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Fall Gardening Workshop and getting ready for holiday workshop

November 7, 2016

Today was the final 2016 quarterly workshop at Garvan Gardens in Hot Springs. The class sold out weeks ago and we had a great turnout of folks from across the state to learn about fall gardening.  I started off with tips on what to do in the fall, cool-season-veg-in-containers-nov-16-3 from fall annuals and vegetables to cleanup of plants in the garden and overwintering tropical flowers.  I then talked about shrubs with fall and winter interest.  One of my favorites is the camellia that is getting started and will continue to shine for months in the garden.camellia-sasanqua-nov-5-162

We need to make sure that we have something with color and interest in every season.  Whether we have blooms or fall foliage–(the oakleaf hydrangeas are turning) oakleaf-hydrangea-nov-16 or even berries like on our hollies, yaupon-holly-chandor-garden-16-26 color is easily achieved in every season with good planning.  After a tasty lunch from the Chipmunk Cafe, Extension Forestry Specialist Kyle Cunningham talked about trees with fall color and how fall color happens. It is not turning into one of our more spectacular falls for color, with the lack of moisture many trees are shutting down early. garvan-nov-16-1 garvan-nov-16-3

The final talk of the day was from Shane Reynolds who owns Reynolds Greenhouses in Hot Springs with his family. They are responsible for much of the seasonal plants that go in to Garvan Gardens.  He talked about fall annuals and their care to help them survive the winter. .  ornamental-cabbage-nov-16 viola-chandor-162garvan-nov-16-5

After final questions and evaluations, then cleaning up, I made a quick stop at Shults Greenhouses to look for some holiday plants for my workshop next week.  While it is over a week away, I am pretty booked between now and then, so I put a big dent in what I need.  holiday-plants-nov-16-1  Jim Shults was kind enough to let me buy two poinsettias. They aren’t fully colored yet, but well on their way. Hopefully with bright sunshine they should be good for next week.  I then drove home in a light rain. I was hoping for a continuation into Little Rock, but by Benton it was dry.  We are really dry statewide, and it has impacted our fall display.  It was close to dark by the time I pulled in.  This early darkness is taking some getting used to, but I was up at 5:15 a.m.!

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Karen Wiscaver permalink
    November 8, 2016 5:41 pm

    What stores are your new book are to be sold in? I sure want one.

    • uamg permalink
      November 8, 2016 9:20 pm

      It is not out yet. I think they are shooting for December 1. I will let you know, when I know!

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