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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The Coleus is a popular bedding plant here in Baton Rouge.

Known for their amazing diversity, the colorful foliage of Coleuses brightens flower beds and containers through the long summer season.

Much Ado About Mulch

Apr 11, 2015
A variety of landscape mulches are evaluated at the LSU AgCenter Hammond Research Station.
Allen Owings / LSU AgCenter

Mulching is an easy to do, labor-saving technique that all gardeners should be taking advantage of.

Easter lily in bloom.
LSU AgCenter

Blooming Easter lilies are part of how we celebrate the holiday.

Did you know there was once an Easter lily production area in Plaquemines Parish? Back then -- in the 1940s and 1950s -- they called them "Creole lilies".


Gardeners often gripe about how difficult it is to grow plants in shady areas. The trouble mostly occurs when sun-loving plants are planted in the shade. Gardening in the shade can be and should be just as enjoyable as successful as gardening in sunnier areas.  

Spice Up Your Garden

Mar 21, 2015
Martin LaBar/flickr

Louisiana residents have appreciated the enjoyable qualities of spicy foods for generations. The fire in Louisiana cooking is provided primarily by the use of hot peppers or products made from them, like red pepper and hot sauce. A backyard vegetable garden wouldn't be complete without a few pepper plants both hot and sweet to pick from.