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Arkansas Flower and Garden Show more than just plants

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    • Backyard poultry, beekeeping, shiitake mushroom growing part of Arkansas Flower and Garden Show

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LITTLE ROCK – The Feb. 20-22 Arkansas Flower and Garden Show is much more than just plants.

The show at the Statehouse Convention Center in Little Rock will have more than 140 booths. This includes displays and experts in backyard poultry, beekeeping, yard irrigation, invasive species and paella – all part of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture section.

“We have a ton of resources for Arkansans, whether they need help with their lawn, want to start beekeeping or just eat healthier,” said Dustan Clark, associate Poultry Center director for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. “We hope our neighbors will swing by to see how we can help.”

PLANT DIAGNOSTICS -- Sherrie Smith of the U of A System Division of Agriculture's plant disease clinic, visits with a guest at the 2014 Arkansas Flower and Garden Show. (U of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture photo by Mary Hightower)

The section will include:

    • The “Plant Doctor,” Sherrie Smith, will diagnose samples of ailing plants brought by show-goers
    • Healthy cooking with samples, featuring paella
    • Horticulture display for gardeners
    • Shiitake mushroom growing how-to
    • Beekeeping
    • Hobby and small poultry flock keeping information
    • Efficient water use in the yard and home
    • Information on crape myrtle scale, a relatively new pest in Arkansas
    • Information on the Emerald Ash Borer, an invasive species confirmed in Arkansas last year
    • Watershed education and information
    • 4-H area with activities for young show-goers

The show runs 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Sunday.  Tickets are $10 for single day entry or $15 for three-day passes and can be purchased online at

“The show is an opportunity to highlight what it takes to grow and produce the food we eat, and the green spaces around us,” said Krista Quinn, executive director of the Arkansas Flower and Garden Show. “We see this as a way to become more connected with our growing economy.”

The three-day show will feature a series of expert lecturers Friday and Saturday, including extension horticulturist Janet Carson; artist Linda Palmer; Tamara Walkingstick, of the Arkansas Forest Resource Center; master gardener Jane Gulley; Victor Ford, director of the Southwest Research and Extension Center; Bob Byers, associate executive director of Garvan Woodland Gardens; Tina Marie Wilcox, head gardener and herbalist at Ozark Folk Center State Park; Mary Evans, owner of Garden Makeovers; Megan Thomas, business manager for Antique Brick Outdoors; Arkansas master naturalist Ellen Chagnon and Pulaski County Master Gardener Jane Gulley.

This year’s show is sponsored by AY Magazine, Central Arkansas Water, the Little Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau, Dr. Steve and Merilyn Tilley and Clark Trim and Henrik Thostrup. Bronze sponsors include Inside Effects/Outside Effects and Carol and Allen Mendel.

The show is produced in partnership among the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, Arkansas Farm Bureau, Arkansas Federation of Garden Clubs, Arkansas Florists Association and the Master Gardeners of the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service.

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 (or other appropriate office) as soon as possible. Dial 711 for Arkansas Relay.

The Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service offers its programs to all eligible persons regardless of race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital or veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

By Mary Hightower
The Cooperative Extension Service
U of A System Division of Agriculture

Media Contact: Mary Hightower
Dir. of Communication Services
U of A Division of Agriculture
Cooperative Extension Service
(501) 671-2126

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