Helping Hands Garden Kickoff Meeting

All, the 2018 Kickoff Meeting for the Master Gardener’s Helping Hands Garden will be Wednesday, February 7, from 2 pm to 3 pm at the Extension Office in the auditorium.

Plans are to talk some to the priorities for 2018 and to begin some of the organization and planning work that we need to do. We likely will have one or two more planning meetings before the last frost.

If you are wanting to be involved with the Garden, but cannot attend the day time meetings, send me a note. We will either arrange some alternate meetings, or we can work out some plans via email for your participation. The Garden is open “24/7” so its a great activity for those who have busy schedules.

There will be a reminder email go out a couple of days before the meeting. Hoping for a big turnout.

Let me know if there are questions.

Terry
479 685 5791 (call or text)

BGO Plant Sale

On Friday, April 27 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. the sale will be open for Garden members only and will be treated to light refreshments and special pricing on BGO plants. The public can come shop the sale on Saturday, April 28 from 8 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
There is no admission fee, but attendees are encouraged to bring cash or checks to purchase merchandise from area vendors.
Both annual and perennial plants, grown by BGO horticulturists, will be available, with an emphasis on native, butterfly host and nectar plants.

BGO Orchid Show & Sale

At the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks. There will be hundreds of plants in bloom to look at and purchase, as well as care classes offered throughout the weekend. The indoor show will feature displays of orchids from regional orchid societies and individuals, which will be judged by the American Orchid Society accredited judges.
Orchid Show Admission is $7.00 for adults, $4.00 for children ages 5-12, children 4 and under are free. Enjoy free entry into the Garden with admission.

Friday, March 2 | 5:00 to 7:30 pm
Saturday, March 3 | 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday, March 4 | 12:00 to 4:00 pm

County 76 Meeting

 

County 76 January 2018 Meeting
January 23, 2018
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
State Extension Office Auditorium
2301 South University Avenue
Little Rock, AR 72204
RSVP by January 17, 2018

Meeting format – We will begin with a brief business meeting, then Project breakout sessions, then lunch.

We would like to highlight some of the creative/innovative Ideas in our counties during the business session. Ideas will be selected on a first-come basis (maximum of five). You may bring in the actual item if it is easily moveable. However, we request a photo be submitted in advance. We’ll give each county 2 to 3 minutes to share their creative/innovative idea.

During the lunch time we’ll have a Well Wishes Wedding Shower for Katie Carson (Janet’s daughter). Katie and Ben will be getting married in February.

Deadline to RSVP is Wednesday, January 17, 2018.
If attending meeting RSVP to Linda Soffer, lfsoffer@gmail.com OR
if participating via ZOOM RSVP to Julie Treat, jtreat@uaex.edu

**Minimum of five members required to make the meeting available via ZOOM. (please RSVP that you would like to view the general membership portion of the meeting via Zoom.)

Educational Program: Dig In & Grow – Navigating the Extension
Website (Julie Treat)

Menu: Soup
RRR Project will provide desserts & crackers

Attendees: Please email Linda Soffer at lfsoffer@gmail.com if you plan to attend the meeting by January 17.

About County 76
County 76 is the state advisory group for the Arkansas Master Gardener Program. The group has various projects that members can serve within to strengthen the state and county programs.

Projects include:
Communications (Speakers Bureau, printed MG Calendar, Garden Voice Newsletter)
Fundraising
PNG Leadership
RRR (Recruitment, Retention and Recognition)
Training (Advanced Training, Statewide Training)

Linda Soffer, County 76 President, Jefferson County MG
Patsy Louk, County 76 Vice-President, Washington County MG

 

County 76 Meeting Reservation Deadline

 

County 76 January 2018 Meeting
January 23, 2018
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
State Extension Office Auditorium
2301 South University Avenue
Little Rock, AR 72204
RSVP by January 17, 2018

Meeting format – We will begin with a brief business meeting, then Project breakout sessions, then lunch.

We would like to highlight some of the creative/innovative Ideas in our counties during the business session. Ideas will be selected on a first-come basis (maximum of five). You may bring in the actual item if it is easily moveable. However, we request a photo be submitted in advance. We’ll give each county 2 to 3 minutes to share their creative/innovative idea.

During the lunch time we’ll have a Well Wishes Wedding Shower for Katie Carson (Janet’s daughter). Katie and Ben will be getting married in February.

