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The open house at Gregg's is March 24 not February 24.
Thanks to Diana Wiegand for this information. So far Jan Halligan as well as Diana and James Wiegand are working this event. Anyone else wishing to join them let me know
And sorry for the confusion.
The new plan is to cancel Friday and aim for 10 am Monday. The forecast is sunny and 60.
Gregg is having open house on Saturday, February 24 from 11 am to 1 pm and asked if we could have someone there to answer gardening questions.
Jan Halligan will be there. I know it's short notice but if anyone is free and can join her, it would be much appreciated.
Master Gardeners and County Agents,
For the second year in a row, we are hosting district level educational events called District Dig Ins. These are open to all Master Gardeners and County Agents.
We have three events scheduled across the state. The first will be in Forrest City at the East Arkansas Community College, 1700 New Castle Rd, Forrest City on Monday, March 12 (the same location as last year).
The second District Dig In will be on Monday, March 19, in El Dorado at The Hanna Building, First Methodist Church of El Dorado, 304 S. Jackson, El Dorado. AR 71730.
The third will be on Monday, March 26 in Harrison at the North Arkansas College, 1515 Pioneer Drive, Harrison.
Each of these sessions will have a different outside speaker.
In addition, I will do a horticulture program and a statewide update on the MG program.
You may go to as many of them as you wish, but my talks will be the same at all three locations. This is not a mini-state conference, there are no tours, no art & garden fair and no silent auction. It is just an opportunity for an educational event on a smaller scale and a chance to encourage interaction within a district.
Two of the events are on college campuses, so carpooling is encouraged.
These events are only for Master Gardeners, not guests. Pre-registration is required. We are not taking credit cards this year, as there was some confusion with three separate events. Please complete the registration form and mail it in to me.
If you have any questions, let me know.
Master Gardener Mondays
Master Gardeners and County Agents,
Julie Treat and I are becoming addicted to zoom! In order to take our zooming one step further, we are holding a Zoom town-hall type meeting every month on the 4th Monday when possible. We will use this one hour session to talk about current issues, talk about upcoming events and answer your questions. You will have our undivided attention along with everyone else who logs on.
The next Master Gardener Mondays will be
Monday, February 26 from 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Below is the link and instructions to log on.
Best Practices for Joining a Zoom Meeting
Join from your computer at this link:
If you have issues with the link, please let us know BEFORE Monday.
Janet B. Carson
Extension Horticulture Specialist
University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service
2301 S. University Avenue
Little Rock, AR 72204
501-671-2174/ Fax 501-671-2303
Bearing in mind that the weather looks rainy all week - we'll try another PED for Cooper Park Cabins Friday afternoon Feb 23rd at 1:00. Hopefully we will be doing planning and some clean-up. The calendar on the MG site is showing last year's information for Cooper Park so please ignore it until we get our 2018 schedule organized. I know we need rain - but hopefully Friday afternoon will be workable. Thanks and see you there!
Priscilla and Janelle
The weather guessers are predicting an 80% chance of rain tomorrow, Tuesday February 20. So, we are canceling our work day at Bull Shoals White River State Park. We need the precipitation more than we need to get wet!
Betsy & Margareta
On March 10, Walmart is hosting their gardening grand opening and has asked us to participate.
Last year we helped kids plant seeds, and answered questions from customers. The event will run from 10 am to 2 pm on March 10. All interested in participating please let me know.
With the cooperation of the weather, Bull Shoals White River project will try again to have a work day on Tuesday, February 20th starting at 10am. We will meet at the entrance to the park. Betsy will bring something hot to drink, everyone dress for whatever Mother Nature is going to throw at us, and all bring your tools for pruning. We hope to see you all there!
Betsy & Margareta
Master Gardeners of the Ozarks is holding their Spring Garden Workshop on Saturday, March 3, 2018, at the Faith Lutheran Church located at 221 Malone Street in Branson MO. Registration with shopping and continental breakfast opens at 8:00 AM. Sessions are from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Advance registration is required and cost is $25.00 per person and this does include all sessions and a catered lunch. Vendors will be available with gardening items and plants for sale.
