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

December 5th, 2019 Christmas Luncheon
Bella Vista Bar & Grill (Country Club)

After a short business meeting conducted by Club President, Judy Jeffrey, and a moving invocation by Sue Beaty, the Club enjoyed a lunch buffet followed by the lovely singing of the Bentonville High School Chamber Choir.  






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Fall Plant Sale


Just want to thank everybody who helped with the plant sale and helped with everything that was done to prepare for the sale.  Lots of people showed up to help unload the mums.  All the people who helped with the sale, every little thing and big things that you helped with is much appreciated.  

We connected with a lot of people at the sale, letting them know what Bella Vista Garden Club is all about.  I will give you a update later on the outcome of the sale.

Debbie Edmunds,
Plant Sale Chairman
UPCOMING EVENTS

The next meeting will be on January 23rd, 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 Phyllis Stair, Garden Club of Rogers - "Women's Program at Sheriff's Department Garden"

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  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. 

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BVGC 2018 Awards

National Award Winner

Overall winner (all states), Radio and/or TV
for the 'Bella Vista Gardening' TV Program
This is a noteworthy achievement when you consider there are 5,000 garden clubs in the US and we placed as the overall winner!  

South Central Region Awards

Community Concern - 1st Place ($25)
Arbor Day Dedication - 2nd Place
Yearbook - 3rd Place

Arkansas Federation of 
Garden Clubs (AFGC) Awards

Garden Therapy – 2nd Place
Vera Key Horticulture Roll with Great Honor
Arbor Day – 1st Place ($25)
Publicity Press Book, Large Club ($25) – 
1st Place
Heritage Award – 1st Place ($25)
History Book, Large Club - 1st Place
Yearbook, Large Club - 1st Place
Horticulture Roll with with Great Honor -
 2nd Place
Standard of Excellence with Great Honor

AFGC Youth Awards

Bird Contest, Best in Show - $25 each
5 th Grade – Harshith Guruda, BVGC
7 th Grade – Finely Shaw – BVGC
8 th Grade – Hailey Balwin – BVGC

Creativity Award
12 th Grade – M. Bramel – BVGC
12 th Grade – K. Garret - BVGC
 
  
  
  
  
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 DECEMBER
 
·         Not a lot to do in the winter but a few items need to be attended to. Annuals & Herbs Mulch and monitor moisture on pansies and herbs if they are dry.
       
·         Bulbs - Try to get all spring blooming bulbs in the ground in early December.Mulch to protect from thawing and freezing and to conserve moisture.·         Roses - After a few freezes mulch roses for the winter.
·         Lawns - Keep lawns free of fallen leaves... they smother the grass. Walking on frozen grass can cause bare spots. Use the sidewalks and paths when possible. Remember that salt is not a good thing to use on driveways if you have grass growing next to it.
·         Trees and Shrubs - Monitor water over the winter months and especially newly planted trees and shrubs. Water when needed. Prune evergreens for use in holiday decorations.
·         Tropicals & Houseplants - They still need water but not as much indoors in the winter months. Watch for pests and disease and treat promptly. Spray with insecticidal soap as needed. Keep poinsettias fresh with even moisture and plenty of light. Keep out of drafts and away from registers. Live Christmas trees need the water monitored daily. Recycle cut Christmas trees as fish shelter or wildlife habitat in the woods.
·         Perennials - Some cut perennials and mums back over the winter and some don’t. You’ll make birds happy if you leave a few stems and seed heads uncut that will provide food and shelter. Do not cut back your salvias or other hollow stemmed plants since moisture can get in the stem and freeze which will probably kill the plant.
·         Don’t forget to feed the birds over the winter. The colder it gets the more they need the protein from suet to keep them warm. Mainly enjoy the garden at rest and you can be entertained for hours just watching the birds especially when there is a blanket of snow on the ground.

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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.