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If you are interested in gardening in Northwest Arkansas, you have come to the right place.

RECENT ACTIVITIES

October 24th, 2018 Meeting


The speaker Butch Tetzlaff, owner of the Bluebird Shed in Bella Vista, is pictured above on a bird banding outing.  He spoke on "Feeding Birds in Winter" and explained the various types of feeders and feed and which birds are attracted to each of them.  He touched briefly on what to do about pesky squirrels.

Tony LiCausi gave a Horticultural talk on different types of "Raised Beds" and Judy Jeffrey filled in for Linda Nemeyer and announced that there will be another flower show and talked about a variety of related topics including a new photographic category for the next flower show. 

One new member and one returning member joined at the meeting.


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Fall Plant Sale


Just want to thank everybody who helped with the plant sale and helped with everything that was done to prepare for the sale.  Lots of people showed up to help unload the mums.  All the people who helped with the sale, every little thing and big things that you helped with is much appreciated.  

We connected with a lot of people at the sale, letting them know what Bella Vista Garden Club is all about.  I will give you a update later on the outcome of the sale.

Debbie Edmunds,
Plant Sale Chairman




UPCOMING EVENTS

There is NO MEETING in NOVEMBER

CHRISTMAS LUNCHEON

Cost – $22 per person which includes tax and tip
Where – Bella Vista Bar & Grill (Country Club)
When – Wednesday, December 5, 2018
 
11 a.m. Meet & Greet Social Time –
11:30 a.m. Short Club Meeting –
12 BUFFET Lunch
 
Buffet Menu -
Salad with Assorted Dressings
Roasted Pork Loin with Fruit Chutney
Chicken Piccata
Mashed Potatoes
Assorted Grilled Vegetables
Rolls & Butter
Chef’s Choice Dessert
Coffee & Tea
 
Bar drinks and wine are available for an extra cost.
Send a check for $22 to KAREN WELCH if you wish to attend.

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  WHAT'S NEW?
 

YARD OF THE MONTH 
October

Congratulations Mary Giggy at 2 Breton Way, Bella Vista 72715

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 2018 Awards

National Award Winner

Overall winner (all states), Radio and/or TV
for the 'Bella Vista Gardening' TV Program
This is a noteworthy achievement when you consider there are 5,000 garden clubs in the US and we placed as the overall winner!  

South Central Region Awards

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

Arkansas Federation of 
Garden Clubs (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

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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.