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

RECENT ACTIVITIES
  
January 24th Meeting
 

Program: Patrick Edwards, Prepper Bee Supply - "Beekeeping Basics"
Horticulture: Lou Jasper, gave a brief talk on "What to do in Your Garden in February" since there were no gardening questions submitted this month.  There was a handout on
"Nectar Plants and Bees"
Artistic Design: Marsha Jertson gave a floral design example of “Bandining”.


Bella Vista Cemetery Committee
  
The BV Cemetery Committee headed by Mary Doyle had a cleanup day.  Members who participated were Mary O'Brien (far left), Patti Brierly (left), Jane Gordon, Marilyn Russell, Kathy Woxland, and Val Davenport.


Beautification Committee
  
A redbud tree was recently planted on the left side of the #3 fairway at Dogwood Golf Course. Left to Right, Toni LiCausi, BVGC with Terry Tomlinson and Bill Davis, members of Friends of Dogwood.  Tony also represented the Beautification Committee and helped the Friends of Dogwood create a master landscape plan for landscaping the course.
Hardy members of the BVGC recently planted 'Bella Vista' Daffodils by the north and south Bella Vista signs on Hwy 71. The workers included Janice Grim (left), Penny Frahm, Ray Matkowski, Cathy Downdard, Tony LiCausi, and Elaine and Dick Rooney.


 Audubon Committee

Bird posters from area schools have been collected by the committee and sent to the judges for the AFGC competition.  This years birds are the Blue Jay and the Summer Tanenger.  A video of last years gallery showing of the posters is available.

Video - CLICKHERE

First Dig for Spring Plant Sale
A major dig was accomplished at Jane Center's house on December 14th.  She donated many trees and shrubs that will be in the GC's Spring Plant Sale.  Participants included: Ron Furman and son, Kathy Waxland, Judy Shannon, Bennie Nichols, Cathy Downard, and Penny Frohm. More photos in Club Buzz.
 UPCOMING EVENTS

11th Annual Card/Game Party
March 16th, 2018 from Noon to 4 pm
at - new venue
Bella Vista Community Church
Registration now open!
    

NEXT REGULAR MEETING OF THE BVGC
will be on Wednesday, 
February 28, 2018 at the  
Bella Vista Community Church
75 E Lancashire Blvd, Bella Vista, AR
11:00 Lunch begins
11:30 Meeting begins
  
Program: Geri Hoerner, BVGC Member -
"Digging & Potting Plants Successfully"
  
Be sure to call Lou Jasper with all your gardening questions.  They will be answered at the meeting and a handout on "Planning Your Garden" 
will be provided.


SPRING PLANT SALE
will be on Saturday, May 5th at 
Village Wastewater Company
Think about what plants or gently used tool you can donate.

2017 Spring Plant Sale


  WHAT'S NEW?
   

Rose Ann Hofer won the Japanese Maple that was given by Garden City as prize for someone who donated to the Bella Vista TV Station.

Congratulations Rose!!!

 


    
YARD OF THE MONTH
awards program is on hiatus for the winter. 

  We need your nominations for the next "Yard of the Month" in the spring when the program resumes.  
Nominate any yard that is above average in design and the way it is maintained.  We want to recognize yards that improve the overall look of the community.

CLICK HERE for the rules. 


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


THINGS TO DO IN YOUR GARDEN
 IN JANUARY
  
· Heavy accumulations of ice and snow can cause limbs to bend and break. If limbs do break off, you can prune them but wait to reshape the plant until spring. Some branches that get bent may return to an upright position on their own. 

· If we have a heavy snow, you can lightly remove it with a broom or rake from the underside of the plant to reduce the weight load but do not attempt to remove ice. Just wait until it melts.

· If you see burned foliage on your evergreen shrubs, ignore it for the rest of the winter. It may not be the most attractive thing to look at it, but it will serve as extra protection for the plant for the remainder of the winter.

· Pay attention to the forecast. Prior to a hard freeze make sure that any plants in containers have ample water. Soil in containers dries out much more quickly than soil in flower beds. Water newly planted trees or shrubs, and winter annuals if we have been dry leading up to a hard freeze.

· Deadhead and fertilize winter annuals (such as pansies) on a mild day.

· Compost/add manure to beds, add cardboard (keeps weeds down and moisture in soil), and then add 3 inch layer of wood mulch. If it’s a vegetable garden the last step would be a 6-12 inch layer of straw rather than wood mulch.

· Plant trees and shrubs! It’s best done when the plants are dormant.

· Winter is the time to grab a hot chocolate or hot tea and curl up with those garden catalogs.


  
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.