Baxter County Master Gardener Program • University of Arkansas System • Division of Agriculture • © 2013 BCMG
The Master Gardener membership meetings were originally held in the Fairgrounds Education Building. Our meetings are now held at the First Presbyterian Church, 1106 Spring Street in Mountain Home, on the third Thursday of most months.
The class of 1997 built and maintained the raised east bed at the Education Building and the west side was cared for by the VFW. The class of 2001 took on the responsibility of the east plot and made many improvements. The Master Gardeners accepted the responsibility of the west bed in 2005; the plantings in that bed were mainly evergreen shrubs. Those were removed and area re-landscaped.
An automatic watering system was installed in the east bed in 2007 and later a drip system, supplied by a water hose, was added to west bed. The Fair Board provided the water supply and helped pay for supplies; Master Gardeners did the installation as a learning project. Presently the west bed consists of many varieties of herbs. Each year we add/change plants within our budget.
We start our work early, at 8 A.M. (option is @ 7 in summer for early risers), to beat the heat (both beds are full sun). We do have access to the Education Building for conveniences. We strive to provide some color for all of the growing seasons. The Fairgrounds receives a lot of community attention because of all the events held there. We share plants that are divided with workers and also provide them for the plant sale. Join us and become a Master Gardener and be part of a beautiful project!
We are the Fairground Groupies, defined as those filled with enthusiasm, as one attached to a cause, object, or in pursuit of and ardently absorbed by a mutual interest!
Co-chairpersons Mike & Judy Kuenzli
Master Gardener Projects
Read about all of our lovely projects the Master Gardener program supports in Baxter County.