2024 BVGC TV Program

All programs are hosted by Geri Hoerner or other members of the Bella Vista Garden Club or the Benton County Master Gardeners and include a specific topic along with upcoming gardening events and what to do in your garden for the month.


The January 2024 Program is hosted by JB Portillo and the guests are Dory Hammeke, President of the Bella Vista Garden Club, and Joanne York, President of the Benton County Master Gardeners.  The topic of the show is the Bella Vista Garden Club and the Benton County Master Gardeners and a brief description of what each organization does in the community.  Both are very involved in the beautification of NW Arkansas with the programs they oversee.  Also the effort to share gardening knowledge is very important to each organization.   Some of the planned TV programs for the upcoming year were discussed and there will be more involvement with members of each group. 

The February 2024 Program is hosted by Geri Hoerner and the guests are Steve and Cathy Marak, members of the Orchid Society of the Ozarks.  The topic of the show is Orchids - To Repot or Not and several orchids are evaluated to see if repotting would be advisable based on how the root system looks and how the potting medium is degrading and holding excessive water.  One was repotted in a larger pot to accommodate the large root system.  The most common and easiest to grow of the 30,000 species are Phalaenopsis or moth orchids and Paphiopedilum or slipper orchids.  Several blooming orchids were displayed and discussed.  An Orchid Show and Sale will be held by the society at the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks on March 1st through the 3rd and is a great place to see a large variety and purchase orchids. 

The March 2024 Program is hosted by JB Portillo and the guest is Susan Esche a Benton County Master Gardener and volunteer at the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks.  The topic of the show is Ready-Set-Go steps to follow to get ready for the new gardening season are discussed from perennial beds to vegetable gardens beds.  Seed planting is a good way to start or plants can be purchased later in the month.  A list of things to do and not to do in March are discussed in addition to taking a soil test to the Benton County Extension Office which is a free service.  Hints as to how to best incorporate compost into your beds are given.