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By Ryan McGeeney U of A System Division of AgricultureSept. 25, 2017
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LITTLE ROCK – Two of the best-known names in Arkansas gardening will be featured speakers
at the 2018 Arkansas Flower and Garden Show, taking place at the Arkansas State Fairgrounds,
Dr. John Clark, distinguished professor and fruit breeder for the University of Arkansas
System Division of Agriculture, known for developing breeds of blackberries now grown
on six of the world’s seven continents, will speak about the fruit’s well-suited temperament
for home gardening. Clark’s presentation will highlight blackberries’ strongest attributes,
and how to choose the best varieties for each garden, said Krista Quinn, executive
director for the show.
Clark is scheduled to speak at 11:15 a.m. on Friday. March 2.
Janet Carson, extension horticulture specialist for the Division of Agriculture, will
speak the following day at 1:45 p.m. Carson, who is also the State Master Gardener
Coordinator for Arkansas, will speak about how to make care for both annual and perennial
Other seminar speakers include Patrick Byers, a regional horticulture specialist with
the Webster County Cooperative Extension Service in Missouri; Jill Forrester, a farmer
and floral designer who co-owns Whitton Farms and the Trolley Stop Market restaurant
in Memphis; Carol Mendel, a lifetime Master Gardener with a background in interior
design; and Allen D. Owings, professor emeritus of horticulture at Louisiana State
“We're really excited about this year's seminar schedule,” Quinn said. “We've got
a lot of local experts who will be sharing their expertise. Whether you're a beginning
gardener or have plenty of gardening experience, you're sure to learn something new
that will help you be successful.”
2018 will mark the Arkansas Flower and Garden Show’s debut at the Arkansas State Fairgrounds.
The three-day show will feature gardens, vendors, speakers and more spread out through
several buildings on the grounds. The new location offers several improvements over
the show’s previous location at the Statehouse Convention Center in downtown Little
Rock, perhaps the most impactful among them being parking, which is plentiful and
included in the ticket price.
“Moving the show to the fairgrounds has a lot of advantages,” Quinn said. “We'll have
plenty of secure and convenient parking and more space for our vendors and other gardening
The Arkansas Flower and Garden Show, now in its 27th year, is a non-profit organization that uses the vast majority of money raised through
ticket sales and vendor fees to fund Greening of Arkansas grants, which help subsidize
community beautification projects in public spaces throughout the state, and scholarships
for students studying horticulture at universities in Arkansas.
To learn more about the Arkansas Flower and Garden Show, visit www.argardenshow.org.
To learn about gardening in Arkansas, contact your local Cooperative Extension Service
agent or visit www.uaex.uada.edu.
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) firstname.lastname@example.org