Bella Vista Garden Club

WELCOME

If you are interested in gardening in Northwest Arkansas, you have come to the right place.

UPCOMING EVENTS

IT'S TIME TO ORDER YOUR BULBS AND PERENNIALS

BLOOMING BUCKS FUNDRAISER

Support the Bella Vista Garden Club when you order bulbs and plants from Brent & Becky's Bulbs. Just click on the Brent and Becky's "ORDER BULBS button", then follow the directions to place your order from their catalog. The Club will be a benefactor of a very generous portion of your purchase. It is that easy!

MOST RECENT ACTIVITIES

Veterans Wall of Honor

Photos just in from Ginny Vance 7/9/21:

A big shout out to Tony LiCausi & Patricia Meyer for working all day on July 8th at the Veterans Wall of Honor. The holly trees which were damaged by the hard winter are finally gone!

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This just in from Tony LiCausi 7/10/21:

The hollies have been removed. Thanks to the Sheriff's department who came with 3 inmates to do the heavy lifting and heavy it was. Seven hours later we finally removed the last one at four in the afternoon. Many thanks go out to Cathy Downard, Ray Matkowski and Ginny Vance. Special thanks to Pat Meyer who arrived at 8 a.m. with home baked cookies and left at 4 p.m. Later, she ran to Lowe's to buy a tarp when it was needed and called her husband, Alan, to bring more tools. If that wasn't enough she bought bottled water when we ran out and oranges too. Folk's, I think we have a winner in our new president, Pat Meyer.


Hope everyone has a healthy and joyous summer and we hope to see you at The Wall in early October for the replacement plantings.

Veterans Wall of Honor

This just in from Penny Frahm 7/6/21.

Weekely trip to the Veteran's Wall to weed and deadhead. There was a group of young men down there power washing the sidewalks and memorial and putting fresh mulch around the shrubs by the walking trail. They offered me some free mulch and even help me put in down around the flower bed, it made the flowers really pop. They were with Hooyeah Tree and Landscape and it was so nice for them to donate the mulch and help. I have included a picture of the two (Ryan and Bo) in that order on the picture. Bo is the one that helped with the flower bed. Photo of Penny from Ginny Vance.

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Plant Sale Preparations Never End

This just in from Ginny Vance:

"So many of us work down at Waste Water daily potting, watering, cleaning up and always weeds to pull to keep things in shape for the next Plant Sale!"

Shown in the photo working today: Ginny Vance, center; Jamie Townsend Hooper, front; Pat Meyer center right; and Mary O'Brian, in the back. Others who work on a regular basis are Virginia Halman, Cathy Downard, Joal Miller, Jen Sheridan, Judy Jeffrey, and Mary Doyle.

The success of the Plant Sales is largely due to their hard work.

BLUE STAR MEMORIAL - HWY 71 WELCOME CENTER

James Richardson posted these photos on FB. He got some planting done at the blue star memorial garden today.

NEW MEMBERS' PICNIC

This just in from Marilyn Russell:

There were 20 of us at the New Members' Picnic on June 18, 2021. The Welcome Committee Chairman, Pat Schrad, introduced Mary Doyle, Joal Miller, Penny Frahm, Dory Hammeke, Judy Jeffrey, and Pat Meyer who all gave an overview of the various committees/projects to the new members.

The Board and Committee Chairmen provided a very nice "salad" luncheon. We all had a good time getting acquainted. The other Welcome Committee members assisting Pat were Cathy Downard and Marilyn Russell.

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The Spring Luncheon - June 9 at Lakepoint

101 Marina Drive, Bella Vista


Awards were given for the past year and some that had been held due to the pandemic were presented. Other hard working members of the BVGC were acknowledged.

Some photos are shown in the Image Carousel. Check the minutes for a more complete list of Awards.


The president distributed a quiz to the members to see how much members knew about the club. It had multiple choice selections with a comical touch. Forty-six people attended the luncheon, with several guests

introduced, including some new members.

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Judy Jeffrey, Past President; Betty Boling-Stull, Asst. 2nd V.P.; Kathy Woxland, 2nd V.P.; Linda Neymeyer, Secretary; Barb Templin, Asst. Secretary; Karen Welch, Treasurer; Lee Ann Robinson, Asst. Treasurer; Tony LiCausi, Parliamentarian. Not present, Beth Kastl, 1st V.P.

