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We had a nice cool and productive start to the day. Tony Chamberlain and Joanne Ragsdale joined Frank and I in tidying up the beds by the paved path and Tony sprayed the paths with Roundup. Everything looked much better when we left. We had some discussion on grasses and Butterfly weed.
Our next Fish Hatchery PED will be Thursday, 10/05/17, at 9:00 am. We will be weeding and cleaning flower beds, pruning where necessary, and digging up any extra plants if anyone wants them. We will also be reviewing our current plantings, and discussing ideas for replacing some items that are not doing well. Afterwards, we will have refreshments as usual. I hope that you can attend with us.
October 2017 Master Gardener & Garden Event Dates
5 - St. Francis County MG Seminar
7 - River Valley MG Plant Sale
7 - First Saturday at the Learning Fields, Fort Smith
8 through 14 - Master Gardener Week
9 - Master Gardener Appreciation Day, South Arkansas Arboretum, El Dorado, AR. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
11 to 14 - Master Gardener Trip to Mississippi (FULL)
13 to 14 - Van Buren County Bulb Sale
14 - Christmas in October, Brinkley, AR (Monroe Co.) 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Speakers include Chris Norwood and Blann Britton. Early registration is $15.00; at the door $20.00. Fee includes lunch.
17 - Composting Workshop at Garvan Woodland Gardens, Hot Springs, AR.
18 - Master Gardener Basic Training Class via Zoom
18 - Deadline to register for County 76 Quarterly meeting, email Linda Soffer at firstname.lastname@example.org
21 - Union County Bulb Sale
24 - County 76 Quarterly Meeting, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Little Rock State Extension Office Auditorium.
25 - Master Gardener Basic Training Class via Zoom
November 2017 Master Gardener & Garden Event Dates
1 - Master Gardener Basic Training Class via Zoom
8 - Master Gardener Basic Training Class via Zoom
15 - Master Gardener Basic Training Class via Zoom
23 - Thanksgiving Day - State Extension Office Closed
December 2017 Master Gardener & Garden Event Dates
15 - Deadline to enter 2017 MG volunteer hours
2017 Fall Baxter County Master Gardener Class Schedule:
We are looking for at least six personal mentors for six new class members.
We are also looking for a pool of mentors to assist the personal mentors. If you have been a mentor in the past we appreciate your involvement in various phases of orientation.
We hope that all of BCMG will assist in welcoming and assisting the new class becoming involved in our meetings, our projects and public events.
What does a mentor do?
A mentor helps a new MG by being a “buddy” and helping the “mentee” feel welcome in the group, and by answering questions about how to report hours, how to get involved in various work projects—any question pertaining to being a MG. A mentor’s purpose is to answer questions about the MG program rather than to answer questions about horticulture.
Who can be a mentor?
First-year members make great mentors. You must be an active BCMG (not on leave or a sustainer) and must be in good standing with your hours posted to be a mentor.
How long a commitment is this?
You will be a mentor until the new MG feels “at home” with the group—optimum length of time is one year.
What days must you be available?
To sign up as a mentor or for the mentor pool: Please contact Mentor Coordinators:
Audrey Holt - See roster for phone or email contact information
Joan Burr - See roster for phone or email contact information
Bull Shoals White River State Park will have a workday on Tuesday, October 3. We will try to spread mulch after doing a little weeding on the lower beds at Big Spring. We will meet at 830am.
Hope to see you there! Betsy & Margareta
Planting, Nurturing, and Growing a Stronger Program
Sept. 26th 2017
It has been an amazing day of leadership development at the Arkansas 4-H Center. We had over 200 Master Gardeners, Agents and Speakers representing 40 counties in attendance. To Read the Full Blog.... Link
PNG is a wrap, and I hope you are watering,
It was an amazing last day of PNG - Leadership. Nate Bell, a farmer and businessman and previous state representative set the tone this morning with a top-notch performance on advocacy and grass-root efforts. He did an impressive job and really spoke to the issue of how we can sell our story. To Read The Full Blog ....Link
We have been invited to have a "booth" at History day from 9 to 2 on Saturday October 7 at the cabins in Cooper park. We will have information about the gardens and the plants at the BCMG project there, but we are welcome to spread the word about the Master Gardener program itself. So we will have literature and applications on hand. Good timing for last-minute sign-ups for new member training, which begins just 11 days later!
Please contact Joan Burr (901-413-1899 mobile, or 870-424-4213 home, or email@example.com) if you can sign up to be there for an hour or two. Any and all of us -- not just the Cooper park diggers. Other projects can bring info too to share. At this point, I haven't requested all that big a display area, but if I hear from lots of you who want more display area, surely I can amend the request.
