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If you are interested in gardening in Northwest Arkansas, you have come to the right place.

October 25, 2017
Program: Carol Tabat and members of the BVGC Social Media Committee "Using the BVGC Website".
Top Photo: (Left to Right) Cathy Wayson, Carol Tabat, JB Portello, and Geri Hoerner.

Artistic Design: Floral Design Committee Floral Design Techniques: "Grouping and Clustering: by Linda Nemeyer and Beth Kastl.

Horticulture: Horticulture Committee - "Answers to Your Gardening Questions" by Lou Jasper plus a handout on "Putting Your Garden to Rest".

Be sure to call Lou Jasper with all your gardening questions.  They will be answered at the next meeting and a handout on "Nectar Plants and Bees".

Committee Activities

Bella Vista Cemetery

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


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 with a master landscape plan for the course.

There will be no meeting of the BVGC in November
Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

See BVGC on TV for information on a chance to win a 'Coral Bark' Japanese Maple Tree donated to Bella Vista Community Television by Garden City Nursery.  All tax deductible donations to BVCTV during the Month of November entitle the donor one chance for each dollar given to win this tree.  It will be planted in your garden by the Raines Tree Care crew at no charge. The drawing will be made on December 1, 2017.
Christmas Luncheon
will be December 6th at the Bella Vista Community Church
Social time 11:00 a.m.
Short Meeting 11:30 a.m.
Lunch 12:00 p.m.

The cost is $15
Mail Checks to Karen Welch by November 20th

The next regular meeting of the Bella Vista Garden Club will be on Wednesday, 
January 24, 2018
11:00 Lunch begins
11:30 Meeting begins
at the  
Bella Vista Community Church
75 E Lancashire Blvd, Bella Vista, AR


We need your nominations for
Yard of the Month!!!
CLICK HERE for the rules. 

The Fall Plant Sale on October 7th was a huge success!

Wow!  I am so proud of all my team who pulled off a successful Fall Plant Sale. Record Sales! Thank you so much for your contributions and your help.
Cathy Downard
Plant Sale Chairman

Join or renew your BVGC membership.
The newest "Gardening in Bella Vista" video is now on Youtube CLICK HERE

November is the time to put your garden to bed. If you choose to ignore winter preparations, the world will not come to an end but it may mean a little more work in the spring when there is never enough time to get the garden up and running.
·         Annuals & Herbs -Summer annuals are basically gone for the year and you can plant pansies for winter color. Most herbs have died back but you can still harvest rosemary, parsley and chives during the fall.
·         Perennials Mums - are still showing some color. Do spray with deer repellent – they love mums. Some cut perennials back over the winter and some don’t. You’ll make wild birds happy if you leave a few stems and seed heads uncut that will provide food and shelter. DO NOT trim your salvia now. They have hollow stems and water can get in the stems and freeze the plant. If you have Monarda to attract butterflies, now is the time to cut back the stalks. Using a shovel, cut away 1/3 of the plant and re-plant elsewhere.
·         Roses - After a few freezes mulch roses for the winter. If they have grown pretty tall you may want to cut them back a little to about 3 feet so they won’t rock in the wind.
·         Lawns - Keep lawns free of fallen leaves... they smother the grass. Lawns should be 2” high going into winter.
·         Trees and Shrubs - November is about the last month to plant trees and shrubs. Monitor water over the winter months. Good time to cut dead branches off of Rose of Sharon.
·         Vegetables - Add organic matter to your vegetable beds to be ready for spring planting. This would be a great spot to dump and spread your mulched leaves.

New Link:  International Society of Arboriculture - A great link for information on tree care and also links to Trees are Good site.
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.