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

WIN A PERSONAL CONSULTATION IN YOUR GARDEN
  
Want to win a 2-hour Personal Consultation in your garden on the morning of October 2, 2019 with Brent Heath from Brent & Becky's Bulbs?  By making a donation to the Bella Vista Garden Club you could do just that!  Each $5 you contribute entitles you to a chance to win.  Location of winning garden must be within 40 miles of Bella Vista, Arkansas. 

To register for a chance to win the Garden Consultation, Click Here.  

The deadline for entries is September 24, 2019.  The winner will be drawn on the Bella Vista Gardening TV Program on September 25, 2019.  If you are the winner, we will notify you by September 26, 2019. 

Donations can also be made in person at: Audrey's Boutique

1731 Forest Hills Boulevard

Bella Vista, AR 72715


All donations help support the NW District Meeting expenses.  


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RECENT ACTIVITIES

August 28th Meeting
  

Program: Terri Waterman - Flower Power (right).








This year's Yearbook was dedicated to Sue Beaty. 


Awards certificates were presented (below):
National Garden Club 1st place, Preservation of Beauty went to Mary Doyle for the Bella Vista Memorial Garden Cemetery. 
 
National Garden Club 1st Place for National Garden Week was presented to Karen Welch and Beth Kastl for the Garden Party.

South Central Region 2nd Place Community Concerns was presented to Louise Wilson for Garden Therapy. 

See more photos on Club Buzz
UPCOMING EVENTS

The Bella Vista Garden Club is hosting the
NW District Meeting 
Tuesday, October 1, 2019 
9:00 Registration - 10:00 Meeting Begins
12:00 Lunch - 12:45 Program
Brent Heath from Brent & Becky's Bulbs


Northwest Arkansas Community College Shewmaker Center For Workforce Technologies 
1000 SE Eagle Way
Bentonville, Arkansas 72712

AND AT THE SAME LOCATION
  
The Bella Vista Garden Club Presents
  
“Ozark Autumn Memories”

Tuesday, October 1, 2019
Open 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Open to the Public - Free Admission 

We need your entries!  
  
Judges' lodging accommodations provided by GreensOne.comBella Vista, Arkansas

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The Next Meeting will be
  
October 23rd, 2019
at Bella vista Community Church
75 E. Lancashire Blvd., Bella Vista, AR
 
Program: Scholarships Presented
Artistic Design of the Month 
Horticulture: Tony LiCausi - Organic Pest & Disease Control Products

New Time
9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
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  WHAT'S NEW?

YARD OF THE MONTH - September
Congratulations to Larry and Ginny Schoenwald of 2 Lockerbie Ln, Bella Vista 72715, recipients of BVGC September Yard of the Month! Thank you for all your hard work and for helping keep Bella Vista beautiful!!
  
See more photos on the Club's Facebook page.

We need your nominations for the next
"Yard of the Month" 
Nominate any yard (private residence or business) that is above average in design and the way it is maintained.  We want to recognize yards that improve the overall look of our community.
  
CLICK HERE for the rules. 

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BVGC 2019 Awards

National Award Winner
  
1st place for National Garden Week 
1st place for Preservation of Beauty -
Bella Vista Memorial Garden Cemetery

South Central Region Awards
  
1st place for Arbor Day
2nd place for National Garden Week
 2nd place for Community Concern

AFGC Awards 
2nd place - Heritage Award
1st place - Arbor Day
2nd place - Yearbook
3rd place- National Garden Week
2nd place - Garden Therapy

Audubon Committee's Bird Poster Winners
BRIGHTFIELD MIDDLE SCHOOL 

5th GRADE
Camila Bustillas - Best in Show  in Place & 1st Place
  
Valshnaui Mani  - Creativity Award & 3rd Place
  
6th GRADE
Harshith Gudura - 1st Place


WASHINGTON JR. HIGH

8th GRADE 
Finley Shaw - 1st Place & Best in Show 
  
Grayson Reynolds - Creativity Award & 2nd Place 
                  

Support the Bella Vista Garden Club when you order bulbs and plants from Brent & Becky's Bulbs.  
Just click on the Bloomin' Bucks link above, click on the YES button and place your order from their catalog.  The Club will be a benefactor of a portion of your purchase for expenses for speaker, Brent Heath, on October 1, 2019.  It is that easy!
 

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Join or renew your BVGC membership.
  
All the Club's Videos including the newest "Gardening in Bella Vista" video are on Youtube CLICK HERE

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THINGS TO DO IN SEPTEMBER 

·         Annuals & Herbs - Keep deadheading often for continued bloom and continue to fertilize in September. Think about whether you want to save plants or seeds from the garden for next year. Dry herbs for cooking in the winter months.

·         Perennials - Deadhead blooms on perennials and divide those that are overcrowded. Now is a good time to divide spring-blooming perennials, iris and peonies. Many perennials benefit from fall planting because they have time to grow some roots and get established. Mums should be blooming and add more mums to your garden where you need fall color. Watch for water needs. Hostas and daylilies can be divided in fall or spring, but doing it in the fall ensures they have time to get established. Plants divided in spring can look disheveled in comparison.

·         Roses - The few Japanese Beetles we had this year are gone by now and there should be a new flush of blooms for the next few months. Keep deadheading and checking for black spot but stop fertilizing after early September.

·         Lawns Lawns - require a deep watering of at least one inch weekly. Late September is a good time to over-seed fescue lawns. Freezing seeds for a few days helps germination. Apply fall pre-emergence herbicides to control winter weeds later in September.

·         Trees and Shrubs – Trees and shrubs can be planted later in September when the weather cools. Fall planting is most successful because the plant’s energy goes into root growth. Replenish mulch around trees and shrubs leaving an inch or two from the truck or stem.

·         Vegetables As the weather starts to cool down we may get some vegetables to harvest. You can plant turnips, mustard, spinach, lettuce and radishes until mid September. Probably the most important thing you can do to keep diseases and pests controlled in your vegetable garden next year is a thorough clean-up now. Remove all old leaves and stems. Pull out your tomato plants and put them in the trash – not your compost pile. Don’t forget to rotate your crops.

·         Invasive plants This is a good time to spray and kill invasive plants such as poison ivy, bush honeysuckle and privet. Why? Because in the fall all plants turn their energy to their major trunks, stems and roots, causing the plant to absorb and digest the herbicide quickly.


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Visit our Links of Interest in Gardening Info

New Link:  Consumers Base This site has A Comprehensive Guide to Container Gardening that is very informative along with other gardening information.   

New Link: Yard Care Guru - This site has a multitude of links of information and this link has the Ultimate Beginners Guide to Gardening with Kids.
 
New Link: University of Arkansas Yard and Garden - Pruning Crepe Myrtles - This page has information on pruning crepe myrtles and other links to more information on this plant.

New Link: Garden Smart TV - This site takes you to the Garden Smart TV programs shown on Public Television.

New Link:  Plant Care Today - This page of the site covers companion planting with tomatoes.  Other pages have more gardening information.

New Link: Ultimate Guide to Gardening Resources - This site is full of links with information on general gardening, planning a garden, educating children, indoor gardening, blogs and podcasts. 
  
New Link:  Butterfiles and Moths - A database website coordinates up-to-date information on lepidoptera.
  
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.