Master Gardeners at South Fork
Verna Hicks, Van Buren County Master Gardener President, conducts the monthly meeting. SFNC Riddle Cabin in background.

By Steve Smith

On September 15, the Van Buren County Master Gardeners held their monthly meeting at South Fork Nature Center. Eighteen members gathered at the entrance where Nature Center Docent and Master Gardener Steve Smith gave a brief talk on the history of the Center and explained how, at the gated entrance, walk-in explorers are always welcome 24-7, to walk and explore over 2 miles of improved trails. The gate is opened on 3rd Saturdays for programmed docent walks March thru October.

The group then proceeded to the Riddle Cabin, a 100 plus year old restored pioneer cabin, at present the only permanent building on the nature center’s 65 acres, where they enjoyed refreshments before conducting the monthly meeting.

After the meeting Docent Smith lead the group on a trail walk identifying interesting flora and talking about nature.

For information on becoming a Master Gardener contact the Van Buren County Extension Office at 501-745-7117.