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

WIN A PERSONAL CONSULATION IN YOUR GARDEN

Want to win a 2-hour Personal Consultation in your garden on the morning of October 2, 2019 with Brent Heath from Brent & Becky's Bulbs?  By making a donation to the Bella Vista Garden Club you could do just that!  Each $5 you contribute entitles you to a chance to win.  Location of winning garden must be within 40 miles of Bella Vista, Arkansas. 

  

To register for a chance to win the Garden Consultation, click here.  


Donations can also be made in person at: Audrey's Boutique

1731 Forest Hills Boulevard

Bella Vista, AR 72715


The deadline for entries is September 24, 2019.  The winner will be drawn on the Bella Vista Gardening TV Program on September 25, 2019.  If you are the winner, we will notify you by September 26, 2019. 


All donations help support the NW District Meeting expenses.  



RECENT ACTIVITIES

Lunch at Village Waste Water Company
June 14th, 2019
  
The Garden Club provided lunch for workers at the Village Waste Water Company as a thank you for their support of the BVCG's Plant Sales and to cement our continued good relationship for future sales.



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The Spring Luncheon was held on
June 6th, 2019
at Lakepoint Restaurant, Bella Vista, AR

Installation of 2019 - 2020 Officers

Betty Honn (standing above right) and Norma Rauch (not present) were awarded "Circle of Roses" for being members of the BVGC or 25 years.


See more pix in Club Buzz

The Video of the Club's Accomplishments and Activities in 2018-19 is now available on Youtube - CLICK HERE


UPCOMING EVENTS

The Next Meeting will be
  
One Month Early - August 28th, 2019
at Bella vista Community Church
75 E. Lancashire Blvd., Bella Vista, AR
 
Program: Terri Waterman – "Flower Power" 
Artistic Design of the Month 
Horticulture: One on One Gardening 
Information with Tony LiCausi immediately 
following the regular meeting.

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

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The Bella Vista Garden Club is hosting the
NW District Meeting 
Tuesday, October 1, 2019 
9:00 Registration - 10:00 Meeting Begins
12:00 Lunch - 12:45 Program
Brent Heath from Brent & Becky's Bulbs


Northwest Arkansas Community College Shewmaker Center For Workforce Technologies 
1000 SE Eagle Way
Bentonville, Arkansas 72712

AND AT THE SAME LOCATION

The Bella Vista Garden Club Presents
“Ozark Autumn Memories”

Tuesday, October 1, 2019
Open 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Open to the Public - Free Admission 

We need your entries!  

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  WHAT'S NEW?

YARD OF THE MONTH - August
Bella Vista Garden Club Yard of the month winner Scott and BJ Tassin of 13 Mansfield Dr, Bella Vista! Yet another great job recently updated by Scott as a surprise to BJ! Thank you for making Bella Vista even more beautiful! Lots of sweet touches and hard work!
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 AUGUST 

·         August is the month we retreat from the garden and just go out to water or deadhead. Usually the abundance of rain we normally get in June and early July comes to an end and the heat and drought set in for August. That can take a toll on most plants. So August is the month to water, water and water. Annuals & Herbs Some of the annuals have seen better days due to this excessive heat and may need to be pulled. If they are doing well, deadhead often for continued bloom. Pinch back to keep your plants from growing tall and spindly. Try making flavored oils and vinegars with your herbs or you can dry or freeze them. Harvest your basil to make pesto.

·         Perennials - Mums should be have set their buds and will be blooming soon. Deadhead blooms on perennials. Watch for water needs.

·         Lawns - Lawns require a deep watering of at least one inch weekly. Hold back on fertilizer during August. Raise your mower blades this month.

·         Roses - The last feeding should be done this month. Be sure to water well before fertilizing so you don’t burn the roots. Watch for aphids and fungus and treat any problems. Not too many Japanese Beetles this year.

·         Trees and Shrubs – Check evergreens for scale and bagworms. Those planted this year need ample water.

·         Vegetables - Enjoy your harvest and watch for pests. Plant fall crops later in the month when the weather cools – good choices include Chinese cabbage, beets, collards, spinach and turnips.

·         Webworms - Are showing up all over and can be unsightly but usually will not kill a tree. If the web is broken open, the wasps will take care of the worms inside for you.

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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.