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

RECENT ACTIVITIES

NW District Meeting
Presented by Bella Vista Garden Club 
Tuesday, October 1, 2019 

Brent Heath from Brent & Becky's Bulbs 
presented the program "Bulbs as Companion Plants"


Above - Mayor Peter Christie addresses the group.

and at the same location...

The Bella Vista Garden Club Presented
“Ozark Autumn Memories”
NGC Standard Flower Show
Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Above - Visitors and Garden Club Members of the NW District
enjoyed the flower show

More Photos on Club Buzz - CLICK HERE 

A flower show highlighting autumn beauty was open to the public and held during the annual meeting of the Northwest District of the Arkansas Federation of Garden Clubs. 

 

The Bella Vista Garden Club continues its tradition of sponsoring award-winning flower shows.  Having received five consecutive top awards for these events, the show again qualified to apply for the prestigious National Garden Club Flower Show Achievement Award.  


 A PERSONAL CONSULTATION WITH BRENT HEATH from Brent & Becky's Bulbs
  
WINNER IS 
CORRIN TROUTMAN

We thank all that made donations to the Bella Vista Garden Club for a chance to win this consultation.

"The flower show and the district meeting were great successes.  Linda Neymeyer and her crew spent hours and hours in preparation, pleading, setting up and tearing down a fabulous flower show. The entries were beautiful and many comments from those visiting supporting the outstanding entries. The district meeting was one of the best I have attended. It started and ended on time with an agenda that was managed efficiently.  Geri Hoerner did such an outstanding job that she has been asked to help plan an upcoming state meeting. THANK YOU TO ALL WHO CONTRIBUTED TO THE SUCCESS OF THESE EVENTS!"

Judy Jeffery, BVGC President


"The result of all the time and devotion that so many of you contributed was a flower show that we can be very proud of.  After many months of effort by the committee chairs and so many others who helped and prepared for each of the areas required to put on a large flower show, in a matter of hours the reception hall and auditorium at the Shewmaker Center were transformed into showrooms of colorful, educational exhibits that caused people to stop and say 'WOW!'. 

I know many of you made several trips to the college to contribute your help and items, especially those who left late on Monday and again on Tuesday afternoon sore and exhausted. Thank you so much for all your time and hard work! I hope you were rewarded by the very enthusiastic reception from our visitors on Tuesday, as well as sincere praise by the Accredited Flower Show judges, who have viewed many flower shows, and from Mayor Christie, who commented that it would be more appropriately called an 'art show'.  I saw some college students return to view the exhibits more than once and many visitors taking photos. Members from other clubs who attended the NW District Meeting were excited to enjoy the addition of the flower show and for some we provided their first flower show experience.

The judging panel appointed by AFGC Flower Show Chair has determined that the show received a score exceeding 95% using the Scale of Points required to apply for the NGC Flower Show Achievement Award. My applause and appreciation to all who contributed so much to make "Ozark Autumn Memories" such a success!"     

Linda Neymeyer, Chairman Flower Show Committee

UPCOMING EVENTS

The Next Meeting will be
  
October 23rd, 2019
at Bella vista Community Church
75 E. Lancashire Blvd., Bella Vista, AR
 
Program: Scholarships Presented
Artistic Design of the Month 
Horticulture: Tony LiCausi - Organic Pest & Disease Control Products

New Time
9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

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  WHAT'S NEW?

YARD OF THE MONTH - October

Congratulations Robert and Dagmar Roeder of 3 Scotch Broom Trace, Bella Vista 72715, recipients of BVGC October Yard of the Month! Thank you for all your hard work and for making a difference in keeping Bella Vista beautiful.
  
See more photos on the Club's Facebook page.

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 2019 Awards

National Award Winner
  
1st place for National Garden Week 
1st place for Preservation of Beauty -
Bella Vista Memorial Garden Cemetery

South Central Region Awards
  
1st place for Arbor Day
2nd place for National Garden Week
 2nd place for Community Concern

AFGC Awards 
2nd place - Heritage Award
1st place - Arbor Day
2nd place - Yearbook
3rd place- National Garden Week
2nd place - Garden Therapy

Audubon Committee's Bird Poster Winners
BRIGHTFIELD MIDDLE SCHOOL 

5th GRADE
Camila Bustillas - Best in Show  in Place & 1st Place
  
Valshnaui Mani  - Creativity Award & 3rd Place
  
6th GRADE
Harshith Gudura - 1st Place


WASHINGTON JR. HIGH

8th GRADE 
Finley Shaw - 1st Place & Best in Show 
  
Grayson Reynolds - Creativity Award & 2nd Place 
                  

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 for expenses for speaker, Brent Heath, on October 1, 2019.  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 OCTOBER 

·         Annuals & Herbs - Keep deadheading often for continued bloom and continue to fertilize in September. Think about whether you want to save plants or seeds from the garden for next year. Dry herbs for cooking in the winter months.

·         Perennials - Deadhead blooms on perennials and divide those that are overcrowded. Now is a good time to divide spring-blooming perennials, iris and peonies. Many perennials benefit from fall planting because they have time to grow some roots and get established. Mums should be blooming and add more mums to your garden where you need fall color. Watch for water needs. Hostas and daylilies can be divided in fall or spring, but doing it in the fall ensures they have time to get established. Plants divided in spring can look disheveled in comparison.

·         Roses - The few Japanese Beetles we had this year are gone by now and there should be a new flush of blooms for the next few months. Keep deadheading and checking for black spot but stop fertilizing after early September.

·         Lawns Lawns - require a deep watering of at least one inch weekly. Late September is a good time to over-seed fescue lawns. Freezing seeds for a few days helps germination. Apply fall pre-emergence herbicides to control winter weeds later in September.

·         Trees and Shrubs – Trees and shrubs can be planted later in September when the weather cools. Fall planting is most successful because the plant’s energy goes into root growth. Replenish mulch around trees and shrubs leaving an inch or two from the truck or stem.

·         Vegetables As the weather starts to cool down we may get some vegetables to harvest. You can plant turnips, mustard, spinach, lettuce and radishes until mid September. Probably the most important thing you can do to keep diseases and pests controlled in your vegetable garden next year is a thorough clean-up now. Remove all old leaves and stems. Pull out your tomato plants and put them in the trash – not your compost pile. Don’t forget to rotate your crops.

·         Invasive plants This is a good time to spray and kill invasive plants such as poison ivy, bush honeysuckle and privet. Why? Because in the fall all plants turn their energy to their major trunks, stems and roots, causing the plant to absorb and digest the herbicide quickly.


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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.