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

May 19, 2017 Meeting/Spring Field Trip
Announcements:
Geri Hoerner will take advance orders for ‘Bella Vista’ daffodil bulbs which will arrive at planting time in the fall.  Second Vice President Dorothy Sandoval asked for luncheon hostesses to volunteer now for the coming year so that they could be listed in the next yearbook.

April 26, 2017 Meeting
  
  
Program:  Dagmar Roeder, BVGC Club Member - "Growing and Cooking with Culinary Herbs".  Appetizers and tea made with some of the herbs discussed were passed to the audience.
  
Artistic Design:  Floral Design Committee – 
A presentation on "Ikebana Floral Design Styles" was given by Linda Neymeyer.
  
Horticulture:  Marion Heath and Missy Stratton discussed "Herb Tips" and companion planting.

Election of 2017 - 2018 Officers

BVGC received the following awards at the AFGC Spring Convention:
  
First place awards: Civic Beautification, National Garden Week, Publicity Press Book,

History Book - 1 year, Club Yearbook

Second place awards: Garden Therapy

AFGC Presidential Citation: “First Robin of Spring Workshop,” Tony LiCausi, BVGC

Individual Service Awards, Northwest District: Geri Hoerner, Linda Neymeyer

Bird Poster Contest Winners: four, first place; one, second place; one, third place winner

Vera Key Horticulture Roll with Great Honor

Standard of Excellence with Honor

BVGC member Becky Fox was presented with a framed certificate in honor of a club donation to Penny Pines tree planting project in her name.

  
 Marion Heath talked about the 18 Books donated by the BVGC to the Bella Vista Library for Arbor Day

More photos - check out CLUB BUZZ


 UPCOMING EVENTS

BVGC SPRING LUNCHEON
Lake Point Yacht Club in Bella Vista
June 7th at 11:30 a.m.

Choice of entree:
Chicken Brochette, Capellini Pasta, tossed with Fresh Basil, Tomatoes, Garlic and White Wine. Topped with Grilled Chicken Breast.
or
Herbed Roasted Salmon with Tomato Cucumber Relish
or
Harvest Salad w/Baby Spinach Leaves, Herbed Goat Cheese, Granny Smith Apples and a Harvest Nut & Fruit Mix.  Served with Balsamic Dressing and a mini muffin.

Cost $23
Send Check made out to Bella Vista Garden Club
to Karen Welch, 14 Marykirk Lane, Bella Vista, AR 72715
Payment due no later than May 15th
No refunds after May 17th



WHAT'S NEW?
  
YARD OF THE MONTH
  
We need your nominations for
Yard of the Month!!!
CLICK HERE for the rules. 


BVGC SPRING FIELD TRIP
May 19, 2017
Tulsa Garden Center at Woodward Park was enjoyed by all who attended.  See more photos: Club Buzz

 

SPRING PLANT SALE
A HUGE SUCCESS

Wow! Wow! Wow! What a sale. Kudo's to all who helped. Starting with the committee Chair Alycyn Culberson and her tireless efforts to all the diggers and potters, labelers, pricers, etc..

More accolades and photos - CLUB BUZZ
 




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The newest "Gardening in Bella Vista" video is now on Youtube CLICK HERE

WHAT TO DO IN YOUR GARDEN
IN JUNE
Wet with Rain 'Capriceian Festival' Daylily

·       June is the transition month between spring and summer. It is the time to finish planting and don’t forget to mulch everything that you plant. You will be glad you did later in the season. It helps retain moisture and keeps the plants cooler in the heat of the summer. This is the time we reap the rewards of all that planting of perennials and annuals in April and May as the garden seem to come alive with color.

·       Annuals – Last chance to plant and deadhead often for continued bloom. Fertilizing and pinching back also avoids your plants growing tall and spindly.

·       Herbs – If you haven’t finished planting, be sure to do it early in the month. Pinch back any flowering herbs to prevent setting seeds. June to July is the time harvest that garlic you planted last October.

·       Bulbs – Spider lily and naked lady bulbs can be planted for fall bloom. Remove foliage of spring bulbs if it is brown.

·       Perennials – Daylilies should be blooming soon. Deadhead as blooms fade. Pinch back mums to remove buds until July 15 for a bushier plant.

·       Lawns – Bermuda – fertilize every 30-45 days, mow to maintain a height of 1.5 to 2”. Fescue – Mow to maintain a height of 2.5 to 3”. Lawns require a deep watering of one inch weekly.

·       Roses – Watch for aphids and fungus. Deadhead to encourage new blooms. Fertilize established roses because they are heavy feeders but be sure to water before applying fertilizer. Water deeply if we don’t get at least one inch of rain per week. June is when the Japanese Beetles arrive.

·       Trees and Shrubs – Prune dead limbs and tiny limbs starting on tree trunks. Newly planted trees and shrubs should be watered deeply each week until established. Leave a few inches between the trunk and mulch to avoid promoting rot and disease in the tree.

·       Vegetables – Monitor water and fertilize tomatoes and begin harvesting those great homegrown vegetables.



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.  
  
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.