Apparently there's no rain date. But, if weather is awful, we will scale back and wear rain gear.
Some food is planned (beans, cornbread, funnel cakes, lemonade) but I recommend bringing water and a bit of lunch. If the event is cancelled, I will certainly spread the word. I've never been to this event before, but I hope it is a big success.
Monday September 25th PED had a good turnout. Janelle Stookey, Joanne Ragsdale, Jane Druff. Anne Carriere, John Straight, and Joan Burr were busy bees -- weeding, weed eating, deadheading, adding plant labels, and sprucing up. It was good to have so many back from travels and travails. The Maximillian sunflowers were in full display for us.
Two special dates are coming up. Wednesday October 4 is our planning session at 10 am in Cooper park meeting room. And Saturday October 7 is History day at the park from 9 to 2.
The regular October PEDs are scheduled for Monday October 9 and 23. We will announce plans as these dates approach.
Thanks to all. Joan Burr and Jane Druff, co-chair
PNG Conference Little Rock, AR
We are told to be happy have fun and be nice! Breakfast today! All meals were good and plenty!
PLAN TO ATTEND NEXT YEAR!
The next regularly scheduled PED for the gardens at the cabins in Cooper Park is Monday September 25 at 9 am.
An organizational/planning meeting for the Cooper park project is scheduled for 10 am on Wednesday October 4 in the meeting room behind the white restroom building by the parking lot near the Youth Center and tennis courts at Cooper Park. All interested BCMG members are invited to help us evaluate and plan for the future. Just as many hands make for light work, many minds make for good ideas and plans. If you can't make this meeting, but want to contribute your ideas, thoughts, or interest, please contact either Jane Druff (501-920-8611 or Jane.firstname.lastname@example.org) or Joan Burr (901-413-1899 or email@example.com).
ASNCA's Birds, Bees, and Butterflies Workshop -- Creating a Nature Friendly Yard
Audubon Society of North Central Arkansas is hosting this free workshop.
Mountain Home, AR 72653
Click on the link for all the details for the workshop.
Clark, Carson two native highlights for 2018 Arkansas Flower and Garden Show speaker line-up at new location
Two of the best-known names in Arkansas gardening will be featured speakers at the 2018 Arkansas Flower and Garden Show, taking place at the Arkansas State Fairgrounds, March 2-4. Please see the attached story for more information.
County Extension Agent-Staff Chair
Baxter County Extension Service
3 E. 9th St.
Mountain Home, AR 72653
Advanced Training - New Levels after Miller County Class
Thank you Miller County Master Gardeners for conducting the September 12th & 13th Advanced Training class, "Master Gardeners Grow Healthy Communities". Master Gardeners from around the state were provided detailed information thru presentations, round-robin sessions, interactive educational exhibits and tours to the Howard County Farmers' Market and the Nashville Elementary School Demonstration Organic Garden. Attendees learned first-hand how a MG sanctioned project, a small demonstration garden, developed into a collaborative community program. The wealth of resources and examples provided will be an asset to participants as they work to create similar programs in their own communities. The dedication and enthusiasm of the speakers and volunteers were obvious. This training was a success and appreciated, including the wonderful hospitality.
Congratulations to the following Master Gardener who attained a new advanced training level after completing this class:
Level II (13 classes):
Sherry Faulkner, Saline County
Dan Ward, Madison County
Advanced Trainings are a product of County 76. Classes are offered to active Master Gardeners who have been in good standing in their county program for at least three years.
Notices of upcoming Advanced Training classes are provided via Constant Contact. Classes fill quickly, so don't delay when you see a topic that interests you.
County 76 President
Arkansas Master Gardener Program
Little Rock, AR
Come see the candle bush in full bloom, Judy Niziolek took this picture Monday so…should be full open for FAIRGROUNDS PED MONDAY OCTOBER 2ND, 2017 @ 800AM.
Just small tools needed. Diana Wiegand will educate us at 900AM, subject to be announced.
We appreciate all of you.
Mike & Judy
If board members cannot attend the board meeting please let me know.
Please forward any information for the BOARD agenda.
I hope to be there! Thanks for filling in for me.
Just a reminder that our next workday is this coming Thursday at Clysta Willett. We will be doing general cleanup as we wait for fall weather. Time is 8am. Hope to see you there.
Frank & Penny
"Mums Turning Colors"
" I have a nice yellow mum that has turned purple . Could you tell me why. I also planted some that get full sun most of the day but are turning brown and wilted. (like old lettuce) How do I know if a plant (mum) has been hanging around for a while besides the normal reasons. When I brought them they looked great. It is Oct. 26 I just bought them in the last week or two. " - Read the answer
BCMG has been asked to make a presentation to the Rotary Club on November 2nd about our organization and what we do.
