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AFGS – Day 1 is in the books

February 24, 2017
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It was a great day at the opening of the 26th Arkansas Flower & Garden Show. We had a steady stream  of folks through mid-afternoon when the crowd began to thin out a bit. afgs-friday-10141 I have to say that parking was worse than normal downtown today, but Friday is always our more challenging day because we compete with all the folks who work downtown during the week.  One thing to be aware of is that parking at the deck at 2nd & Main is NOT $5 for event parking.  I paid $12 for all day.  Tomorrow there should be much better street parking available, and you can park at the Clinton Library and ride the trolley.  Next year this won’t be a problem since we will be at the fairgrounds with plenty of FREE parking.

We had loads of Master Gardener volunteers all over the show–helping sell and take tickets, introducing speakers, manning the silent auction and the MG booth at the Extension booth, and doing everything in between. afgs-friday-10130 afgs-friday-10139 afgs-friday-10140

Pulaski County Master Gardener and volunteer extraordinaire Clark Trim won volunteer of the year for the show. He has been a strong supporter and worker for many years. Congratulations Clark!afgs-friday-10102 afgs-friday-10161  A new twist this year at the show was a head-to-head landscape demonstration between two nurserymen who just happen to be brothers. They got a blank house facade, and then they created a beautiful garden, right in front of your eyes. afgs-friday-10121 afgs-friday-10152 afgs-friday-10157 afgs-friday-10158  These were shown via live streaming video and they garnered a lot of interest on the show floor.

We had great participation in the seminar rooms and in the how-to demonstrations on the show floor. afgs-friday-10149

The gardens look amazing this year.  afgs-friday-10125 afgs-friday-10144 afgs-friday-10147 afgs-friday-10156 afgs-friday-10163 and you can get a lot of ideas for home vegetable gardening at the Ozark Mt View Folk Center’s garden–everything from keyhole gardeningkeyhole-garden-afgs-friday-10110, straw bale gardens, afgs-friday-10112to raised beds, root cellars afgs-friday-10114and more.   And don’t forget shopping–there are vendors selling all types of plants and garden gadgets, tools, pots and much, much more.afgs-friday-10104 afgs-friday-10105 afgs-friday-10106 afgs-friday-10109 afgs-friday-10116 afgs-friday-10122 afgs-friday-10123

UA Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service is here in force talking gardening, but also beekeeping, backyard chickens and rabbits, trees, and home canning plus cooking demonstrations.  4-H has hands-on activities for kids of all ages. afgs-friday-10128 afgs-friday-10129 afgs-friday-10145 afgs-friday-10153 afgs-friday-10154 afgs-friday-10155

The Arkansas Federation of Garden Clubs has a standard flower show which has been judged and ribbons awarded.  Come judge for yourself and see how they compare. afgs-friday-10137 afgs-friday-10138 along with the Arkansas Florist competition which was also live today on the show floor.afgs-friday-10120 afgs-friday-10148  There is so much to do and two more days left to see it.  The show is open tomorrow from 10-6 and from 10-4 Sunday at the downtown Statehouse Convention Center in Little Rock.  I hope to see you!

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