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

 WHAT'S NEW?

YARD of the MONTH for AUGUST


More Photos available on CLUB BUZZ

Congratulations to Jay and Francine Lacy of 6 Guilford Dr, BV 72714. who have been selected as the Bella Vista Garden Club Yard of the Month. Jay and Francine are originally from Kansas though Jay, who plays golf several times a week, has been in BV for over 20 years.  They are newlyweds since November 2019! They both take great pride in their yard and have a lovely front, side and a backyard full of birds, plants and nature. The Bella Vista Garden Club thanks you, Jay and Francine, for yet another example of a well-kept yard and helping to keep Bella Vista beautiful year-round!


The Bella Vista Garden Club promotes and rewards exemplary yard care in Bella Vista and recognizes neighbors who demonstrate above-average efforts in maintaining their property, which contributes to the overall appearance of the community at large.


All homes and businesses in Bella Vista are eligible. Nominations are for the front and side yards jointly. One yard is chosen each month by members of BVGC who select the yard that best exemplifies uniqueness, beauty and curb appeal.


Nominate a yard today via email: portillo.jb@gmail.com Or call JB @ 479-268-8325. Please provide the address and the homeowners name if known.  All nominations will be in the running for future recognition.


 
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Bella Vista Memorial Garden Cemetery Work Day

Club members worked at the Bella Vista Memorial Garden Cemetery on July 7th.  They cleaned up beds and accomplished a lot to beautify the cemetery.


More photos available on Club Buzz...CLICK HERE
UPCOMING EVENTS

September 23, 2020 Meeting
at the
Bella Vista Community Church
75 E Lancashire Blvd.

 Program: Trey Baucum owner of Fat Top 
Farm – Growing Mushrooms

Artistic Design of the Month

Horticulture: Tony LiCausi – Foliar Feeding

PLEASE NOTE:
At this point we are hoping to resume our monthly meeting schedule on September 25th at 9:30 AM.  Depending on the conditions that exist at that time we are considering the following measures:
  1. We will only be able to meet at the Community Church IF the church has opened it's facilities to outside groups.  This will probably only happen if Arkansas has gone to Phase III opening.
  2. We will request that more tables be set up so members can socially distance at the meeting.
  3. No refreshments (food or beverage) will be available.
  4. Sign in will be different at the beginning of the meeting.
  5. Masks may still be mandatory.

 
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The August Luncheon
Cancelled

Over 25 members indicated they were uncomfortable with attending.  I hope to see all of you at our meeting, the end of September!
Judy Jeffrey,
President


Garden Extravaganza
Cancelled 
The Garden Extravaganza will be held in June of 2021.  Watch this site and your email for future updates.


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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:  Consumers Base This site has A Comprehensive Guide to Container Gardening that is very informative along with other gardening information. 

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:  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. 

IT'S TIME TO ORDER YOUR BULBS AND PERENNIALS

                  
Support the Bella Vista Garden Club when you order bulbs and plants from Brent & Becky's Bulbs.  
Just click on the Bloomin' Bucks link above, click on the YES button and place your order from their catalog.  The Club will be a benefactor of a portion of your purchase.  It is that easy!
 
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THINGS TO DO IN YOUR GARDEN IN 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.