Amazing Plants for your Garden by Oscar Cross, Hilltop Farms, Ash Grove MO
The Right Size Garden by Kathryn Kufahl, Master Gardener, Reeds Spring MO
Successfully Growing Microgreens by Cheri Hamilton, C & H Plants, Republic MO
Composting Tips by Mark & Renae Burnskoetter, Master Gardeners, Springfield MO
Yoga & Gardening by Marie Friedlander, Master Gardener, Hollister
You may register by mailing in the bottom of the attached flyer along with your check for $25.00 per person to PO Box 345, Galena MO, or by going to the Master Gardeners of the Ozarks website and registering on-line at http://mgozarks.com . Registration deadline is February 26.
Please call our office at 417-357-6812 if you need more information.
Hope to see you there.
Office Manager / Chief Deputy
Stone County Extension Center
108 E Fourth Street, Courthouse 2nd Floor
PO Box 345
Galena MO 65656
Cooper Park Cabins Monday PED is cancelled due to this wretched weather!! We'll look at the long range forecast and see what comes next - possibly nothing until the Friday Feb 23rd PED. Think Spring everyone!!
Priscilla and I would like to start the season at Cooper Park Cabins with a clean-up and planning PED Monday, February 12th starting at 9:30 (and as always, depending on weather). We'll be trying a Friday PED on February 23rd at 9:30 for the 2nd work day. As new co-chairs we'll be seeing what works and all input will be appreciated. Many of the plant labels have faded and will need to be updated so there are a number of mystery plants just starting to show. Drop by and share ideas and thoughts if you can. Hope to see you there.
We've been contacted by the local home school group wanting a program in March through May. This hasn't given us much time to try to get something together.
If we get folks interested in presenting something in this regard for a class or two, I'll offer that to them. Catch is I need to get back to her Friday morning, February 9.
We thought we might try to put a program together for them for next year. Within the junior master gardeners program, there are guidelines we can use. If anyone is interested in participating for next year, please also let me know. If we get enough interest, we'll get organized and try to participate next year.
Call me if you think you'd like to present a class this year. My cell is 219-776-9620. Otherwise email and well see what we can organize for next year.
If you’re one of the lucky project or event leaders that will be updating your webpage, this message is for you! If you don’t know what you’re doing yet, or perhaps you’ve been wishing for training, here is a perfect solution. Weebly (our website host) has created a one-hour+ beginners’ guide training video. Please try this before asking for a training class from your webmasters. If necessary, if you need more training after reviewing this video, we will offer either one-on-one or a small training group session.
Please keep the webmasters informed about your need for assistance. Good Luck !!!
- - - Frits and James - - -
Something to Brag about –
Our new members from the Fall 2017 class are jumping right in and becoming active participants in the Baxter County Master Gardener group.
The following are some of their involvement:
James Wiegand is one of our webmasters; Debbie Legner is doing our newsletter; Jennifer Baker has used our Buddy Message Blog to inform us of a gardening topic, "Gaining Ground-Native Plants and Heirloom Seeds" by Vicki Garner at the library. Check her Buddy Message Blog for details.
Recently at the Horticulture Table Meeting our four new guys will be involved with Horticulture Table presentations. James Loveless, James Wiegand, and Jon Smith will be involved with the Horticulture Table presentation, and Jeffrey Pearson will assist with the Flower Arrangement program. Our seventh member of the new class, Toni Olden, spends the winter in warmer climes, yet she has already told Darrell Stewart she will be active at the Norfork Hatchery Project.
Cheers for the newest members !!!!!!!
"Gaining Ground-Native Plants and Heirloom Seeds" by Vicki Garner will be the topic at the next monthly meeting of the Baxter County Historical & Genealogical Society meeting on Tuesday, February 27 at 6:00 pm at the Donald W Reynolds Library, 300 Library Hill, Mtn. Home.
