Bella Vista Garden Club
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October 27th Meeting of the BVGC
Meeting Location: Bella Vista Community Church, 75 E. Lancashire Boulevard, Bella Vista.
YOUR PARTICIPATION IS NEEDED
BVGC Members, one of my goals as your president is for every club member to have the opportunity to become involved in our projects. This involvement covers a wide range of needs and talents. Some needs involve outdoor, physical labor others will be less physically demanding, but ALL are needed for an active and effective Club.
MOST RECENT ACTIVITIES
YARD OF THE MONTH
October 2021 -
47 Stonehaven Dr.
Congratulations to Tom & Mary Lou Armstrong, who have been selected as the Bella Vista Garden Club Yard of the Month. They were recommended by their appreciative neighbor, Bev Marten. The Armstrongs moved to Bella Vista from Dumas, Texas in 2017. They are both retired but in past lives Tom was a pharmacist and Mary Lou says that a designer hat is what she wears. She loves designing all things, homes, gardens, food, parties, you name it! Lynn designs and plants their beautiful yard and Tom mows and edges and does the heavy lifting. May Lou believes that gardening is therapeutic. “ I plant and God makes it beautiful”, says Mary Lou.
For previous Yards of the Month...go to Club Buzz.
New Sand Bed Preparation
This just in from Ginny Vance.
We are so thankful for the workers at the Bella Vista Waste Water Company. They made a brand new sand bed area for our plants that we sell in the spring!! Landscape blocks were added too!! They are an awesome group of men & women
September 22nd Meeting
Ilene Vought thanked the BVGC on behalf of the board for all the work in the Bella Vista Memorial Garden Cemetery which has won another National Garden Clubs, Inc. Preservation of Beauty Achievement Award in 2019 and 2020. As a reward, she brought donuts to the meeting.
Bella Vista Garden Club Dorothy Wallace Scholarships
Michelle Wisdom, Isabella Norsworthy, Dr. Wayne Mackay, Stephen Turner, Virginia Halman, Pat Meyer, Judi Shannon, Dory Hammeke, Marilyn Russell
Stephen Turner and Virginia Halman
Program: Scholarship Committee Co-chair, Virginia Halman Introduced this year’s Scholarship Recipients
Isabella Norsworthy and Virginia Halman
Guest Speaker: Megan Lankford, Horticulture Supervisor at the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks and former BVGC scholarship recipient spoke on “A Day in the Life of a Horticulturist”
Dedication of Yearbook: President, Pat Meyer, dedicated the Yearbook to a very surprised Cathy Downard.
Raffle Items: Three happy club members enjoyed winning this raffle.
Zoom: The meeting was also shared on Zoom with members who didn't attend. Nine members took advantage of this new feature run by Ginny Vance.
Artistic Design of the Month: Tray Design with autumn theme by Linda Neymeyer.
Horticulture: Tony LiCausi spoke on “What’s New in Horticulture – Fall Planting”
Bella Vista Memorial Garden Cemetery Work Days 9/14/21
It was a beautiful morning for our Garden Club Members to work at the Bella Vista Memorial Garden Cemetery. We dead headed and we’re cleaning beds for the fall. These gardens are beautiful !
New Project - Native Plants Garden Bed
This project is chaired by Plant Sale Chairman, Joel Miller. It is an area in front of the greenhouse where the committee works on the Plant Sales. The Waste Water Treatment Plant is allowing the Club to use the area to make a garden showcasing native plants. It will feature stepping stones to allow people to walk into the area. It is mainly a learning garden but eventually some of the plants will be for sale at future Garden Club Plant Sales.
Plant Sale Preparations Never End
So many club members 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 Aug 9th: Kathy Zumbro, Deidre Cheney, Mary O'Brian, Ginny Vance, Cathy Downard, and Jen Sheridan
Tour of Club Member's Garden - July 14, 2021
Though this wasn't an official Club activity it involves many members of the Bella Vista Garden Club.
BVGC member Tony LiCausi's lovely garden was on tour today for the Garden Club of Rogers. Many BVGC members were there to help out.
Note of Thanks from Tony
Well the weatherman finally co-operated, the rain stopped at just the right time, the weather was cool everyone arrived and appeared to have had a good time because they were slow to leave, took bunches of pictures and had many questions. I was most proud of our Bella Vista Garden Club in coming out and helping to host in many ways our neighboring garden club. A special shout out to Marilyn Russell and Judi Shannon who helped with coffee and biscotti. Bob and Terresa Paulseen who helped with parking and hosting. Barb Angstead, Deidre Cheney, Janice Grim, Dory Hammeke, Mary O'Brian, Elaine Rooney who helped with hosting and guiding. There were many more who also came to just help if necessary. I apologize for not mentioning your names because there were so many and was a bit overwhelmed. I do remember of course our president Pat Meyer (always charming) and am pretty sure Ginny Vance was here taking photo's also.
There were a number of people who I can't remember who wanted some perennial divisions this spring, information on drip systems, compost tea, nematode suppliers, etc.. etc. If you are one of these please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at 479 876 2121 and I am happy to help in any way I can. Again, thanks a million Bella Vista Garden Club,
This just in from Tony LiCausi 7/10/21:
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.
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.
THINGS TO DO IN YOUR GARDEN
LINKS OF INTEREST
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