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Making Changes

November 30, 2016
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Today was the Arkansas Flower & Garden Show retreat to make plans for the 2018 show–the 2017 show is pretty well set, and ready to go February 24-16 at the Statehouse Convention Center.  This will be the last year (at least for now) at the Statehouse Convention Center. Rates are going up and we can’t pass along those increases to vendors or attendees so the board looked at the options we have.  In 2018, the AFGS will move to the Arkansas State Fair Grounds.  Today the retreat was at the fairgrounds so we could see the possibilities. We had the grand tour of the facilities we will be using including the Coliseum for gardens,afgs-planning-fairgrounds-nov16-9 afgs-planning-fairgrounds-nov16-10 Hall of Industry for potential vendors,afgs-planning-fairgrounds-nov16-16 afgs-planning-fairgrounds-nov16-17 Arts and Crafts Buildingafgs-planning-fairgrounds-nov16-4 and the Home and Ranch building.afgs-planning-fairgrounds-nov16-7  Speakers, flower show, florists competitions, special events and children’s events all need to go somewhere, and we have plenty of options. We talked about the positives and the negatives, but I think the entire board was energized and excited about the possibilities.  It will be different but change can be a good thing.  One HUGE benefit is free and convenient parking for attendees, volunteers and vendors.afgs-planning-fairgrounds-nov16-19  Stay tuned as we work out details. But do plan to come to our last event at the Statehouse Convention Center in downtown LR this February.  Master Gardeners, look for an email very soon about volunteer opportunities.

We had time to brainstorm today and came up with some great ideas, and heard about the Greening of Arkansas Grant winners.  afgs-planning-fairgrounds-nov16-1 afgs-planning-fairgrounds-nov16-2  The Greening of Arkansas program is one way that the show gives back to the community. This year over $17,000 in grants are going to communities to help establish gardens to beautify our state.  It was a very productive day.

On my way home I passed by the most beautiful ginkgo tree.  gingko-nov30-16-2  Ginkgo’s have to be one of the prettiest trees we have in our gardens. Their stunning yellow fall color is amazing.  In one day, Mother Nature will flip the switch and all these golden leaves will be on the ground, almost overnight.  You can do your raking in one day.  If you want to plant one, make sure you get a male, since the females can produce some pretty horrendous-smelling fruits.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Sandra Bradberry permalink
    December 1, 2016 5:40 am

    Love the idea of moving the show—- parking is the main thing! And you might charge a minimal fee to park

    • uamg permalink
      December 1, 2016 6:47 am

      We have already included the cost of parking in our contract, so parking will be FREE!

  2. jo.ausijo@gmail.com permalink
    December 1, 2016 7:43 am

    But I have been told Ginkos do not help birds nearly like our more native trees do. Learned that at Fayetteville Botanical Garden MG day… Jo

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