My rainfall for Sep AND October total is 2.60 Year to date total is 37.44.
MG BOARD MEETING (Monday) NOV 7, 2016 - Library 10 am
10:00 am - Frits Druff, Webmaster info
10:30 am - Board meeting Agenda
MG MEMBER MEETING (Thursday) NOV 10, 2016 - 1 pm - Presbyterian Church
Program - Winter Gardening by Bill Stammers
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I had a lot to accomplish today and I was planning to attend another party this afternoon, but time was not my friend. I had all the end/beginning of the month tasks, plus laundry, grocery shopping and basic chores to accomplish as well as putting the final touches on my talks and handouts for this week, a few columns to write and the final edit on my new book which is being sent to the printer this week. I got it all done and am packed since I leave tomorrow for Arlington, Texas for the Southern Region Master Gardener conference. I cannot believe it is still so hot outside when we are a day away from November! I have checked forecasts here and Texas and we don't have any rain in the forecast for Arkansas, but there is a bit in Texas. I have watered everything, and the family will be in charge once again.
I did have a little time to get in the garden. I have grown several new things (for me) this year. I harvested my one peanut plant today, and while I won't be in competition for Planters, I was pleased to have peanuts.
REMINDER . . .
Attached are the BCMG Membership Input Questionnaire and Volunteer Form. Please download, print out, complete, and bring to the November 10 Membership. Give info to me or Ceil.
OCTOBER RAINFALL on the west side of Baxter County: 3.96"
The Membership Education Committee will meet on Monday, November 7 at 1 PM at the Farm Bureau Building on West Highway 62 and Wade Street.
On the agenda are plans to discuss topics and speakers for the Horticulture Table at our 2017 membership meetings. This will include table set-up and the free raffle.
Also on the agenda will be discussions about the Horticulture Table for the Seminar. We will discuss plans and suggestions for the May Plant Swap, Garden Walks, Garden Tours and SIGs on Fair Exhibits and Education.
We are a fun group welcoming fresh ideas and new members.
Audrey Holt, Director of Member Education
The next Board meeting will be on Monday, November 7, at 10 am at the Library. You are welcome to attend.
Frits Druff (our dedicated webmaster) created a BCMG test website to better reflect our mission statement:
This test site is a work in progress for our use only in developing proposed changes. Frits will continue to work to fill in and refine all the information that needs reorganizing and updating. This test site cannot be found by any search engine. You are welcome to check out the site as often as you wish. It can be accessed at http://bxmgtest.weebly.com
Frits is drafting a proposal of his recommendations to implement the changes and publish the updated website. His proposal will be on the agenda at the November Board meeting. With our help and support, this may become the best website in the Arkansas Master Gardener program!
We are fortunate to have the experience and expertise of MGers Jane and Frits Druff in our group.
Please share with me any thoughts and suggestions before the Board meeting.
Another full day and so inspiring on many fronts. I left Little Rock as the sun was rising and
again mist hung in the air.
It started out feeling like fall but it got too warm this afternoon, feeling more like summer than almost November!
My first stop was Grant County and a MG project partnering with Raising Arkansas, a non-profit who has now taken ownership of a few large greenhouses.
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Impressed in Grant County, Retired Highway workers, and fund-raiser
October 27, 2016
Our next scheduled Hatchery PED is next Thursday, 11/03/16, at 9:00 am. The weather is supposed to be nice, so I hope it will be a good day. We will be weeding, dead heading, removing dead plants, pruning, thinning and moving. We will also begin our winterization process. We will talk about reducing some plantings to make room, and discuss next year's plans. Afterwards, I will have refreshments for us. I certainly hope you will be able to attend with us. I look forward to seeing you.
Darrell W. Stewart
Carol Rossell-Lesher, John Straight, Jane Druff, Anne Carriere, and I had a beautiful day Tuesday for our PED. We staked, pruned, weeded, cleaned up, divided iris, and dealt with Bermuda grass. We will have give-away iris at the November meeting.
Jane shared information about seed collecting with the goals of experimenting and collecting seeds as give-aways for the spring seminar. We were surprised by the non-typical sunflower seeds we found in the maximillian sunflowers.
Jan Halligan, as usual, had worked on Monday (her free day).
The pineapple sage in the butterfly quadrant of the medicine wheel is shown below with one of the yellow butterflies on it!
It is perfect weather for walking the Cooper Park Trail. Come see the cabin gardens!
Don't forget! Bull Shoals White River State Park PED will be next Tuesday, November 1st at 9am. We will meet at the Big Spring, and then move on to the Trout Dock. We will end our working day on the back deck, relaxing, eating something good from Margareta, and watching the world go by on the White River.
Betsy & Margareta
2017 Master Gardener Award Nomination Forms
Entry deadline: January 15, 2017
We want to recognize YOU and YOUR COUNTY! But we can't if you don't send in a nomination form.
Deadline is January 15, 2017
2017 Arkansas Master Gardener Awards
The 2017 Arkansas Master Gardener Award season has arrived! Enclosed you will find the nomination forms. The deadline to qualify for judging is January 15, 2017. These awards will be presented at the annual Arkansas Master Gardener Conference being held May 21-23, 2017 in Little Rock.
Each county is allowed ONE entry per award, up to a total of eight entries. The awards are 1. MG of the Year, 2. Rookie of the Year, 3. Project of the Year, 4. Excellence in Education, 5. County Agent of the Year, 6. Newsletter of the Year, 7. Friend of Master Gardeners, Individual, and 8. Friend of Master Gardeners, Business or Organization.
