Garden Club Visits Quigley’s Castle

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.

Holiday Island Garden Club 2019 Christmas Party


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.



Herbs 101


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.

Field Trip to Long Creek Herbs

Long Creek Herbs

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.




Long Creek Herbs Garden

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.”