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 December 4th Christmas Luncheon
  

The luncheon decorations created by Val Courter and Betty Boling-Stuff were lovely (top left).  The social time was full of laughter (top right).  Happy celebrations followed.  New member, Dean Watson, was presented with garden gloves by Joel Miller for his hard work (Center left). Tony LiCausi showed the club a recently publish book done by a former club member, Alycyn Culbertson.  This charming book about Monarchs is called "Look What Happened While I was Sleeping" and is aimed at 3 - 5 year old kids (Center).  The Club President, Judy Jeffrey, received some roses in honor of her birthday (center right).  The buffet was really good (bottom left) and last but certainly not least...the Bentonville High School Chamber Choir entertained with a variety of Christmas songs sung a cappella in a number of languages.  It was a fun event.

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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

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.  


"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
Bella Vista Garden Club
will be on January 22nd
at
Bella Vista Community Church
75 E. Lancashire Blvd.

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

Program: Geri Hoerner and Beth Kastl - "Gardens of London" with photos from their recent trip.

Artistic Design of the Month

Horticulture: One on One Gardening Information with Tony LiCausi immediately following the regular meeting.

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  WHAT'S NEW?
  
1,000 Daffodils Planted
at Dogwood Golf Course
   

   
See more Photos and Details
on Club Buzz - CLICK HERE

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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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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 
  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 JANUARY
 Heavy Frost on the Dwarf Purple Nandinas

·         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.

 

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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.