Bella Vista Garden Club
If you are interested in gardening in Northwest Arkansas, you have come to the right place.
BVGC Christmas Luncheon and Meeting
will be on Wednesday, December 1, 2021 (see details below)
The next regular meeting will be January 26, 2022
Meeting Location: Bella Vista Community Church, 75 E. Lancashire Boulevard, Bella Vista.
Members and their Guests
Come join us for our Annual BVGC Christmas Luncheon
When: Wednesday, December 1, 2021
Where: Lakepoint Restaurant & Event Center, Bella Vista, AR
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. – Social Hour with Open Bar – Order & Pay for your drinks
12:00 -1:00 - Lunch
1:00 - 1:30 Entertainment – Bentonville Choir
1:30 – 2:00 Raffle Drawing & Short Meeting
Buffet Menu: (Self Serve – Gloves & Hand Sanitizer will be provided)
Pasta Salad with Fresh Vegetables and Italian Dressing (vegetarian)
Sliced Pork Loin with apple demi sauce
Garlic Smashed Potatoes, House Vegetable, Rolls & Butter
Red Velvet Cake
Coffee, Tea & Water
Cost: $20 per person – spouses & guests welcome
Please come to the October 27th meeting with your check made out to BVGC and sign up. Because the POA requires full payment two weeks before the event, the cutoff date for signing up and paying is November 15th. If you wish to attend and are not coming to the meeting, please mail your check for $20 per person made out to BVGC to: Karen Welch.
YOUR PARTICIPATION IS NEEDED
Message from Pat Meyer, GC 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
October 27, 2021 Meeting of the BVGC
Thirty-three members and four guests met at the Bella Vista Community Church. The meeting was also viewed by three members using Zoom.
Tanya Collins, Marketing Director for Apple Seeds, Inc. in Fayetteville shared a presentation about the teaching farm which creates programs to educate young students in growing and preparing healthy food.
Ginny Vance created a dried traditional design for the brunch table.
Three members presented a short humorous skit on what God would think of current garden practices and leaf disposal.
The president honored member Cathy Wayson with a Penny Pines certificate and thanked her for her years of work on behalf of the club.
The drawings for three raffle prizes were held and very happy winners all seems quite surprised by their luck.
Tony LiCausi gave a horticultural presentation on winterizing potted plants, lawns, and gardens and what's new in horticulture.
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 December
· Not a lot to do in the winter but a few items need to be attended to. Annuals & Herbs Mulch and monitor moisture on pansies and herbs if they are dry.
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