Holiday Island, Arkansas Garden Club took a field trip to Exeter Corn Maze in Exeter, Missouri. The club was treated to a corn maze, hay rides, hot dog roast, sunflowers, pumpkins and more! Everyone enjoyed the trip!
Quigley’s Castle is the dream home of Elise Quigley (1910-1984). Her grandchildren invite visitors to wander through her perennial garden of over 400 varieties of flowers. The Holiday Island Garden Club visited on Wednesday, June 16, 2021.
The Garden paths wind around secluded benches, a lily pond and bird baths up to her home which she beautifully covered with stones she’d collected since childhood. Tropical plants grow in the natural soil of the first floor and brush the ceiling of the second floor. She has a butterfly, fossil, crystal, arrowhead and glassware collection beyond imagination.
Quigley’s Castle is located 4 miles south of Eureka Springs, Arkansas. One can visit March through November.
On Wednesday, November 20, 2019, we held our annual Christmas Party which included a potluck, wreath workshop, gift wrapping and assembly of our preschool ABC Bags donations. Candis Drechsler and B.J. Dennis did a beautiful job decorating and organizing the potluck.
A special thanks goes to Cathie Drake for organizing the collection of donations.
Monica Kidwell taught us the basics of wreath and bow making.
In spite of the freezing temperatures, a few brave souls from the Holiday Garden Club took the Loon Pontoon Cruise at Hobbs State Park.
The scenery was beautiful, but not one loon was spotted!
Carroll County Extension officer, Olivia Foster, presented a pruning workshop for the Holiday Island Garden Club.
The 2019 Northwest District Meeting of the Arkansas Federation of Garden Clubs, Inc. was hosted by the Bella Vista Garden Club. Mr. Brent Heath of Brent and Becky’s Bulbs, from Virginia, gave a program on “Bulbs as Companion Plants.” We were treated to a delicious lunch and also enjoyed the flower show.
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.