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2018 BVGV TV Programs

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All programs are hosted by Geri Hoerner unless otherwise stated and include a specific topic along with upcoming gardening events and what to do in your garden for the month.

The January 2018 program guest is Tony LiCausi, a member of the Bella Vista Garden Club, a Benton County Master Gardener and a NWA Master Naturalist.  The topic of the program is The Complex World of Soil and the large variety of unseen creatures and microorganisms that improve the soil and benefit plants by just going about their business.  Soil amendments are discussed along with the importance of having your soil tested to determine what natural elements should be added to improve your soil.  The PH factor of the soil also has an effect on the health of plants and that can also be adjusted based on the soil test results.  Natural materials are discussed and how chemicals can harm your soil.  How to build a good bed of soil from scratch is explained.

The February 2018 program guest is Corrin Troutman, Horticulturalist, with an emphasis on Ozark native plants.  The topic of the program is Colorful Natives and the many benefits of including native plants in your garden are discussed.  Also photos of some of the native trees, shrubs and perennials that give your garden color in all seasons are shown.  Douglas Tallamy's book, Bringing Nature Home, is a recommended reference that explains the importance of native plants in our landscapes and Missouri Wildflower Nursery's catalog has a wealth in information on a large variety of native plants.  

The March 2018 program is hosted by Barb Templin and her guest is Rachel Cox, Executive Director of the Healing Gardens of NWA.  The topic of the program is the Healing Gardens of NWA located in Rogers adjacent to the Highlands Oncology Group building.  The history of the garden is discussed, the steps that have been completed so far and the future plans for the gardens that will inclued a 14 foot waterfall.  Photos of the garden plans are shown and future fund raisers are discussed.  Also a preview of the painted wine glasses that will be available to purchase at the BVGC Garden Party in June are displayed.

The April 2018 program guest is Lou Jasper, a member of the Bella Vista Garden Club and a Benton County Master Gardener.  The topic of the program is Butterfly Gardens and the host plants that butterflies need to lay their eggs and feed their caterpillars.  Each butterfly has a specific plant or family of plants that they need for this purpose but many plants can provide the nectar that the butterflies use for food.  Host plants and nectar plants are discussed along with ways to provide a water source.
A butterfly garden can contain a large variety of sun loving plants that many butterflies will visit.  Several sources for host plants and nectar or pollinator plants are discussed.  These lists are located on this website in the Gardening Info section, on the Butterfly Gardens page.  Also discussed are upcoming events:  Duets in Bloom2, the Benton County Master Gardener Lawn & Garden Expo and the Wastewater Plant and Bella Vista Garden Club Plant Sales.  A lovely floral arrangement of spring flowers was provided by Just Petaling to decorate the set and it was donated to a local non-profit. 

The May 2018 program guest is Beth Kastl, a member of the Bella Vista Garden Club and a Benton County Master Gardener.  The topic of the program is Come to a 
Garden Party.  Beth is a Co-Chair of the event that will be held on Friday, June 8th, from 4:00 to 8:00 at Simple Pleasures.  The party is held in cooperation with the City of Bella Vista and the Bella Vista Property Owners Association.  There will be wonderful appetizers created by the members, wine, music, art, vendors, a silent auction, raffles and more.  Our wonderful hand painte wine glasses will be available to purchase and with the purchase you recieve an addition wine pour.  Parts of the video from the 2016 Garden Party are shown to get a glimps of what is in store.  The Mayor will also present the Bella Vista Garden Week Proclamation. Only 1,000 tickets are available and must be purchased in advance and can be found in a number of locations in Bella Vista.  Profits from the event will provide scholarships and other beautification projects.

The June 2018 program guest is Char Brunje, a member of the Bella Vista Garden Club.  The topic of the program is Arkansas Diamonds which are annual plants  selected by the Arkansas Green Industry Association, the U of A Coopertive Extension Services, logal growers and independent garden centers that perform well in Arkansas.  There have been 13 plants chosen since 2015 including 3 in 2018 and the plants are sold with an Arkansas Diamond Logo tag so they can be easily identified.  Photos of the plants were shown from the ARGIA website and the preferred light and water requirements for each plant was discussed.  Nurseries in our area were listed and are shown on the ARGIA website as dealers also.  
              
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