PLANT SALE 2021

The Garden Club held two plant sales. An early one and then the annual perennial plant sale Thursday - Saturday, May 20th - 22nd from 8 am to Noon.


The Plant Sale Committee came through once again. Under the able leadership of Joal Miller, the committee members spent hours preparing for the sale and stayed during the sale through 3 days of rain. The funds generated were terrific and these two sales have kept the club from suffering financially during the pandemic.


What a group! They will be recognized at our June luncheon so each of you can thank them personally.


Judy Jeffrey, President BVGC

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The Spring Trip to the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks on May 26th

Garden Club Members provided their own transportation and met at the garden a little before 1:00 p.m. for the tour. The garden is located at 4703 N Crossover Rd, Fayetteville, AR. The admission is $10.00.

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Bella Vista Memorial Garden Cemetery Work Days 5/10/21

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This just in from Mary Doyle: Club members, Patti Brierly, Mona Tate, Jim Richardson, Dagmar Roader, Lou Jasper, Deidre Cheney, Tony LiCausi and one man from the cemetery board worked hard cleaning beds and putting mulch in them.

YARD OF THE MONTH

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JULY 2021 – 6 Swanage Drive

Congratulations to Ron Rogers and his son, Chris, who have been selected as the Bella Vista Garden Club Yard of the Month. Ron has lived in Arkansas most all of his life and at 6 Swanage Dr. for four years. They have totally transformed the yard since moving in. Ron is the designer, installer and weeder while Chris helps with the heavy lifting. They both take great pride in their yard and have a lovely front approach. Ron has always loved plants and Chris says his Dad can make anything grow and flourish! The Bella Vista Garden Club thanks you, Ron and Chris, for yet another example of a well-kept yard and helping to keep Bella Vista beautiful year-round!

THINGS TO DO IN YOUR GARDEN

JUNE

  • June is the transition month between spring and summer. It is the time to finish planting and don’t forget to mulch everything that you plant. You will be glad you did later in the season. It helps retain moisture and keeps the plants cooler in the heat of the summer. This is the time we reap the rewards of all that planting of perennials and annuals in April and May as the garden seem to come alive with color.

  • Annuals – Last chance to plant and deadhead often for continued bloom. Fertilizing and pinching back also avoids your plants growing tall and spindly.

  • Herbs – If you haven’t finished planting, be sure to do it early in the month. Pinch back any flowering herbs to prevent setting seeds. June to July is the time harvest that garlic you planted last October.

  • Bulbs – Spider lily and naked lady bulbs can be planted for fall bloom. Remove foliage of spring bulbs if it is brown.

  • Perennials – Daylilies should be blooming soon. Deadhead as blooms fade. Pinch back mums to remove buds until July 15 for a bushier plant.

  • Lawns – Bermuda – fertilize every 30-45 days, mow to maintain a height of 1.5 to 2”. Fescue – Mow to maintain a height of 2.5 to 3”. Lawns require a deep watering of one inch weekly.

  • Roses – Watch for aphids and fungus. Deadhead to encourage new blooms. Fertilize established roses because they are heavy feeders but be sure to water before applying fertilizer. Water deeply if we don’t get at least one inch of rain per week. June is when the Japanese Beetles arrive.

  • Trees and Shrubs – Prune dead limbs and tiny limbs starting on tree trunks. Newly planted trees and shrubs should be watered deeply each week until established. Leave a few inches between the trunk and mulch to avoid promoting rot and disease in the tree.

  • Vegetables – Monitor water and fertilize tomatoes and begin harvesting those great homegrown vegetables.

LINKS OF INTEREST

New Links

New Link: Toxic Pesticides - This page on the ConsumerNotice.org site has a lot of information on toxic pesticides outlining the different types and how to protect yourself from their negative effects.

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: Consumers Base - This site has A Comprehensive Guide to Container Gardening that is very informative along with other gardening information.

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: 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.

"A garden is a love song, a duet between a human being and Mother Nature."

Jeff Cox
Artistic Touches by Cathy Wayson