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

January 23rd, 2019 Meeting

Lunch: Chili with salads, veggies, and deserts.

Program: "Women's Program at Sheriff's Department" was given by Deputy Dwyer and Master Gardener, Phyllis Stair, below left.

Floral Design Workshop: Linda Neymeyer - "Cascade Designs and Geri Hoerner - "Mechanics of Floral Designs".

Horticulture: Tony LiCausi - "Rocks and Slopes".


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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.

UPCOMING EVENTS


Annual Card/Game Party

March 15th, 2019 - Noon to 4:00 pm
(doors open 11:30 am)
at Bella Vista Community Church

Registration now open!



The next meeting will be on
February 27th, 2019
  
at Bella Vista Community Church
75 E. Lancashire Blvd.

Social and Lunch Time 11:00 a.m.
Meeting Starts at 11:30 a.m.

The program will feature Mr. Joe Ledvina, ArDOT Environmental Division - 
"Highway Wildflower & Milkweed Seeding Program"


  WHAT'S NEW?
 

YARD OF THE MONTH 
is taking a break till spring. 

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. 




Buy, Sell or Trade (Updated 2-17-19)
 
  
  
  
  
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 JANUARY

         ·         Heavy accumulations of ice and snow can cause limbs to bend and break. If limbs do break off, you can prune them but wait to reshape the plant until spring. Some branches that get bent may return to an upright position on their own.

·         If we have a heavy snow, you can lightly remove it with a broom or rake from the underside of the plant to reduce the weight load but do not attempt to remove ice. Just wait until it melts.

·         If you see burned foliage on your evergreen shrubs, ignore it for the rest of the winter.  It may not be the most attractive thing to look at it, but it will serve as extra protection for the plant for the remainder of the winter.

·         Pay attention to the forecast. Prior to a hard freeze make sure that any plants in containers have ample water. Soil in containers dries out much more quickly than soil in flower beds. Water newly planted trees or shrubs, and winter annuals if we have been dry leading up to a hard freeze.

·         Deadhead and fertilize winter annuals (such as pansies) on a mild day.

·         Compost/add manure to beds, add cardboard (keeps weeds down and moisture in soil), and then add 3 inch layer of wood mulch. If it’s a vegetable garden the last step would be a 6-12 inch layer of straw rather than wood mulch.

·         Plant trees and shrubs! It’s best done when the plants are dormant.

·         Winter is the time to grab a hot chocolate or hot tea and curl up with those garden catalogs.