Please click the link below for access to the award forms.
Award Nomination Forms
Nomination forms can be found on the Master Gardener website.
Two awards will be given for the following - MG of the Year, Rookie of the Year, Project of the Year, Excellence in Education, County Agent of the Year, and Newsletter of the Year - based on the county's membership size. County size is categorized as 50 members or less and 51 members or more. This membership count is based on your "active and in good standing members."
Each award form has detailed information specific to that award. In an effort to provide greater uniformity for the judging process, entry submissions are to be limited to the parameters put forth on the nomination form for each award. All awards will be judged on the volunteer work performed in 2016. Judges for the awards will be selected by the MG Coordinator and the decisions of the judges will be final.
All nominations need to be submitted from the local extension office after the county agent in charge of the county MG program or the MG President has reviewed and signed the form. Please send all forms as a Word or PDF document. All photos should be high quality digital JPEG format and sized for a PowerPoint presentation. Please submit either on a CD or via e-mail. To ease the judging process please make certain all forms are completed and signed and please send in all completed nominations from your MG program together at one time.
Submit the nominations electronically via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org OR you may mail them, postmarked by January 15, 2017, to Janet Carson, MG Awards, 2301 S. University Ave. Little Rock, AR 72204.
If you have any questions, please call our office at 501-671-2237. Good Luck!
On Oct. 20th a HUGE mission was completed at Memorial Gardens!
Kay Kunkel bagged and bagged the pulled out annuals and clippings. Susan Chamberlain and myself along with an extremely hard worker from the church, Mary Smith, forked, shoveled and spread 10 yards of cedar mulch! We put in extra hours, but it looks so much better! Dee Sartin stopped by with a special treat and the gal from the church office went out and bought us donuts to "help give us strength"!
Notice to Fair Exhibitors who have won Blue Ribbons and Best of Show Ribbons at the Baxter County Fair last month:
Your Fair checks are ready and can be picked up Wednesday and Thursday at the Fairground Office from 9 AM to 3 PM.
Audrey Holt, BCMG Fair Co-chair
Just a reminder that The Clysta Willett Native Garden will be having a enhancement day this Thursday 10/27 starting at 8:30. We will continue to mulch, move some plants and get the garden ready for winter. Please come and join us!
Ceil and Carol
This is a cute educational Witch's story regarding herbs and other plants! Enjoy!
Ever wonder if you're growing plants that would have gotten you pegged as a "witch" in earlier times? Writer Jill Sell explores the cultural history of spooky species, phantasmal flora and boo-tiful blooms with a little encouragement from a curious young neighbor.
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Attached are two versions (PDF and WORD) of the current Plant Health Clinic Newsletter - click on the attachment or the download link 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/
County Extension Agent-Staff Chair
Baxter County Extension Service
3 E. 9th St.
Mountain Home, AR 72653
Margareta & I planted mums, kale, and marigolds at Big Spring & the Trout Dock for some color that the park bought for us. We also did a little leaf clean up. We also talked about having the park maintenance fellers cut down a couple or three scrawny trees that are blocking the sun at the Big Spring. Our next working day will be Tuesday, November 1st. We have a bunch of daffodils to plant at the Trout Dock that day plus general cleanup. Betsy & Margareta
Six Baxter County Master Gardeners attended the Advanced Training on ‘Masters for Monarchs’ in Paragould, Arkansas presented by the 27 members of the Greene County Master Gardeners. As Janet mentioned in her blog, the program was excellent and very informative. We not only received a binder with copies of the speakers’ power points but a thumb drive with the power points; more articles about monarchs; varieties of Asclepias and conservation to protect habitat – and each received an Asclepias to take home. As Masters, we were instructed to say Asclepias instead of milkweed.
In one of Janet’s photos the backs of Deborah Anderson, Ceil Gasiecki, Kay Kunkel, Lucinda Reynolds, Marsha Taylor and Audrey Holt can be seen going through their metamorphosis becoming experts on Monarchs.
Anyone who has been a Master Gardener for at least three years and is a Master Gardener in good standing (current with dues and hours) is eligible to register for an Advanced Training Class. A Buddy Message will announce when, what and where an Advanced Training Class will be scheduled. A minimum of six hours of in depth learning on the selected topic of the Advanced Training is presented by well informed speakers.
To receive a Certificate of Completion for each Advanced Training you must attend the entire class. The registration fee for attendees varies with the cost to present a given Advanced Training Class. Often plants and/or books are part of the take-home package. Additional expenses may include travel, meals and lodging.
Director of Member Education, Audrey Holt
Cooper Park PED Tuesday the 25th at 9:00 -- or what works for you. We will be doing fall clean-up and, if time permits, will work on signage and garden maps as well. Hope to see you there.
Joan Burr and Anne Carriere
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My what a day! I am so impressed with the Advanced MG training that the Greene County Master Gardeners put on today, and I didn't even get to stay for the full afternoon sessions. I think the evaluations will bear me out on this one. They were highly organized with a full lineup of top-notch speakers, notebooks and thumb drives and of course excellent food. Lori Spencer kicked us off, followed by Jack Singleton, then me, Ruth Andre and Theia Foley and finished by Dr. Don Steinkraus. Topics included monarchs and metamorphosis, monarchs in Mexico, monarch tagging and release, designing a butterfly garden, monarchs and their role in the ecosystem and constraints on monarch populations.
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