Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Flower, garden and Nature Society to hold annual roundtable discussion Saturday, January 16, 2010

From the President........
Out with the old, in with the new! It's 2010, a new year. We
computer programmers tend to count from zero rather than
one like normal people, so I could even make a case for it
being a new decade, too, but I'd probably just confuse
people even more than I usually do.
I hope your holidays were happy ones, and that you're
looking forward to our FGNS programs and activities in
2010 as much as I am. If you'll let me wax philosophical
for a moment, I've said often that our membership is our
biggest asset, and in thinking about that I feel it's because
we have such a wide variety of people, with a huge range
of interests and talents and even opinions. What's really
remarkable is that our group seems to be so open and
friendly that all of these different people and views and
opinions can not only coexist peaceably but work together.
If you're a part of very many volunteer-driven groups you'll
realize just how unusual that is!
As I mentioned in December, Lynn Rogers has put together
another great year of programs (well, the November
speaker looks a little suspect, but that's months away and
maybe he'll shape up by then). It's become a tradition that
our January program is a round-table discussion, and they
are always fun. It's always amazing to see, from the
questions that are asked and the
answers given, all the things our
members know and want to know.
See you on Saturday,
January 2010
Volume 15 Number 1
We come from the earth
we return to the earth
and in between
we garden.

FGNS Officers
Steve Marak
3460 Roma Drive
Springdale, AR 72762
H 479 271-5278
Heather Cook
4436 Highland Knolls Rd
Rogers, AR 72758
H 479 366-9067
Joyce Mendenhall
689 Winbaugh Lane
Fayetteville, AR 72703
H 479 466-7265
Sharon Haley
1 Red Bluff Road
Hindsville, AR 72738
H 479-789-2127
Gail Pianalto
Past President
P.O. Box 444
Tontitown, AR 72770
H 479 361-2198
Paula Marinoni
617 W. Lafayette
Fayetteville, AR 72701
H 479 444-6170
Join us Saturday
January 20
for the annual
Bring a favorite garden
tool for show and tell.
Northwest Technical Institute
709 South Old Missouri Rd
Springdale, AR
(1/2 mile South of Jones Center on
Hwy 265) Enter at south door.
President's Message p. 1
Speaking p. 2
New Officers p. 3
In The Greenhouse p. 3
Calender p. 4
What's On the Web p. 4
2010 Speaker List p. 5Red-bellied woodpecker
on our feeder.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Illinois River Watershed Partnership publishes annual report and snow falls along the Illinois River in southern Washington County near Hogeye on January 4, 2010

Please click on images to ENLARGE photos of Illinois River north of Hogeye, Arkansas, on January 4, 2010.

The Riparian Project
5 Cities
5 Streambanks
5,000 Seedlings
Volunteer monitoring at Lick Branch
Online Watershed Challenge Winners
Fayetteville Boys & Girls Club at Lake Wedington Make a Difference Day Monitoring
Prairie Grove EAST Lab monitor
Lincoln Lake

Thank you to our sponsors, members, and volunteers for what YOU accomplished in the Illinois River Watershed in 2009!
19 Education & Community Outreach Projects
16 Conservation & Restoration Projects
3 Water Quality Monitoring Projects
$77,333 Volunteer Labor
4,549 Volunteer Hours
1,773 Volunteers
Over $360,000 in project grants and $100,000 in matching funds!
Over 200 members,
25 sponsorship organizations, and 60 volunteer organizations!
Please join us in 2010 as we continue to improve the integrity of the Illinois River Watershed through public education andcommunity outreach,water quality monitoring, and conservation and restoration projects.

Go to to renew your 2010 membership or join today!

Tahlequah Riparian Project Volunteers
Forestry education at Mud Creek cleanup
Kirksey Middle School Osage Creek cleanup
UA Ecological Engineering Society monitor Illinois River
Streambank Restoration with Jet Stinger and Volunteers planting live willow cuttings