November 14, 2013 – Regular Monthly Meeting

Adventures in Drip Irrigation: Maintaining a Patio Container Gardening During an Arkansas Summer

Speaker: Cindy Franklin Cindy’s front patio full of pollinator-friendly plants is a full-on demonstration of how to maintain an extensive container garden in an extreme location, i.e. a stone patio with full sun from morning to mid-afternoon. How does she keep it watered through the summer months without killing herself or her plants? She’ll cover the components of DIY drip irrigation.This will be a fun presentation for all of us who try to provide a bird, bee, and butterfly environment on our properties.

Cindy was raised on a dairy farm in Pennsylvania. After becoming an RN, she and her husband moved to Arkansas in 1978. Within a year, Bill entered the Family Practice residency at UAMS and Cindy became a nurse practitioner at the Little Rock VA Hospital. She retired from the VA in January 2013 after a career as a geriatric advanced practice nurse in the home care program. In addition to birdwatching, she gardens. Currently she has ten drip lines and one sprinkler automatically watering 100+ containers and multiple raised beds around the yard.

Location: Fletcher Library.  Time: 7 PM.

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October 10, 2013 – Regular Monthly Meeting

Out of Our Element, Costa Rica
Speaker:  Don Simons and Lori Spencer

Costa Rica is a tropical wonderland for students of natural history. Around 25% of the country is protected natural areas. It is one of the most biologically diverse countries in the world.

Lori Spencer and Don Simons enjoyed a visit to Costa Rica in April. Spencer is the author of Arkansas Butterflies and Moths and The Diana Fritillary, Arkansas’s State Butterfly. Simons, an interpreter for Mount Magazine State Park, has been with Arkansas State Parks since 1981, and is a former president of the Arkansas Audubon Society. They will share images and lessons learned on their first trip to Central America.

Location: Fletcher Library.  Time: 7 PM.

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