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County 76 Advanced Master Gardener Training
Water and Plants
Advanced Training Program is Sponsored by County 76
Class is Hosted by Craighead County MG Program
Date/Time: September 29, 2018
Location: Bono Church of Christ, 101 Craftsbury, Bono, AR
Class Limit: 70
Deadline: September 15, 2018. No refunds will be given after this date. Registration may be
transferred to another MG but that person must submit a separate registration form and
you must notify us.
Cost: $65.00 includes training materials & lunch
Purpose of Class: To address some of the common problems associated with water in the garden with solutions available to overcome them, as well as the introduction, propagation and care of underutilized plant materials to use with water issues.
Mail Registration to: Craighead County Extension Office
Advanced MG Training Registrar
Address: 611 E. Washington St.
Jonesboro, AR 72401
For more information contact: Mimi Cox at 870-219-0898 or firstname.lastname@example.org
1. Advanced Master Gardener classes are offered to Master Gardeners who have been in good standing in their county program for at least three (3) years (Since 2015).
2. Participants must attend the entire class and personally receive their certificate of completion at the end of the session to receive advanced training credit.
1. Registration form
3. Speakers & Session Summaries
4. Hotel List, Plant sources and Area Attractions
5. Invitation to the Friday night event, "Picnic and Petals"
Go to the MG only portion of our website that is password protected to view the registration form, lodging, area information, speaker bios and Friday night event "Petals in the Park".
For more information contact:
Mimi Cox at 870-219-0898 or email@example.com
Arkansas Master Gardener Program
Carzalia Sweet Cobbler
1 cup sliced Carzalia Sweet Onions
1/2 cup butter
1 cup sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon
4 cups fresh sliced peaches
2 unbaked pie crusts
In a medium saucepan, saute onion, butter, and cinnamon until onion is tender. Add peaches and sugar to saucepan. Cook until peaches are soft. Line cobbler dish with pie crust. Pour filling into unbaked crust. Cut top crust into strips, then lay them in lattice or criss-cross across top of filling. Bake in pre-heated oven at 425 degrees for 50-60 minutes or until golden brown.
From: Carzalia Valley Produce (www.carzaliavalley.com).
HATCHERY OUTDOOR ADVENTURE Volunteers
We still need help with the 2018 Hatchery Outdoor Adventure Day which will be held on Saturday, 09/08/18, from 8:00 am to 2:30 pm. The planned project this year is called Garden in a Glove. The kids will be placing flower and/or vegetable seeds and cotton balls into the fingers of clear vinyl gloves, marking the fingers with seed type, tying them closed, and placing them in a warm sunny location at their home. The seeds germinate in the glove, and when needed are moved from the glove into pots or outdoor locations. .
We have some great volunteers already signed up, but we still need help and are looking for additional volunteers to help with this. You can either work all day, in the morning shift from 8:00 to 11:30, or in the afternoon portion from 11:00 am to 2:30 pm. Lunch is provided by Friends of the Hatchery group, and we will have lots of water and refreshments available. Once again we are anticipating between 400 to 500 kids attending our booth.
We appreciate any and all help. If you have already let me know by email, or by signing the signup sheets that you're helping then there is no need to reply again. But if you haven't and now want to help then please contact Darrell Stewart.
BAXTER COUNTY FAIR HORTICULTURAL EXHIBIT Volunteers
Baxter County Master Gardeners manage the exhibit listings for the horticulture section of the Baxter County Fair Book. We oversee the horticulture room, including the Junior and Senior Horticulture Exhibits at the Baxter County Fair. Coordinators recruit and train other Master Gardeners to register exhibits and to staff the horticulture room at fair time. An exhibit grooming table is also available to exhibitors, staffed by Master Gardeners during the fair registration hours to assist with final entry preparations. Contact Rick Gatewood if you are interested in helping September 11th-15th.
SPRING SEMINAR Chairperson
We need a chairperson for our annual Spring Seminar. Jane Druff, who has chaired this event for the last two years, has a great committee, many of whom will continue to work on this event. Jane will also lend guidance and ideas to help the new chair. The church has already been reserved for March 9, 2019, but it will soon be time to start planning. Either Jane or myself would be happy to sit down with you and answer any questions or concerns you may have about taking over this job. And I can promise the Board supports this event and the chair.
