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.