Benefit Garden Tour Hosted By Flower, Garden and Nature Society of NWAR

Purple coneflowers and wild white 'Annabelle' hydrangeas on the 13th FGNS tour

Annual Through the Garden Gate Set for June 11

The Flower, Garden and Nature Society of Northwest Arkansas will host the 14th annual Through the Garden Gate tour. Scheduled for Saturday, June 11 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (rain or shine), this year’s tour consists of six of the area’s finest gardens. Proceeds will benefit  the Flower, Garden and Nature Society of NWA and the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks in Fayetteville. “FGNS has contributed over $27,000 to BGO in the last 13 years,” said Joyce Mendenhall, president.

The private gardens available for viewing are: The Dillard Garden at the Farmington residence of Mary and Tom Dillard, Survivor’s Garden at the Fayetteville residence of Martha and Mark Haguewood, Mainview Garden at the Fayetteville residence of Judy and Jay McDonald, Mascabado at Mission Esperanza at the Fayetteville residence of Denise and Hershey Garner, Dutch Hill Garden at the Rogers residence of Marilyn and John Holland, and A Friend of Nature at the Rogers residence of Paula and Lewis Yarborough.

All gardens are included in the ticket price of $15 for adults and free for children 11 and younger. Additionally, homemade refreshments will be served at Mascabado at Mission Esperanza. Tickets are available at the Bank of Fayetteville (Dowtown Square and Crossover locations), Botanical Garden of the Ozarks and Westwood Gardens in Rogers. The Fayetteville Farmers’ Market and each garden will have tickets available the morning of the tour.For more information, call Lois at (479) 442-4640 or email

Musings on flowers in June

It seems we jumped right from cold weather to hot, 95°! This first flower is an unusual native wildflower, Penstemon murryanus. Its leaves are fleshy and perfoliate, which means the rose-colored stems go right through the middle of the leaf. The bright coral flowers are hummingbird favorites.

architectural leaves are striking in the border


new clematis compliments rose

My new clematis, C. florida sieboldii, has really bloomed well. It is paired with a ‘Night Owl’ rose, which is a single purple with a yellow center of stamens.




This beardstongue or Penstemon, ‘Betty’s Choice’, is a native that is covered with lavender blooms every year.  Rose Campion, with silver leaves and magenta flowers is a knock out in the border. One more wildflower in the garden is the Purple Milkweed. Its intricate flowers and long leaves feed and host the Monarch butterfly.

                                                                                                            penstemon named for my friend Betty

This milkweed is another host for the Monarch butterfly.

Lychnis coronaria