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A Star is Born

September 2, 2014

Today was our monthly television taping at Garvan Gardens in Hot Springs.  We tape 4-5 60 second spots each month called Gardening from the Gardens which run every Saturday morning between 9:00 and 9:15 a.m. on  KATV’s Saturday Daybreak, and again on KATV Daybreak on Tuesdays, between 6 and 7 a.m.   If you miss them on tv, here is a link to watch them on line-

It was already hot and muggy early this morning when we started taping.  It wasn’t as bad in the shade, but if you had to move into the sun, it got warm quickly.  The gardens look great, but they have been watering almost non-stop.

garvan sept2.14. impatiens garvan sept2.14.1

Summer annuals like these sun impatiens look good, and the Encore azaleas are kicking in, along with ginger lilies, roses, cannas, and much, much more. The special exhibit Mystic Creatures has come to an end, and today the crew was busy dismantling most of the displays.  The mushrooms, sea serpent and fairy gourdmother will be gone by the end of the week.   Next year, they will be back, only bigger and better.   Look for bigfoots transformation in the holiday lights display!

While we were taping, Sherre found a turtle crossing a path, and we decided to use him in one of our spots.

turtle garvan tv sept2.14.1 turtle garvan tv sept2.14.3He traveled with us to the koi pond.  The koi pond is a hit with visitors of all ages.  The fish are always ready for their next meal, and swim up in droves as soon as they see a human. which delights everyone.

koi feeding sept2.141But Mr. Turtle was not to be undone. Every time he was put on the rock for his staged walk, he strutted across the rock, head held high!  He did it take after take–truly taking to acting like a fish to water! Once his minute in the spotlight was over, we returned him to his original habitat to find his way home.

turtle garvan tv sept2.14.9 turtle garvan tv sept2.14.7On the drive home, I went in and out of rain–sometimes heavy, but all short-lived. I ended up with .25 inches, but that is better than nothing.  A chance of rain is in the forecast all week, so keep your fingers crossed.

Tomorrow I head once more to Garland County–this time to Hot Springs Village for my annual open talk for the Mens Village Garden Club. It is open to the public, so come join us at the Village United Methodist, 200 Carmona Rd. at 9 a.m.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Randy Toney permalink
    September 3, 2014 7:20 pm

    Hi Janet, I really enjoy your blog, and your books!, coming from the tropical south of Louisiana. I recently moved to Hot Springs Village, and I am quickly trying to adjust my thinking about gardens.

    I have several trees in my yard that are already turning red. Seems very early, but I would like to identify the tree. I’ve attached some pictures of the leaves, bark, and fruit. I would really appreciate some help in naming these specimens.

    Thank you! Randy Toney

    • uamg permalink
      September 3, 2014 7:28 pm

      Many trees are turning prematurely with the recent dry weather. Pictures did not make it through. Try emailing me at

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