Dan Gill

Host of Bayou Garden

Dan is an Associate Professor in Consumer Horticulture with the LSU AgCenter. He is the spokesperson for the LSU AgCenter’s "Get It Growing project," an effort encouraging home horticulture throughout Louisiana. Dan is also author of "Month-by-Month Gardening in Louisiana" and co-author of the "Louisiana Gardener’s Guide."

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Bayou Garden
6:34 am
Sat February 1, 2014

Freeze Busted Citrus and Perishing Palms

Freeze damage.
Credit LSU AgCenter

This has been a really hard winter in Louisiana. An unusual amount of sub-freezing temperatures has caused a lot of damage to the landscape.


Bayou Garden
6:36 am
Sat January 25, 2014

Freezes: The Damage is Done, Now What?

Ice on Baton Rouge blooms, Jan. 24, 2014.
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The Baton Rouge area, like most of Louisiana, has experienced a colder than average winter. Severe freezes in January have caused extensive damage to tropicals, citrus trees, and palms in the landscape.


Bayou Garden
6:51 am
Sat January 18, 2014

Celebrating Trees in Louisiana

Credit LSU AgCenter

Friday was Arbor Day in Louisiana, when we show our appreciation for trees by planting them.

Trees are especially important in urban areas, absorbing heat, reducing air pollution, and cutting utility bills -- and that's just for starters.

Hurray for trees!

Bayou Garden
6:40 am
Sat January 4, 2014

Camellia Flower Buds Opening Now

Camellia hiemalis 'Shi Shi Gashira', often called a C. sasanqua, provides wonderful fall color in semi-shady to full sun landscapes.
Credit LSU AgCenter

Very few trees are best planted when they're in bloom, but Camellias are the exception.


Bayou Garden
6:28 am
Sat December 28, 2013

What Keeps a Gardner Busy in Winter

An elephant ear wet with winter rain.
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Winter is not necessarily a time of rest for southeast Louisiana gardeners, even though our lawns, trees, and shrubs are dormant and we get plenty of rain.

Bayou Garden
6:00 am
Sat December 21, 2013

Winter Solstice: Shorter Be the Nights

Illumination of Earth by Sun on the day of winter solstice on northern hemisphere.
Credit Przemyslaw "Blueshade" Idzkiewicz / Wikimedia Commons

As the earth travels around the sun on Dec. 21, the days will begin to get longer and the nights shorter.


Bayou Garden
6:23 am
Sat December 14, 2013

What to Give a Gardener for the Holidays

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Gardeners, think about what you want for yourself and tell the givers.


Bayou Garden
6:30 am
Sat December 7, 2013

When Plants Say 'Brrrrr!'

Tender shrubs covered with blankets. Covers weighted to the ground keep heat released from the soil from escaping on cold nights.
Credit LSU AgCenter

We have had some unusually cold weather unusually early in the season this year. Freezes down to the mid 20s have done a lot of damage, in particular to tropical plants in our landscapes.


Bayou Garden
6:46 am
Sat November 23, 2013

For Urban Shade, Plant a Willow Oak

Willow Oak
Credit Allen Owings / LSU Ag Center

With it's upright, oval shape, and relatively fast growth, it doesn't take long for the Willow Oak to develop into a nice shade tree and it doesn't require as much pruning as the Live Oak to fit well in an average urban lot.


Bayou Garden
6:40 am
Sat November 16, 2013

Which Herbs to Grow? The Ones You Use

Credit LSU Ag Center

Fall is a really good time to plant seeds or transplants of cool season herbs, including annuals like dill and cilantro, and perennials like mint, rosemary, and lavender.


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