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

Awards

BVGC received the following AR Federation of Garden Clubs (AFGC) Awards:
  
First place awards: Civic Beautification, National Garden Week, Publicity Press Book,

History Book - 1 year, Club Yearbook

Second place awards: Garden Therapy

AFGC Presidential Citation: “First Robin of Spring Workshop,” Tony LiCausi, BVGC

Individual Service Awards, Northwest District: Geri Hoerner, Linda Neymeyer

Bird Poster Contest Winners: four, first place; one, second place; one, third place winner

Vera Key Horticulture Roll with Great Honor

Standard of Excellence with Great Honor


BVGC received the following South Central Region (SCR) Awards:

First place awards: Press Book, Year Book, Garden Therapy and a $25 award for National Garden Week.

South Central Regional Director’s $300 Award for the Youth Butterfly Project.
(Member Alycyn Culbertson was given a ‘butterfly’ made from three one-hundred dollar bills on behalf of the club, in recognition of her work on this award.  She "flew" it to the treasurer.) 


BVGC received the following National Garden Club (NGC) Awards:

Award of Merit for the Press Book and a Certificate of Commendation for the Yearbook. 

The BVGC was declared Overall National Award Winner for National Garden Week for the 2016 Art, Wine and
Garden Party. Chair JB Portillo received a gift from the president in recognition of her work toward this high and rare honor.


Projects/Accomplishments
in the Last Two Years

• Held ‘Duets in Bloom’ floral design exhibit

• Planned and Implemented the Daffodil planting project

• Put on Plant Sales and Card Parties with record receipts

• Improved landscaping at the Veteran’s Wall of Honor

• Participated in the 2016 AFGC/SCR Spring Conventions

• Arranged Club field trips to Garvin Gardens near Hot Springs and to the Tulsa Garden Center

• Held the Art, Wine, and Garden Party held during National Garden Week of 2016

• Staffed a booth at the Bella Vista Farmer’s Market

• Created propagation beds for Bella Vista daffodil bulbs

• Acquired a new garden shed with tents and tables for use during club projects

• Secured a grant which supplied garden tools from Ames tools

• Implemented the Penny Pines tree planting project, planting 400 trees

• Awarded $4000 in college scholarships for students of horticulture

• Amended Club bylaws to change the term of the board members from one to two years; designated the Bella Vista daffodil as the club flower; and designate the dogwood as the club tree

• Sponsored the 2017 Robin Porkowski Leadership Workshop

• Purchased 18 books on trees and horticulture and donated them to the Bella Vista Public Library in honor of Arbor Day 2017

• Changed to a digital format for the club history book

• Held an exhibit at a local art gallery for the art work of students entered in the 2016 AFGC Bird Poster Contest

• Developed a unique forest-scented BVGC candle

 Newly designed club polo shirts

 Held a meatloaf cook-off with a bluebird house installation for the winner

 Development of BVGC Facebook page

 Purchased a video projector for the club

 Revise dues structure

 Held shorter monthly meetings

• Arranged for a new location for the monthly meeting's - the Bella Vista Community Church.



 UPCOMING EVENTS

The next meeting of the Bella Vista Garden Club will be on Wednesday, September 27th
11:00 Social time, 11:30 Meeting begins
  
NEW LOCATION
Bella Vista Community Church
75 E Lancashire Blvd, Bella Vista, AR


WHAT'S NEW?

NEW OFFICERS
Left to right, Judy Jeffery, President; Alycyn Culbertson, 1st Vice President; Dorothy Sandoval, 2nd Vice President; Betty Boling-Stull, Assistant 2nd Vice President; Keren Welch, Treasurer; Char Brunje, Assistant Treasurer; Linda Neymeyer, Secretary; Barb Templin, Assistant Treasurer, Tony LiCausi, Parliamentarian.


  
YARD OF THE MONTH
  

We need your nominations for
Yard of the Month!!!
CLICK HERE for the rules. 


BVGC SPRING LUNCHEON
at Lake Point Restaurant in Bella Vista on June 7th was a lot of fun...more photos: CLUB BUZZ



BVGC SPRING FIELD TRIP
May 19, 2017
Tulsa Garden Center at Woodward Park was enjoyed by all who attended.  See more photos: Club Buzz

 

SPRING PLANT SALE
A HUGE SUCCESS
Wow! Wow! Wow! What a sale. Kudo's to all who helped. Starting with the committee Chair Alycyn Culberson and her tireless efforts of all the diggers and potters, labelers, pricers, etc.
More accolades and photos: CLUB BUZZ

 




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The newest "Gardening in Bella Vista" video is now on Youtube CLICK HERE


WHAT TO DO IN YOUR GARDEN
IN JUNE
'Mascara Snake' Daylily was the last to bloom in 2014.

·       June is the transition month between spring and summer. It 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. It helps retain moisture and keeps the plants cooler in the heat of the summer. This is the time we reap the rewards of all that planting of perennials and annuals in April and May as the garden seem to come alive with color.

·       Annuals – Last chance to plant and deadhead often for continued bloom. Fertilizing and pinching back also avoids your plants growing tall and spindly.

·       Herbs – If you haven’t finished planting, be sure to do it early in the month. Pinch back any flowering herbs to prevent setting seeds. June to July is the time harvest that garlic you planted last October.

·       Bulbs – Spider lily and naked lady bulbs can be planted for fall bloom. Remove foliage of spring bulbs if it is brown.

·       Perennials – Daylilies should be blooming soon. Deadhead as blooms fade. Pinch back mums to remove buds until July 15 for a bushier plant.

·       Lawns – Bermuda – fertilize every 30-45 days, mow to maintain a height of 1.5 to 2”. Fescue – Mow to maintain a height of 2.5 to 3”. Lawns require a deep watering of one inch weekly.

·       Roses – Watch for aphids and fungus. Deadhead to encourage new blooms. Fertilize established roses because they are heavy feeders but be sure to water before applying fertilizer. Water deeply if we don’t get at least one inch of rain per week. June is when the Japanese Beetles arrive.

·       Trees and Shrubs – Prune dead limbs and tiny limbs starting on tree trunks. Newly planted trees and shrubs should be watered deeply each week until established. Leave a few inches between the trunk and mulch to avoid promoting rot and disease in the tree.

·       Vegetables – Monitor water and fertilize tomatoes and begin harvesting those great homegrown vegetables.



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.  
  
New Link:  Houseplants - ASPCA - This site lists Toxic and Non-Toxic plants that can affect your dogs, cats or horses.
  
New Link Now Available (in Beta Testing): Native Plant Finder that lists native plants specific to your area and the caterpillars that use them as host plants based on the research of Dr. Doug Tallamy.