So, if you think you 'might' be willing to become Seminar Chair, please get in touch with Ceil Gasiecki; and we'll make sure we deal with any concerns. Many thanks for all your help and support.
Whether you’re planning a festive summer party or just looking to get creative on cocktail night, floral ice cubes are sure to impress your guests. Putting flowers in ice is not only easy but is a lovely detail that will make your party goers take notice. Read on to learn more about using flower ice cubes.
What are Floral Ice Cubes?
As the name suggests, floral ice cubes are made by freezing various types of edible flowers inside the cubes. This results in a stunning and colorful addition to drinks. Ice cube flowers can also add visual interest to ice buckets.
What flowers can I use, you ask? The most important aspect of making these gorgeous ice cubes is to harvest only flowers which are edible. Flowers like pansies, nasturtiums, and rose petals are all excellent options. Be sure to research the type of flower you plan to use ahead of time, as many types of flowers are toxic. Safety first!
Tasting the edible flowers before use is a great way to determine which types work best. Some edible flowers have a very mild taste, while others may have very distinct flavors.
How to Make Floral Ice Cubes
Freezing flowers in ice is extremely easy, and it only requires a few items. For best results, consider using a large, flexible silicone ice tray. Larger trays will not only make it easier to remove the cubes after being frozen but will also enable you to add larger flowers.
Always use edible flowers which have been specifically grown for consumption. Avoid picking flowers that have been exposed to chemicals. Choose flowers at their peak bloom. Avoid any that are wilting or show signs of insect damage. Additionally, be sure to gently rinse the flowers before use to remove any dirt or debris.
Fill ice trays half full with water (Hint: Ice often becomes somewhat cloudy as it freezes. For extra clear cubes, try using water that has been boiled (and then let cool) to fill the trays.). Place flowers into tray face down, and then freeze.
After the cubes have frozen, add additional water to fill the tray. Freeze, again. By freezing the cubes in layers, you ensure that the flower remains in the center of the cube and does not float to the top.
Remove from trays and enjoy!
Article from Gardening Know How: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/fgen/making-flower-petal-ice-cubes.htm (Accessed 8/22/2018).
The following is a garden checklist for September:
For more information on any of the above points, contact the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension office at 425-2335.
The Baxter County Master Gardeners are a fun group of folks who enjoy sharing their love of gardening with any visitor.
At our meetings we have speakers, refreshments, & fun.
Come join us!
Next Meeting Date:
September 6th from 1:00 - 3:00 pm
The First Presbyterian Church
1106 Spring Street
Mountain Home, AR
Vicki Garner, "Herbs of the Bible"
Vicki Lindsey Garner, a native Arkansan, was born in Helena and raised in Little Rock. She has a BA of Psychology from U. of Arkansas, and a masters degree in counseling, from Oklahoma University.
She moved to Mountain Home in 1976, is married to Phil, and has 7 grandchildren.
Vicki opened Plants Alive in 1978, a lawn and garden business that also leased plants to banks and doctor's offices and landscaped several local bank grounds.
After closing the shop in 1986, Vicki worked as a counselor in 5 counties for the Dept of Human Services, and later became the first social worker for the Mountain Home School District. Upon retiring from the school system, Vicki has been the host of the KTLO FM “Gardening in the Ozarks” program.
Horticulture Table: James Lovelace, "Drying Flowers and Herbs"
Master Gardeners Monthly Radio Program:
Mountain Talk Radio September 19th on 97.1 7:15 a.m. - 8:am.
Master Gardener Hosts this month are Tommy Hagan and Ceil Gasiecki
From Mountain Home
Take US Hwy. 62B East through Mountain Home until you come to Cardinal Street. Cardinal Street is the intersection just past Harp's Grocery. Turn right onto Cardinal Street and travel South until you come to the first stop sign which should be Spring Street. Turn left onto Spring Street and go down the hill past the bridge and the First Presbyterian Church will be on your right hand side.
Take Hwy. 62/412 towards Mountain Home. Once you get to Mountain Home continue on into Mountain Home on US 62B. This will take you through town till you get to Harp's Grocery and you come to Cardinal Street. Cardinal Street is the intersection just past Harp's Grocery. Turn right onto Cardinal Street and travel South until you come to the first stop sign which should be Spring Street. Turn left onto Spring Street and go down the hill past the bridge and the First Presbyterian Church will be on your right hand side.