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MASTER GARDENER CONFERENCE NEWSLETTER, JANUARY 2017
Master Gardener Conference Pre-Tours
May 20, 2017
THE ULTIMATE GARDEN TO TABLE EXPERIENCE
PULASKI TECHNICAL COLLEGE OF CULINARY ART
The tour will begin with tours of the various kitchens at the Culinary Arts and Hospitality Institute at Pulaski Technical College. Next will be a Mystery Basket Cooking Demonstration featuring local ingredients prepared by a culinary expert. She will use the ingredients to demonstrate the versatility of locally grown and sustainable ingredients. These ingredients (unknown to her) will be used by Institute chefs to prepare lunch in the Atrium. During lunch, the speaker will discuss the benefits of nutrition and healthy eating. Following lunch there will be a safe canning techniques seminar. We will visit the beehives, the kitchen garden and possibly see the production of micro-greens.
River Valley Horticultural Products is a 30 acre nursery in business for over 20 years. It is located on Fourche Creek with 21 greenhouses. This is an exceptionally beautiful setting where you can stroll, view and purchase many varieties of plants and garden accessories.
River Valley Horticultural
FROM MANICURED TO MOTHER NATURE
P. ALLEN SMITH'S GARDEN HOME AND MOSS MOUNTAIN FARM
PINNACLE MOUNTAIN STATE PARK, MASTER GARDENER PROJECT
P. Allen Smith's, Garden Home Retreat, Moss Mountain Farm, is an example of perfectly "Manicured" gardens. The American Greek Revival style farmhouse sits atop a ridge with stunning views of the Arkansas River. The Terrace Gardens are filled with annuals, herbs, perennials, roses, shrubs and ornamental grasses. Beyond the flower gardens are orchards of heritage apple trees, stone fruit, and blueberries. The organic vegetable gardens are planted with heirloom vegetables. Various outbuildings include a "Chicken Palace" which is filled with heritage breeds of poultry and is the center for the Heritage Poultry Conservancy.
The Pulaski County Master Gardener Project at Pinnacle Mountain State Park began in 1990. The initial project developed butterfly and hummingbird gardens. The project evolved into six separate garden beds, totaling over 3,300 square feet. Plantings include approximately 100 species of native wildflowers, shrubs, and trees. The plants have come from the Pinnacle Mountain State Park itself, members of the Arkansas Native Plant Society, and nurseries that specialize in native plants. Many were propagated or donated from Master Gardeners' gardens. There will be a picnic lunch at the Big Maumelle Pavilion in the park.
Pinnacle Mountain State Park - Pulaski County MG Project
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424 West Markham St.
Little Rock, AR
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Little Rock Marriott Hotel
3 State House Plaza
Little Rock, AR
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Wyndham Riverfront Hotel
2 Riverfront Plaza
North Little Rock, AR
The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture offers all its Extension and Research programs to all eligible persons regardless of race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital or veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.
University of Arkansas, United States Department of Agriculture and County Governments Cooperating
Arkansas Master Gardener Program, 2301 South University Avenue, Little Rock, AR 72204
Sent by Janet Carson
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