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MG Appreciation Day 2016

October 10, 2016

What an amazing day and a fitting tribute to all the Arkansas Master Gardeners. We had over 500 Master Gardeners from all across the state in attendance at the Botanical Gardens of the Ozarks today for our annual Master Gardener Appreciation Day. The Arkansas program is 28 years old this week. mg-appreciation-bgo-2016-32 mg-appreciation-bgo-2016-33 mg-appreciation-bgo-2016-34 The weather could not have been better and the Washington County volunteers led by Judy Smith did a spectacular job. mg-appreciation-bgo-2016-40 It was a well-organized event in a gorgeous setting and so many educational stations for the Master Gardeners to explore and enjoy.

The committee and vendors were there early setting up and getting ready for the onslaught of visitors.  mg-appreciation-bgo-2016-35Many MGs from far distances came the night before, but we had several buses who brought their counties en mass.  Craighead County (Jonesboro) did it all in one day and left early and were getting home late! Folks started arriving early and I saw some still coming in as I was driving out at 2:30.

Educational stations covered everything from rain barrels, to bees, to containers, vegetables, chickens, butterflies and more. Garden tours were also conducted by Gerald Klingaman. mg-appreciation-bgo-2016-15 mg-appreciation-bgo-2016-43

The gardens were at their peak and were looking amazing. Many of the MGs had never been to the gardens and those who had, saw it when it was in its infancy at the state conference several years ago. Everyone was duly impressed. mg-appreciation-bgo-2016-1 mg-appreciation-bgo-2016-5 mg-appreciation-bgo-2016-17 mg-appreciation-bgo-2016-24 mg-appreciation-bgo-2016-42

It was a great time to reconnect with old friends and make new, plus learn about plants! What could be better. mg-appreciation-bgo-2016-10 mg-appreciation-bgo-2016-21 mg-appreciation-bgo-2016-26 mg-appreciation-bgo-2016-47

And more plants!mg-appreciation-bgo-2016-8 mg-appreciation-bgo-2016-14 mg-appreciation-bgo-2016-18 mg-appreciation-bgo-2016-44 mg-appreciation-bgo-2016-45

Today was the beginning of our Arkansas MG Appreciation Week.  I want to thank the Washington County Master Gardeners and their agent Berni, plus the staff at BGO for going above and beyond to help us honor our volunteers.  This one will be hard to beat!

There are celebrations and events happening all over the state this week in honor of Arkansas Master Gardeners.  This past weekend Craighead County kicked it off withe their own birthday celebration. Their county program turned 25 and they invited all the past and present participants.  craighead-co-25th-birthday craighead-mg-birthday-cel-16

If you know some Master Gardeners, tell them thank you for all they do for our state.


2 Comments leave one →
  1. Paul Pilkington permalink
    October 10, 2016 7:29 pm

    Awesome pictures. I have read so many of Gerald Klingaman articles,I feel like I should know him.

  2. October 10, 2016 7:43 pm

    Beautiful! I haven’t seen Dr Klingaman in

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