Deadline to RSVP is Wednesday, January 17, 2018.
If attending meeting RSVP to Linda Soffer, lfsoffer@gmail.com OR
if participating via ZOOM RSVP to Julie Treat, jtreat@uaex.edu

**Minimum of five members required to make the meeting available via ZOOM. (please RSVP that you would like to view the general membership portion of the meeting via Zoom.)

Educational Program: Dig In & Grow – Navigating the Extension
Website (Julie Treat)

Menu: Soup
RRR Project will provide desserts & crackers

Attendees: Please email Linda Soffer at lfsoffer@gmail.com if you plan to attend the meeting by January 17.

About County 76
County 76 is the state advisory group for the Arkansas Master Gardener Program. The group has various projects that members can serve within to strengthen the state and county programs.

Projects include:
Communications (Speakers Bureau, printed MG Calendar, Garden Voice Newsletter)
Fundraising
PNG Leadership
RRR (Recruitment, Retention and Recognition)
Training (Advanced Training, Statewide Training)

Linda Soffer, County 76 President, Jefferson County MG
Patsy Louk, County 76 Vice-President, Washington County MG

 

District Dig-In Harrison AR

In Harrison, we have Missouri County Agent Kelly McGowan on

 “Native Butterflies and Moths of the Ozarks.”

In addition, I will do a horticulture program and a statewide update on the MG program. 

Janet Carson

District Dig-In El Dorado AR

In El Dorado, we have Louisiana County Agent, Kerry Heafner on
“Louisiana Super Plants and how they will do in Arkansas.”

In addition, I will do a horticulture program and a statewide update on the MG program.

Janet Carson

Helping Hands Garden Year End Review

All, we will have the end of year review meeting for the the Helping Hands Garden this Thursday from 2 pm to 3 pm in the Auditorium at the Extension Office.

 

This is a reschedule of the meeting that was originally to be held last week.  Looking for feedback from everyone on what went well this year, and what didn’t go as well as we would like (opportunities for improvement)

 

If you can’t make the meeting, but have some feedback, please send the feedback along in an email.  

 

I’ve been told there is currently no heat in the auditorium, and forecast is for the 40’s on Thursday, so come dressed appropriately.  

 

Sorry for the short notice.  Hoping for a decent turnout.  Thanks,

 

Terry

479 685 5791

BCMG Dues Payment Deadline

My fellow BCMGs,

Just a reminder BCMG dues for 2018 are $20. Thank you to everyone who has already paid!

For those of you that still need to, there are several ways to take care of this. We would love to have all dues paid by January 1.
• Mike will be collecting dues at the Christmas Party tomorrow night (December 5).
• You can send a check made out to BCMG to our Treasurer, Mike Johnston at 2400 Mary Lane Drive, Rogers AR 72756
• OR drop it by the Extension Office to my attention. We would love to have all dues paid by January 1.

We are working on the Who’s Who Directory for 2018. Be sure you are included by getting your hours in before the December 15 deadline and by paying your 2018 dues. Anything volunteer hours entered after December 15 will be for 2018.

If any of you want to help with the update for 2018, please let me know. It will be a great way to get started on your 2018 hours AND we could really use some help. We have an exciting year planned. I for one cannot wait to get started!

Thanks!

 

JB PORTILLO
portillo.jb@gmail.com
479-268-8325

Tulip Bulb Planting at Benton County Courthouse

Merry Christmas Master Gardeners,
I know you all have the MG Christmas Party on your mind tonight, but we have one more project to complete before the end of the year.
Two thousand (2,000) purple and red spring tulips have been shipped for the Benton County Courthouse Beautification Project. “This is one of our most visible MG projects and the tulips will make a gorgeous display next spring!!!!”

I am scheduling a tulip work day for next Tuesday. (Sunny and 50 degrees)
Tuesday, December 12th
1:00pm
Benton County Courthouse
Please bring your gloves, a planting towel and a stiff rake. (one used for removing mulch.)

