Wednesday, September 18, 2013

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The Newsletter of the FGNS of NWAR
September 2013 Volume 18 Number 9
From the President:
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Join us Saturday September 21st For
Susan Young
Outreach Coordinator, Shiloh Museum
Speaking on:
“At Home in the Ozarks”
*Location** Northwest Technical
709 South Old Missouri Rd Springdale, AR
(1/2 mile South of Jones Center on Hwy 265) Enter at south door.

FGNS Officers
Joyce Mendenhall President
689 Winbaugh Lane Fayetteville, AR 72703 H 479 466-7265
Jacqueline King Vice-president 2450 Indian Oaks Trail Springdale, AR 72762 H 479 409-0385
Ann Engskov
2749 Lemontree Circle Springdale, AR 72762
Jill King Treasurer
P. O. Box 3685 Fayetteville, AR 72702 H 479-443-1912
Steve Marak Past President 3460 Roma Drive Springdale, AR 72762 H 479 271-5278 ___________________ Paula Marinoni Founder
617 W. Lafayette Fayetteville, AR 72701
H 479 444-6170
What a difference a month makes! Last month I was so excited about all the rain we were receiving and how the frogs were croaking and once again we are back to drought conditions. Hopefully we will now have a run of cooler weather with some rain to go along with it. Isn’t it funny how weather works? Colorado is having so much rain and flooding.
Makes you wonder why it can’t be evenly distributed all over the world all the time.
One of our members and fellow Master Gardener, Calvin Bey, sent out the following message that I
Tickets: $15 each, children eleven and under free, ava
thought I would share with you:
From your side/front/backyard trees and bushes:
"In case you have not noticed we are in stress! Our leaves are changing color and our tops are dying---the result of you not watering us. We gave you the shade and beauty, and now we need water in return and lots of it. It’s urgent or we could die! The chances of significant help (a rain of 4 inches) are nowhere in sight. Just get out the hose and turn it on. Thank you very
Sincerely, Your T's and B's”
Gardens have been selected for our 2014 garden tour. Gail and I are putting the final touches on next year’s programs and the Nominating Committee will be presenting our 2014 slate of officers so things are progressing with the organization.
This Saturday’s program should be really interesting. History and gardening are my two favorite topics and I know Susan will do a good job of incorporating them. If you have any plants you would like to donate to our monthly raffle please do bring them. See you Saturday.
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President’s Message Speaker Notes Member’s Corner
In Memoriam
Urban Botanizing In The Greenhouse Renewal Form 2013 Speaker List
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Speaker Notes
Susan Young is the outreach coordinator at the Shiloh Museum of Ozark History in Springdale, a position she has held since 1994. Susan is a lifelong resident of Fayetteville, and a fifth-generation Ozarker. She has a bachelor’s degree in agriculture from the University of Arkansas.
Susan is the author of So Big, This Little Place: The Founding of Tontitown, Arkansas, 1898-1917 and editor of Memories I Can’t Let Go Of: Life Stories from Tontitown, Arkansas.
Susan’s Ozark history interests include traditional folkways, religion, and cemeteries.
In her spare time, Susan enjoys reading, traveling, gardening, genealogy, and birding. She has been a proud member of the Washington County Master Gardeners organization since 2007.
Members Corner
  •   White River Nursery, one of the venders who offer a discount to FGNS members, also have frequent specials to people on their e-mail list and Facebook fans. It is even better than the 10% discount members now receive. Find them here: or here:
  •   Don't forget to visit us on Facebook:
  •   Lynn Rogers, has a blog at:
    From the Membership Chair:
    We have given out our last directory and can provide a copy to any member via the internet or printed, upon a phone call or E-mail request to Jill King or myself. Leave a message with your name and phone number. My phone number (Terry Smyers) is 479-582-5822, and my E-mail address is Jill’s E-mail address is .
