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

Annual Card/Game Party
March 15th, 2019 - Noon to 4:00 pm

Well, we hit a home run again!  The card party was a smashing success.  Helene Elliot and her co-chair Marion Heath put together an event that was enjoyed by all.  I did not see anyone leave the party without a smile on their face.  Of course, the kitchen station captains and helpers plus everyone who brought food must be commended.  I  heard time and time again "I love this card party because the food is always good!" Then there are all the other volunteers, Beth Kastl for putting together gorgeous raffle baskets, the individuals who set up, cleaned, sold tickets, etc.  The best news is we took in funds for scholarships and it was an event that was enjoyed by the community. 

Judy Jeffrey, Club President

Thank you to the our Local Businesses and Citizens for their Contributions.

More Pictures available on Club Buzz: CLICK HERE

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February 27th, 2019 Meeting

Lunch: Baked Potatoes with all the trimmings, veggies, and deserts.

Program: Joe Ledvina, AR Department of Transportation, presented information on the "Wildflower Program" He talked about preserving native plants during construction projects. Efforts include designated ‘Wildflower Routes’, replacing original top soil, reducing herbicide use, adapting mowing practices, and expanding wildflower populations through native plant seeding programs. (below top). 


Floral Design Workshop: Linda Neymeyer discussed "Hanging Designs" and showed Char Brunji's design (above far left) and her own design (above center).

Cathy Wayson presented a program on the specifications for the new addition to the October 1st Flower Show - "Botanical Art Photography" (above far right).
UPCOMING EVENTS

The next meeting will be on
March 27th, 2019
at Bella Vista Community Church
75 E. Lancashire Blvd.

Social and Lunch Time 11:00 a.m.
Meeting Starts at 11:30 a.m.

Program: Jeff Overturf, Overturf Landscaping and Irrigation - "Garden Irrigation Systems and Backflow City Code"

Floral Design: Linda Neymeyer
Horticulture: Tony LiCausi
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The Spring Trip
ARKANSAS WINE COUNTRY TOUR
May 23rd, 2019

CLICK HERE for DETAILS

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  WHAT'S NEW?
 

YARD OF THE MONTH 
is taking a break till spring. 

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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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.



                
  

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, place your order and the Club will be a benefactor of a portion of your purchase for expenses for speaker, Brent Heath, on October 1, 2019.  It is that easy!


Buy, Sell or Trade (Updated 2-17-19)
 
  
  
  
  
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 MARCH

New in 2016 - Hyacinth called "Woodstock'.

We can still have some cold weather in March. .

·         Heavy accumulations of ice and snow can cause limbs to bend and break. If limbs do break off, you can prune them but wait to reshape the plant until spring. Some branches that get bent may return to an upright position on their own.

·         If we have a heavy snow, you can lightly remove it with a broom or rake from the underside of the plant to reduce the weight load but do not attempt to remove ice. Just wait until it melts.
·         If you see burned foliage on your evergreen shrubs, ignore it for the rest of the winter.  It may not be the most attractive thing to look at it, but it will serve as extra protection for the plant for the remainder of the winter.
·         Pay attention to the forecast. Prior to a hard freeze make sure that any plants in containers have ample water. Soil in containers dries out much more quickly than soil in flower beds. Water newly planted trees or shrubs, and winter annuals if we have been dry leading up to a hard freeze.
·         Sort through any old seed packets you have. Most are good for 2 to 3 years but sow on the generous side.  Don’t plant annuals too early or you will be replanting.
·         Clean out beds and do any clipping you missed in the fall.  Delay and it will get the best of you.    
·       Plant gladiolas at two-week intervals for longer bloom time.  Fertilize tulips and daffodils with bone meal as the buds emerge to increase flower size.  Don’t cut foliage – just let it die back for at least 6 weeks.
·        As growth resumes on houseplants, start to fertilize again.  It is much too early to move houseplants outside.  Wait until nighttime temperatures are consistently 50 degrees or more.  
·        Apply a pre-emergent to lawns for weed and crabgrass control by March 15th. 
·         You can begin to divide summer and fall blooming perennials now.  Fertilize peonies and wisteria with super phosphate.  Be sure your ornamental grasses and liriope are cut back usually by mid March before new growth is too tall. 
·     Plant cabbage, kale, lettuce, peas, rutabaga, spinach and turnips. Onion sets can be planted  later in the month.  Start planting vegetable  seeds like peppers and tomatoes indoors to be set out in 8 to 10 weeks. 
·     Keep monitoring trees and shrubs for moisture and water if dry.  Trees and shrubs can be planted now. Do not prune spring blooming shrubs or you will remove the flowers.
·     Compost/add manure to beds, add  cardboard (keeps weeds down and moisture in soil), and then add 3 inch layer of hardwood mulch.