I am hoping for a good turnout because the county wants to take photographs while we work. We will guarantee two hours of sanctioned work hours for your time and effort.
Please let me know if you are able to help with this project…………..
Thank you again for all you do for the BCMG program and I hope you have a wonderful holiday season.
Many Thanks,
Beth Strickland

Landscape Expo-By Ryan Neal

For any of you that might be interested in attending this day long landscaping workshop I am putting together…

 

Landscape Expo

February 7, 2018

Pauline Whitaker Arena

1335 W. Knapp Dr., Fayetteville, AR 72704

 

7:30am Registration

8:30am Johnny Gunsaulis- Safety and Labeling

9:30am Sherrie Smith- Plant Diagnostic Lab

9:45am John Boyd- Turf grass weed control

11:00am John Hopkins- Insect pest management

12:00pm Lunch

12:30pm Jim Robbins- Landscape Problems, Solutions, and Drones

2:30pm Jason Davis- Sprayer calibration and technology  

4:30pm Adjourn

 

$25 registration fee includes lunch

Register at https://survey.uaex.edu/AGNR/Washington/landscapeexpo2018.aspx or call

Benton County Extension office at 479-271-1060

Recertification training for all ornamental pesticide applicator categories as well as certification for private applicator licenses

 

Sincerely,

Ryan Neal

Benton County Extension

479-271-1060

Beginning BeeKeeping Classes

Beginning Beekeeping Classes will be held on
Jan 22, Jan 29 and Feb 5, 2018

Time: 6:00 PM

Location: Don Tyson Center for Agricultural Sciences
1371W. Altheimer Drive
Fayetteville,AR

Tell everyone you know,

Jim Pickett
855 N. Pembroke Road
Fayetteville, AR 72701-2520
479-530-5534

Beginning BeeKeeping Classes

Beginning Beekeeping Classes will be held on
Jan 22, Jan 29 and Feb 5, 2018

Time: 6:00 PM

Location: Don Tyson Center for Agricultural Sciences
1371W. Altheimer Drive
Fayetteville,AR

Tell everyone you know,

Jim Pickett
855 N. Pembroke Road
Fayetteville, AR 72701-2520
479-530-5534

Beginning BeeKeeping Classes

Beginning Beekeeping Classes will be held on
Jan 22, Jan 29 and Feb 5, 2018

Time: 6:00 PM

Location: Don Tyson Center for Agricultural Sciences
1371W. Altheimer Drive
Fayetteville,AR

Tell everyone you know,

Jim Pickett
855 N. Pembroke Road
Fayetteville, AR 72701-2520
479-530-5534

ZOOM Master Gardener Basic Training- 4th of 5

November 8
8:30 – 9:30- Basics of landscape design – Randy Forst
9:30 – 10:30 – Groundcovers and Vines – Randy Forst
10:30 – 10:45 Break
10:45-11:45 – Invasive plants – Tamara Walkingstick
11:45-12:45 lunch
12:45 –1:45 – Edible wild plants – Tamara Walkingstick
1:45-2:00 break
2:00- 3:00 – annuals – Janet Carson
3:00- 4:00 – perennials – Janet Carson

ZOOM Master Gardener Basic Training- 3rd of 5

November 1
8:30 – 9:30 Small Fruits – Amanda McWhirt
9:30 – 10:30 Tree Fruits – Amanda McWhirt
10:30 – 10:45 Break
10:45-11:45 Home Vegetable Garden Basics – Amanda McWhirt
11:45-12:45 lunch
12:45 –1:45 – Pruning fruits in Arkansas – Berni Kurz
1:45-2:00 break
2:00- 3:00 – Soils – Ryan Neal
3:00- 4:00 –Unusual fruit crops for Arkansas – Berni Kurz

ZOOM Master Gardener Basic Training- 2nd of 5

October 25
8:30 – 9:30– World of Pollinators – Jon Zawislak
9:30 – 10:30 – Propagation – Jim Robbins
10:30 – 10:45 Break
10:45-11:45 Trees for Arkansas – Jim Robbins
11:45-12:45 lunch
12:45 –1:45 Composting – Andrea Thomas
1:45-2:00 break
2:00- 3:00 –Pesticide safety – Ples Spradley
3:00- 4:00– Pesky animal control – Rebecca McPeak

ZOOM Master Gardener Basic Training- 5th of 5

November 15
8:30 – 9:30 – Herbs – Janet Carson
9:30 – 10:30 Basic Lawn Care – John Boyd
10:30 – 10:45 Break
10:45-11:45 – Weeds – John Boyd
11:45-12:45 lunch
12:45 –1:45 – warm season vegetables – Randy Forst
1:45-2:00 break
2:00- 3:00 –cool season vegetables/season extenders – Janet Carson
3:00- 4:00 online record keeping/ The Ark. MG program Janet Carson

