is located in Independence Park, on Independence Boulevard near East Airport Drive.

Specifically, the sale will be held in the area of the crape myrtle garden at the back of the Botanic Garden parking lot.

Many of the plants have been raised by members of Baton Rouge-area plant societies, and local and regional vendors will be there, too, with plants for sale.

Proceeds go the development of the garden, and experienced gardeners will be on hand, sharing their know-how and answering questions.

CONTAINER GARDENS: Also on Saturday, folks can learn about container growing and plant their own tomato plant to bring home, at the Central and Scotlandville library branches.

A representative with Slow Food Baton Rouge, a chapter of a national nonprofit that fosters food that’s good for people and the planet, will lead the program at 1 p.m. in Central, 11260 Joor Road, and at 3 p.m. in Scotlandville, 7373 Scenic Highway.

To register, call (225) 262-2640 for Central and (225) 354-7540 for Scotlandville.

A “Spring Produce Gardening” program will also be held at the Eden Park library branch, 5131 Greenwell Springs Road, at 6 p.m. Thursday. For more information, call (225) 231-3240.

CATERPILLAR SEASON: Buck moth caterpillars, the most common stinging caterpillars in the state, are beginning to make their appearance.

The caterpillars, with their distinctive dark spines, are notorious for their painful stings.

The National Ag Safety Database (http://nasdonline.org ) advises removing the stinger(s) with fresh pieces of adhesive tape and applying a topical hydrocortisone cream.

The oak trees the caterpillars like to feed on will do fine, said Dan Gill, LSU AgCenter horticulturist; humans should keep a sharp lookout.

Ellyn Couvillion

Advocate staff writer