Bella Vista Garden Club
If you are interested in gardening in Northwest Arkansas, you have come to the right place.
The Next Meeting of the BVGC will be January 24th
MOST RECENT ACTIVITIES
The Christmas Party was a Huge Success
December 6th, 2023
Table at the Hickory Inn, Bentonville, AR
The Stunning Table Decorations
The Raffle Items
The Raffle Drawing
Special Thank You Gifts
We’re grateful to each of these club members for all they do in support of our club.
Upper Left: Sue Santori was recognized for her efforts leading the Beautification Committee especially with the daffodil bulb sales and plantings. Sue and her committee recently planted 500 daffodil bulbs at Bella Vista’s new Public Safety Building.
The Yummy Lunch
Bentonville Chamber Choir with Conductor
Lovely Music with Such Great Voices
BVGC Honors Sue Mank
Geri Hoerner (left in photograph) attended the Garden Club of Rogers meeting where the Bella Vista Garden Club honored Sue Mank with a Penny Pines Certificate.
Geri also gave them our pop tabs to include in their collection which will benefit the local Ronald Mc Donald house.
Daffodil Bulb Planting
Daffodil Bulb Sale was a Success
Daffodil Mix for the South
The Garden Club Members
Beautiful Day to Sell
'Bella Vista' Daffodils
Crystal Bridges Bulb Planting held 11/11/2023
Thanks to Steve Brusso, Bob and Teresa Poulseen for assisting with planting 'Bella Vista' Daffodils on the grounds at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. The CB gardens will provide another beautiful spot for enjoying the colorful flowers next Spring.
2024 Plant Sale Prep
Joal Miller, Plant Sale Chairman, reports that the plant sale group started working on our coleus cuttings! We have a number of “mother” plants that we’re taking cuttings from that we will root and eventually pot up in our one gallon pots. We will then nurture them through the winter and have them ready for you at our April 20, 2024 sale! Mark your 2024 calendars and stay tuned for periodic updates on the “ baby” coleus.
Update 11/25/23 from Joal Miller: We have lots of cuttings with lots of roots so potting them up is just around the corner. They’ll be big and full by the time of our sale April 20th. We have over 12 varieties of coleus to choose from! Will continue to keep you updated on their progress along with the tomatoes and zinnias once we get them started in early 2024.
BVGC Card & Games Party
Thank you to all the workers who made the Card Party a success. This charity fundraising event was held on Friday, October 27, 2023 from 11:00am to 4pm at St. Bernard of Claivaux Catholic Church, 1 St. Bernard Lane, Bella Vista.
The lunch, raffles, and games were enjoyed by all.
If you would like to be added to the email list to receive advance notification of the party and when registration opens next year, send an email indicating your interest to email@example.com.
Table setup, kitchen workers, raffle baskets and items and donor poster.
October 10th 2023, a fun garden related craft project was taken to residents at Concordia Catered Living in Bella Vista.
October 17th 2023, a garden related craft project was taken to residents at Brookfield Assisted Living in Bella Vista.
The Bella Vista Yard of the Month Program will Return in the Spring
September 28th, 2023 Bella Vista Memorial Garden Cemetery Work Day
Sixteen volunteers came out on a beautiful Fall morning to clean up the cemetery’s garden beds for winter. Cemetery committee co-chairs are Mary Doyle and Patti Brierly.
1. Pictured L to R: Nanette Prewitt , Pat Meyer, Kathy Pannell
2. L to R: Deidre Cheney, Janet Conboy, Marilyn Russell, Jeanie Talbott.
3. Pictured L to R: Bottom row, Beth Ward and Debbie Reeves. Middle row, Dagmar Roeder, Jan Grim, Rosalie Mikelson, Patti Brierly, Penny Bossert, and Mary Doyle. Back row Steve Brusso.
