Associate Professor, Louisiana Tech University

Paul Jackson received a B.S. in Biology from Northwestern State University, an M.S. in Environmental Biology from Louisiana Tech University, and Ph.D. in Horticulture from Auburn University. He has over 15 years of experience specifically working in tree seedling nursery management, research with time spent as a USDA Research Technician, a Research Scientist at Auburn University, and now as an Associate Professor of Plant Science at Louisiana Tech University. He teaches an array of Plant Science courses including Landscape Design, Greenhouse Management, and Pest Management, and he has acquired grants through the USDA to work on tree seedling hybridization research over the last four years.

Topic: Providing Aesthetics and Food Using Edible Landscaping, Saturday, March 9, 10:30 – 12:00 noon

 Edible landscaping is a practice that involves using plants that produce food to serve in a constructed, aesthetically pleasing design in the landscape. Examples include using uniquely designed raised bed vegetable gardens that utilize otherwise unused space on a property or using fruit producing shrubs and small trees in foundation plantings around a home. Plants selected for these spaces provide beauty during the year while at the same time yielding harvestable food. This approach to landscaping can be enjoyed by people of all ages and installed on properties with varying intentions, such as for teaching children, providing food security, and reducing food costs.