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2019 BVGC 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 2019 Program guest is Corrin Troutman, Horticulturalist specializing in Native Plants and member of the Bentonville Garden Club.  The topic of the program is White and Night Bloomers and photos of many native white blooming trees and plants are described and shown.  A white garden at the edge of your property pulls your eye out to that area as the sun goes down and dusk sets in.  Also shown are night blooming plants that can be enjoyed at the end of the day and early evening.  These additions to your garden can add special interest.

The February 2019 Program guest is Tony LaCausi, a member of the Bella Vista Garden Club and a Benton County Master Gardener.  The topic of the program is Summer and Fall Blooming Bulbs and photos of many of these later bloomers are shown.  When we think of bulbs, we think of those we plant in fall that bloom in spring but there are a large variety of bulbs and tubers that will give your garden later summer and fall color.  Many are topical plants that need to be moved into your garage or kept from freezing but some will survive in the ground in the NWA region. 

The March 2019 Program guest is Ann Iwen, a member of the Bella Vista Garden Club.  The topic of the program is Orchids from Around the World and photos are shown of many orchids used as houseplants.  These tropical plants are native to every continent except Antarctica and thrive in warm and humid conditions.  Several examples of blooming Phalaenopsis are shown which were supplied by Lou Jasper, fellow member of the Bella Vista Garden Club.  Planting medium, fertilizing and watering instructions and hints are given.  

The April 2019 Program guest is Barb Templin, a member of the Bella Vista Garden Club.  The topic of the program is Spring Planting for Fall Color and photos are shown of many plants other than the usual mums and pansies that give us wonderful fall color.   A variety of shrubs, grasses and perennials give us fall color as a bonus.  There are even some hostas that turn yellow before they lose their leaves in the late fall.  A plant that gives fall color next to an evergreen will give your garden good color variety.  

The May 2019 Program guest is Fran Zimmermann a former member of the Bella Vista Garden Club.  The topic of the program is Rhododendrons and Azaleas and planting information along with the preferred growing conditions were discussed regarding light, soil, water, mulch, fertilizing and pruning.  A new variety of Azalea on the market called RebloomTM  was exhibited  that is similar to the Encore series.  Photos of Rhododendrons and Azaleas were shown together with layering options using a variety of these plants.  

The June 2019 Program host is JB Portillo, a member of the Bella Vista Garden Club and current President of the Benton County Master Gardeners.  The guests are Mary Burks, Don Casteel and Andrea Klokow, all Benton County Master Gardeners.  The topic of the program is Celebrating 25 Years of Benton County Master Gardeners and
the history of the organization is discussed.  Also what they do and some of the projects:  Helping Hands Pantry Garden that has contributed over 1 ton of fresh produce to the Helping Hands Pantry in 2018, beautification at the County Courthouse, the County Fair information booth and training events for entries, Growing Up Green children's project, Farmers Market booths, the annual Expo where plants are sold and educational booths and the 25th Anniversary Celebration to be held in the Peel Garden.

The July 2019 Program guest is Lou Jasper, a member of the Bella Vista Garden Club and Benton County Master Gardeners.  The topic of the program is Deadheading & Summer Trimming and a list of annual plants that are considered self-cleaning which do not require the spent flowers to be removed was given.   A demonstration was shown of how to properly deadhead petunias so that seeds to not develop, taking energy away from the plant to produce more flowers.  There are annuals and perennials that will reward you with second blooms after deadheading were mentioned.  Also those plants that have blooms on stems can be removed by cutting the stem on an angle so water does not collect in the cut stem.  Summer trimming should be kept at a minimum just to removed dead limbs or branches, lightly reshaping or removing a few shoots that are sticking up. 

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