Garden Club Feature on KNWA
Veterans Wall of Honor
This just in from Steve Brusso (click the arrow)
The Arkansas Federation of Garden Clubs held their mid-year meeting recently at Fairfield Bay, Arkansas. Six members of the Bella Vista Garden Club were among the more than 80 garden club members from across the state in attendance. The theme of the meeting was “Stepping Back in Time”. Representing both BVGC and Floralia were Linda Neymeyer, Geri Hoerner, Beth Kastl, and Mary Doyle. These Floralia members, along with Ginny Vance and Dory Hammeke of the Bella Vista Garden Club, assisted the Northwest District in hosting the event at the Fairfield Bay Conference Center. Floralia members helped Ann York, Chairman of the Mid-Year meeting, by providing beautiful table decorations and floral arrangements in keeping with the retro theme.
During the meeting, the Bella Vista Garden Club received the following awards:
- National Garden Clubs, Inc. – Digital Media Presentation ('Bella Vista Gardening' TV Show)
- AFGC – Director’s Citation for Outstanding Service, Penny Pines Contest for 2022-2023
- National Garden Clubs, Inc.—Certificates in Appreciation of award participation for National Garden Week, Social Media Designed and Managed by Club Members, Website Designed and Managed by Club Members, and Community Projects with Native Plants/Wildflowers.
L to R Attendees -- Mary Doyle, Dory Hammeke, Beth Kastl, Linda Neymeyer, and in the front row L to R - Ginny Vance, and Geri Hoerner,
Dory Hammeke received other awards for the Club.
R Geri Hoerner -- received an award for Digital Media Presentation (The TV Show).
Linda Neymeyer receiving first place award for weeping hemlock horticulture submission in the petite flower show
Sue Santori, Beautification committee chair, and her committee worked at the Bella Vista sign on July 19, 2023.
Helpers included Virginia Halman, Cathy Downard, Deidre Cheney, Eric Johnson, Dory Hammeke, and Dave.
Big Perennial Sale
was a huge success.
The National Garden Club's Path of Success
It’s a good idea to include native plants in your landscape.
Native plants are already acclimated to conditions in your area and, therefore, require much less maintenance, plus they feed and shelter local wildlife, birds, and butterflies. Not every plant native to the United States is native to a particular zone. Take zone 6, for instance. What hardy native plants are suited for USDA zone 6? Read on to find out about zone 6 native plants. Growing Hardy Native Plants for Zone 6 The selection of zone 6 native plants is quite diverse, with everything from bushes and trees to annuals and perennials. Incorporating a variety of these into your garden fosters the ecosystem and local wildlife and creates biodiversity in the landscape.
The selection of zone 6 native plants is quite diverse, with everything from bushes and trees to annuals and perennials. Incorporating a variety of these into your garden fosters the ecosystem and local wildlife and creates biodiversity in the landscape Since these native plants have spent centuries adapting to local conditions, they require less water, fertilizer, spraying, or mulching than those that are not indigenous to the area. They have, over time, become accustomed to many diseases as well.
This is a partial listing of plants suited for USDA zone 6. Your local extension office will also be able to assist you in choosing those that are suited for your landscape. Before you purchase plants, be sure to ascertain light exposure, soil type, the size of the mature plant, and the purpose of the plant for a selected site. The following lists are sectioned off into sun lovers, partial sun, and shade lovers.
Sun worshippers include:
Blue Flag Iris
Great Blue Lobelia
Joe Pye Weed
Prairie Blazing Star
Purple Prairie Clover
Rose Mallow Goldenrod
Native plants for USDA zone 6 that thrive in partial sun include:
Beard Solomon’s Seal
Jack in the Pulpit
Shade dwellers native to USDA zone 6 include:
Jack in the Pulpit
Lily Wild Geranium.
Looking for native trees? Look into:
Butternut Common Hackberry
Northern Pin Oak
Northern Red Oak
Read more at Gardening Know How: Zone 6 Native Plants – Growing Native Plants In USDA Zone 6
LINKS OF INTEREST
New Link: National Garden Bureau - This site has a multitude of gardening information and you can sign up for their Newsletter.
New Link: How to Grow your own Butterfly Garden - This page has a step by step guide to build a butterfly garden. The site was suggested by a student in an alternative learning program.
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.
"A garden is a love song, a duet between a human being and Mother Nature."Jeff Cox
Artistic Touches by Cathy Wayson