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Carroll County

June 29, 2015
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Today was a full day looking at optional venues for events and tours in Carroll County for next years state MG conference.  We started off at Little Portion Monastary which was one of the sites of the first years MG conference post tour.  They have changed a lot since those early days and in 2008 they had to almost start over after a devastating fire.  We had the grand tour with Brother Mark and their gardens are amazing.  They no longer grow commercial vegetables, but they have lovely native plant gardens surrounding the property.  little portion monastary (1) little portion monastary (9) little portion monastary (27) little portion monastary (28) little portion monastary (30) little portion monastary (38)From there it was a short drive to Holiday Island. I have seen the signs for years, but have never ventured into this community.  Lovely homes and vistas and an historic suspension bridge known as the golden gate of the Ozarks.  holiday island (1) holiday island (7) holiday island (6) holiday island (4) holiday island (2)

Then we drove into Eureka Springs where we looked at the Crescent Hotel and St. Elizabeth’s church garden.

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Our last stop was Blue Springs the old site of the Eureka Springs Botanical Garden, again our first tour ever for a state MG conference.  It has great potential and we are looking at options for 2016.blue springs june15 (2) blue springs june15 (4) blue springs june15 (9) blue springs june15 (13) blue springs june15 (14) blue springs june15 (17) blue springs june15 (22) blue springs june15 (24) blue springs june15 (29)Along the way, I also did some plant quizzing!

We saw some interesting insects today from the catalpa worm–and it’s damage izabeths catholic church (15) izabeths catholic church (16) what I think is a tussock moth caterpillario moth caterpillar.blue springs (2) io moth caterpillar.blue springs (3) and one of the friendliest baby rabbits, until Julie scared him off! rabbit blue springs (1) rabbit blue springs (3) All in all a full, but productive day.  Tonight Julie and I had an excellent dinner at Fresh, Farm to Table.

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