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

The Spring Luncheon

Lots of members received awards.  
Full list is at the bottom of center column. More Photos in Club Buzz.


2018 GARDEN PARTY a Huge Success!

Hat Contest
  
Hope all of you are well rested this morning after pulling off a wonderful event yesterday.  There were nothing but positive comments all around.  The venue was beautiful, you all worked very hard and the guests were happy.  

Thank you - Thank you - Thank you.  We could not have done it without your help.  It was a great party and you should all be very proud.
Karen Welch & Beth Kastl, Co-Chairs

More Photos in Club Buzz

Cathy Wayson's Video of the Garden Party

Bella Vista Community TV's Video

Many thanks to Debbie Edmunds and her crew who made and served all the wonderful appetizers for the party.  Our guests thoroughly enjoyed them all.

2018 Garden Party Recipes CLICK HERE


SPRING PLANT SALE
was a huge success

More Photos of Sale and Prep in Club Buzz.





UPCOMING EVENTS

NEXT REGULAR MEETING OF THE BVGC
will be 
September 26th at 11:00 a.m. 
at the
Bella Vista Community Church
75 E. Lancashire Boulevard, in Bella Vista

  
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  WHAT'S NEW?
 

YARD OF THE MONTH - Aug

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 the community.
  
CLICK HERE for the rules. 


NEW OFFICERS


2018 - 2019 Officers were installed at the April 2018 meeting by Judy Jeffrey who will remain president.  
The officers are as follows from left to right:
  
First Vice president: Ray Matkowski
Second Vice president: Val Courter
Assistant Second Vice president: Betty Boling-Stull
Secretary: Linda Neymeyer
Assistant Secretary: Barb Templin
Treasurer: Karen Welch
Assistant Treasurer: Beth Kastl (not present)


BVGC 2018 Awards

National Award Winner

Overall winner (all states), Radio and/or TV
for the 'Bella Vista Gardening' TV Program
This is a noteworthy achievement when you consider there are 5,000 garden clubs in the US and we placed as the overall winner!  

South Central Region Awards

Community Concern - 1st Place ($25)
Arbor Day Dedication - 2nd Place
Yearbook - 3rd Place

Arkansas Federation of 
Garden Clubs (AFGC) Awards

Garden Therapy – 2nd Place
Vera Key Horticulture Roll with Great Honor
Arbor Day – 1st Place ($25)
Publicity Press Book, Large Club ($25) – 
1st Place
Heritage Award – 1st Place ($25)
History Book, Large Club - 1st Place
Yearbook, Large Club - 1st Place
Horticulture Roll with with Great Honor -
 2nd Place
Standard of Excellence with Great Honor

AFGC Youth Awards

Bird Contest, Best in Show - $25 each
5 th Grade – Harshith Guruda, BVGC
7 th Grade – Finely Shaw – BVGC
8 th Grade – Hailey Balwin – BVGC

Creativity Award
12 th Grade – M. Bramel – BVGC
12 th Grade – K. Garret - BVGC

 
  
  
  
  
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
  
AUGUST

 ·         August is the month we retreat from the garden and just go out to water or deadhead. Usually the abundance of rain we normally get in June and early July comes to an end and the heat and drought set in for August. That can take a toll on most plants. So August is the month to water, water and water. Annuals & Herbs Some of the annuals have seen better days due to this excessive heat and may need to be pulled. If they are doing well, deadhead often for continued bloom. Pinch back to keep your plants from growing tall and spindly. Try making flavored oils and vinegars with your herbs or you can dry or freeze them. Harvest your basil to make pesto.

·         Perennials - Mums should be have set their buds and will be blooming soon. Deadhead blooms on perennials. Watch for water needs.
·         Lawns - Lawns require a deep watering of at least one inch weekly. Hold back on fertilizer during August. Raise your mower blades this month.
·         Roses - The last feeding should be done this month. Be sure to water well before fertilizing so you don’t burn the roots. Watch for aphids and fungus and treat any problems. Not too many Japanese Beetles this year.
·         Trees and Shrubs – Check evergreens for scale and bagworms. Those planted this year need ample water.
·         Vegetables - Enjoy your harvest and watch for pests. Plant fall crops later in the month when the weather cools – good choices include Chinese cabbage, beets, collards, spinach and turnips.
·         Webworms - Are showing up all over and can be unsightly but usually will not kill a tree. If the web is broken open, the wasps will take care of the worms inside for you.


Visit our Links of Interest in Gardening Info

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.