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Garvan Gardens and Fall

October 5, 2015

The temperatures sure feel like fall and the gardens are beginning to look like fall as well. We could still use rain, but at Garvan Gardens they have plenty of water and use it. Today we taped our monthly TV spots and I have to admit it was a tad cool riding around on the golf carts. garvan gardens oct.15 (11)Some parts of the garden are in transition while others look amazing. There are over 4000 mums in the gardens, some showing loads of color, while others are still in tight bud stage. Pumpkins are scattered throughout the gardens and the summer annuals are still going strong. pumpkins garvan.oct15 (2)

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The Garland county Master Gardeners work every Monday in the southern inspiration garden and it looks amazing! garvan gardens oct.15 (8)

garvan gardens oct.15 (7)They are adding fall color, but the ageratums and lantana still look great. garvan gardens oct.15 (3) They are having armadillo issues, and they also have something eating one of their pumpkins. pumpkin chewed.oct.15.
And sad to say, but the gardens are down to one peacock. Predators have gotten the others, so they are working on a protected habitat. This guy must be tough, and lonely!peacock garvan (1)

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Just because it is cool, don’t stop watering. Spring flowering plants have set their flower buds–like this dogwood. dogwood flower buds oct.15 Folks are beginning to worry about lack of fall color, but our temperatures are perfect–a little moisture should do the trick.

Then it was back to the office to work on many upcoming events and write columns. Waiting for me in my office was the official Governor’s Proclamation for October 11-17 as Arkansas Master Gardener Week!! mg proclamation.15 Many counties are planning events that week to thank their volunteers and try to recruit some new ones. Craighead county (Jonesboro) has come up with some great magnets that they are passing out all month. mg birthday week magnets.15.

So we have a week before the celebration begins! Enjoy the fall weather, and maybe do a rain dance.

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