Hot Springs and Arkadelphia
This morning I drove to Garvan Gardens in Hot Springs to tape tv spots. On the drive in, I have never seen as much Japanese honeysuckle and blooming privet. The bypass was solid white. Although I do like the fragrance, and it was pretty, talk about invasive. There will be millions of berries which the birds will eat and population explosion will take place. If you have privet or Japanese honeysuckle in your garden, purge it! Garvan Gardens is lovely, but in transition. Most of the spring blooming plants are finished, but the summer plants are kicking in. There were oakleaf and Endless Summe hydrangeas in bloom, along with oleander and roses, and it is still April! The staff is busy pulling winter annuals and replacing them with summer color. The snapdragons are staying–they are absolutely stunning, as are the dianthus, but pansies and violas are getting leggy. A showy pink deutzia is in full bloom as are the kousa dogwood. If you haven’t been to Garvan in a while, there is a lot of construction going on. New pathways, roads and bridges are being built, so there is a lot of activity and some detours as you walk or ride in the garden. All work is slated to be done this summer and the results will be amazing.
After taping tv, I met with the garden staff to plan the rest of our garden seminars and MG day at Garvan, Sept. 17. We have lots of good things in store, so mark your calendar. Then I got my oil changed at a spot in Hot Springs and I got the car washed. They did an amazing job. I don’t think it has been this clean since I got it–I guess I should do this every 100,000 miles! (not oil change, but car wash!) I need to take my personal vehichle there.
Then I drove to Arkadelphia where the Master Gardeners and Extension Homemakers were sponsoring a container garden workshop at the fairgrounds. I started out with a powerpoint on container gardening, and then we all went out to an open barn, and each participant got to create their own container with plants I picked out and they purchased. They brought their own containers, and we had soil and fertilizer. We had options for sun and shade, and they all went home with some pretty nice containers. During the day, the weather was pretty nice, but tonight was extremely muggy. It was hot and sticky outside, and many folks thought it felt like storms were headed our way, but I didn’t go through any rain on the way home.