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

May 19, 2017 Meeting/Spring Field Trip
Announcements:
Geri Hoerner will take advance orders for ‘Bella Vista’ daffodil bulbs which will arrive at planting time in the fall.  Second Vice President Dorothy Sandoval asked for luncheon hostesses to volunteer now for the coming year so that they could be listed in the next yearbook.

April 26, 2017 Meeting
  
  
Program:  Dagmar Roeder, BVGC Club Member - "Growing and Cooking with Culinary Herbs".  Appetizers and tea made with some of the herbs discussed were passed to the audience.
  
Artistic Design:  Floral Design Committee – 
A presentation on "Ikebana Floral Design Styles" was given by Linda Neymeyer.
  
Horticulture:  Marion Heath and Missy Stratton discussed "Herb Tips" and companion planting.

Election of 2017 - 2018 Officers

BVGC received the following awards at the AFGC Spring Convention:
  
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 Honor

BVGC member Becky Fox was presented with a framed certificate in honor of a club donation to Penny Pines tree planting project in her name.

  
 Marion Heath talked about the 18 Books donated by the BVGC to the Bella Vista Library for Arbor Day

More photos - check out CLUB BUZZ


 UPCOMING EVENTS

BVGC SPRING LUNCHEON
Lake Point Yacht Club in Bella Vista
June 7th at 11:30 a.m.

Choice of entree:
Chicken Brochette, Capellini Pasta, tossed with Fresh Basil, Tomatoes, Garlic and White Wine. Topped with Grilled Chicken Breast.
or
Herbed Roasted Salmon with Tomato Cucumber Relish
or
Harvest Salad w/Baby Spinach Leaves, Herbed Goat Cheese, Granny Smith Apples and a Harvest Nut & Fruit Mix.  Served with Balsamic Dressing and a mini muffin.

Cost $23
Send Check made out to Bella Vista Garden Club
to Karen Welch, 14 Marykirk Lane, Bella Vista, AR 72715
Payment due no later than May 15th
No refunds after May 17th



WHAT'S NEW?
  
YARD OF THE MONTH
  
We need your nominations for
Yard of the Month!!!
CLICK HERE for the rules. 


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 to 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 APRIL
  
'Hi Ho Silver' White Hybrid Iris

·       Humming Bird Feeders should be out April 1st with 4-1 ratio water to sugar – you do not need to add red food coloring to attract the hummingbirds

·       Spring cleanup - Time to get the leaves cleaned out, weeds pulled and mulch put on the beds.

·       Perennials - This is the month we go full speed ahead with planting perennials, trees and shrubs.

·       Annuals - Hold off on planting annuals and herbs until about the end of April or later. There still may be a few nights in the 40s and they just don’t like those cool nights. You can start to plant seeds once the ground has warmed up. Some years it is May before it is safe.

·       Bulbs - Be sure and leave the foliage on spring blooming bulbs until they turn brown or for at least six to eight weeks. The city if full of beautiful “Bella Vista” daffodils! You can plant dahlias late this month but be sure to mark them with a stake.

·       Houseplants - I know you want to get some of them outside ASAP but please wait until night temperatures are 50 degrees or more… you both will be happier.

·       Lawns - Don’t fertilize until about 2 weeks after green up. You need 1” of water each week.

·       Roses - New growth is shooting out. Fertilize established roses but be sure to water before and after. Watch for black spot and treat early.

·       Vegetables - Time to get the vegetable garden ready to plant with cool weather crops which can be planted from Feb-April - Lettuce, Kale, Greens, Peas, Turnips, Radishes some beans, beets, broccoli, cabbage, carrots and many others who prefer the cool spring and fall weather. 



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.