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

CLUB MEETINGS

CHRISTMAS LUNCHEON
December 6th at the Bella Vista Community Church
 


COMMITTEE ACTIVITIES

Bella Vista Cemetery Committee
  
The BV Cemetery Committee headed by Mary Doyle had a cleanup day.  Members who participated were Mary O'Brien (far left), Patti Brierly (left), Jane Gordon, Marilyn Russell, Kathy Woxland, and Val Davenport.


Beautification Committee
  
A redbud tree was recently planted on the left side of the #3 fairway at Dogwood Golf Course. Left to Right, Toni LiCausi, BVGC with Terry Tomlinson and Bill Davis, members of Friends of Dogwood.  Tony also represented the Beautification Committee and helped the Friends of Dogwood create a master landscape plan for landscaping the course.

Hardy members of the BVGC recently planted 'Bella Vista' Daffodils by the north and south Bella Vista signs on Hwy 71. The workers included Janice Grim (left), Penny Frahm, Ray Matkowski, Cathy Downdard, Tony LiCausi, and Elaine and Dick Rooney.

  

 Audubon Committee

Bird posters from area schools have been collected by the committee and sent to the judges for the AFGC competition.  This years birds are the Blue Jay and the Summer Tanenger.  A video of last years gallery showing of the posters is available.

Video - CLICKHERE
 UPCOMING EVENTS

  
NEXT REGULAR MEETING OF THE BVGC
will be on Wednesday, 
January 24, 2018 at the  
Bella Vista Community Church
75 E Lancashire Blvd, Bella Vista, AR
11:00 Lunch begins
11:30 Meeting begins
  
Program: Patrick Edwards, Prepper Bee Supply - "Beekeeping Basics".
  
Artistic Design: Floral Design Committee - "Floral Design". 
  
Horticulture: Horticulture Committee - "Answers to Your Gardening Questions" by Lou Jasper. 
  
Be sure to call Lou Jasper with all your gardening questions.  They will be answered at the meeting and a handout on "Nectar Plants and Bees" will be provided.
  


  WHAT'S NEW?
 

Rose Ann Hofer won the Japanese Maple that was given by Garden City as prize for someone who donated to the Bella Vista TV Station.

Congratulations Rose!!!



  
YARD OF THE MONTH
awards are on hiatus for the winter. They will resume in the spring.
  We need your nominations for the next "Yard of the Month".  
Nominate any yard that is above average in design and the way it is maintained.  We want to recognize yards that improve the overall look of the community.
CLICK HERE for the rules. 


The Fall Plant Sale on October 7th was a huge success!
  
Think about what plants you can donate to the spring sale which will be on May 5th at Village Waste Water Co. on Bella Vista Way.

2017 Spring Plant Sale
 
  
  
  
  
Join or renew your BVGC membership.
  
All the Club's videos including the newest "Gardening in Bella Vista" video are on Youtube CLICK HERE


THINGS TO DO IN YOUR GARDEN
 IN DECEMBER
  
·        
Not a lot to do in the winter but a few items need to be attended to. Annuals & herbs, mulch, and monitor moisture on pansies and herbs if they are dry.
·         Bulbs - Try to get all spring blooming bulbs in the ground by early December. Mulch to protect from thawing and freezing and to conserve moisture.
·         Roses - After a few freezes mulch roses for the winter.
·         Lawns - Keep lawns free of fallen leaves... they smother the grass. Walking on frozen grass can cause bare spots. Use the sidewalks and paths when possible. Remember that salt is not a good thing to use on driveways if you have grass growing next to it.
·         Trees and Shrubs - Monitor water over the winter months and especially newly planted trees and shrubs. Water when needed. Prune evergreens for use in holiday decorations.
·         Tropicals & Houseplants - They still need water but not as much indoors in the winter months. Watch for pests and disease and treat promptly. Spray with insecticidal soap as needed. Keep poinsettias fresh with even moisture and plenty of light. Keep out of drafts and away from registers. Live Christmas trees need the water monitored daily. Recycle cut Christmas trees as fish shelter or wildlife habitat in the woods.
·         Perennials - Cut back some perennials and mums over the winter and some don’t. You’ll make birds happy if you leave a few stems and seed heads uncut that will provide food and shelter. Do not cut back your salvias or other hollow stemmed plants since moisture can get in the stem and freeze which will probably kill the plant.
·         Don’t forget to feed the birds over the winter. The colder it gets the more they need the protein from suet to keep them warm. Mainly enjoy the garden at rest and you can be entertained for hours just watching the birds especially when there is a blanket of snow on the ground.

  
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:  International Society of Arboriculture - A great link for information on tree care and also links to Trees are Good site.
  
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 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.