Green thumbs unite: Free gardening classes at St. Charles Parish Libraries, courtesy of LSU AgCenter

St. Charles Parish Libraries has partnered once again this year with the LSU AgCenter to offer a series of free gardening and horticulture classes for residents, open to anyone interested in all things gardening.

The LSU AgCenter’s 2023 St. Charles Parish Library sessions feature classes on a variety of horticulture topics, such as bedding plant techniques, root and fall vegetable growing, pumpkin decorating and setting up gardening micro-irrigation systems.

Last year St. Charles Parish was assigned its new Horticulture Extension Agent, Garbriel LoCoco, who quickly got to work scheduling new local interest horticulture programs and classes to benefit residents via the parish’s various library branch locations.

“The library has been working with our LSU AgCenter Horticulture Extension Agent for years in a variety of ways,” Adult Programming and Outreach Librarian Maria Bilello said. “The library has a variety of spaces via our six branches throughout the parish to hold presentations and workshops…we are happy to partner with them to make programs happen.”

One of the LSU AgCenter’s upcoming sessions, to be held at the East Regional Library location on October 12 at 10 a.m., will feature LSU experts Dr. Stacia Conger and LoCoco presenting on the importance and ease of home irrigation kits.

“Following the lecture, participants will get hands-on experiences installing a micro-irrigation system in the library’s sensory garden,” Bilello mentioned.

Another upcoming class on October 26 at the St. Rose branch will showcase the LSU AgCenter’s pumpkin decorating program, where class participants of any age will be entered into the River Region Master Gardener’s Pumpkin Decorating Contest on Saturday, October 28 at the German Coast Farmers’ Market. Registration is required for the October 26 event, and all materials will be provided to program participants.

All LSU AgCenter program presented at St. Charles Parish Libraries are open to the public and offered free of charge.

“There are no requirements to attend any of our programs,” Bilello said. “Participants don’t even need a library card.”

Bilello commented some LSU AgCenter programs offered at St. Charles Parish libraries may have age restrictions and require pre-registration.

For more information on the new partnership with the LSU AgCenter, or to find a list of programs and dates offered, visit


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