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September 15, 2019

Our Okra Is Special!

The flower of an okra plant. 

Sarah Wilkerson, a master gardener and the secretary of the Friends of the D.D. Collins House, has diligently worked in our garden this year.  While she has been busy with the garden chores, she has enjoyed the company o...

August 2, 2019

National Watermelon Day!

"When one has tasted watermelon, he knows what the angels eat." 

~Mark Twain

Click image above to visit our historical tribute to watermelons. 

Shall we celebrate?

for the melon in the patch is oh so great . . .

Bold green and striped on the outside...

August 1, 2019

Back in 1861, August was known as "cucumber time" ~

"In the last analysis, a pickle is a cucumber with experience." 

~Irena Chalmers

While some may, and some may not

enjoy the cucumber, that lowly sprout . . .

But in the garden it has grown,

for over 3,000 years; my how time...

December 29, 2018

Fresh Wreath Making 101 at the Collins House in early December was so much fun and the end results were stunning. 

 The class was taught by Trisha Haislar, AFID.  

Ann Badasch wears her favorite "projects apron" - whether she's quilting, hooking rugs or making wreat...

October 30, 2018

Collinsville Garden Club recently got together to make Victorian ornaments from Victorian scrap.

These ornaments will decorate the Victorian tree at the Collins House this Christmas season. The tree will be one of many trees at the house, each depicting a particular era...

September 16, 2018

As a college student I decided one day that it was time for me to memorize a poem. So quite quickly I learned the Ogden Nash poem, The Duck:

Behold the duck - It does not cluck -  A cluck it lacks - It quacks.

Quite remarkably I have quoted that poem almost every we...