Club Buzz 2016-17

News from July 2016 to June 2017.  Click "Buzz Home" button on horizontal navigation bar to navigate to Buzz for a different year.

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Bird Poster Art Contest

posted Jun 26, 2017, 9:15 AM by Cathy Wayson   [ updated Jul 22, 2017, 5:24 PM by Phoebe Garden ]


Gallery show and reception honoring Bentonville Art Students was held on Sunday, April 30, 2017 at TWO25 Gallery, Main Street, Bentonville.  A video is now on Youtube showing many of the students' works of art.  Marion Heath, Bella Vista Garden Club’s Audubon Committee Chairman describes the Bird Poster Art Contest and interviews some of the students.  Video - CLICKHERE


June 2017 - Helping Hands Food Pantry Garden Update

posted Jun 10, 2017, 4:03 PM by Phoebe Garden   [ updated Aug 6, 2017, 3:35 PM by Cathy Wayson ]

The latest video is now available on Youtube: CLICK HERE  

The June 2017 Program is hosted by JB Portillo and the guests are Tony LiCausi, President of the Bella Vista Garden Club and fellow Benton County Master Gardener and
Terry Weiderhaft also a fellow Benton County Master Gardener.  The topic of the show is Helping Hands Food Pantry Garden Update bringing us up to date on what has been happening in the garden for the past year. The history of the garden was reviewed and Terry shared the amount of produce harvested last year topped 2,200 pounds utilizing 20 raised beds.  With 37 beds this year, an irrigation system installed and an organic spraying program, the amount of food produced will be much higher this year.  There is also a children's project that is ongoing at the garden with about 40 home schooled children planting and harvesting food for Helping Hands to distribute with some easy recipes using the produce.   

June 7th, 2017 Spring Luncheon

posted Jun 10, 2017, 3:35 PM by Phoebe Garden   [ updated Jun 10, 2017, 3:50 PM by Cathy Wayson ]

The theme of the Luncheon was Fairy Gardens and each table sported an attractive Fairy Garden in a flat container.  These were later given away as door prizes.  The Luncheon was held at the newly remodeled Lake Point Event Center in Bella Vista.  The Raffle items also featured Fairies.  An attractive display showcased the many awards the club won in the last year.  Other awards/gifts were given to deserving members.  The new officers were installed and given garden tools that represented some of their duties.  A video featuring highlights of Tony's term as President was shown and he was awarded the Past Presidents Pin and other gifts.  Our new President outlined her goals for the coming year.


NEW OFFICERS for 2017 - 2018

posted Jun 10, 2017, 3:08 PM by Cathy Wayson   [ updated Jun 10, 2017, 3:10 PM by Phoebe Garden ]

Left to right, Judy Jeffery, President; Alycyn Culbertson, 1st Vice President; Dorothy Sandoval, 2nd Vice President; Betty Boling-Stull, Assistant 2nd Vice President; Keren Welch, Treasurer; Char Brunje, Assistant Treasurer; Linda Neymeyer, Secretary; Barb Templin, Assistant Treasurer, Tony LiCausi, Parliamentarian.

Yard of the Month - June 2017

posted Jun 2, 2017, 1:38 PM by Phoebe Garden

Gardening in Northwest AR - May 2017

posted May 28, 2017, 7:10 PM by Cathy Wayson   [ updated May 28, 2017, 7:12 PM ]

The latest video is now available on Youtube: CLICK HERE

"Vegetable Gardening for Kids"

2017 - Spring Trip to Tulsa Garden Center

posted May 20, 2017, 6:17 AM by Phoebe Garden   [ updated Dec 13, 2017, 6:52 PM ]

May 19, 2017 Trip to Tulsa Garden Center at Woodward Park was enjoyed by all who attended.
Photos by JB Portillo and Mary O'Brien





2017 Spring Plant Sale a Huge Success!

posted May 6, 2017, 6:34 PM by Cathy Wayson   [ updated May 11, 2017, 10:52 AM ]

Wow! Wow! Wow! What a sale. Kudo's to all who helped. Starting with the committee Chair Alycyn Culberson and her tireless efforts to all the diggers and potters, labelers, pricers, etc..

