Club Buzz 2012-13

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Daylily Sale July 6th

posted Jul 5, 2013, 7:43 PM by Sue Jacobson

The Daylily Club was organized in 2003 with the help of Don Erling who was a Benton County Master Gardener and over the years it went from about 7 members up to about 25. The club was offered a propagation bed at Village Wastewater and over the years created a very large bed of over 160 varieties of hybridized daylilies. It sold daylilies out of this bed and provided over $6,000 in scholarships to horticulture students. The membership has been dropping due to illness and members moving so we are no longer able to maintain, weed and water such a large garden. Our club will still offer daylilies for sale out of our gardens to support scholarships in the future but our focus is moving to more educational programs and garden tours.

The club is offering the daylilies from the propagation bed at Village Wastewater for sale at very low prices on Saturday, July 6 from 9:00 to 12:00. Smaller clumps (usually 6 to 10 fans) are $5 and larger clumps (over 10 fans) are $10. If you would like to reserve specific daylilies, please email Geri Hoerner at her gmail address as she is not receiving all of her emails from her Cox account.  

It is well known that July is not the optimum time to be planting but daylilies are very tough perennials and if you monitor the water, they should do just fine and give you wonderful blooms next year. If Saturday, July 6th is not a good day for you to pick up the clump daylilies that you would like to add to your garden, we can make other arrangements or you can reserve them to be picked up at our fall sale on October 5th.

Dues and Interest Sheets

posted Jun 22, 2013, 7:32 PM by Sue Jacobson

Just a reminder that club dues were payable as of June 15th!  Please get those dues into our treasurer as soon as possible.

Also, President Kate Pilarski has not received many committee interest sheets to date.  The document is attached to this post and can be downloaded, printed and returned to Kate at your earliest convenience.

Many thanks and have a great summer!!!


Spring Luncheon - June 6, 2013

posted Jun 8, 2013, 8:26 AM by Cathy Wayson   [ updated Jun 8, 2013, 7:00 PM by Sue Jacobson ]

The Spring Luncheon
Fun was had by all.

Spring Plant Sale

posted May 15, 2013, 6:38 AM by Sue Jacobson   [ updated May 15, 2013, 6:39 AM ]

May 11, 2013

Due to the inclement weather the Spring Plant Sale was rescheduled as follows:
Saturday - May 11
8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Village Wastewater Company
(off Highway 71S)
It was a great success.  We had wonderful weather and many customers.

Betty Ream

posted Apr 17, 2013, 6:18 PM by BVGC Garden Club   [ updated Apr 18, 2013, 12:04 PM by Sue Jacobson ]

Sad to report that Betty Ream, a long time member of BVGC, passed away on Sunday, April 14, 2013 at the age of 94. She joined the Bella Vista Garden Club in 1980 and served on many committees, was club Secretary and for many years was in charge of the garden club library books. After 30 years as a valued member in 2010 she receied the Circle of Roses designation which honors those AFGC memebers with over 25 years of service. There are no memorial services in accordance with her wishes. Memorial contributions may be made to the Bella Vitsa Garden Club or the Bella Vista Library.

Potting Opportunities

posted Apr 8, 2013, 5:30 PM by Sue Jacobson   [ updated Apr 8, 2013, 5:30 PM ]

The weather hasn’t been kind so we have to pack a lot into April.  It always is fun and we really need you. Please choose from the dates below.

Friday, April 12th
12 – 2-ish ... We will be potting and labelling at Village Wastewater Company.

Thursday, April 18th
12 - 2 ... Digging at Lorene Terry’s home.  We have 2 and need one or 2 more
 2 – 4 ... Potting and labelling at Village Wastewater.

Friday, April 19th
10 – 12 ... Labelling, inventory, some potting at Village Wastewater.

Thanks in advance for your help!

Concrete Workshop - April 3rd

posted Mar 21, 2013, 10:19 PM by BVGC Garden Club

The Concrete Workshop will be held at Village Garden and Landscape at 10:00.  Following is the handout that Mary O'Brien provided at our January Meeting with instructions on creating concrete garden art using glass containers.



Tools and Equipment       For planters you will need an outside form and an inside form.

      Concrete trough            A stick for the drain hole you can drill out after it has cured.

      3 dishpans                     Sifter                                     

      Trowels                         Paint stick

      Hammer                        Drill

      Plastic sheeting             Measuring containers

      Portland  cement           Sand

      Water                            Pam

      Glass light fixtures such as globes

      Other glass fixtures with interesting shapes and textures on the inside

Safety equipment

       Safety glasses               Dust mask

       Old clothes or apron     Latex gloves

Basic concrete mix is 3 parts sand to 1 part cement.


