The Sentinel-Record - HER - Hot Springs - - News - Lind­sey Wells, As­so­ciate Ed­i­tor

Look­ing at the ex­tended fore­cast for the next cou­ple of weeks and the thick, yel­low layer of pollen on my car, I think it’s safe to say spring­time is here. Start dig­ging out your spring and sum­mer clothes and put away your win­ter wardrobe, here come the hot Arkansas tem­per­a­tures!

This month’s cover story high­lights Mas­ter Gar­den­ers Claudette Cooper, Sharon Dent, Karin Gr­isham, Sherry Matthews and Marty Lynch. And what says “spring­time” more than flow­ers and gar­dens? (April show­ers bring May flow­ers. … )

We chose to fea­ture Karin on the front cover, not only be­cause she was named Mas­ter Gar­dener of the Year for 2016, but for her con­tin­u­ous con­tri­bu­tions to the com­mu­nity and her cre­ative ideas. When a garden lo­cated on the Hot Springs Green­way Trail was flooded last year, Karin or­ga­nized a com­mit­tee to re­store it from scratch, a project that has taken al­most a year to com­plete.

Claudette is pres­i­dent of the Gar­land County branch of the Mas­ter Gar­den­ers and she, Sharon, Sherry and Marty are also mak­ing sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tions to our com­mu­nity, our lo­cal gar­dens and our schools. Read more about them in this month’s HER Cover Story.

An­other thing that comes to mind when I think of spring­time is spring clean­ing. I was cu­ri­ous as to where the “spring clean­ing” tra­di­tion came from and I did a lit­tle re­search, which turned up at least 10 com­pletely dif­fer­ent ori­gins. My per­sonal rea­son for do­ing my heavy-duty clean­ing when spring­time rolls around is be­cause it just makes sense to me. We’re go­ing from win­ter to spring, from gloomy, cold tem­per­a­tures to breezy, warm tem­per­a­tures. This time of year just seems like the best time to re­fresh and clean my home.

Our HER Fea­ture story this month fea­tures one of Hot Springs’ largest fam­ily owned busi­nesses, Al­liance Rub­ber Co., and their prod­ucts and tips and tricks can help make your spring clean­ing spree a lit­tle more sim­ple and ef­fec­tive this year.

A per­sonal re­quest from a reader this month was a story on how to keep wildlife and pests, such as deer and rab­bits, out of your garden. Sure, Bambi and Thumper frol­ick­ing through your yard to­gether would be a sight to see, but those crea­tures can de­stroy your per­fectly pruned and pam­pered garden in a mat­ter of min­utes. Allen Bates with the Gar­land County Ex­ten­sion Of­fice gave us all kinds of meth­ods, prod­ucts and ad­vice for how to keep your garden safe. Check out this month’s HER Pets fea­ture.

Do you have an idea for a story that you’d like to see in one of the up­com­ing is­sues of HER? Send me an email at Un­til next month,

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