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

April 25th Meeting
 
  
Program: Connie Rieper-Estes and her husband, Owners, Greedy Goats of NWA - "When Greedy is Good"
  
Artistic Design: Linda Nemeyer encouraged members to attend Duets in Bloom2 at the Country Club the follow day to see many artistic designs.

Horticulture: Lou Jasper answered a question about was it or wasn't it an orchid.

Lee Ann Robinson and Marilyn Sprague with raffle baskets full of fun items similar to what will be raffled at the 2018 Garden Party.  
  
ELECTION OF 2018 - 2019 Officers was held.


SPRING PLANT SALE
was a huge success

More Photos of Sale and Prep in Club Buzz.




BVGC Committees

Many of the committees have been busy beautifying Bella Vista.  

See more photos and info
 UPCOMING EVENTS

NEXT REGULAR MEETING OF THE BVGC
will be at the Spring Luncheon, 
June 20, 2018 at the  
Lake Point Restaurant in Bella Vista, AR
  
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TICKETS AVAILABLE NOW!!!
SEE LOCATIONS BELOW 
and also available at
 JUST PETALING FLORIST
on Forest Hills Blvd.
  WHAT'S NEW?
 
YARD OF THE MONTH - May


  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)

 
  
  
  
  
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 MAY

·         MulchMay 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.
·         Annuals - Bedding plants can be set out and containers can be planted. Polymers that hold the water for the plant’s roots are very helpful in containers.
·         Herbs - When the nighttime temperatures are 50 and above consistently, you can plant your basil. Other herbs aren’t as temperature sensitive so they can be planted now too if you haven’t done so already. Most herbs need full sun but can tolerate some afternoon shade.
·         Bulbs - A feeding of bulb booster or bone meal will help. Be sure to leave the leaves on for 6 to 8 weeks after bloom. In mid May plant warm weather bulbs such as caladiums, cannas and elephant ears.
·         Perennials - Finish planting and dividing and mulch as you go. Labels help you remember names and placement.
·         Lawns  - This is the period of rapid growth. Mow no more than 1/3 of the height of the leaf blade. Bermuda – apply a second pre-emergence crabgrass control treatment between May 15 and June 15. Fescues – fertilize with nitrogen only if your soil test indicates it is needed.
·         Roses - Watch for aphids and fungus. Aphids can be controlled by a hard spray from the hose in early morning so the foliage will dry before dark. Fertilize established roses because they are heavy feeders. Be sure plants are watered before applying fertilizer so you don’t burn the roots. Water deeply if we don’t get at least 1 inch of rain per week.
·         Trees and Shrubs - Prune spring flowering shrubs after they bloom. Newly planted trees and shrubs should be watered deeply each week until established. Feed azaleas and rhododendrons after bloom. Deadhead lilacs.
·         Vegetables - You can plant bush and pole snap beans and lima beans, cucumbers, eggplants, peppers, squash and tomatoes. Mulching tomatoes not only conserves water and chokes out weeds, but also prevents splitting and cracking. Water as needed and fertilize.

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.