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Master Gardeners Dedicate Memorial Bench

BY MELANIE WADE – The Master Gardeners of Polk County celebrated their 29th anniversary on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at the Polk County Extension Office Education Building. Dozens were in attendance as they gathered to reminisce over the last three decades, those they have met along the way, and to welcome newcomers to the group. As part of their celebration, ...

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Polk County Master Gardeners – Beautifying Mena and Polk County

BY LEANN DILBECK – If you’ve ever enjoyed the landscape at Mena’s historic depot, or the beautiful Memorial Rose Garden at the Polk County Court House, you are admiring the talents and volunteer effort of the Polk County Master Gardeners, who are responsible for much of the beautification efforts in and around Mena. The University of Arkansas Master Gardeners has ...

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Students Graduate Program to Become Polk County Master Gardeners

The Polk County Master Gardeners recently presented a class to several newcomers, who recently graduated the program, with much more knowledge than when they began. County Extension Agent Carla Vaught said the program teaches horticulture, including vegetable gardening, landscaping, flowers, beekeeping, trees & shrubs, and more. The 40-hour class was held in the new Education Center next to the Extension Office. ...

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More Polk County Master Gardeners in the Making

BY MELANIE BUCK – The Polk County Extension Office is currently holding Master Gardener classes and according to Extension Agent Carla Vaught, the students are about halfway through their curriculum.  Throughout the program, twelve students are adding a vast knowledge of all gardening topics and even include hands-on experience in local projects. Students learn botany, soil science, plant propagation, pest ...

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Master Gardeners Recognized at State Level

Seven Polk County Master Gardeners were recently recognized at the Arkansas Master Gardener Conference in Benton for their years of service.  Pictured above are Jessie Schweinle and Dorothy Posel, 10-year members; and Kay Alley, Betty Smith and Kim Hughes, 15-year members.  Not pictured are Mickey Davis and Wanda Cogburn, both 15-year members. Master Gardener programs exist in every state in ...

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Master Gardeners to Hold Annual Plant Sale on Saturday

BY MELANIE BUCK – The Polk County Master Gardeners will hold their annual Plant Sale on Saturday, May 2, at the Polk County Fairgrounds. The Gardeners have been gathering to “get their hands in the dirt” as they used their potting days to divide, separate, and re-pot all manner of plants from their own gardens. As always in the past, there ...

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Make Plans to Attend the 2nd Annual Garden and Plant Show

The 2nd Annual Garden Show and Plant Sale, coming up May 2nd and 3rd, at the Polk County Fairgrounds, gives the Master Gardeners an ideal opportunity to exercise both their primary goals. They will present a wide variety of healthy plants, already adapted to do well in our area, to beautify their neighbors’ gardens and landscapes. There will be something ...

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25 Years of Master Gardeners in Arkansas

Who We Are and What We Do BY ANN GLENN – The University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service started a Master Gardener volunteer program in 1988 with a class of 30 people from four counties, and today the program has grown to over 3200 volunteers in 65 counties and last May they celebrated their 25 years of the program.  Their ...

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Polk County Master Gardeners present “Terrific Tuesdays”

MENA – Tuesday, July 16th, a group of Polk County Master Gardeners joined forces to present a horticultural program to a group of 4-H youngsters as one of their summer programs called “Terrific Tuesdays.” The primary focus of the morning was to teach the principles of potting and to help each member to plant one or more projects suitable for ...

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