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Early Ozarks people & plants subject of upcoming seminar

Fast Facts:

    • Upcoming seminar to discuss native plants of the Ozarks in anthropological context
    • Seminar is free of charge; no registration necessary
    • Contact Benton County Extension Office at 479-271-1060

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BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Nature lovers will have the opportunity later this month to learn about the native plants of the Ozarks and their historical use by area homesteaders.

The Benton County Cooperative Extension Service and the Peel Compton Foundation will present “Early Ozarks People and Plants: From Native Plants to Farmsteads” May 18, from 6-8 p.m. at Compton Gardens in Bentonville. 

Robert Seay

The two-hour seminar will focus on the role native plants played in the Arkansas Ozarks ecosystem, from prehistoric times through the early 20th Century. Scheduled speakers include Caven Clark, Chief of Interpretation and Cultural Resources for the Buffalo National River, and Robert Seay, former Benton County extension staff chair for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.

Neal Mays, Benton County extension agent, said the program was developed after many northwest Arkansas residents expressed an interest in learning about cultivating plants native to the Ozarks landscape.

“Putting it in an anthropological context is an interesting way to do that,” Mays said.

The event is indoors, free to attend and does not require advance registration. Compton Gardens is located at 312 N. Main St. in Bentonville. For additional information, call the Benton County Extension Office at 479-271-1060.

The Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action institution. If you require a reasonable accommodation to participate or need materials in another format, please contact your County Extension office (or other appropriate office) as soon as possible. Dial 711 for Arkansas Relay.

The Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service offers its programs to all eligible persons regardless of race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital or veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. 

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Media Contact: Mary Hightower
Dir. of Communication Services
U of A Division of Agriculture
Cooperative Extension Service
(501) 671-2126
mhightower@uaex.edu

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