Jonesboro, Day 2
It was a clear but cold day in Jonesboro. This morning I met Kim and Frank out at the ASU Farm. Kim gave us the grand tour of all they are doing on the ag farm. We saw the MG project which is the horticulture display garden. Daffodils and pansies were in bloom, with a tulip magnolia and Carolina jessamine about to pop. We toured some new greenhouses, a high tunnel producing cabbage and greens, and then went into the petting area, where they have a diverse mix of animals–one of the largest pigs who just wanders around and eats, I think, baby goats, turkeys, cows, chickens, rabbits and more. They are also working on some potential new bio fuels using giant miscanthus and a type of beets. Then I stopped in at one of the box stores and picked up some vegetable transplants to use at the Arkansas Flower and Garden show this week. They also had some really nice red and yellow twigged dogwoods, so I got one of those too.
After lunch we met up at the ASU Greenhouse on campus next to the room where I was presenting. Kim has a really nice collection of orchids–many of which were in bloom. We also got to see what her students are doing in propagation classes, with air layering, cuttings and seed production. They are producing plants for their upcoming plant sales in the spring. I brought home a nice orange buddleia. I spoke on new plants for the Museum Garden Club which they open to the public once a year. We had a nice crowd and plenty of questions. Then it was home. Tomorrow I head to Arkadelphia for MG training.