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 Plant Sale - Soggy but Successful.

  
The next recipients of the BVGC's Dorothy Wallace Scholarship, Max McKeown (left) and Joshua Tebow (right) joined Virginia Halman (center) and throngs of shoppers at the plant sale on May 4th.

See more photos and notes of thanks from the Plant Sale Chairman and Club President on


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April 24th Meeting


Program: Ryan Neal, Benton County Extension Agent - "Gardening Topics" which included info on what the Extension Office does and also about farms in our area.

Floral Design Workshop: Janice Kennedy (top right) discussed "Under Water Arrangements" using one of her own designs and one created by Beth Kastl (bottom right).

Bird Poster Contest's winning posters were on view.  The poster that won "First Place" and "Best of Show" - Ruby Throated Humming Bird by Finely Shaw is shown at left.  See more winning posters on Club Buzz.
 

UPCOMING EVENTS

The Spring Luncheon will be on
June 6th, 2019
at Lakepoint Restaurant, Bella Vista, AR

Social and Lunch Time 11:00 a.m.
Short Meeting Starts at 11:30 a.m.
Lunch at 12:00 p.m.

Installation of 2019 - 2020 Officers


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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!
 

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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 MAY


A few years later the mature plant had even brighter color that fades from coral to pink to yellow.

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May 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.