Work on a sturdy table or bench.  Be prepared to get messy!  Cover your work table with plastic. Put enough sand in one dish pan to stabilize your glass fixture.  Place the fixture in the sand so it won’t move.  Spray the inside of the fixture with Pam.  Sift the cement into another dish pan to get rid of lumps.  Sift the sand in the third dish pan.  Fill the fixture with sand to estimate how much mixture you will need. The cement itself does not add much bulk.  Combine the sand and Portland cement in dish pan or trough.  What you mix it in depends on the size of your project. Remember your mixture will be 1 part cement and 3 parts sand so measure accordingly.  Mix dry ingredients well.  Add water in small amounts.  The amount of water you use is tricky because of the size of your project and even the humidity in the air.  Add and mix slowly until you have the consistency of muffin batter.  Fill your fixture using the paint stick to tamp out the air bubbles and fill all parts of the fixture.  When it’s full, level it off and cover it with plastic to cure.  Wait at least 5 days.  WEAR YOUR SAFETY GEAR!  When breaking the glass keep it covered with plastic and start tapping with the hammer.  You’ll get “the feel” for it and the glass will start to break.  You will be picking off shards of glass as you go.  Gloves and glasses are essential.  When the glass is off recover it with plastic to cure another week more.  If the fixture is small enough you can put it in a plastic bag to break the glass and keep the shards in the bag for easy disposal.


If you are making a planter you will be using an outside container and an inside container.  The inside container will be filled with extra sand so it will remain stable and there must be a drain hole to put the stick through.  You can drill the stick out after the project has cured. 


You will almost always have some small air pockets or interesting textures on your finished project. That will give your project a custom look and character. 


I recommend reading “Making Concrete Garden Ornaments” by Sherri Warner Hunter for more advanced projects and ideas.

Start hunting for your forms!

BVGC Members pot plants at Village Garden & Landscaping Co.

posted Mar 21, 2013, 9:51 PM by Cathy Wayson   [ updated Mar 22, 2013, 7:26 PM by Sue Jacobson ]

BVGC Members were potting plants for the Spring Plant Sale on March 20, 2013.  Pictured from left to right are Fran Zimmermann, Barb Templin, Sandy Collins, Virginia Halman and Marsha Jertson at the Village Garden & Landscaping Co.  Thanks Brian for the use of your facilities. 

St Louis Tour Includes Missouri Botanical Gardens!

posted Mar 13, 2013, 6:46 PM by Sue Jacobson

It’s A Spring Weekend Get-Away ! 

with Jacobsen Tours … 

April 26-28, 2013 

This is a motorcoach tour to St. Louis that will feature things to get you in the springtime spirit! Features include the Missouri Botanical Gardens with spring blossoms, “The Hill” Italian neighborhood with local Italian guide-Chocolate Factory Tour, an Italian Bakery and included Italian dinner!, Riverboat Cruise on the Mississippi at Gateway Arch Park, Soulard Farmer’s Market – one of the largest & oldest in the U.S. (since 1779!), beautiful St. Louis Basilica, and an option on your choice of an afternoon St. Louis Cardinals game or shopping in Historic St. Charles.

Includes cancellation insurance, transportation, lodging, 5 meals, baggage handling, attractions (baseball extra), escorted by Washington County Master Gardeners Tom & Jean Jacobsen + little extras…

$399. p/p dbl. occupancy ($499. Single)

 2811 Boxwood Dr. Fayetteville, AR 72703 
 (479) 251-7002 


2013 Spring Field Trip

posted Mar 13, 2013, 3:55 PM by Sue Jacobson   [ updated Jun 22, 2013, 7:21 PM ]

We met at the Botanical Gardens at 11:30am.

Date: May 22nd
Where: The Botanical Gardens of the Ozarks,
4703 N Crossover Rd, Fayetteville AR

2012 Christmas Luncheon

posted Dec 28, 2012, 11:58 AM by Sue Jacobson   [ updated Dec 29, 2012, 8:41 AM by BVGC Garden Club ]

The Bella Vista Garden Club held it's annual Christmas Luncheon at the River Grill in Rogers, AR on December 6th.  Below are photos from this lovely event!  Hope you got to join us!!!

NW District Meeting a Success

posted Nov 15, 2012, 11:52 AM by BVGC Garden Club

The Northwest District Meeting of the AFGC held on October 3, 2012 at the Shewmaker Center - Walmart Auditorium was a huge success.  The meeting was hosted by the Bella Vista Garden Club and Geri Hoerner was the Meeting Chairman.  We were honored to have the President of the National Garden Clubs, Inc., Shirley Nicolai from Ft. Washington, MD in attendance.  Our South Central Region Director, Judy Grotts also joined us again for this meeting after installing our officers at our June Luncheon.  The theme of the meeting was "Trails to Northwest Arkansas Treasures" and our speaker was Scott Eccleston, Director of Facilities and Grounds at Crystal Bridges Museum of Armerican Art.  His program outlined the development of the trails at the museum and he was presented with a bluebird house to be installed on the trails which was donated by the Bella Vista Bluebird Society.  Our delicious fall lunch was prepared and served by Chef  Lou Rice and his culinary students at NWACC.  After the meeting was adjourned, the attendees took advantage of guided museum or trail tours arranged at Crystal Bridges.  Our club was assisted by the Floralia Arranger's Guild Garden Club with table designs which included Bluebirds of Happiness donated by Terra Studios, the Bentonville Garden Club who handled the Ways and Means table and the Garden Club of Rogers who prepared the gift bags and handled a very profitable raffle to defer the meeting costs.  Shirley Nicolai and Nancy Keisman, State AFGC President, were given a tour of Bella Vista which incuded stopsat the Veterans Wall of Honor where the garden club maintians the annual plantings, the Blue Star Memorial and garden at the Visitor's Center which is maintained by the garden club, the Bella Vista Living Memory Garden adjacent to the Country Club which was established by the club and Cooper Chapel. Look for pictures of the meeting which will be posted on our site.


