Bella Vista Garden Club

WELCOME

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

Pop-up Daylily Sale on Saturday Sept 25th from 8am-noon at Village WasteWater.

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!

UPCOMING EVENTS

September 22nd Meeting of the BVGC

Meeting Location: Bella Vista Community Church, 75 E. Lancashire Boulevard, Bella Vista.

Meeting Time: Social starts at 9:30 am with meeting at 10:00 am

Entrance: Please enter at the rear of the building. There is an elevator available as you come in the doors.

Zoom: The President will be sending out the Zoom invite in an email. If you have a problem getting on Zoom, please give me a call. 509-392-3430

Masks: The President strongly recommending everyone wear a mask. The Church will be spacing the chairs 6’ apart.

We will be having a pre-sale of the Bella Vista Daffodil bulbs at the meeting. Members may do a pre-sale purchase of 6 bulbs for $7. Please come prepared to place your order with Karen Welch. This pre-sale will be valid until October 5th. If you will not be attending the meeting please send your order with your payment made out to BVGC to Karen Welch 14 Marykirk Lane, 72715. If you don’t purchase bulbs by October 5th the price will be 6 bulbs for $8 which is the price, we will be selling the bulbs to the public for. These are high quality bulbs.

Program: Scholarship Committee Co-chair, Virginia Halman – “Introduction of this year’s Scholarship Recipients”

Guest Speaker: Megan Lankford, Horticulture Supervisor at the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks and former BVGC scholarship recipient will speak on “A Day in the Life of a Horticulturist”

Artistic Design of the Month

Horticulture: Tony LiCausi – “What’s New in Horticulture Fall Planting”

Auction - Fund Raiser

James Richardson has donated a 'Barn Quilt'. It will be auctioned at the meeting as a fund raiser for the Club. James hand painted this 'Barn Quilt' which measures 33” square. James hopes the new owner will include it in the Arkansas Quilt Trail but that is not mandatory.

MOST RECENT ACTIVITIES

Bella Vista Memorial Garden Cemetery Work Days 9/14/21

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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 !

Members in photo - left to right: Rosalie Akey Mikelson, Janice Grim, Patti Brierly, Mary Doyle, Ginny Vance, Cathy Downard, Jane Gordon, Dagmar Roeder, Kimber Smith.

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

YARD OF THE MONTH

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September 2021 – 50 ERIBOLL LANE

Congratulations to Jack & Janet Alton, who have been selected as the Bella Vista Garden Club Yard of the Month. Janet was raised in North Little Rock, lived in Arkansas most all of her life, but they lived in Angel Fire, New Mexico for 18 years and at 50 Eriboll Lane for about one and a half years. Jack is a retired Airforce pilot and Janet is a go getter who has managed several non-profits and trade shows throughout her career before retiring. In Angel Fire they were avid hikers, skiers and snowshoe adventurers. Janet is anxious to get involved in Bella Vista, especially in gardening. She is very high energy and creative so is looking for fun. They have totally transformed the yard since moving in. Janet does all the work - designer, installer, waterer and weeder. Many of her plants were gifts from neighbors. They both take great pride in their yard and have a lovely front approach. The Bella Vista Garden Club thanks you, Jack and Janet, for yet another example of a well-kept yard and helping to keep Bella Vista beautiful year-round!

For previous Yards of the Month...go to Club Buzz.

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.

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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 tonyatthelake@msn.com 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,


Tony LiCausi

This just in from Mary Doyle:

The Butterfly Garden seems to be doing its job and attracting lots of our winged friends.

Veterans Wall of Honor - Winter Damage

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.

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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.

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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THINGS TO DO IN YOUR GARDEN

SEPTEMBER

THINGS TO DO IN SEPTEMBER

· Annuals & Herbs - Keep deadheading often for continued bloom and continue to fertilize in September. Think about whether you want to save plants or seeds from the garden for next year. Dry herbs for cooking in the winter months.

· Perennials - Deadhead blooms on perennials and divide those that are overcrowded. Now is a good time to divide spring-blooming perennials, iris and peonies. Many perennials benefit from fall planting because they have time to grow some roots and get established. Mums should be blooming and add more mums to your garden where you need fall color. Watch for water needs. Hostas and daylilies can be divided in fall or spring, but doing it in the fall ensures they have time to get established. Plants divided in spring can look disheveled in comparison.

· Roses - The few Japanese Beetles we had this year are gone by now and there should be a new flush of blooms for the next few months. Keep deadheading and checking for black spot but stop fertilizing after early September.

· Lawns Lawns - require a deep watering of at least one inch weekly. Late September is a good time to over-seed fescue lawns. Freezing seeds for a few days helps germination. Apply fall pre-emergence herbicides to control winter weeds later in September.

· Trees and Shrubs – Trees and shrubs can be planted later in September when the weather cools. Fall planting is most successful because the plant’s energy goes into root growth. Replenish mulch around trees and shrubs leaving an inch or two from the truck or stem.

· Vegetables As the weather starts to cool down we may get some vegetables to harvest. You can plant turnips, mustard, spinach, lettuce and radishes until mid September. Probably the most important thing you can do to keep diseases and pests controlled in your vegetable garden next year is a thorough clean-up now. Remove all old leaves and stems. Pull out your tomato plants and put them in the trash – not your compost pile. Don’t forget to rotate your crops.

· Invasive plants This is a good time to spray and kill invasive plants such as poison ivy, bush honeysuckle and privet. Why? Because in the fall all plants turn their energy to their major trunks, stems and roots, causing the plant to absorb and digest the herbicide quickly.



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