There are over a mile of trails winding through the Blue Spring Heritage Center, filled with colors, textures and the surprise of blooms in every season. The new gardens demonstrate crops, plants, flowers and healing herbs at home in the Ozarks
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.
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.”
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.