Annual Card/Game Benefit Party

posted Sep 30, 2012, 7:27 PM by Sue Jacobson   [ updated Sep 30, 2012, 7:28 PM ]

Karin Fowler and Sue Beaty are the co-chairs for the 2012 Annual Card/Game Benefit Party. Karin and Sue have been working on this annual event most of the summer. Proceeds go to fund The Dorothy Wallace Scholarship and various community charities. Everyone looks forward to having a good time with friends playing cards and games while enjoying the wonderful food provided by The Bella Vista Garden Club. 

Join us November 9th from 12:00pm to 4:00pm at The United Lutheran Church on Cooper Road. For tickets please call Cathie Whittenberger, 855-0351.

2012 Card Party!

posted Aug 20, 2012, 3:48 PM by Sue Jacobson

Mark your calendars!  The annual BVGC Card & Games Party, whose proceeds benefit the club's charity & scholarship funds, will be held Friday, November 9, 2012 from noon to 4pm at the United Lutheran Church of Bella Vista (Cooper Rd. & Hwy 279).

Cost will be $12 per person or $48 per table.  Provide your own cards or game material.  But yummy appetizers and desserts will be provided by the club along with coffee, tea and water!

If you have questions or wish to volunteer, please contact co-chairs Sue Beaty (721-1060) or Karin Fowler (855-1353).  Sign up sheets to volunteer will be available at the club's first meeting of the year on Wednesday, September 26th.

For tickets, please contact Cathie Whittenberger at 855-0351.

Member Notes: Marilyn Black

posted Jul 4, 2012, 10:38 AM by BVGC Garden Club   [ updated Jul 18, 2012, 9:20 PM ]

Marilyn Black was a dear BVGC member for many years before she moved to Texas.  Sad to report she passed away recently and there was a memorial service at the Bella Vista Lutheran Church on Forest Hills Blvd. on Saturday, July 7th at 10:00.   

Member Notes: Diane Cobb

posted Jul 4, 2012, 10:31 AM by BVGC Garden Club   [ updated Jul 18, 2012, 9:22 PM ]

Diane Cobb reports that Friday, July 6th, was their last day in Bella Vista. They have moved to Texas and she will be truly missed as both a gardening friend and a source of great gardening knowledge that she was always willing to share. New address:

Reed & Diane Cobb
303E Hackberry
Fredericksburg, TX 78624

Email: - will end on Thursday.

Deer Buster Eggnog Tonic

posted Jun 25, 2012, 10:25 AM by Sue Jacobson

Missy Stratton shares her recipe for Deer Buster Eggnog Tonic!

2 eggs
2 cloves garlic
2 T hot sauce
2 T cayenne pepper
1 c water

Put these in a blender and puree.
Allow the mixture to sit for 2 days and then pour or spray it around all the plants that you want to protect/
Reapply every other week (or after a rain) to keep the odor fresh.

Let's hope it works in our gardens too!!!

Dirty Dozen and Clean 15

posted Jun 25, 2012, 10:22 AM by Sue Jacobson   [ updated Jun 25, 2012, 10:23 AM ]

Missy Stratton shares the Dirty Dozen and Clean 15 fruits and vegetables.

The Clean 15 Foods (skin too tough to allow pesticides to enter, or pesticides not used, but must still wash produce)
Sweet Peas
Sweet Potatoes

The Dirty Dozen (thin skinned, buy organic or local or avoid)
Bell Peppers
Imported Grapes

According to Missy, "any produce not on these lists can be eaten in moderation after washing."

Further information is available on the web at the Environmental Working Group website.  Their website updates the above lists annually and currently includes the 2012 version of the above lists.  Helpful information regarding shopping for your fruits and vegetables can also be found on their website.

Member Roster and Photo Directory

posted Oct 2, 2011, 7:34 PM by Sue Jacobson   [ updated Oct 3, 2011, 6:40 AM by Cathy Wayson ]

Announcing the new "Member Roster" and "Photo Directory" now available on a secure area of this website. These databases provide name, address, phone number, and email address of current and past members and also a face to go with the name. The "Members" area is accessed by clicking on the rightmost button on the horizontal navigation bar under the website header. The button says "Members."  Sign in to view this area with the "User Name" and "Password" located on page 42 of your new Yearbook.

Cathy Wayson has started filling in the Photo Directory and will be taking pictures of remaining members at the next few Garden Club meetings. You may opt out if you wish but our Club continues to grow and getting to know everyone can be difficult. This is just one more way of making our club a friendly, welcoming place so please participate. These photos will also appear in the next Yearbook. Cathy will be happy to retake photos if you aren't happy with them.