Bella Vista Garden Club
If you are interested in gardening in Northwest Arkansas, you have come to the right place.
The next regular meeting will be January 26, 2022
YOUR PARTICIPATION IS NEEDED
Message from Pat Meyer, BVGC President
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
BVGC Christmas Luncheon and Meeting was held on Wednesday, December 1, 2021
The Luncheon was held at Lakepoint Restaurant & Event Center, Bella Vista, AR. During a short business meeting guests were introduced and Rose Ann Hofer was awarded The Circle of Roses. The buffet luncheon was served. The entertainment was provided by the Bentonville High School Chamber Choir and a raffle drawing wrapped up the festivities.
Check out the Image Carousel for photos and the Garden Club's Facebook for video of the singers.
The Bella Vista Daffodils
They planted 'Bella VIsta' daffodils next to every new tree.
Day lilies and grasses were planted in various spots too.
We can’t wait until next spring to see the blooms!
Jim Richardson reports that on 11/4/21, Bella Vista Daffodil bulbs were planted around the cemetery sign. John Kittelson and another gentleman from the cemetery executive board also participated. They also pulled weeds and mulched around both signs.
The sale at Allen's on10/23/21 did well with a steady stream of people.
On October 19, 2021, two very enthusiastic participants at Concordia enjoyed making pinecone/peanut butter bird feeders which were then hung outside their dining room.
On October 26, 2021, Ten happy ladies and seven garden club volunteers had a fun time making pinecone/peanut butter bird feeders at Brookfield Assisted Living.
Veterans Wall of Honor
Work Day November 16th
Our Garden Club members Elaine Rooney & her husband Dave, Pat Meyers, Ginny Vance , Robyn Kirkland , and Rosalie Mikelson cleaned up the front walkway garden beds and planted pansies at The Veterans Wall. Penny Frahm cheered us on with delicious Donuts & Water She is still in a sling from a broken shoulder and we are all praying for a quick recovery
Veterans Wall of Honor
Tree Planting October 18, 2021
Finally the hollies that received severe damage due to this past winter's -17 degree temperatures have been replaced. This morning due to much planning and preparation by Tony LaCausi, a large turnout of Club members and help from Benton County inmates, 10 Zmatlik Arborvitae's have been planted. This shrub which grow's to 15' is cold hardy to -40 degrees.
Thanks from Tony LaCausi
Many thanks to all who showed up on a chilly morning. Also thanks to Garden City for helping me find a suitable plant and giving them to us at cost. If you happen to go there, be sure to thank them again. Also the cost for the plants came from an anonymous donor who happens to be a Club member. So at future meetings be nice to the person sitting next to you, as if you don't already, right. The compost was donated by the City of Bentonville and the mulch was gifted as well. So the entire project cost us zip. I'm walking on clouds to be among the members of The Bella Vista Garden Club.
Bella Vista Memorial Garden Cemetery Work Days October 2021
It was a beautiful morning for our Garden Club Members to work at the Bella Vista Memorial Garden Cemetery
During our clean up we even found a Monarch caterpillar on one of the fennel plants
Yard of the Month will Return in the Spring
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
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.
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
Things to do in January
· Heavy accumulations of ice and snow can cause limbs to bend and break. If limbs do break off, you can prune them but wait to reshape the plant until spring. Some branches that get bent may return to an upright position on their own.
LINKS OF INTEREST
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.
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