The Long Creek Herbs field trip was such a success that we continued our herb study with a review of Jim Long’s book, “Herbs 101.” Colleen Cook led the demo of how to make focaccia bread, herb salts and sugar, lilac infused honey, as well as herb plant propogation. Our refreshments included: lavender chocolate brownies, lavender cookies, rosemary orange chocolate chip cookes, lavender ginger lemonade, cool cucumber punch, watermelon punch and finally tomato basil foccacia!
After returning from the summer break, the Holiday Island Garden Club September 2019 meeting also included a review of the history, and overview and goals of the club. Members were given the opportunity to choose committees and give suggestions for programs, projects and field trips for 2020. We recieved many great suggestions.
The Holiday Island Garden Club visited Long Creek Herbs in Blue Eye, Missouri. We had an incredible time as our hosts Jim Long and Josh Young gave us a tour of the beautiful herb garden, instructed us on the different varieties of herbs and planting times, and showed us how to identify some new invasive plants. We were treated to ice cold lemonade, lemon thyme blueberry muffins with edible flowers! Best of all, we were able to sit with Jim on his porch and hear personal stories of his travels and favorite places to eat. See the article in Carroll County News.
Jim long is the author of over two dozen books on herbs, gardening and historical subjects. He is a frequent lecturer at flower and garden shows, herb conferences, State Master Gardener conferences and professional organizations throughout the United States. He has appeared on numerous HGTV® and Discovery Channel® programs, as well as the P. Allen Smith Gardens television show. He’s a regular columnist for The Heirloom Gardener, Missouri Gardening and The Ozarks Mountaineer magazines and has a syndicated newspaper column, “Ozarks Gardening.”
The Holiday Island Garden Club enjoyed another day of garden therapy with the residents of Peachtree Village in Holiday Island. Begonias were the flower of the day. The begonias were planted in the garden club box in the Holiday Island Community Garden and harvested after three months. The Peachtree residents selected pots, begonias and 4th of July decorations to create beautiful potted plants for their balconies and porches at their Peachtree Village apartments.
Up at the crack of dawn and over to Persimmon Hill Farm in Lampe, Missouri. We picked blueberries for a couple of hours and then relaxed in the restaurant with coffee, thunder muffins and blueberry cinnamon rolls. You can see the blueberry plants out the window of the restaurant. Some of us have returned to the farm several times this season.
In honor of National Garden Week and remembering the history of Garden Clubs, we donned our favorite 1950’s attire and feasted on a delicious lunch at Bombadil’s Cafe in Eureka Springs. The lunch was hosted by our Garden Club President Donna Grimes. Thank you, Donna!
The Mother’s Day Plant & Flower Sale was a huge success, in spite of the cold rainy start to the day. We would especially like to thank the awesome management of Sunfest Market in Holiday Island, AR, for letting us set up our sale there.
In collaboration with the Crescent Hotel in Eureka Springs, AR, the Holiday Island Garden Club participated in an Arbor Day Program at Eureka Springs Elementary School, with a felt board presentation, book reading and tree planting.