Vicki Garner, a native Arkansan, moved to Mountain Home in July 1976 with her husband, Phil, and their children, Edie and Jason. In 1978, Vicki opened Plants Alive, a lawn and garden business. When she closed the shop 10 years later, she worked as a counselor for the Department of Human Services and later as a social worker for the MH school district. Today she hosts the Gardening in the Ozarks show with Bob Knight on KTLO FM 97.9 from 10 to 11 on Saturdays.
The Baxter County Historical & Genealogical Society meets the 4th Tuesday of each month at 6:00 at the library. The meetings are free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Society at 870-425-2551, or visit the Baxter County Heritage Center at 808 S. Baker on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:00-4:00.
Facebook: Baxter County Historical & Genealogical Society, Inc.
MAYOR DILLARD HONORED BY MASTER GARDENERS
Mountain Home Mayor Joe Dillard (left) recently received "The Friend of the Baxter County Master Gardeners" award from Susan Chamberlain at 2017 holiday luncheon.
New Beekeepers Beekeeping Class for 2018
There will be a Beginner Beekeepers Class scheduled for February 10th 2018 from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm. The cost is $25.00 for non club members or $15.00 for club members. The class will be held at the Lake Hamilton Church of the Nazarene located at 200 Lockhaven Point, Hot Springs, Ar 71913.
Everybody is welcome to attend, you do not have to be Master Gardner, we will not turn you away.
If you don't have time to preregister, Just show up a 8: 30 A.M. and we will register you then.
View Lake Hamilton Church-The Nazarene in Google Maps.
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For more information contact:
Christopher St. Peter
Thursday's 2/8 Educational table speaker and topic is:
James Loveless, "Root of the Problem".
If you have a plant of interest, problem, or to share, please bring in. Also if you have something for the raffle table, it would be appreciated.
We held our Fish Hatchery winter pruning PED this past Thursday, 02/01/18. Although it was cooler than I prefer, it wasn't bitter and was great outdoor working conditions. We pruned and trimmed everything that needed winter cold weather pruning. Thanks to Don Beard, Rod Gilmore, Barb Goodlett, Jon Smith, and Vickie Webb for their hard work. I believe we all had a good fun work out, and finished everything in just a little time. The gardens look pretty barren right now, but we saw new green leaves of several plants beginning to emerge from the ground. Spring time won't be far away.
Following our outside work we went into the warmth of the Visitor's Center for refreshments and discussions. Barb and I both brought treats for us to enjoy. We discussed our plans for the next couple of PED's, the upcoming plant sale and our participation, growing methods for several plants, grafting of fruit trees, and pruning of rose bushes. I enjoyed all the good information and participation by all. Our next scheduled PED is Thursday, March 1, 2018. Information with time will be passed on later.
Darrell W. Stewart
Want to thank all those who joined me at the chamber luncheon today.
Everyone who attends gets one minute to speak so 'the more the merrier' really helps get more of our message out.
Many thanks to Jennifer Baker, Priscilla Jamnicky, Phyllis Henley, Jane Druff, and Marcia Taylor.
I thought I'd try something new. I'm publishing here a list of who brings treats for our monthly membership meetings for the rest of 2018. I thought it might be easier than everyone scampering to look to see if I'd published the monthly notice. I've also had to make an adjustment in the alphabet a bit as it was a little lopsided.
So make your calendars!!! Hope this Helps!!
Please join me in congratulating Priscilla Jamnicky and Janelle Stookey who have become the new Project Leaders at Cooper Park. Thanks to Jane Druff and Joan Burr for their past leadership on this project!
SAVE THE DATE APRIL 21, 2018
The Izard County Master Gardeners invite the public to their gardening seminar on Saturday, April 21st at 9:00 am to 3:00 pm at the Izard County Consolidated High School. Janet Carson, University of Arkansas Extension Horticulture Specialist, will be the key note speaker. Other guest speakers include:
There will be demonstrations of gourd art. Local vendors will display birdhouses, plants, herbs, and other unique gardening-related products, which are available for purchase. Come learn from the experts, meet fellow gardeners, enjoy tasty snacks, and be prepared to hit the dirt!
More details and registration information coming soon.
Izard County Master Gardener
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