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Interviewing, office work and plants

December 17, 2015

From time to time I forget to take pictures and today was one of those days. We had our final interview for the two new horticulture specialist positions and I was so engrossed in the interview and monitoring her seminar that I forgot to take a picture. We have interviewed 5 candidates and our two committees have our work cut out for us to pick the top two. Hopefully we will have an announcement on who they will be sometime soon in the new year–for their sake as well as ours. It will be a nice change of pace to have 4 horticulture specialists all in LR!! I cannot wait!

Then our agriculture section had a holiday potluck at lunch, and as I was late to the luncheon I rushed in and didn’t take any pictures once again. There were people there I had never seen before and they obviously work on our floor, so I need to get out more! We had a nice meal and good fellowship. I finished up the last of my columns for 2015 and all reports are in and now I will finish up the 2016 MG state conference program to get to the web folks, and I should be in good shape. Then I will have 2 weeks off for the holidays.

I did have some guesses on the seed pod I posted yesterday. It is quite unusual and absolutely loaded with seeds. —seed pod mystery.dec.15
It is the seed pod for the pipevine or Dutchman’s Pipe- Aristolochia macrophylla. It is a native deciduous, woody vine which typically occurs in the wild in rich, moist woods and along streams. The plant is the larval host of the pipevine swallowtail butterfly.

I also received this picture today of a camellia. camellia m They want to know what variety it is. While I can’t be 100% certain, I have a guess. What is your guess?

As the year is winding up many people are calling to order more 2016 MG Calendars, and for the first time ever we are SOLD OUT! A good problem to have, but sad for those who want them. They are becoming quite popular, so we may need to look at printing more next season! IMG_8617

And this is a copy of a recent article in the Pine Bluff newspaper promoting their program and one of our youngest members: –(somehow the picture did not come through)
Master Gardeners celebrate with gifts to benefit shelter
Reginald ‘Joe’ Buchanan Jr., 14, a member of the Jefferson County Master Gardeners, plays guitar Monday at the organization’s holiday party. He encourages young people to join the organization. (Pine Bluff Commercial/David Hutter)

By David Hutter
Of The Commercial Staff
The Jefferson County Master Gardeners celebrated the year Monday with a party, with members and guests giving gifts to each other and to the Committee Against Spouse Abuse.
A part of the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture, the Jefferson County Master Gardeners has about 85 members. President Susan Buckner said people join by taking classes about topics related to gardening. Buckner said the Jefferson County Master Gardeners welcomed 13 new members in September and will hold its next classes in March 2016.
Buckner changed words to the song “Twelve Days of Christmas,” by incorporating a gardening theme. The result is a song she called “Master Gardeners Twelve Day of Christmas.”
People shared a smile over a meal and brought gifts to the annual party at Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Regional Park’s Waterfront Facility. Some gifts will benefit the Committee Against Spouse Abuse, Jefferson County Extension agent Lee Anderson said.
“This is always a success,” Anderson said of the party. “There is another party at the beginning of the year.”
Reginald “Joe” Buchanan Jr., a 14-year-old home-schooler, is the youngest person in the Jefferson County Master Gardeners. He played guitar to “Away in a Manger,” “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing,” “I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas” and “Master Gardeners Twelve Days of Christmas.”
Buchanan encouraged other young people to join the organization. He said he was already growing vegetables before joining and wanted to know how to improve his garden. He grows broccoli, carrots, watermelon, onions and cabbage.
Master Gardener Linda Soffer and other members said they are looking forward to hosting the 28th annual Home & Garden Show at the Pine Bluff Convention Center from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, Feb. 5, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 6.
People may call the Jefferson County Cooperative Extension Service Office at 870-534-1033 for more information.

Great job Jefferson County and Joe, we are proud to have you as a member!

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Barbara M French permalink
    December 18, 2015 10:07 am

    Are you giving any of the seeds away? If so,I will send you a self-addressed stamped envelope.

    Barbara French 512 South Fairway Sherwood AR 72120 501.607.1266


    • uamg permalink
      December 18, 2015 10:16 am

      I don’t actually have the seed pod–someone sent me the picture for identification.

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