The Rapps Barren Historical Settlement in Cooper Park became a BCMG project in 1999. The cabins that create the settlement were moved to Cooper Park in 1992 from locations around Baxter County through the efforts of the Historical Society. The central location in Cooper Park has served as a way to preserve these examples of early structures in the county for the education and enjoyment of our citizens and visitors.
BCMG maintains gardens at the Shotgun Cabin and the G.W. Jones Cabin. Over the years members of BCMG have added many native, heirloom and pass-a-long plants to the gardens that early settlers might have enjoyed. Some of these include native butterfly weed, purple coneflower, monarda and coreopsis. Varieties of iris, rose campion, peonies and lily of the valley are some of the pass-a-longs. Even the common day lilies and some maples were donations from local resident Nellie Mitchell in 2000. There are two species of dogwood trees and an unusual wahoo at the Jones cabin. Even “weeds” such as poke are allowed to bloom in front of the cabins. Early settlers might have eaten the young leaves in poke salad.
Many native trees are found around the nearby duck pond and in the area around the cabins. There is a guide to their locations, though many trees have been lost due to the ice storm or thinned for safety and proper growth by the parks department.
The BCMG members meet at the Rapps Barren Settlement on the fourth Tuesday morning, spring through fall, to maintain the gardens, share some garden education and work on special projects. The gardeners enjoy meeting the walkers and visitors while they dig and often share cuttings, garden advice and ideas with them. The Park celebrates History Day each October and BCMGers attend to help visitors learn about the plants in the garden. New plant i.d. markers are helping too. Many thanks to the gardeners who have shared their plants and their hard work throughout the years.
In maintaining the gardens at the Shotgun and Jones cabins at Cooper Park BCMG plays a small part in keeping the history of Mountain Home alive.
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Thanks to Master Gardners - Anne Carriere. Angela Reagan, Marylou Knasiak, Carol Russell-Lesher, Lisa Wolf, Jenni Rowland and Frank Sinning pictured below.
Submitted by: Jo Strickland
Pictures provided by: Judy Brieske
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Baxter County Master Gardener Program • University of Arkansas System • Division of Agriculture • © 2013 BCMG