Bella Vista Garden Club
If you are interested in gardening in Northwest Arkansas, you have come to the right place.
The Garden Club Will Meet September 28th
Registration is now Open!
BVGC Charity and Scholarship Benefit Card Party
Friday, October 21, 2022, from Noon to 4pm
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
The Bella Vista Garden Club participated in the Nature Expo at Lake Avalon put on by the Bluebird Society on 9/18/22.
September 2022 - YARD OF THE MONTH
Congratulations to Jim and Nancy Kaiser and their dog Chloe, who have been selected as the Bella Vista Garden Club Yard of the Month. They moved to Bella Vista two years ago from Wichita, KS and immediately began a total renovation of their Bella Vista home. They were both accountants with Cargill before retiring. They have totally transformed the yard and house since moving in. All undergrowth was removed from the side yard, plants all replaced around the front and then beautifully landscaped.
Jim is a Benton County Master Gardener and was a Master Gardener in Kansas before moving here. Jim is always working in his yard. He also has several raised beds and raises tomatoes, cantaloupes, and several other vegetables. Nancy is a great cook and makes great dishes from the produce. Basil was especially good this year she says. Chloe supervises and enjoys the sunshine. Jim’s favorite plants are lantanas, coleus and daylilies.
The Bella Vista Garden Club thanks you, Jim and Nancy for yet another example of a well-kept yard and helping to keep Bella Vista beautiful year-round!
Native Bed at Wastewater Dedicated to Lou Jasper
August 18, 2022
Club Members gathered on a misty morning as Joel Miller unveiled the plaque dedicating the Club's recently created Native Bed to Lou Jasper. Lou was instrumental in advising the club about this native bed and is a treasured member for her knowledge and her great personality. Geri Hoerner related some humorous stories about Lou and a newspaper reporter took photos and interviewed Lou for an article.
State of AR Federation of Garden Clubs Conference
Benton County was well represented at the State AFGC Conference in Jonesboro AR August 8 & 9th with members from Bentonville, Rogers and Bella Vista Garden Clubs in attendance.
BLUE STAR MEMORIAL - HWY 71 WELCOME CENTER
Workers doing some cleanup at the Blue Star Memorial Garden on 8/9/2022.
The Garden Extravaganza was held on Saturday June 11th from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. The beautiful gardens were a HUGE hit. The decorated bicycles at each garden matched the garden's theme and some were for sale.
THANK YOU to all participants!!
Seven beautiful Bella Vista, AR gardens were featured. Each had a different theme.
Seven minute video of all seven gardens featured in the Garden Extravaganza
Thank You from the Chariman
Dedication of the New Stained Glass Sign at the Bella Vista Memorial Garden Cemetery as Part of the Club's Celebration of the 50th Anniversary
Mary Doyle and Patti Brierly, Co-chairs of Cemetery Committee; with Pat Meyer, President of the Club and creator of the Stained Glass Sign. Pat said that her daughter and husband helped with the framing and installation of the sign.
Members of the Club joined in the June 7th, 2022 unveiling and dedication of the stained glass sign in the Butterfly Garden. The sign was greeted with applause and comment such as, "Beautiful" and "Amazing".
Plant Sale on June 4th, 2022
It was a beautiful day for the Bella Vista Garden Club's rescheduled Plant Sale. Thanks to everyone who came and bought plants. We appreciate your support!
The BVGC Spring Luncheon and Tour at Crystal Bridges
on June 1, 2022
The Meeting Theme was the 50th Anniversary of the Garden Club. Check out the photos in the Image Carousel.
Veterans Wall of Honor
Planted flowers and did some spring cleaning at the Veterans Wall Of Honor today.
April 27, 2022 Meeting
Speaker - Janet Carson
Janet Carson, author, columnist, and retired statewide horticulture specialist presented "Gardening in the Natural State"
Penny Pines Certificate
1 - Jan Grim received a Penny Pines Certificate in memory of her husband who passed away recently.
Arkansas Federation of Garden Club Awards
Presented to Committee Chairman
2 - 1st Place. Heritage Award Mary Doyle and Patti Brierly for the BV Memorial Garden Cemetery
Mona Tate and Jamie Hooper announce the winners.
Elaine Rooney provided a fresh spring floral design.
Annual Tomato, Coleus, and Zinnia Sale on 4/23/22
Dedication of the Club's History Books
at the Bella Vista Historical Museum on April 13, 2022
President, Pat Meyer, dedicated the Club's 50 years of History Books (also called Scrapbooks).
After the dedication, members traded stories, checked out some of the books and enjoyed cookies.
BVGC Club members took fun projects to Concordia and Brookfield in April, 2022.
50th Anniversary Year Kickoff
Tree Planting at Fire Station #3 on March 25th, 2022
Garden Club President Pat Meyer, Mayor Peter Christie, and Fire Chief Sims spoke about the Club's donation of the tree in honor of the Club's 50th Anniversary and in recognition of Bella Vista's First Responders.
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.
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.
Cathy Downard reports (on 7/5/22) that our native bed is thriving! If you haven't seen it yet, you need to. Just watch out for the killdeer nest on the ground near the bench. They are very protective!
THINGS TO DO IN YOUR GARDEN
Things to do in September
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