What: Know It to Grow It: Sustainable Flower Farming 101
When: 5/13/22 @ 10am
Where: Hybrid. In-person at Garland County Library or Virtual Livestream at Garland County Library or Garland County Library
Who: Ages 18+
This program is for anymore who wants to start growing flowers simply and successfully. Topics covered include what to know before beginning, and the importance of starting “small and in the fall.” There will be a demonstration on basic flower arranging.
Dayna Carter, Owner Blooming Wands Farm presents. Dayna Carter is a native Arkansan. After a 10 year career in advertising and publishing in New York and a decade in the floral industry in Dallas she moved back to her hometown, Hot Springs. Wanting to live in the country, she homesteaded in Bismarck to begin growing vegetables and raising goats and chickens for cheese & eggs. She founded Blooming Wands Farm three years ago to focus specifically on growing fresh cut organic flowers for local florists, event planners, and her clients.
What: Know It to Grow It: Successfully Growing Succulents
When: 3/11/22 @ 10am
Who: Ages 18+
The latest episode in the Garland County Master Gardeners’ “Know It to Grow It” series dives deep into the world of succulents and cacti. There are so many questions about succulents and the strange plant family Cactaceae. Is a cactus a succulent? Are all succulents considered a cactus? How much water do these plants need? Can they grow inside? Are they winter hardy? How much water and light do they need? Special guest Molly Baldwin will answer all these questions and more on March 11th!
Molly Baldwin is owner and horticulturalist at Clear Creek Gardener.
What: Know It to Grow It: Sustainably Managing Glades: A Rare Plant Community in Arkansas
When: 2/11/22 @ 10am
Who: Ages 18+
The latest episode in the Garland County Master Gardeners’ “Know It to Grow It” series will be the first in-person program in the series in nearly three years!
This program features special guest Virginia McDaniel, Forestry Technician/ESA Certified Ecologist.
The Ouachita Mountains are home to many rare plant communities, such as glades. Glades are natural openings in the forest, characterized by thin soils and exposed bedrock, that house a diversity of rare plant species. Many of these plants are endemic, meaning they are found in the Ouachita Mountains and nowhere else in the world. However, due to fire suppression, many glade communities have been encroached by cedar trees and other woody species which shade-out the smaller flowering plants. The USDA Forest Service uses thinning and prescribed fire to restore these rare plant communities. The explosion of color on restored glades after a burn is magnificent. Come learn about restoration work the Ouachita National Forest is doing with its valued partners to sustainably manage these important ecological communities.