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We are Ready! AFGS 2017 opens it’s doors at 10:00 a.m. tomorrow

February 23, 2017
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It was hard to believe today was February 23.  The temperatures felt more like April 23!  It was a spectacular day to be outside, and it spurred more plants into thinking it is truly spring.  The forecast for Friday night is not as promising with a chance of a frost in many parts of the state. Keep our fingers crossed that little gets damaged.  This morning I was reading a Facebook post by my good friend and spectacular horticulturist Gerald Klingaman. Here is what he posted about his forsythia:

I’ve recorded forsythia bloom time here in Fayetteville for over 40 years. Normal bloom time is March 5 to 10, with a range of Feb 28 to March 30. This year my driveway ‘Spring Glory’ is about full bloom today (Feb 22) about 14 to over 20 days early. It can’t last.forsythia-17-2  I think we can all agree it has been an unusual season every way you look at it.  Gardens are moving at warp speed.  We had some nice fog this morning and if you were out and about early, this is what you saw in yards, bushes and trees across the state. spider-webs-collecting-dew  A worried gardener thought it was something bad, but it is just dew collecting in the garden spiders web–nothing to be worried about. I also got this picture from NW Arkansas: pollinating-cedar-trees-in-nw-arkansas  While it looks like smoke from a fire, it is a heavy pollen release from cedar trees.  If your allergies are bothering you, this might be the cause. We have had the windows open the past 4 days and nights, and last night I broke down and took an allergy pill!  Weird weather!!

Today was the final day of set-up for the Arkansas Flower & Garden Show. We had a great day and everyone is ready with their iteas dotted and their tulips crossed! afgs4-17 afgs7-16 The gardens look amazing and the vendors have filled their booths with everything imaginable. afgs2-17 afgs3-17 afgs6-17 afgs8-17

Master Gardener volunteers have been working hard and having fun all day today and will continue to help run the show the next 3 days.  This is a dedicated group of trained volunteers who do so much good statewide! afgs5-17  I hope you plan to come to the statehouse convention center tomorrow through Sunday.  Hours are 10-7 Friday, 10-6 Saturday and 10-4 on Sunday. Tickets are $10 for adults and $15 for a three day pass.  You don’t want to miss out if you are a gardener.

I did get some Powerpoint finished today for the coming weeks and ran some errands before heading to a fabulous wine dinner at Stratton’s Market wine-dinner-strattons-market-2in the River Market with friends. img_1988  We had great fun sampling each course and the wine pairings.  Each course was outstanding, wine-dinner-strattons-market-5 wine-dinner-strattons-market-7 wine-dinner-strattons-market-9 wine-dinner-strattons-market-12but  and visiting with folks and hearing about the wineswine-dinner-strattons-market-4 and food wine-dinner-strattons-market-11made it even better. It was a great evening with wonderful food and even better conversation.  wine-dinner-strattons-market-6 wine-dinner-strattons-market-8

A great ending to a beautiful day.  Come join us tomorrow or one day this weekend. I hope to see you there!

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Lynn Winningham permalink
    February 24, 2017 11:26 am

    Are they running the shuttles this year?

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    • uamg permalink
      February 24, 2017 10:09 pm

      no shuttles, but you can ride the trolley from the Clinton Library.

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