2021 BCMG Dues
We will be collecting dues a little differently this year.
You can pay your dues ($10.00) in two ways.
1. Drop off a check preferably at the Extension Office; or,
2. Mail a check to the Extension Office at 3 E 9th St, Mountain Home, AR 72653.
Please be sure to note on the check that this is for the 2021 dues for MG so that the dues can be credited properly.
- December 23, 2020
BCMG Class of 1994
It may be cold and wintry, but there’s still plenty to be mindful of around the yard and garden.
For more information, contact the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension office at 870-425-2335.
Floriography is the language of flowers. By assigning symbolic meanings to various flowers, floriography can be thought of as a cryptic way of communication through flowers.
Meaning has been attributed to flowers for centuries throughout Europe, Asia, and Africa. In Victorian society, gifts of specific flowers were used to send coded messages to express feelings not spoken aloud. Today you can find many websites and books explaining the various meanings associated with flowers and specific months.
We hope to share information about a flower for each month of the year. If you are interested in writing about a flower, pick your month and flower and email email@example.com.
The flower for December is poinsettia, and the article is written by Audrey Holt.
Flower of the Month: Poinsettia
The following BCMG Board positions are open for 2021.
Contact any Board member if you are interested in these positions.
The Secretary shall keep a current roster of the membership and attendance at the meetings, shall be responsible for correspondence, records, documents and forms. The Secretary will maintain the master copies of all forms and documents, and make all approved changes. The Secretary will also record minutes of BCMG meetings and may appoint an attendance clerk. The Secretary shall be responsible for the Attendance Clerk, the Historian, and the Sunshine Chair.
The Treasurer shall receive all monies of BCMG and keep an accurate record of all transactions, pay out all monies by check only, to cover those expenses of BCMG. The Treasurer shall provide a detailed, month-end Treasurer’s Report of income and expense items at each Board meeting. The Treasurer, along with the Board of Directors, shall prepare an annual operating budget for the approval of the membership at the January meeting. At the close of the year the books shall be audited; the auditing committee shall consist of not less than three (3) members as appointed by the President no later than December 31st. The Treasurer shall be responsible for the Property Clerk.
2021 Master Garden Calendars
are available for $1
at the Baxter County Extension Office
3 East 9th St.
Mountain Home, AR 72653
Here are few things to be mindful of around the garden and landscape during the month of December:
For more information on any of the above points, contact the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service at 870-425-2335.
Here are a few things around the lawn and garden to consider for November.
For more information on any of the above points, contact the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension office at 870-425-2335.
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MG Appreciation Day
October 13, 2020 9:30 AM
Get ready to Zoom for an event different from all others.
Join Master Gardeners from across Arkansas in a virtual MG Appreciation Day with Doug Tallamy, professor in the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware, starting off the program. He will be speaking on a new approach to conservation that starts in your yard - "Nature's Best Hope".
A live demonstration of using what's in your yard to make a wreath will be taught by Lee Witty, joining us from the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks.
You must preregister in order to attend this virtual event. Log in to Buddy Messages for the link.
Grow Your Own Groceries: Winter Squash
Thursday, October 1, 2020
Noon - 1 p.m.
In this live Zoom presentation, University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture Extension Agents will teach you how to grow healthy, nutritious food in your own backyard and give tips for new ways to cook and prepare your harvest. This class will focus on growing and cooking with winter squash. See Buddy Messages for registration link.
Growing Your Own Groceries: Apples
Thursday, October 15, 2020
12 - 1 p.m.
In this live Zoom presentation, University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service professionals will teach you how to grow healthy, nutritious food in your own backyard and give tips for new ways to cook and prepare your harvest. This class will focus on growing and cooking with apples. (registration link will be sent out later)
Master Gardener Newsletter of the Year (50 or less)
Compostings, Grazzie Warbritton, Editor, Montgomery County.
Master Gardener Newsletter of the Year (51 or more)
The Grapevine, Joyce Fiddler, Editor, Meredyth Levering, Co-editor - Faulkner County
Friend of Master Gardener (Individual)
Jim Baker, Faulkner County
Friend of Master Gardener (Individual)
Sue McGowan, Greene County
Friend of Master Gardener (Business)
Mid-South Nursery & Greenhouses, The Seibert Family, Craighead County
Friend of Master Gardener (Business)
Lowe's of Paragould, Rhonda Bottoms, Manager, Greene County
Master Gardener Rookie of the Year (50 or less)
Laura Bell, Crittenden County
Master Gardener Rookie of the Year (51 or more)
Richard Boss, Craighead County
Master Gardener of the Year (50 or less)
Mary Howard, Cleburne County
Master Gardener of the Year (51 or more)
Ann Wood, White County
Master Gardener Project of the Year (50 or less)
St. Francis County Museum, Anita Vandiver, Chair - St. Francis County
Master Gardener Project of the Year (51 or more)
Garland County Master Gardener Plant Sale and Garden Show, Claudette Cooper and Paula Jackson, Chairs - Garland County
Excellence In Education Award (51 or more)
Garden Explorers Jr. Master Gardener 4-H, Joyce Mendenhall, Chair - Washington County
2020 Janet B. Carson County Scholarship Recipients
Drew County's Attracting Butterflies, Birds, and Bees in Monticello
Drew County Master Gardeners, in collaboration with four other organizations, established two sites as public demonstration projects. The sites are used by Master Gardeners to share information on native plants with the general public as well as for learning opportunities for students in area schools. Signage will include plant and insect identification and the pollinators attracted to the sites to create increased awareness of pollinators. The project includes trees, shrubs, wildflowers, herbs, non-native nectar annuals, hardscapes, and signage.
