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Garland Co and a birthday dinner

January 28, 2016
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I was at the Garland County fairgrounds bright and early this morning for the first session of the Garland, Saline, Hot Spring, Montgomery and now Grant County MG training. The five counties host together in Hot Springs, and have a great training. All of the county agents from the various counties were present and it is a great facility to have classes. garland,saline,hot spring, montgomery and grant co mg training (2)

garland,saline,hot spring, montgomery and grant co mg training (4) They not only have a nice location, but wonderful meals provided daily by the Garland co EHC ladies. One thing this training has implemented the last few years which I think is an excellent idea for all counties, is that the kick-off speaker is their previous years rookie of the year for Garland county. garland,saline,hot spring, montgomery and grant co mg training (1) I have heard the talks now three years running and they have all been outstanding. These speakers have a unique perspective to share with the trainees and they obviously hit the ground running or they wouldn’t be rookie of the year. What a great role model to emulate for the new trainees. If your county hasn’t got your trainings set, consider adding this to your line-up.

As they all headed to lunch, I headed to Garvan Gardens to tape tv. We could not have picked a better day. It was nippy early this morning as I left town, but it was delightful in the gardens this afternoon. There wasn’t a cloud in the sky, and since the gardens aren’t officially open until Monday for the holiday break, we had the gardens pretty much to ourselves. The crew is still taking down Christmas lights and working on some large projects, but the gardens look great. One of the big new projects is a total revamp of the wildflower meadow. There is going to be a huge water feature and tons of new walkways and plants. garvan wildflower garden jan (1)

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The gardens are coming alive with plants beginning to grow and bloom. There were masses of snowdrops in bloom. snowdrops galanthus garvan.jan28 (2)

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snowdrops galanthus garvan.jan28 (6) These small bulbs multiply over time and pretty much take care of themselves. We also saw mahonia in bloommahonia jan.28.16 and some viburnums ready to pop. The fatsias are still setting seeds fatsia seed pods jan29 (2) All in all a great day to be at the gardens.

Then it was back to LR to do a quick change and meet Beth and Martha Ray for a belated birthday dinner for them at Terry’s. We had a great meal and plenty of discussion. We were supposed to do this last week, but winter weather took over. We all were born in 1958 and while they ARE 58, I will be in April. They are quite a bit older than I am, which accounts for why they couldn’t stay up until midnight New Year’s Eve! We had a great time. We were so busy talking, I forgot to take a picture! It is great when your colleagues are also your friends!

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