September 2018 Red Dirt Master Memos Newsletter Our Memos...آ  2018-09-10آ  Indoor Gardening with Hydroponic

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  • If you have any questions regarding anything in this newsletter, please feel free to call (870) 779-3609 or visit Room 215 in the Miller Co. Court- house, 400 Laurel.


    John L. Turner County Extension Agent - Agriculture

    JLT: jds

    Jennifer Caraway County Extension Agent - Agriculture


    University of Arkansas, United States Department of Agriculture and County Governments Cooperating

    The Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action institution. If you require a reasonable accommodation to participate or need materials in another format, please contact your County Extension office as soon as possible.

    Dial 711 for Arkansas Relay.

    13, 2018 REA – 6:00

    20th Annual Celebration of Butterflies Festival

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    Master Memos Red Dirt



    September 2018

    Chartered Bus to MG 30th Birthday Celebration

    The Miller County Red Dirt Master Gardeners are chartering a bus to take us to the MG 30th Birthday at Moss Mountain, Saturday, October 13th. You may GO FOR FREE if you have all of your required hours

    posted. You first sign up to go to the birthday party – the cost is $30. Then you sign up for the bus with Teresa Slack. The bus will be on a first come, first serve basis. If you do not have all of your hours in, you may still ride the bus for $25.

    Master Gardeners can now register one guest for the birthday event. Cost is

    $75 for the guest. You must be previously registered for the event before entering a guest’s registration. Registration is available under the MG Only section of our web- site at the links below: Guest Registration: /forms/guest_registration. Register Online: /forms/mg_30th_birthday.

    11:15 – Wildlife Garden Design: Concepts and Considerations

    1:00 – A Picturesque Glimpse of Louisiana’s Colorful Butterflies

    1:45 – Monarch Tagging

    1:50 – Outdoors with the Butterflies

    2:30 – Native Trees as Butterfly Hosts

    3:30 – Bees in Your Bonnet and Bats in the Belfry

    4:20 – Talent Showcase

    5:00 – Supper Break

    6:00 – Country, Bluegrass and Gospel Music

    Throughout the Day:

    Antique Tractor Show and Historic Memorabilia on Display. Conservatory & Other Butterfly Garden tours. Art and Photography Exhibits. Vocal and Dance Groups Performances

    Contact Loice Kendrick- Lacy at 318-624-1929 for details or City Hall at 318- 624-0911 for more info.

    Sat., September 22nd

    Claiborne Parish Fairgrounds,

    Haynesville, LA

    Admission: $4 for Adults

    $1 for Children 6-18 Children under 6 - Free

    8:00 – Butterfly Run

    9:00 – Parade

    10:15 – Using Native Plants for Beauty

    10:30 – Creative Fun for Children

    Our hearts are saddened by the sudden loss of

    both Bill Bean & Tommy Sherman last month. These

    two men were great examples to us all and will be dearly missed.

    2018 OFFICERS President: James Lamb ~ 870-896-2255

    Vice Pres.: Annette Lachowsky ~ 850-324-2459

    Secretary: Jane Richards ~ 903-293- 6769

    Treasurer: Glenda Griffin ~ 903-791- 8863

  • Nolen Buffalo, owner and operator of The Water Buffalo in Little Rock presents a four-part review of proven techniques for the following: Starting Seeds – Transplanting Seedlings – Caring for an Adult Plant – Cloning a Plant

    For this introductory to intermediate level class, background experience with indoor gardening is helpful. Arrive early to receive a ticket for door prizes!

    Indoor Gardening with Hydroponic Systems at Garvan Gardens

    Calendar of Events for September

    Join us Thursday, September 13th at the University of Arkansas Cossatot in Ashdown (AR Millwood Room) at 6:00 PM. Registration is required as a meal will be served. Register by calling our office at 870-779-3609 or Little River Co. at 870-898-7224.

    Cost is $5 per person and is payable at the door.

    Miller County Basic Training Committee Meeting

    The Miller County Basic Training Committee will meet on Fri., September 14th at the Miller County

    Courthouse 3rd Floor Conference Room. The meeting will start promptly at 9:00 a.m. We have lots

    to do to get this all together. If you would like to help with Basic Training, we can use your help!

    Sept. 10th – MG Monthly Meeting – REA – 6:00 PM

    Sept. 13th – Registration Deadline for MG 30th Birthday Event –

    Sept. 13th – Going Nuts for Pecans Workshop, UA Cossatot, Ashdown (AR Millwood Room) – 6:00 PM

    Sept. 15th – Indoor Gardening with Hydroponic Systems – Garvan Woodland Gardens, Malvern, AR – 10:00-11:30 AM – Magnolia Room

    Sept. 16th – Arkansas Orchid Society’s Annual Orchid Auction – 2:00 PM – The Christ Episcopal Church, Sixth and Scott Streets, Little Rock, AR (use back door for entry)

    Sept. 18th & 19th – PNG (Plant-Nurture-Grow) Leadership Conference

    Sept. 24th – Master Gardener Monday via Zoom – 9:30 to 10:30 AM

    Sept. 24th – Info for Newsletter due to Janet –

    550 Arkridge Road, Hot Springs National Park, AR 71913 ● 800-366-4664

    SEPT. 15th ● 10:00-11:30 AM ● Magnolia Room ● $25 members/$40 non-members ● Reservations Required

    It's easier than ever to be part of the team exercise program designed to empower Arkansans with the tools they need to take charge of their health. The new Walk Across Arkansas site allows you to register online, join a team, and even enter your minutes on your phone. The eight-week program starts Sept. 16th so form your team or join a team near you and prepare to get moving!

    It’s not too late to form a team! Visit to form a team or join as an individual.

    Going Nuts for Pecans

    Basic Training, as well as committee meetings, are sanctioned hours.



    Bill Bean I have known Bill Bean since the 1980s and the thing I will always remember most about him is his infectious smile and laugh. Wherever Bill Bean was, there was a party! He could entertain you for hours with stories of his everyday life and his interactions with other people. He never met a stranger and he never took himself too seriously. Bill be greatly missed.

    Teresa Slack

    Alice McMillan and I joined the MG group back in 2002. Believe it or not I was just a shy thing but I remember at one of our meetings, Bill Bean telling me that I need to speak up for myself in order to be heard. That memory has stuck with me ever since….

    Alice and I were talking about when we first joined the Miller County MG group; Bill was always in attendance at basic training. Bill was what Alice called “the greeter,” always smiling and assisting us new “seedlings” as we began the classes. He would assist where and when ever he was asked, always encouraging us, being positive and usually being his jovial self.

    When you saw Bill, you saw Martha. They worked as a team – what Alice and I called a well-oiled machine, working side-by-side. You would see them working together at the Gateway Farmers Market. This is the one place they worked well and proudly. It showed how much they cared about the market and their community. Bill was very proud of the work he did for the market.

    Bill and Martha love the Master Gardener program and being a part of it, but more importantly to them both was working at their church. When they talk about their church work and what they have done or are going to do, their faces just glow.

    Well Bill, I think I have been heard after all … and I can probably speak for all Master Gardeners in saying, we will all miss you!

    Fondly, Rita Nichols

    Bill with Tom Ayers and Tommy Sherman in June 2015. As you may also know, Tommy Sherman, a former

    Master Gardener and active FM vendor, passed away soon after Bill and will also be greatly missed.

    Top Photo: Bill at MG Christmas Party

    Bill and Martha at the Horticulture Center

    in Overton on June 28, 2007