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Garden tours Fort Smith

March 30, 2017

What happened to spring? Yesterday I sweltered and had to break down and turn on the air conditioner, and today we froze touring gardens in Fort Smith.  We are planning for the 2018 state MG conference and we had a large list of possibilities today.  We will finish up with a few more gardens tomorrow morning before heading home.  I was quite impressed with the quality of the gardens.  We saw huge homes and gardens and small ones, outdoor swimming pools and kitchens, vegetable gardens and flower gardens, along with a wide range of plants.  The snapdragons and pansies were amazing.

  We saw several unique honeysuckles  and the largest tree peony I have seen in the south.  The azaleas and dogwoods were stunning in many gardens and we also saw some gorgeous deciduous azaleas and fringetrees.  Although we were seeing the gardens a couple of months ahead of when we will during the MG conference, they all had a diverse mix of plants that will change with every season. Our challenge will be to figure out how to use as many of them as we can and how to get busses into all of them.

After a full day of touring gardens, we met up with the host committee this evening.  Things are beginning to come together and they have some exciting ideas about how to promote it at this years conference in Little Rock.

We really were cold most off the day. The high was 52 but it was overcast and extremely windy.  We could have used hats and gloves and it made us walk the gardens at a much brisker pace than we would have.  Getting back into the cars and turning the heat on high was a welcome relief!  Tomorrow we meet back up at the Learning Fields to finish our tours before heading back to LR.

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