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 Spring Luncheon

Lots of members received awards.  
Full list is at the bottom of center column. More Photos in Club Buzz.


2018 GARDEN PARTY a Huge Success!

Hat Contest
  
Hope all of you are well rested this morning after pulling off a wonderful event yesterday.  There were nothing but positive comments all around.  The venue was beautiful, you all worked very hard and the guests were happy.  

Thank you - Thank you - Thank you.  We could not have done it without your help.  It was a great party and you should all be very proud.

Karen Welch & Beth Kastl, Co-Chairs

Click here for Recipes for the Appetizers
served at the Garden Party!! 

More Photos in Club Buzz

Cathy Wayson's Video of the Garden Party

Bella Vista Community TV's Video

Many thanks to Debbie Edmunds and her crew who made and served all the wonderful appetizers for the party.  Our guests thoroughly enjoyed them all.

2018 Garden Party Recipes CLICK HERE


SPRING PLANT SALE
was a huge success

More Photos of Sale and Prep in Club Buzz.





UPCOMING EVENTS

NEXT REGULAR MEETING OF THE BVGC
will be 
September 26th at 11:00 a.m. 
at the
Bella Vista Community Church
75 E. Lancashire Boulevard, in Bella Vista

  
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  WHAT'S NEW?
 

YARD OF THE MONTH - July

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)


BVGC 2018 Awards

National Award Winner

Overall winner (all states), Radio and/or TV
for the 'Bella Vista Gardening' TV Program

South Central Region Awards

Community Concern - 1st Place ($25)
Arbor Day Dedication - 2nd Place
Yearbook - 3rd Place

AFGC Awards

Garden Therapy – 2nd Place
Vera Key Horticulture Roll with Great Honor
Arbor Day – 1st Place ($25)
Publicity Press Book, Large Club ($25) – 
1st Place
Heritage Award – 1st Place ($25)
History Book, Large Club - 1st Place
Yearbook, Large Club - 1st Place
Horticulture Roll with with Great Honor -
 2nd Place
Standard of Excellence with Great Honor

AFGC Youth Awards

Bird Contest, Best in Show - $25 each
5 th Grade – Harshith Guruda, BVGC
7 th Grade – Finely Shaw – BVGC
8 th Grade – Hailey Balwin – BVGC

Creativity Award
12 th Grade – M. Bramel – BVGC
12 th Grade – K. Garret - BVGC

 
  
  
  
  
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
  
JULY


·         With the rain we have enjoyed through June we may have to be prepared to water well this month – but be sure to “water smart”. Conserve water by using drip systems or soaker hoses, and by watering in the early morning or evening. Water deeply – not too often. Remember, 2 to 3 inches of mulch helps retain moisture and keeps the plants cooler in the heat of the summer.

·         Annuals & Herbs – Deadhead often for continued bloom. Remember to water before fertilizing so you don’t burn the roots. Pinch back to keep your plants from growing tall and spindly. Try making flavored oils and vinegars with your herbs.

·         Perennials -- Pinch back mums to remove buds until July 15. Deadhead all of your flowering plants.

·         Lawns -- Lawns require a deep watering of at least one inch weekly. Hold back on fertilizer during July and August. Raise your mower blades this month.

·         Roses -- Watch for aphids and fungus. Japanese beetles have not been very bad this year again.

·         Trees and Shrubs – Check evergreens for scale and bagworms webworms. Destroy bagworms by burning them in a bucket. The shrubs and trees planted this spring need ample water.

·         Vegetables -- You should be harvesting now but be sure to pick promptly for peak flavor and before the insects get the ripe ones.


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.