    If anyone did not receive a 2013 membership card with the local nursery discounts listed on the back, please call me as soon as possible and I will get it to you.
    Terry Smyer
In Memoriam
It is with sadness we report the death of Tom Larkin on Monday, September 9th. Tom had spoken to FGNS before and there are several members of FGNS who are also members of the Orchid Society of the Ozarks of which Tom was a founding member. Tom was an American Orchid Society judge and for a while ran a business “Whippoorwill Orchids.” Many people in the area have a Whippoorwill orchid in their home. Tom was a great teacher and mentor and will be missed. A full obituary can be found at:
It is the time of the jelly. If you saw someone who looked like Steve and Cathy beside the north bound 540 on-ramp at exit 78....well it was Steve and Cathy harvesting the native plum to make a delicious plum jelly. I love this jelly so much that even when I was ten or so my brothers and I would go out and pick enough plums for mom to make jelly. I hope you are preserving the summer harvest also.
Contribute to the newsletter!
Tell us where you've been, what you've grown, or what you have seen around town. Ask us to help you solve a garden problem or identify a plant. The newsletter is better with your contributions.
Cathy Marak, FGNS Newsletter Editor
Flower, Garden and Nature Society of Northwest Arkansas Membership 2013
Type of Membership (please circle): $15 Individual/ $20 Family New/Renewal
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All are welcome to join the FGNS of NWA. Membership is annual (January-December) and renewable in December. Make checks payable to FGNS of NWA (The Flower, Garden and Nature Society of Northwest Arkansas). Membership dues must be paid by January 31st to be included in the Directory.
Please return the form with payment to: Jill King, P.O. Box 3685, Fayetteville, AR 72702.
For information regarding membership, contact Terry Smyers at 479-582-5822 or
FGNS will use your email address only to send you FGNS information, and does not share or sell personal information of any kind.
013 Laurin Wheeler Program Series
Flower, Garden and Nature Society of NWAR
January 19 Round-table discussion, bring a favorite garden tool for show and tell and be prepared to share what works for you in your garden.
February 16 Steve Owen, owner of Bustani Plant Farm, Stillwater, OK. “Plants That Can Take the Heat” March 16 Andy Lowry, Washington County Master Gardener and successful home gardener, “Vegetable
Gardening for Extreme Conditions”
April 20* Erica Glasener, Horticulturist and author, Erica has hosted "A Gardener's Diary" on Home and Garden Television (HGTV) for fourteen years. In her role as host, she interviewed gardeners from all walks of life across the United States. Her curiosity about the impulse that drives people to garden, as well as her enthusiasm about plants, makes her a natural at facilitating the stories gardeners want to tell. Erica will give two talks “The Joy of Gardening” at 10 a.m. and “Designing a Garden for Year Around Pleasure” at 2 p.m. Location to be announced.
May 18 The Herbal Adventurers, Sheila Deal and Meghan Hassler, “Everything You Wanted to Know About Herbs But Were Afraid to Ask”
June 1 “Through the Garden Gate” garden tour at selected NWAR gardens
July 20 Lynn Rogers, Washington County Master Gardener, “Irises: Rainbows in the Garden”
August 17 Mary Bess and Kelly Mulhollan, “Calling All Birds”
September 21 Susan Young, Outreach Coordinator, Shiloh Museum and Washington County Master Gardener, “At Home in the Ozarks”
October 19 George Sabo, University of Arkansas Professor of Anthropology and Author of several books on Native American History including Paths of Our Children: Historic Indians of Arkansas will speak on “Indians of the Ozarks”
November 16 Dr. Don Steinkraus, University of Arkansas Professor of Entomology, “The Effects of Native and Invasive Plants on Insect Life”
Social time begins at 9:30 with the programs starting around 10:00 a.m. Contact: Gail Pianalto 479-361-2198 or Joyce Mendenhall 479-466-7265. Meet in Student Center of NWAR Technical Institute, Ford Av. and Old Missouri Rd., Springdale, AR. Meetings are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.

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