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Pulaski Blooms: A Rose Garden ceremony honored more than 500 skilled gardeners



Little Rock, Arkansas – In Pulaski County, the official Master Gardener’s Day is the third Thursday of June.

Pulaski County Judge Barry Hyde declared the day official during a ceremony at the Old Pulaski County Courthouse’s Rose Garden.

Over five hundred Master Gardeners in the region offer educational programs, tend to the community garden, participate in other projects, and improve neighborhood areas.

Derek Reed, the horticulture extension agent for Pulaski County, discussed the advancements made by the Master Gardener program.

“Pulaski County now has 552 members and we have 33 projects throughout the county including the courthouse rose garden where we’re at now, as well as Pinnacle Mountain, the old mill, and many other places around the county.”

In 1988, the Master Gardener program started out with just 40 participants spread over 4 counties.

However, the program’s reach has now reached 67 counties.

The program is associated with the Cooperative Extension Agency and is a part of the University of Arkansas system.

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