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

RECENT ACTIVITIES
  
The January 29th Meeting
  
  
Beth Kastl (left above) and Geri Hoerner (right above) gave a fascinating program on "Gardens in England" featuring photos from their May 2019 trip.

Great Raffle Items were won by three happy Garden Club members.

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NW District Meeting
of AFGC
Hosted by Bella Vista Garden Club 
Tuesday, October 1, 2019 

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

and at the same location...

The Bella Vista Garden Club Presented
“Ozark Autumn Memories”
NGC Standard Flower Show
Tuesday, October 1, 2019
  
  
Judy Jeffrey, President of the BVGC; Linda Neymeyer, General Chairman of the Standard Flower Show; Geri Hoerner, Chairman of the NW District Meeting; and 
Brent Heath from Brent & Becky's Bulbs, Speaker.


More Photos on Club Buzz - CLICK HERE 

Video available on Youtube - CLICK HERE

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.  


"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!'.  

Linda Neymeyer, Chairman Flower Show Committee

UPCOMING EVENTS
  
The next meeting of the BVGC will be on February 26th
at
Bella Vista Community Church
75 E. Lancashire Blvd.

Social Time 9:30 a.m.
Meeting 10:00 a.m.

Program: Steve Dunlap, Arkansas Fish and Game Commissioner, will speak on "Birds and Snakes in Arkansas".

Artistic Design of the Month

Horticulture: LiCausi, one of the Club's resident experts, will speak on "Lawn Care"

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Registration NOW OPEN for:

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  WHAT'S NEW?
  
YARD OF THE MONTH will return in May

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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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: 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.
  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 FEBRUARY
 
Frost on an Azalea

     

·         Houseplants – Watch for spider mites and scale – insecticidal soap will control them and don’t overwater. More houseplants die from overwatering than underwatering.

·         Annuals and Vegetables – Place your catalog orders for now for the best supply. Try something new this year but resist ordering more than you can plant and maintain. “Easy to grow” may mean it will march across your driveway to your neighbor’s lot. “Reseeds freely” may mean you will be weeding this from your garden for years to come.

·         Lawns – February is a good time to apply lime if needed – if you are not sure, take a soil sample to the Extension Office in Bentonville for testing.

·         Roses – You can apply dormant spray but it is too early to do your spring pruning until late February or early March. If you prune and new growth appears, it may freeze if more cold weather hits.

·         Trees and shrubs – Keep monitoring the moisture and water if dry. Trees and shrubs can be planted if the soil is not frozen. Late in the month fertilize trees and shrubs – except for spring blooming shrubs. Prune crepe myrtles but do not prune spring blooming shrubs or you will remove the flowers.

·         Perennials – Most perennials can be divided and replanted in February but it will be beneficial to wait until late February or March. February is a very fickle and capricious month. A string of sunny warm days makes us want to believe Spring is here but no doubt more cold weather will come.

·         Grasses – Late February is the time to cut back grasses and liriope as low to the new growth as possible to remove the old dried growth.