Inside and Outside the Picket Fence

Quitman Arboretum and Botanical Gardens

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I would like to begin by thanking the Pilot Club for recognizing our own Pam Riley for her contributions to the community at their annual Chili Cookoff in January.

The influx of new members to the Friends of the Arboretum has enabled us to continue with some old projects and, at the same time, place a few new irons in the fire.

The first meeting of Nature U was highly successful. We would like to thank Holly Ross for coming from Holly-Berry Farm in Canton to enlighten and educate us as we seek to garden organically. The next session will be held at the Arboretum on Saturday from 9 to 11 a.m. This program will be presented by Daniel Duncum of the Texas Forestry Service. Our study will focus on native tree identification using branching, structure, location, bark and growth habits. We hope you will join us as we stroll the acreage at the back of Hogg Park. The cost of this session will be $25 and will last two hours. Information can be found on our website. You may reserve your space there.

Valentine’s Day, (today) willl find us serving a gourmet dinner to our guests, as the Historic Stinson House at the Arboretum which has been turned into a romantic, candlelit, venue.

As Quitman continues to develop, we at the arboretum are proud to be part of this rejuvenation and look forward to new friends, new venues and new opportunities to serve the community. Thank you for your continued support – as a volunteer, as a friend, as someone who cares about the future of Wood County and particularly Quitman. Come on out and join us any Wednesday morning. The coffee is on!

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