Hello fellow gardeners
Just a note of appreciation to Katherine Gilmore who labored away on our brochure through our many revisions. The final product is excellent thanks to her hard work. I have seen them on display at the library and they look great.
Know you put it on your calendar, so this is just a little reminder. Memorial Gardens extra PED is at 9:00 AM on Thursday the 30th.
See you there.
Dee, Debbie, and Kay
We had a super productive day at Cooper Park thanks to wonderful hardworking folks. Thank you to: Jennie Rowland and her sister Toni Velasquez, Frank Sinning, Janie Robbins, Anne Carriere, Pat Babcock, Carol Rossell - Lesher and Debbie Blakeslee. Everyone worked so hard mulching the herb garden (we still have a little way to go) and setting more stones around the perimeter. It looks great. Then we got into the beds in front of the Jones Cabin, the rain had released a whole new crop of weeds after we had left it so tidy last time. They look wonderful now, you can actually see the flowers.
I personally want to thank everyone for such great work creating the new Medicine Wheel Herb Garden and staying extra long today. I have not been a big help in the last year and Judy has had extra duty. You all have graciously pitched in with enthusiasm and dirty hands and knees. What a great group!
Our next PED will be Wednesday, May 13 at 9 AM. We will finish up at the herb garden and move down to the Shotgun Cabin. Some of you are starting summer travels, if you can spend some time at Cooper Park when you are in town start at the Shotgun Cabin weeding and trimming things up a little. You can contact Judy or myself and we can suggest some projects.
Thanks again! Janie reminded us today that "many hands make light work," and it was evident at the end of the morning. Enjoy the sunshine this week in your own garden.
Just letting you know that between Volunteer Fair, Seminar, Plant Sale,and Farmers Market we have added 12 new potential MG fall class members. There were 10 signed up for last year. So that makes about 22 IF I can still add??
In my conversations with people regarding MG classes many hope to join after they retire. Some feel they are not "smart" enough to participate with one lady thinking it was a college degree class. Most just do not have time. I met a nice lady in a gardening store recently and she told me she was retiring this week and hopes to join MG and keeps up-to-date through the local paper newspaper articles.
Since we have the wonderful MG Brochures which explains MG and the classes, I would encourage each member to share one with a friend!! Sometimes we just need to "OM" open our mouth and share.
The kiss of the sun for pardon,
The song of the birds for mirth,
One is nearer God's heart in a garden.
Dorothy Frances Gurney
Attached are two versions (PDF and WORD) of the current Plant Health Clinic Newsletter - click on the attachment or the download link above to view. For additional information and to see all newsletters and related Plant Health Clinic materials, click on the following link to our main Plant Health Clinic website http://www.uaex.edu/farm-ranch/pest-management/plant-health-clinic/
Baxter County Extension Office
First, let's all express our appreciation to Rose Matta for stepping up to take on sending out our Buddy Messages. Ceil and I also attended Tamara's typically well thought out and gently supportive training.
We still need back-up people who are able to step in as needed. Folks, this is not a hard job, nor does it require a high level of computer literacy. Think about serving in this way and getting some "clean" hours.
While on the topic of Buddy Messages, please accept a reminder that only project leaders should send their messages directly to the system. Other messages should be routed through the president.
Thanks for your cooperation.
Let me join Marcia in telling you that my faith in you is restored. So many of you turned out both to bring plants and to work that I know that the spirit of volunteerism is indeed alive in BCMG. I enjoyed and appreciated working with you both Friday and Saturday. (Truth be told, I mostly visited with you.) Looking forward to seeing you all again at the plant swap. Do find some good stuff to swap.
Clysta Willett Project Enhancement Day 4/23/2015
Thank you, thank you, thank you to Phyllis Henley, Frank Sinning, Angela Regan, Cecilia Kessler, Kathy Gilmore, Rod Gilmore, Kathy Hodnett, Lucinda Reynolds, Ann Carriere, Rose Matta, Vicki Webb, and Pat Mueske, who joined Ceil and I at the gardens last Thursday, A huge Thank You to Vernita Manship who had spent numerous hours at the garden weeding prior to Thursday in order to help us get caught up. With her efforts and a super turn out we were able to finish weeding the main bed and get it partially mulched. It is looking wonderful!!!We also had the pleasure of Rangers Scott Noble and Randy Coy from the Arkansas Forestry Commission present information on Tree Identification. Scott provided an overview of the newly updated Trees of Arkansas book and how to use the key in the book for tree identification. We then walked one of the trails and used the key as well as Scott providing a wealth of other information. We will have a 2nd session in the fall to discuss tree fall colors. Date and time will be noticed well in advance so you can mark your calendars to attendWe will have an additional enhancement say this coming Wednesday, April 29th starting at 8:30. This xtra workday should get us caught up and back on schedule. :)Ceil and I want to once again thank everyone for responding to last weeks workday and all of their hardwork.
