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By Fred MillerU of A System Division of Agriculture
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FERNDALE, Ark. — Pulaski County Master Gardeners will break ground Nov. 16 on a demonstration
garden at the C.A. Vines Arkansas 4-H Center.
The groundbreaking will be at 2:30 p.m. at the garden site in front of Cabe Hall at
the 4-H Center in Ferndale, said Kathy Ratcliffe, president of the Pulaski County
Ewell Welch, director of the Arkansas 4-H Foundation; Rick Cartwright, director of
the Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service and associate vice president-extension
of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture; and representatives
of Master Gardeners, the Arkansas 4-H Center and the Cooperative Extension Service
will attend the ceremony, Ratcliffe said.
The garden will be designed and managed by the Master Gardeners, a program of the
Cooperative Extension Service. Educational programs will be offered in partnership
with the Vines Center.
“The primary purpose of the demonstration garden will be to provide a setting for
educational events for 4-H’ers, public and private school students, and other youth
and adult groups,” Ratcliffe said.
“It will showcase plant species and varieties appropriate for central Arkansas, demonstrate
research-based gardening and agricultural techniques, and teach nutritional guidelines,”
The Pulaski County Master Gardeners Demonstration Garden will include warm and cool
season vegetables in raised beds, a trial garden for annual and perennial ornamental
plants, fruit bushes and trees, a composting area, honey bee yard, a native plant
border, commodity crops and a rain garden.
The garden area will also include a tool and equipment shed, seating areas, gravel
paths and a central gazebo, Ratcliffe said.
The 4-H Center staff and the 4-H Foundation will share management and upkeep of the
garden with the Master Gardeners, Ratcliffe said, as well as offer educational events.
For more information about 4-H, contact your county extension office.
About the Division of Agriculture
The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s mission is to strengthen
agriculture, communities, and families by connecting trusted research to the adoption
of best practices. Through the Agricultural Experiment Station and the Cooperative
Extension Service, the Division of Agriculture conducts research and extension work
within the nation’s historic land grant education system.
The Division of Agriculture is one of 20 entities within the University of Arkansas
System. It has offices in all 75 counties in Arkansas and faculty on five system campuses.
The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture offers all its Extension
and Research programs to all eligible persons without regard to 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.
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Media Contact: Mary HightowerDir. of Communication ServicesU of A System Division of AgricultureCooperative Extension Service(501) email@example.com