I know everyone is waiting to hear how good. Gross plant sales were $4673, ways and means $508 for a total of $5161 resulting in a net profit after expenses of $4669. That's $1737 more than last year, which is an increase of 60%.

Again Wow, Wow, Wow, you all did it, take a bow, I'm so proud.

Tony LiCausi
BVGC Pres.

Hello BVGC! What an amazing and fabulous Spring Plant Sale today. I have a few words to say...

CATHY DOWNARD!!!   MARY LOU FROST!   VARGINYA HALMAN, MARY O, ELAINE & DICK ROONEY, PEGGY & RON STEWART, ANNE MATHIS, BARB TEMPLIN, VAL ELLIS, TOM IRWIN, Dorothy Sandoval, Kathy Allen, RoseAnn Hofer, Dory Hammeke, Debbie Edmunds, Kathy Woxland, Joanne Blount, Millie Bradford, Kathy Fourt, Val Courter, Judy J...

The truly amazing thing is that back in March, thru all the digging and potting (photos left),  there were SO MANY BVGC MEMBERS WHO PITCHED IN, DIG AFTER DIG, pot after pot! Truly a club event and a club effort! We are so fortunate to have so many pitching in!

I know I run the risk of forgetting peeps when I start naming names, and I am tired enough, as you all are, that it might happen, please forgive if I failed to mention you, but this is a good last mention that adds a bit to this feat is that many of us are master gardeners and worked out tails off for 3 days last Fri, Sat and Sunday at the Expo then rolled into our BVGC SPS...Lots of love here...Kudos to the Ways and Means gals too and a HUGE thanks to you all...and not least...a true leader, an example and an inspiration...Tony. love u boss.

Plant Sale Chairman

Sale Day at Village Waste Water on Hwy 71
Photo left - Club President, Tony LiCausi, and Georgina Carrico, University of Arkansas student, and one of our two Dorothy Wallace Scholarship winners. Georgina is the first scholarship winner to attend an event other than the September meeting where the winners are introduced to the Club members.  She is an outstanding student.  One of her major influences was her grandmother who was a Master Gardener.  

Yard of the Month - May 2017

posted May 4, 2017, 4:58 PM by Cathy Wayson   [ updated May 4, 2017, 4:59 PM ]

April 26, 2017 Meeting

posted Apr 28, 2017, 3:46 PM by Cathy Wayson   [ updated Apr 30, 2017, 6:30 AM by Phoebe Garden ]

Program:  Dagmar Roeder, BVGC Club Member - "Growing and Cooking with Culinary Herbs".  Appetizers and tea made with some of the herbs discussed were passed to the audience.
Artistic Design:  Floral Design Committee – 
A presentation on "Ikebana Floral Design Styles" was given by Linda Neymeyer.
Horticulture:  Marion Heath and Missy Stratton discussed "Herb Tips" and companion planting.

Election of 2017 - 2018 Officers

BVGC received the following awards at the AFGC Spring Convention:

First place awards: Civic Beautification, National Garden Week, Publicity Press Book,

History Book - 1 year, Club Yearbook

Second place awards: Garden Therapy

AFGC Presidential Citation: “First Robin of Spring Workshop,” Tony LiCausi, BVGC


Individual Service Awards, Northwest District: Geri Hoerner (left), Linda Neymeyer (Below)


Bird Poster Contest Winners: four, first place; one, second place; one, third place winner

Vera Key Horticulture Roll with Great Honor

Standard of Excellence with Honor

BVGC member Becky Fox was presented with a framed certificate in honor of a club donation to Penny Pines tree planting project in her name.

Marion Heath did a Presentation about the 18 Books the BVGC donated to the 
Bella Vista Library for Arbor Day

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