See you soon
A friend of mine was at the Plant Sale yesterday and mentioned that she had a bunch of Hellebores and dwarf Nandinas in her yard she is trying to find homes for. She is offering to allow members of the Master Gardeners to come to her place and dig them up. She has about four different colors on the hellebores and she won’t know which are which, so it will be a bit of a surprise. These will all be small plants.
Please call her ahead of time and make an appointment with her if you are interested.
Her contact information is
Phone #: 870-425-8262
544 North Pointe
Mountain Home, AR
May your heart stay happy and your hands busy,
Project Event Chair
Cell: (901) 490-4828
The plant sale this year went off extremely well. We grossed $1,361. Wayne will be proud of us. I believe this might have been our best year ever. That is mainly because of each of you participating in our sale. We had a great group of folks who worked the event doing setup and meeting with the public. But it would not have come off if we hadn’t received all the plants we did. THANK YOU ALL VERY MUCH.
Since the Master Gardeners could participate in the sale after 10:15 am (most of the public were gone by then) we did not have as many plants left over for the plant swap. The plant swap will be on our regular meeting date, Thursday, May 14th at the Twin Lakes Pavilion, in lieu of the meeting. So if you’d like to trade, please bring more plants to swap on that day.
If you are interested in participating in the planning stages for 2016, we will plan to have a recap meeting after the Plant Swap either at Twin Lakes Park, weather permitting, or at the library. I’ll be glad to co-chair next year but I’d like to find someone willing to chair the 2016 Plant Sale.
May your heart stay happy and your hands busy,
Strawberry Production Systems Workshop
WHEN: Saturday, May 2nd from 8:30 am to 12:00 pm
WHERE: North Ark College- Little Theater
This workshop is intended for Master Gardeners, Extension Agents, and the general public – anyone interested in learning how to grow strawberries in different systems.
Registration: Please call Boone County Extension at 870/741-6168
Tentative Workshop Program
8:30- 9:00- Registration
9:00-9:30- Strawberry Production Systems (plasticulture, matted row, and tunnels)
9:30-10:00- Tunnel Construction
10:15-10:45- Strawberry Insects
10:45-11:15- Strawberry Diseases
11:15-12:00- Tour of North Ark Tunnels
Hi Fellow Travelers-If you are blue and have nothing to do there is still time to come on the tour.We are meeting at 8:30 a.m. In the parking lot of the library and going from there.If you prefer to meet us at the garden at 1:00 p.m. That is great too! Forecast is for sunshine! Anyone is welcome if you want to invite a non-master gardener this is a great time to get their interest in taking The class this year!
The Arkansas Forestry Commission's Baxter County Office visited Clysta Willett today, and has offered to our members a supply of small starts of Northern Red Oak trees. There is no charge for these trees.
Vicky Webb has the inventory of these trees. Please contact her directly for more information and to arrange for pick up.
4914 Old Military Rd, Mtn Home, AR 72653
We must return whatever we don't use to the Forestry Commission. So please contact Vicky quickly so we can accommodate their wishes on a timely basis.
The new buddy message system is working great for most folks but there are a few folks having problems opening the messages. The main issue is when we have data attachments, for example from Mark Keaton. The complaint has been it's slow to load or it just will not open. Ed our web master has two options that should help.
1. Anyone that is having problems opening them might have problems beyond our email system, which means your browser settings. If your settings are set to not trust our emails (like Outlook Express will do automatically) then the pictures will not load until they accept them or allow them to be downloaded, or flag us a “trusted sender”. Look at your browser settings and make sure they will accept our emails.
2. You don't have to download the message to read it. You may simply view it on your browser. All you have to do is find the link at the top right corner of the buddy message “View email in my browser” which will allow you simply view it online. Click on this to read the emails. This will solve the slow downloading issue.
If you are still having problems, contact me.
Thanks for your patience as we get this new system up and running.
Want to share your favorite Mother's Day recipe? Send them to me and I will put them in the newsletter for all of us to enjoy.
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We will work at Cooper Park Next Tuesday, April 28 at 9AM. Finishing the Herb Garden with mulch will be the first project and then we will move on to the beds in front of the Jones cabin.
Bring clippers, rakes and your favorite weeder. We will spread newspaper and mulch and hope to ward off another growing season of weeds!
Education will be about the north quadrant of our medicine wheel herb garden. Bring your water and Jo will bring a snack.
We hope to see you there. No rain please.
We will be having a catch up Ped on April 30, at 9:00 AM. Please put it on your calendar. There are plants to be planted, mulch to put down and all of the little things Master Gardeners do to make the Gardens beautiful. You too can add your name to the list of regulars with your MG touches.
It is the right thing to do.
See you there!
Dee, Debbie and Kay
Attached are two versions (PDF and WORD) of the current Plant Health Clinic Newsletter.
