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

The October 23rd Meeting

                               Representatives and students from the Dept. of Horticulture at the University of Arkansas were introduced. Department Head Dr. McKay (right) thanked the BVGC members for their continuing generosity in granting the BVGC Dorothy Wallace Scholarships to university horticulture students. 

The two student recipients who received $4,000 each, Thomas McKeown (below right) and Joshua Tebow (below left), also thanked the club and spoke about their studies and related activities as they work toward their degrees. 

 
More Photos on Club Buzz

Tony LiCausi provided information on organic pest and disease control products. 

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NW District Meeting
of AFGC
Hosted by Bella Vista Garden Club 
Tuesday, October 1, 2019 

Brent Heath from Brent & Becky's Bulbs 
presented the program "Bulbs as Companion Plants"

and at the same location...

The Bella Vista Garden Club Presented
“Ozark Autumn Memories”
NGC Standard Flower Show
Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Above - Visitors and Garden Club Members of the NW District
enjoyed the flower show in the Lobby

More Photos on Club Buzz - CLICK HERE 

Video available on Youtube - CLICK HERE

A flower show highlighting autumn beauty was open to the public and held during the annual meeting of the Northwest District of the Arkansas Federation of Garden Clubs. 

 

The Bella Vista Garden Club continues its tradition of sponsoring award-winning flower shows.  Having received five consecutive top awards for these events, the show again qualified to apply for the prestigious National Garden Club Flower Show Achievement Award.  


"The flower show and the District Meeting were great successes.  Linda Neymeyer and her crew spent hours and hours in preparation, pleading, setting up and tearing down a fabulous Flower Show. The entries were beautiful and many comments from those visiting supporting the outstanding entries. The District Meeting was one of the best I have attended.  It started and ended on time with an agenda that was managed efficiently.  Geri Hoerner did such an outstanding job that she has been asked to help plan an upcoming State Meeting.  THANK YOU TO ALL WHO CONTRIBUTED TO THE SUCCESS OF THESE EVENTS!"

Judy Jeffery, BVGC President

"The result of all the time and devotion that so many of you contributed was a flower show that we can be very proud of.  After many months of effort by the committee chairs and so many others who helped and prepared for each of the areas required to put on a large flower show, in a matter of hours the reception hall and auditorium at the Shewmaker Center were transformed into showrooms of colorful, educational exhibits that caused people to stop and say 'WOW!'.  

Linda Neymeyer, Chairman Flower Show Committee

UPCOMING EVENTS
  
The December 4th, 2019 Luncheon 
Bella Vista Country Club

Social Time 11:00 a.m.
Meeting 11:30 a.m.
Lunch 12:00 p.m.

Send a check for $20 to Karen Welch to
make  your reservation.  The buffet will
have sirloin steak, tilapia, salad, rolls, 
garlic mashed potatoes and cheesecake.
The Bentonville Chorus will entertain us. 

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  WHAT'S NEW?

YARD OF THE MONTH - November

Meet November Yard of the Month, Randy and Rhonda Dietz of 3 Robin Ln, Bella Vista. They actually have two front yards, as the view from the Lake is just as beautiful and well cared for as the street view. Thank you both for all your hard work in keeping Bella Vista Beautiful!
  
See more photos on the Club's Facebook page.

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 our community.
  
CLICK HERE for the rules. 

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BVGC 2019 Awards

National Award Winner
  
1st place for National Garden Week 
1st place for Preservation of Beauty -
Bella Vista Memorial Garden Cemetery

South Central Region Awards
  
1st place for Arbor Day
2nd place for National Garden Week
 2nd place for Community Concern

AFGC Awards 
2nd place - Heritage Award
1st place - Arbor Day
2nd place - Yearbook
3rd place- National Garden Week
2nd place - Garden Therapy

Audubon Committee's Bird Poster Winners
BRIGHTFIELD MIDDLE SCHOOL 

5th GRADE
Camila Bustillas - Best in Show  in Place & 1st Place
  
Valshnaui Mani  - Creativity Award & 3rd Place
  
6th GRADE
Harshith Gudura - 1st Place


WASHINGTON JR. HIGH

8th GRADE 
Finley Shaw - 1st Place & Best in Show 
  
Grayson Reynolds - Creativity Award & 2nd Place 
                  

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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Join or renew your BVGC membership.
  
All the Club's Videos including the newest "Gardening in Bella Vista" video are on Youtube CLICK HERE

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THINGS TO DO IN NOVEMBER    

·         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.


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Visit our Links of Interest in Gardening Info

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

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.