IN THE YARD: Flowers for sale

Sunday will bring two chances to surround yourself with beautiful flowers.

The Red Stick Hibiscus Association will hold its annual show and sale on the LSU campus, from 1 to 5 p.m., at the 4-H Mini Farm Building, next to the John Parker Coliseum.

Flowers in the show are coming from growers in a five-state region, and the hibiscus for sale are beautiful, hybridized plants grown at a nursery in Plaquemine.

Proceeds from the sale go to a number of good causes, including scholarships for Louisiana students planning to study horticulture in the state.

Also on Sunday, from 1 to 4 p.m., the Baton Rouge Rose Society will holds its “Spring Fling,” on farm property in Denham Springs, where you can buy roses and get good information on how to care for them.

The word from the Rose Society is that Internet map programs don’t give the correct directions to DeRouen Farm, location of the event, at 10030 Lockhart Road.

You can find directions that will get you there at the Rose Society’s website, http://www.batonrougerosesociety.org and click on “Upcoming Events.”

The Rose Society gives some very practical advice on its website regarding the care of roses: If you’re planting more than one rose in your yard, group them together to make it more convenient, when it’s time to fertilize, water, spray for blackspot fungus and prune.

PAVILION GETS START: On April 25, there was a groundbreaking for a pavilion at the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens at the Burden Center on Essen.

An illustration of the pavilion that will be built among pine trees near woods on the property shows a handsome, steeply pitched roof over the open-air pavilion that features an outdoor fireplace. There will be running water and a sound system, too.

In the future, it will provide protection on rainy days for visitors to the garden and be a new venue for programs there. The pavilion will be available to the public for rent and is slated to be completed in August.

Ellyn Couvillion

Advocate staff writer