Greene County's Teaching Garden
Greene County Master Gardeners, in collaboration with two other organizations, are teaching local youth basic gardening principles about natural resources, plants, insects, pests, and composting with hands-on learning opportunities. 4-H students (ages 5-12) learn by participating in hands-on garden activities. Students will develop a better understanding of natural resources and plants and animals and how they interact in the garden. They will also develop a good understanding of the growth stages of plants and animals and learn about plant pollination. The project includes a compost area, raised garden beds, grow light, garden supplies and materials.
2020 Janet B. Carson High School Scholarship Recipients
Tyler Casper is a Marion resident in Crittenden County and attended West Memphis Christian HIgh School. Working for an agriculture consultant led him to the plant science industry where he was intrigued by the complexities of the field. His career plans include working for a seed or chemical company and perhaps ultimately owning his own consulting business. Tyler is known as a hard worker, a strong academic leader and a role model for his peers. Tyler has been accepted at Arkansas State University - Jonesboro where he will pursue a degree in Plant and Soil Science with an emphasis in Agronomy.
Isabella Norsworthy is a West Fork resident in Washington County and attended Farmington High School. Through her involvement with the Junior Master Gardener 4-H program and her work on her family's farm, she developed a love for horticulture. An incredible work ethic, an exceptional student are all traits attributed to Isabella. Her desire is to fulfill her passion to work with plants as well as communicate the importance of agriculture worldwide. Isabella has been accepted at the University of Arkansas - Fayetteville where she will pursue a double major in Horticulture and Agriculture Communications with a concentration in Agriculture Leadership.
Here’s your October gardening checklist!
For more information, contact the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension office at 425-2335.
Grow Your Own Groceries: Peppers
Thursday, September 3, 2020
Noon - 1 p.m.
In this live Zoom presentation, University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture Extension Agents will teach you how to grow healthy, nutritious food in your own backyard and give tips for new ways to cook and prepare your harvest. This class will focus on growing and cooking peppers.
Preregistration is required. See Buddy Messages for preregistration link.
Now’s a good time to collect soil samples for your lawn, gardens, and shrubs and have them analyzed by the University of Arkansas. Your soil sample report should be back within two weeks. If the report calls for lime to reduce soil acidity, apply it in the fall. The lime will have several months to work before spring growth begins.
For more information on soil testing, and to pick up the containers, contact Brad Runsick at the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension office at 870- 425-2335; or stop by the Extension Office at 3 East 9th St., Mountain Home.
Click here to learn more about how to collect your soil sample.
"The Obsessed Gardener" by Chris Woods
Are you one?
Take the test.
Normal Gardener ...... Obsessed Gardener
You won’t leave town when your tulips are in bloom
…or your daffodils, your lilacs, your wisteria, your roses, your clematis, your lilies, your hydrangea, your asters…….
You invest in fine gardening tools.
You keep spare tools in your car for gardening emergencies.
You have a compost heap.
You take its temperature every day.
You can’t believe you ordered so many bulbs last fall.
It wasn’t enough.
You know the Latin names of your plants.
You use them in conversations…with the plants.
You have dirt under your fingernails.
You can crush a Japanese beetle in your bare fingertips.
You love the sound it makes when you do.
You had a soil test.
You studied for it.
You love gardening more than anything.
“And what’s wrong with that?”
You buy composted cow manure to top dress your garden.
You buy a cow.
You know the virtues of hand weeding.
You have a charge account at the local garden store.
Your spouse buys all your Christmas presents there.
Source: Chris Woods, "Are You an Obsessed Gardener? Take the Test!" The Weeders' Reader--Greenprint's Greatest Stories (January 2000).
MG Appreciation Day via ZOOM
Date: October 13, 2020
Time: 9:30 am
Doug Tallamy, "Nature's Best Hope"
Lee Witty, Fall Wreaths and Transition to Other Holidays
Preregistration link forthcoming.
Shirts and facemasks for sale; see Buddy Messages for links.
Here are a few items to pay attention to around the garden in the coming weeks
Plant-Nurture-Grow Master Gardener Leadership Conference 2020
via Zoom August 24 & 25, 2020
Mark your calendar!
Registration link available
See Buddy Messages
Chair - Gail McClure
Co Chairs - Debora Carpenter, Donna Peebles, Linda Soffer
Seeds from China
You may have heard about the reports of unsolicited packages of seeds being mailed to people across the U.S. that appear to originate from China.
Extension received a call this morning of someone reporting to have received these seeds in Arkansas.
If you get seed that you did not purchase you should contact
Arkansas Plant Industries Division at 501-225-1598,
or email: Paul.firstname.lastname@example.org
or email: Mark.email@example.com
The Arkansas Department of Agriculture will advise what to do. Seeds should NOT be removed from their packaging and should NOT be planted. Investigators could be sent to retrieve the seed and will likely want to see the envelope and packing materials the seeds were sent in.
The Arkansas Department of Agriculture and other state departments of agriculture are working with USDA APHIS to determine what is going on and the risk. Per Paul Shell with the AR Dept. of Ag, the concern is that there could be an introduction of a potential invasive weed, insect or plant disease associated with these shipments.
Arkansas Master Gardener Program