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

2016 - 2017 Awards

BVGC received the following Arkansas  Federation of Garden Clubs (AFGC) Awards:
  
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 Great Honor


BVGC received the following South Central Region (SCR) Awards:

First place awards: Press Book, Year Book, Garden Therapy and a $25 award for National Garden Week.

South Central Regional Director’s $300 Award for the Youth Butterfly Project.
(Member Alycyn Culbertson was given a ‘butterfly’ made from three one-hundred dollar bills on behalf of the club, in recognition of her work on this award.
She "flew" it to the treasurer.) 

BVGC received the following National Garden Club (NGC) Awards:

Award of Merit for the Press Book and a Certificate of Commendation for the Yearbook. 

The BVGC was declared Overall National Award Winner for National Garden Week for the 2016 
Art, Wine and Garden Party.
 Chair JB Portillo received a gift from the president in recognition of her work toward this high and rare honor.

Projects/Accomplishments
in the Last Two Years

• Held ‘Duets in Bloom’ floral design exhibit

• Planned and Implemented the Daffodil planting 
  project

• Put on Plant Sales and Card Parties with record  
  receipts

• Improved landscaping at the Veteran’s Wall of Honor

• Participated in the 2016 AFGC/SCR Spring
  Conventions and attended 2017 AFGC/SCR Spring 
  Conventions, AFGC Mid-Year Board Meetings and
  AFGC North West Distict Meetings
 
• Arranged Club field trips to Garvin Gardens near 
  Hot Springs and to the Tulsa Garden Center

• Held the Art, Wine, and Garden Party during
  National Garden Week of 2016

• Staffed a booth at the Bella Vista Farmer’s Market

• Created propagation beds for 'Bella Vista' daffodil
  bulbs

• Acquired a new garden shed with tents and tables 
  for use during club projects

• Secured a grant which supplied garden tools from 
  Ames tools

• Implemented the Penny Pines tree planting project, 
  planting 400 trees

• Awarded $4000 in college scholarships for students
  of horticulture

• Amended Club bylaws to change the term of the 
  board members from one to two years; designated 
  the 'Bella Vista' daffodil as the club flower; 
  and designate the dogwood as the club tree

• Sponsored the 2017 Robin Porkowski Leadership 
  Workshop inviting all Arkansas Garden Club 
  Members and Master Gardeners

• Purchased 18 books on trees and horticulture and 
  donated them to the Bella Vista Public Library in 
  honor of Arbor Day 2017

• Changed to a digital format for the club history book

• Held an exhibit at a local art gallery for the art work of
  students entered in the 2016 AFGC Bird Poster 
  Contest

• Developed a unique forest-scented BVGC candle

 Newly designed club polo shirts

 Held a meatloaf cook-off with a bluebird house
  installation for the winner

 Development of BVGC Facebook page

 Purchased a video projector for the club

 Revise dues structure

 Held shorter monthly meetings

• Arranged for a new, larger location for the monthly meeting's at the Bella Vista Community Church.

 UPCOMING EVENTS

The next meeting of the Bella Vista Garden Club will be on Wednesday, September 27th
11:00 Lunch begins, 11:30 Meeting begins
  
NEW MEETING LOCATION
Bella Vista Community Church
75 E Lancashire Blvd, Bella Vista, AR


Let's make this the biggest Fall Plant Sale ever.

Get your
'Bella Vista' daffodil bulbs.




WHAT'S NEW?
  
2017 - 2018 OFFICERS
Left to right, Judy Jeffery, President; Alycyn Culbertson, 1st Vice President; Dorothy Sandoval, 2nd Vice President; Betty Boling-Stull, Assistant 2nd Vice President; Karen Welch, Treasurer; Char Brunje, Assistant Treasurer; Linda Neymeyer, Secretary; Barb Templin, Assistant Treasurer, Tony LiCausi, Parliamentarian.


YARD OF THE MONTH
  

We need your nominations for
Yard of the Month!!!
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The newest "Gardening in Bella Vista" video is now on Youtube CLICK HERE


WHAT TO DO IN YOUR GARDEN
IN SEPTEMBER
  
'Cock's Comb' or 'Fire Celosia' was Huge in 2012
  • 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 - 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.

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.