Click on the attachment or the download link above to view. For additional information and to see all newsletters and related Plant Health Clinic materials, click on the following link to our main Plant Health Clinic website http://www.uaex.edu/farm-ranch/pest-management/plant-health-clinic/
Baxter County Extension Office
Just a reminder that Clysta Willett will hold their enhancement day this Thursday 4/23 starting at 8:30. We will be weeding and mulching. Then at 10:15 the Arkansas Forestry Commission will provide education on Tree Identification. This will be Part I of II sessions. The Trees of Arkansas book has recently been updated . The representative from the Commission will have additional books for purchase at the cost of $5. This will be a great opportunity to not only get digger hours but also educational time! So come on out and take advantage of this program.Hopefully the weather will stay dry and we won't need to cancel due to heavy rain.
Below is the list of workers and categories that I have compiled. If you would all check to make sure you are in the right spot and if you are planning to attend and not on this list please send me a note at Marcia@WhiteRiverTeam.com .
If for some reason this doesn’t come up correctly in your email. I’ve attached a PDF file of same information – 2015 Plant Sale Participants. I’d like to encourage all of you to participate in the setup and sale, it is usually a lot of fun to work with the public.
2015 Plant Sale
Friday – Setup Day: Saturday – Plant Sale:
Quality Control: Cashiers:
Anne Carriere Jan Halligan
Table Setup: Donna Munson
Frank Sinning Judy Brieske (checkers)
Wayne Buck Anne Carriere (checker)
Plant Verification: Wagoners:
Lucinda Reynolds Rose Matta
Audrey Holt Judy Niziolek
Marcia Taylor Janice Foreman
Martha (Cecilia) Kessler
Intake & Set Up: Holding Area:
Barrie Hazelton (Debbie Anderson to set up on Friday)
Angela Reagan Angela Reagan
Marcia Taylor Gerrie Prewitt
Bob Munson Laurie Irwin
Bob Jenkins Sandy Jensen
Rose Matta Mary Lou Knasiak
Janice Foreman Help Buyers:
Debbie Anderson (Holding Area) Marcia Taylor
Angela Reagan Angela Reagan
Judy Kyle Frank Sinning
Margareta Schmutzler All others
In particular we need some additional people in these categories:
Holding Area (2 more)
Click on the pdf. file for information on the Plant Sale.
Additional Information About The Plant Sale
As for advertising we should be in the Baxter Bulletin a couple of times next week. I’ll be doing Talk of the Town with Debbie Stanuch on the 22nd and it will air on the 23rd so be sure to listen for it. Be sure to put your handouts from the meeting at places of work, church or other organizations that you belong to. In addition, the Plant Sale is on the BCMG website, the Cotter~Gassville Chamber of Commerce website, the UAEX website, and the Mountain Home Chamber Website. So I’m hoping for good weather and a good turnout.
Lastly, those of you who have Carts or Wagons please bring them with you. If you’d like to let me know in advance (I’m thinking 5 should be sufficient) that you are bringing them I can let you know whether we have sufficient coverage. Also, we’ll need some cardboard boxes and/or plant trays for our buyers to carry their “haul” with. And any banners that people may have please bring them.
Don’t hesitate to send me a note if you need.
Also, don’t forget to POT, POT, POT. Leave the invasive plants at home and if you bring anything that is aggressive be sure to indicate so.
THANK YOU TO ALL OF YOU FOR MAKING THIS ORGANIZATION WHAT IT IS TODAY.
May your heart stay happy and your hands busy,
Project Event ChairCell: (901) 490-4828
Much much thanks to Frank Sinning, Phyllis Henley, Kathy Gilmore, Rod Gilmore and Anita Emerson for attending yesterday's workday. With cloudy but dry skies we accomplished a lot. Weeding and mulching of 5 out of the 6 smaller beds was done and it looks wonderful. We also tried to tackle a small portion of the larger bed. The education information was on 6 tips for Effective Weeding. Quite appropriate for sure! I myself realized that my technique for removing weeds from the garden may in fact be cultivating weed seeds to begin growing. I do have extra copies of this great article so if you would like one please let me know.
Our next workday is scheduled for Thursday 4/23 starting at 8:30 am. The plan is to work from 8:30 to 10:00 then the Arkansas Forestry Commission will be there to share information on Tree Identification starting at 10:15. If you pre-ordered a book, I have picked those up and will bring them on the 23rd. If you are interested in ordering a book please email Carol at firstname.lastname@example.org. In that way I can contact the Forestry Commission and ask them to bring extra books. The cost is 5 dollars.
If the weather looks like it is going to be rainy on Thursday the 23rd,(currently that is the case) we will need to move the workday to earlier in the week. If that is the case a buddy message will be sent outlining the change.
We had a very successful morning thanks to Judy Kyle, Judy Niziolek and Margareta Schmultzer.
Annuals were planted, climbing rose planted (given by Judy Niziolek), deadheading of spent flowers, dug up some cannas, found two weeds, planted hyacinth beans, added some mulch and ate apricot scones. Some sedum was planted and also shared thanks again to Judy Niziolek. We installed an information box containing information (handout) on the herbs that are planted in the west bed.
Mike & Judy Kuenzli