ZOOM Master Gardener Basic Training- 1st of 5

MG Zoom Training Schedule
October 18 INSTRUCTOR
8:00-Orientation – What To Expect BCMG Training Team
8:30 – Welcome to Zoom – What is Extension Janet Carson
9:30 – Botany TBD
10:30 break
10:45 -11:45 –Diseases- Sherrie Smith
11:45- 12:45 – lunch
12:45-1:45 – Insects – John Hopkins
1:45-2:00 break
2:00 – 3:00 Pruning – Janet Carson
3:00 – 4:00 – Shrubs – Janet Carson

Deadline to register for Oct County 76 meeting

 

Reminder

County 76 October 2017 Meeting
October 24, 2017
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
State Extension Office Auditorium
2301 South University Avenue
Little Rock, AR 72204
RSVP by October 18, 2017

 

Meeting format – We will begin with a brief business meeting, then Project breakout sessions, then lunch.

We would like to highlight some of the creative/innovative Ideas in our counties during the business session. Ideas will be selected on a first-come basis (maximum of five). You may bring in the actual item if it is easily moveable. However, we request a photo be submitted in advance.

**Minimum of five members required to make the meeting available via ZOOM. (please RSVP that you would like to view the general membership portion of the meeting via Zoom.)

Deadline to RSVP is Wednesday is October 18.
If attending meeting RSVP to Linda Soffer, lfsoffer@gmail.com OR
if participating via ZOOM RSVP to Julie Treat, jtreat@uaex.edu

Educational Program: MG Study Trips by Janet Carson

Menu: BBQ by Clay Carson. Sides: Potato Salad, Cole Slaw. Desserts & Chips provided by the PNG Leadership Team.

Attendees: Please email Linda Soffer at lfsoffer@gmail.com if you plan to attend the meeting by October 18.

About County 76
County 76 is the state advisory group for the Arkansas Master Gardener Program. The group has various projects that members can serve within to strengthen the state and county programs.

Projects include:
Communications (Speakers Bureau, printed MG Calendar, Garden Voice Newsletter)
Fundraising
PNG Leadership
RRR (Recruitment, Retention and Recognition)
Training (Advanced Training, Saturday Statewide Training)

 

Linda Soffer, County 76 President, Jefferson County MG
Patsy Louk, County 76 Vice-President, Washington County MG

 

Janet Carson
Consumer Horticulture Specialist
State Master Gardener Coordinator
U of A Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service
jcarson@uaex.edu
www.uaex.edu

 

County 76 Master Gardener October Meeting

 

Reminder

 

County 76 October 2017 Meeting

October 24, 2017

10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

State Extension Office Auditorium

2301 South University Avenue

Little Rock, AR  72204

RSVP by October 18, 2017

 

 

Meeting format –  We will begin with a brief business meeting, then Project breakout sessions, then lunch.

 

We would like to highlight some of the creative/innovative Ideas in our counties during the business session.  Ideas will be selected on a first-come basis (maximum of five).  You may bring in the actual item if it is easily moveable.  However, we request a photo be submitted in advance.

 

**Minimum of five members required to make the meeting available via ZOOM.  (please RSVP that you would like to view the general membership portion of the meeting via Zoom.)

 

 

Deadline to RSVP is Wednesday is October 18.

If attending meeting RSVP to Linda Soffer, lfsoffer@gmail.com OR

if participating via ZOOM RSVP to Julie Treat, jtreat@uaex.edu

 

Educational Program:  MG Study Trips by Janet Carson

 

MenuBBQ by Clay Carson.  Sides: Potato Salad, Cole Slaw.  Desserts & Chips provided by the PNG Leadership Team.

 

Attendees: Please email Linda Soffer at lfsoffer@gmail.com if you plan to attend the meeting by October 18.

 

About County 76

County 76 is the state advisory group for the Arkansas Master Gardener Program.  The group has various projects that members can serve within to strengthen the state and county programs.

 

Projects include:

Communications (Speakers Bureau, printed MG Calendar, Garden Voice Newsletter)

Fundraising 

PNG Leadership 

RRR (Recruitment, Retention and Recognition)

Training (Advanced Training, Saturday Statewide Training)

 

 

 

Linda Soffer, County 76 President, Jefferson County MG

Patsy Louk, County 76 Vice-President, Washington County MG

 

Janet Carson Consumer Horticulture Specialist

State Master Gardener Coordinator

U of A Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service

jcarson@uaex.edu www.uaex.edu