Gardening seminar deadline nears

Monday is the deadline to register for the St. Francis County Master Gardeners annual gardening seminar to be held in Forrest City.
The seminar, “Fall into Gardening,” is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 4, at Mid-South Health Systems, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Beginning at 9, Janet Carson will discuss “30 Years with Master Gardeners.” Carson is a horticulture specialist with the University of Arkansas Extension Service, Division of Agriculture in Little Rock. She plans to retire at the end of this year.
From 10:15 to 10:45, Anita Vandiver will discuss “Spices in our Lunch.” Vandiver is a life-long resident of St. Francis County and one of the local Master Gardeners. She was named Master Gardener of the Year at the State Convention.
Jason Mullins will speak on “Fairy Garden” from 10:45 to 11:30 a.m. Mullins is a Master Gardener in Craighead County and serves as the plant sale chairman.
Following lunch, from 12:30 to 1:15, Tamara Walkingstick, Ph. D., will discuss “Edible Plants.” Walkingstick has worked for the University of Arkansas, Division of Agriculture, Cooperative Extension Service as an associate professor of Extension Forestry since 1996.
Also in the afternoon session, a surprise activity with spice is scheduled from 1:15 to 1:45, and from 2 to 2:45, Christopher Cooper, Ph. D., will host a “Smokin’ Hot Conversation on Weeds.”
Registration forms may be picked up at Martha Wilson Realty at 408 Cleveland in Forrest City.
For more information on the seminar, call 870-633-7422.

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