Author Archives: the blonde gardener

About the blonde gardener

I'm an Arkansas girl born and raised. I garden in the beautiful Northwest part of the state (zone 6b or 7) surrounded by the Ozark Mountains. My favorite part about the area is we have 4 distinct seasons and are able to enjoy a variety of activities. My main passion is gardening but I also enjoy hiking, birding, 4-wheeling and motorcycle trips. Basically anything outside. Thanks for stopping by! Brenda

Spring Has Sprung

Spring is Happening in the Ozark Mountains Continue reading

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Coach Exhibits Love of the Game and Academics For Over Half a Century

This was a sponsored post but I’m so glad I was able to write about this coach from our hometown.  It was one of the most-read stories of the year for OnlyInArk  #ad In the NW corner of the state, in … Continue reading

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Don Tyson School of Innovation

This post is sponsored but all opinions are my own It’s been a long time since I was in school.  When I attended Springdale High School 35+ years ago, the front lobby was the hub of communication and general meeting spot for … Continue reading

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Time To Tidy Up

This time of year starts a frenzy of garden to-do lists.  Seed packets are organized, new seed varieties are studied, and plans are being made for the gardens.  Not much can be planted outside now, but the greenhouse space is … Continue reading

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When I Can’t Garden, I Cook

Dreary days in the winter don’t work for me.  I can tolerate the cold if the sun is shining, but when it’s not, it can be so depressing.  Usually when this happens, I head to the kitchen and cook.  It’s still … Continue reading

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Pinterest Fails

Whenever I comment on a great food I have eaten or complement a cool project someone has done, it’s usually followed by the phrase, “I got it off Pinterest”. Pinterest is a great source for ideas and when my internal alarm clock goes off extra … Continue reading

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Why Americans Should Be More Like Bees

I am a simple person, I am not a political person.  I never felt I was knowledgeable enough to debate any issues and I, for one, am glad the election is over. No one knows what is in store for our … Continue reading

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