Welcome to the Bella Vista Garden Club website.
If you are interested in gardening in Northwest Arkansas, you have come to the right place.

February 22, 2017 Meeting


Program:  Joanie Roberts, Artist's Retreat Center -
"Arkansas Native Plants and Foods"
  
Artistic Design:  Floral Design Committee – 
“Flower Arranging Supplies” with Geri Hoerner
  
Horticulture:  Master Gardener Panel - "Answers to Your Gardening Questions" with Elaine Rooney, Beth Kastl, Lou Jasper, Alycyn Culbertson, and Missy Stratton.


New Link: How to Really Save the Bees - The lead story on the home page is all about bees – lots I didn’t know (forget the hives, just make them at home in your yard – see “maternity ward” subhead).  Terrific video at the end, too.  

New Link:  Houseplants - ASPCA - This site lists Toxic and Non-Toxic plants that can affect your dogs, cats or horses.

New Link Now Available (in Beta Testing): Native Plant Finder that lists native plants specific to your area and the caterpillars that use them as host plants based on the research of Dr. Doug Tallamy.
UPCOMING EVENTS

Registration is now open
for the
CARD PARTY
Friday, March 17th from 12:00 to 4:00
 at United Lutheran Church


Next Meeting - March 22, 2017
United Lutheran Church in Bella Vista 
  
Social Time - 11:00 am
Business meeting - 11:30 am
Program followed by light Lunch - 12:00 pm   
Program:  "Blue Birds in Bella Vista" - Leon Wehmeyer 
Artistic Design:  Floral Design Committee -
“Flower Arranging”
Horticulture:  Lou Jasper -  "Spring Things"

February 28, 2017
 First Robin of Spring Workshop
by ROBIN POKORSKI 

Where:  NWA Community College - Shewmaker Center - Walmart Auditorium, One College Drive, Bentonville, AR


When: Tuesday, February 28, 2017  9 am - 4 pm

Why:  Inspiration & motivation for OUR GARDEN CLUB

Cost:  $25 (before Feb 15th $30 after) – includes lunch and supplies

 

The workshop will include:

·         Exercises in team building/teamwork

·         Leadership skills tool kit

·         Garden club publicity ideas

·         Motivational practices

·         Public speaking tips

·         Conducting effective meeting

·         Parliamentary procedure review

·         Nonprofit do’s and don’ts

·         Membership recruitment and retention

 

Please complete the registration form that was emailed to all members and mail it with your check to Geri Hoerner. 


CLICK HERE for Registration Form
and more information


WHAT'S NEW?  
We need your nominations for a Yard of the Month!!!
CLICK HERE for the rules.  

 




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WHAT TO DO IN YOUR GARDEN NOW
The Buds of the Rhododendron Waiting for Spring to Burst Open

THINGS TO DO IN FEBRUARY

  • Houseplants – Watch for spider mites and scale – insecticidal soap will control them and don’t overwater. More houseplants die from overwatering than underwatering.
  • Annuals and Vegetables – Place your catalog orders for now for the best supply. Try something new this year but resist ordering more than you can plant and maintain. “Easy to grow” may mean it will march across your driveway to your neighbor’s lot. “Reseeds freely” may mean you will be weeding this from your garden for years to come.
  • Lawns – February is a good time to apply lime if needed – if you are not sure, take a soil sample to the Extension Office in Bentonville for testing.
  • Roses – You can apply dormant spray but it is too early to do your spring pruning until late February or early March. If you prune and new growth appears, it may freeze if more cold weather hits.
  • Trees and shrubs – Keep monitoring the moisture and water if dry. Trees and shrubs can be planted if the soil is not frozen. Late in the month fertilize trees and shrubs – except for spring blooming shrubs. Prune crepe myrtles but do not prune spring blooming shrubs or you will remove the flowers.
  • Perennials – Most perennials can be divided and replanted in February but it will be beneficial to wait until late February or March. February is a very fickle and capricious month. A string of sunny warm days makes us want to believe Spring is here but no doubt more cold weather will come.
  • Grasses – Late February is the time to cut back grasses and liriope as low to the new growth as possible to remove the old dried growth.