Bella Vista Garden Club

WELCOME

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

UPCOMING EVENTS

PLANT SALES 2021

Two Spring Plant Sales

April 16-17 Sale, will offer tomatoes, coleus, swiss chard and zinnias.

Click on the "April Sale Guidelines" button for complete instructions and photos of the available plants.

The second sale on May 20-22, will offer all remaining plants. Names of the plants and photos will be available on the BVGC website later.

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!

The April 28th Meeting

We will convene at the Kingsdale Pavilion, which is located in the back of Riordan Hall and right beside the pool. The speaker, Denise Klinger, will begin at 9:30 AM. The topic is "Bluebird Habitat/Native Plants."


Election of officers will be held and Tony LiCausi will hold a one on one session with any member that has a garden question.


$20 dues will also be collected at our April meeting. So, bring your checkbook to cover the annual dues and the luncheon cost. It helps everyone when you pay your dues in a timely fashion (treasurer and budget planning). You can even make your checks out ahead of time so we can keep the line short and distanced at the treasurer's table.

Outdoor Field Trip on May 25

Members will decide on the May Field Trip at the April Meeting. Members will provide their own transportation and pay any entrance fees.

The Spring Luncheon - June 9 at Lakepoint

101 Marina Dr., BV


Social gathering 11:00

Meeting 11:30

Lunch 12:00

Choice of entrée

(1) Parmesan crusted chicken, marinara, provolone cheese

(2) Sliced beef sirloin, red wine herb demi sauce

Mixed green salad with dressings on the table.

Oven roasted potatoes

Chef’s choice vegetable

Chef’s choice dessert

Roll and butter with Iced tea and coffee upon request

The cost is $16.50 per member with the club will paying the remaining $16.50.

The bar will be open from 11:00am - I:00 pm. You’re on your own for that expense.

We will have a wonderful surprise in the form of entertainment.

Karen Welch will be taking reservations and money at our April 28th meeting. At that time she will note your choice for the entrée. If you’re unable to attend the April meeting, you can mail your check and entrée choice to Karen.

She’ll also be collecting your $20 dues for next year.

MOST RECENT ACTIVITIES

The March 24th Meeting was held on Zoom

Program: Bella Vista Fire Chief, Steve Sims, spoke on "Fire Safety in Bella Vista."

Chief Sims suggested GC Members check out...

Not enough members were present for voting so that was postponed until the April meeting. Tony LiCausi provided information on Organic Bed Preparation.

Veterans Wall of Honor

This just in from Penny Frahm.

The 'Bella Vista' Daffodils look so pretty; pansies are making a comeback after our unusual weather; and the nandinas look a little rough just like everyone's but hopefully they will come back.

Bella Vista Memorial Garden Cemetery Work Days 8/15 - 9/15/2020

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Blue Star Memorial Work Day 9/4/2020

YARD of the MONTH for April

Bill and Anna Harris

Congratulations to Bill and Anna Harris of 2 Kirk Circle, BV 72715 who have been selected as the Bella Vista Garden Club Yard of the Month. Bill and Anna are originally from Texas but have been in BV for over 20 years. Anna says that she has always loved plants and creating a beautiful yard anywhere they have ever lived. She is a trained Master Gardener and most of her plants were given to her by family or friends. They both take great pride in their yard and have a lovely front approach and beautiful side yard especially in the Spring with plenty of daffodils, vinca ground cover and plenty of trees forming a beautiful oasis with a bench placed perfectly to enjoy the view. The Bella Vista Garden Club thanks you, Bill and Anna, for yet another example of a well-kept yard and helping to keep Bella Vista beautiful year-round!


The Bella Vista Garden Club promotes and rewards exemplary yard care in Bella Vista and recognizes neighbors who demonstrate above-average efforts in maintaining their property, which contributes to the overall appearance of the community at large.


All homes and businesses in Bella Vista are eligible. Nominations are for the front and side yards jointly. One yard is chosen each month by members of BVGC who select the yard that best exemplifies uniqueness, beauty and curb appeal.


Nominate a yard today via email: portillo.jb@gmail.com Or call JB @ 479-268-8325. Please provide the address and the homeowners name if known. All nominations will be in the running for future recognition.


THINGS TO DO IN YOUR GARDEN

APRIL

      • Humming Bird Feeders should be out April 1st - 4-1 ratio water to sugar – you do not need to add red food coloring to attract the hummingbirds

      • Spring cleanup - Time to get the leaves cleaned out, weeds pulled and mulch put on the beds.

      • Perennials - This is the month we go full speed ahead with planting perennials, trees and shrubs.

      • Annuals - Hold off on planting annuals and herbs until about the end of April or later. There still may be a few nights in the 40s and they just don’t like those cool nights. You can start to plant seeds once the ground has warmed up. Some years it is May before it is safe.

      • Bulbs - Be sure and leave the foliage on spring blooming bulbs until they turn brown or for at least six to eight weeks. The city if full of beautiful “Bella Vista” daffodils! You can plant dahlias late this month but be sure to mark them with a stake.

      • Houseplants - I know you want to get some of them outside ASAP but please wait until night temperatures are 50 degrees or more… you both will be happier.

      • Lawns - Don’t fertilize until about 2 weeks after green up. You need 1” of water each week.

      • Roses - New growth is shooting out. Fertilize established roses but be sure to water before and after. Watch for black spot and treat early.

      • Vegetables - Time to get the vegetable garden ready to plant with cool weather crops which can be planted from Feb-April - Lettuce, Kale, Greens, Peas, Turnips, Radishes some beans, beets, broccoli, cabbage, carrots and many others who prefer the cool spring and fall weather.

LINKS OF INTEREST

New Links

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