Bella Vista Garden Club

WELCOME

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

UPCOMING EVENTS

The Garden Club Will Not Meet Again Until September 28th

at the Bella Vista Community Church, 75 E Lancashire Blvd., Bella Vista, AR 72714

Social time, 9:30 am with the meeting at 10 am.

If you are interested in joining before then, please click here and send your check and membership form to our Treasurer.

The Club takes a summer break except for the following projects:

Blue Star Memorial - Highway 71 Welcome Center

Veterans Wall of Honor

Bella Vista Cemetery

'Bella Vista Gardening' TV Program

BVGC Charity and Scholarship Benefit Card Party

Friday, October 21, 2022, from Noon to 4pm

(Doors open at 11:30 am)

Highland United Methodist Church

371 Glasgow Road, Bella Vista

Cost is $15 per person. All other arrangements are the same as last year. Registration will be accepted for tables of 4 ($60), and confirmed when payment is received.


Wonderful lunch with coffee, tea, and water as well as raffle drawings will again be provided.


Bring your own cards or game materials.

Registration begins on Monday, September 19, 2022. Registration requests will be responded to after that date.

Pass the word to your friends who can request to be added to our mailing list by sending an email to bvgcCardParty@gmail.com.


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.


Please look in your new Yearbook (pages 7-9) for information on committees and projects. Contact the Committee Chairman for more details and to express your interest in participating. I especially encourage our newer Members to find activities that suit their interests, talents and desires to learn.


A critical part of participation is communicating the needs and opportunities of the committees. Therefore, Committee Chairs, please address the entire Club when emailing etc. requests for help or scheduling activities. Alternatively, you can advise me and I will forward the information to the Club. Members, let the Committee Chairs know of your interest in participating and pose any questions you have about that Committee or project. The Yearbook has their contact information.


I also request Members to communicate directly with me on any suggestions you have for improving or broadening our Club. While I am presently serving as your Club President, I am primarily a member who has enjoyed working alongside some very knowledgeable gardeners and mentors with a willingness to share their knowledge. So, new and seasoned Members do not miss out on the opportunities the Club offers to learn new things and make new friends….PARTICIPATE!


Stay well and safe

Pat Meyer

2021-2023 President

MOST RECENT ACTIVITIES

July 2022 - YARD OF THE MONTH

Paul and Gail Meyer

5 Barrhead Ln, Bella Vista, AR 72715

Congratulations to Paul & Gail Meyer, who have been selected as the Bella Vista Garden Club Yard of the Month. They were recommended by their appreciative neighbor, George and Val Watson. They moved to Bella Vista in 2001 from Dallas but are originally from Minnesota. Before retirement, Gail was a Dental Hygienist and Paul was in the car business and owned a Ballroom for many years. Gail really loves bringing small spaces to life. She loves a layered look using mounds with stones, tucking in floppy grass that spills over in a birdbath and perhaps a bench for structure. She loves to add color and always a bit of whimsy to her designs.

They have totally transformed the yard since moving in. Paul has a small vegetable garden in back. One of their best features is the rescue of their lot next door. On a recent trip to Minnesota, Gail was delighted to find a vintage birdbath at an estate sale of a dear friend who had one of the most beautiful yards in the city. She brought the birdbath home, visited her friend in the nursing home and shared her plans to make it a focal point in the lot transformation making both of them very happy!


The Bella Vista Garden Club thanks you, Paul and Gail, for yet another example of a well-kept yard and helping to keep Bella Vista beautiful year-round!


Garden Extravaganza

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

Dear Garden Club Members,

The garden owners are relieved the day is over, the finances are completed, and Ginny Vance and I proclaim the Garden Extravaganza was a success.

The visitors to the seven fabulous gardens were amazed, complimentary, and so pleased the garden club had offered them this opportunity. The gardeners from our own club worked hours and hours plus spent a great deal of their own money to create memorable places to visit. Most club members either volunteered to decorate bikes, help with publicity, work at the gardens, or sell tickets. For all your efforts we thank you.

A very nice amount of money was raised for the Club's projects.

Ginny and I also want to thank Cathy Wayson for creating the brochure/ticket, Geri Hoerner for helping with printing the brochures, Coleen Walpert for managing ticket sales, and Robyn Kirkland for logistics.

Thank You! Judy Jeffrey and Virginia Vance

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 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.

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Veterans Wall of Honor

Penny Frahm & Jamie Hooper

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"

Many Benton County Mater Gardeners attended the meeting to hear Janet Carson.

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

3 - Runner up Bravo Award Cathy Downard

4 & 5 - 1st Place. Civic Achievement Award Tony LiCausi and Penny Frahm for the Veterans Wall


6 - 1st Place Garden Club Yearbook Cathy Wayson


7 - 1st Place Garden Therapy Louise Wilson and Diedre Cheney (not present)


The Club also received 2nd Place for Membership Increase

Raffle

Mona Tate and Jamie Hooper announce the winners.

Artistic Design

Elaine Rooney provided a fresh spring floral design.

Annual Tomato, Coleus, and Zinnia Sale on 4/23/22

Hello everyone - I first want to THANK YOU for coming out and making our tomato, coleus & zinnia sale last Friday the best yet! It was so successful that we totally sold out of everything on Friday and had to cancel our Saturday sale. The garden club appreciates your support.

Please return your one gallon pots and any other one gallon pots you may acquire if you can. This is an enormous help to us.

And lastly, please remember our upcoming perennial sale May 20th & 21st.

Joal Miller, Plant Sale Chairman

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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.

Garden Therapy

BVGC Club members took fun projects to Concordia and Brookfield in April, 2022.

Concordia

Brookfield

50th Anniversary Year Kickoff

Tree Planting at Fire Station #3 on March 25th, 2022

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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!

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.

THINGS TO DO IN YOUR GARDEN

Things to do in July

  • With the rain we have enjoyed through June we may have to be prepared to water well this month – but be sure to “water smart”. Conserve water by using drip systems or soaker hoses, and by watering in the early morning or evening. Water deeply – not too often. Remember, 2 to 3 inches of mulch helps retain moisture and keeps the plants cooler in the heat of the summer.

  • Annuals & Herbs – Deadhead often for continued bloom. Remember to water before fertilizing so you don’t burn the roots. Pinch back to keep your plants from growing tall and spindly. Try making flavored oils and vinegars with your herbs.

  • Perennials -- Pinch back mums to remove buds until July 15. Deadhead all of your flowering plants.

  • Lawns -- Lawns require a deep watering of at least one inch weekly. Hold back on fertilizer during July and August. Raise your mower blades this month.

  • Roses -- Watch for aphids and fungus. Japanese beetles have not been very bad this year again.

  • Trees and Shrubs – Check evergreens for scale and bagworms webworms. Destroy bagworms by burning them in a bucket. The shrubs and trees planted this spring need ample water.

  • Vegetables -- You should be harvesting now but be sure to pick promptly for peak flavor and before the insects get the ripe ones.

LINKS OF INTEREST

New Links

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