Welcome to the Bella Vista Garden Club website.
If you are interested in gardening in Northwest Arkansas, you have come to the right place.

 WHAT'S NEW?
  
  VETERANS WALL OF HONOR
  
Not wanting to endanger anyone, Penny Frahm took on the spring planting solo.  She spaded up the ground, augmented the soil, planted and mulched several beds.  Great Job, Penny.



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YARD of the MONTH for MAY

Congratulations to Chris and Barbara Taylor of 12 St. Helen’s Lane in Bella Vista who were selected as the May 2020 Yard of the Month by the Bella Vista Garden Club. The Taylors finished building their house last year and moved in on June 1, 2019. When it came to designing and implementing the plan for their new yard, they wanted the grounds to be low-maintenance and have a minimalist look that was in keeping with the contemporary architecture of the house. They were really happy with the way it turned out. Even the family cat approves as you can see. Neither one of them likes to spend a ton of time on garden maintenance. They like their yard to look nice but be no muss/no fuss. Each plant was chosen with care and meaning, especially the blue spruce which has a special family memory for Chris. Barbara loves hydrangeas, so they put hydrangeas in the back yard...lots and lots of hydrangeas. “They bring me so much joy!” she says. 


We need your nominations for a future
"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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Cemetery Workday 
On April 14th volunteers
worked safely.




UPCOMING EVENTS
  
Spring Perennial Plant Sale
The sale will be held on
June 11th - 13th
The sale will be by appointment only via Email.
Check back here or on the BVGC Facebook next week for complete details.


Field Trip Scheduled in May is
Cancelled
A crowded bus trip and visiting a public arena does not seem to be in the best interest for the health of our members.

Scholarships
Due to anticipated reduction in available revenues, none will be awarded this year.


June Luncheon 
We will not be having our June luncheon this year. Instead we will move the luncheon to
August 5th.

Please mark your calendars now because it will be so good to see everyone once again.  The luncheon will take place at the BV Bar and Grill.  

We will gather at 11:30 for fellowship and a buffet lunch will be served at noon.  There will be salmon and pork medallions plus other great food. 

The cost will be $25. Because we will not be gathering as a group before that date it will be important for reservations to be sent to Karen Welch at least 2 weeks in advance of the luncheon.


Garden Extravaganza
The Garden Extravaganza may be held in August or September.  Watch this site and your email for future updates.

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

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:  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. 
  

IT'S TIME TO ORDER YOUR SPRING BULBS  AND PERENNIALS

                  
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 MAY 

·         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.