If you are interested in being a part of this presentation, especially project chairs, we’ll need to do it on a first come first serve basis as there will be somewhat limited space.
Project chairs, this will be a chance to tell the public about each of your projects. We will have limited time, 20 to 30 minutes, to make our presentation. Below I have some key dates.
Thursday, October 5th, - we’ve been invited to attend a preliminary meeting so we know what to expect when we do the presentation on November 2nd. It will be a 11:30 am to 1:30ish pm meeting at Big Creek Country Club. For those who would like to attend I’d like to propose a meeting afterwards at my office for about an hour to discuss how we would to do our presentation.
Friday, October 6th - If a meeting after the October 5th visit to Big Creek is not doable - this is an alternative date for meeting to discuss the presentation. We can also do this at my office in the conference room. 8:00 am is my proposed time.
Thursday, November 2nd - This is the presentation date to the Mountain Home Rotary. Time 11:30 am to 1:30 pm. The first 30 minutes are meet and greet and lunch. We’ll do a 20 to 30 minute presentation and then the rest of their venue will proceed.
Please call or email me to confirm that you would like to participate in this event.
And we are never too busy for any of your referrals
Marcia G. Taylor
White River Team
Century 21 LeMac Realty
1024 Hwy 62B East
Mountain Home, AR 72653
Office: (870) 425-6356
Mobile: (901) 490-4828
Fax: (870) 425-1137
The message below is from our Information Technology (IT) Department at our office. This email was sent to all of us at extension today. It was suggested I send this out to all our Master Gardeners as well. One can never be too careful when opening emails.
Notice: There has been an increase in email phishing that appears to be from a supervisor asking the recipient to check on an invoice or to send a payment for items or services.
*** Two major universities have been hit hard recently with phishing e-mails requesting updates to payroll related information. It has been reported that a number of folks have actually lost money because of the phishing scams. If you are asked to do something major, out of the ordinary, or suspicious in any way, pick up the phone and verify the request. Think before you click! ***
In order to protect yourself, and the organization, review the following information about the different spam types along with the various fraud techniques and indicators. This information will help you to differentiate between spam email and legitimate email.
Think before you Click!
The following are some types of scamming that an email could contain:
Email Fraud Techniques
Many types of fraud exist, and email is an inexpensive and popular method for distributing fraudulent messages to potential victims. Approximately 90% of all email sent worldwide are spam, spoof and phishing.
Some of the most common fraudulent messages are non-monetary hoaxes or non-monetary chain mail. Treat these as you would any other spam. However, if you receive an email message that appears to involve payments, invoices, or asks for personal information such as login ID's or passwords, do not respond to the email but forward it to firstname.lastname@example.org. UAEX-IT will take the steps necessary to block any future emails from the sender and warn other end users of the potential of receiving this fraudulent email.
Do not give out private information, reply to text messages, download or open attachments or click on any links in emails unless you are sure that they are genuine. It is very important for everyone to understand that any email can be spoofed. It may look like it is coming from someone you know but hovering over the email or display name shows you that it is really from some other email account.
Fraud methods generally include elements of the following:
Indicators of a phishing email:
If in doubt, contact (call) the person that the email is from and ask if it is legitimate.
Interim Assistant Director of Information Technology
University of Arkansas System
Division of Agriculture
Cooperative Extension Service
2301 S. University Ave.
Little Rock, AR 72204
The next regularly scheduled PED for the gardens at the cabins in Cooper Park is Monday, September 25 at 9 am.
An organizational/planning meeting for the Cooper Park project is scheduled for 10 am on Wednesday, October 4 in the meeting room behind the white restroom building by the parking lot near the Youth Center and tennis courts at Cooper Park. All interested BCMG members are invited to help us evaluate and plan for the future. Just as many hands make for light work, many minds make for good ideas and plans. If you can't make this meeting, but want to contribute your ideas, thoughts, or interest, please contact either:
Joan Burr and Jane Druff, Co-Chairs
Just a reminder we will have our monthly workday on Thursday, September 21 starting at 8 a.m.
We'll just be doing regular maintenance.
Hope to see you there.
Susan, Ceil and Kay
We had a great day at Bull Shoals White River State Park! We, that is John Straight, Valerie VanZuiden, Judy Brieske, Audrey Holt, Margareta & I first stopped at the entrance sign to do some weeding & pruning. We moved on to Big Spring and also did weeding & pruning after Margareta gave us some great information about Lamb's Ear (Stachys byzantina). And, of course, we ended the day on the back deck of the Trout Dock, enjoying refreshments and watching the White River roll by. Judy, your banana bread was delicious! Betsy & Margareta
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