SFCMG wins state award

 09/11/2020 - 12:59

The St. Francis County Museum not only offers residents and visitors local history but now also showcases an award-winning landscape.
The St. Francis County Master Gardeners and Master Gardeners Chair Anita Vandiver have been awarded the Arkansas Master Gardener Project of the Year for 2020 for projects completed at the museum.
"This project represents the ideal of a volunteer Master Gardener program within a community where they pull together and partner with a community organization to bring a project to fruition," said Berni Kurz, Extension Educator and Consumer Horticulture representative with the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture Research and Extension Service.
"Alone, Master Gardeners cannot do things by themselves; they need other community partners for projects like this to come alive to flourish and to continue," said Kurz of the Gardeners’ project.
Kurz said the state organization wanted to recognize the years and work the local Master Gardeners dedicate to the museum’s gardens.
“It is just a gorgeous place to visit and take a stroll," added Kurz, who visited the museum recently to present the award to the group.
While the museum has had gardens with 4-H, Master Gardeners Betty Beazley and Betty Kittler-Morner took over the garden in 2006, according to paperwork submitted by the group.
“We tried to only plant plants that were period to the house, and that has pretty well stayed true,” said Beazley. “Then, Anita and her committee took it over and they have really spruced it up."
In 2014, Vandiver and Linda Boren worked with other Master Gardeners to rethink the landscaping.
"We got the yellow irises, naked ladies, native orange daylilies under control," said Vandiver, adding that old shrubs and azaleas on the property were also pruned. Perennials removed during this time were repotted and sold at the group’s annual plant sale that year.
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