Club Buzz 2017-18

News from July 2017 to June 2018.  Click "Buzz Home" button on horizontal navigation bar to navigate to Buzz for a different year.

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Feb, Mar, and Apr Gardening Programs on Youtube

posted Apr 5, 2018, 5:48 PM by Cathy Wayson

The February 2018 program guest is Corrin Troutman, Horticulturalist, with an emphasis on Ozark native plants.  The topic of the program is Colorful Natives and the many benefits of including native plants in your garden are discussed.  Also photos of some of the native trees, shrubs and perennials that give your garden color in all seasons are shown.  Douglas Tallamy's book, Bringing Nature Home, is a recommended reference that explains the importance of native plants in our landscapes and Missouri Wildflower Nursery's catalog has a wealth in information on a large variety of native plants.  

The March 2018 program is hosted by Barb Templin and her guest is Rachel Cox, Executive Director of the Healing Gardens of NWA.  The topic of the program is the Healing Gardens of NWA located in Rogers adjacent to the Highlands Oncology Group building.  The history of the garden is discussed, the steps that have been completed so far and the future plans for the gardens that will inclued a 14 foot waterfall.  Photos of the garden plans are shown and future fund raisers are discussed.  Also a preview of the painted wine glasses that will be available to purchase at the BVGC Garden Party in June are displayed.

The April 2018 program guest is Lou Jasper, a member of the Bella Vista Garden Club and a Benton County Master Gardener.  The topic of the program is Butterfly Gardens and the host plants that butterflies need to lay their eggs and feed their caterpillars.  Each butterfly has a specific plant or family of plants that they need for this purpose but many plants can provide the nectar that the butterflies use for food.  Host plants and nectar plants are discussed along with ways to provide a water source.
A butterfly garden can contain a large variety of sun loving plants that many butterflies will visit.  Several sources for host plants and nectar or pollinator plants are discussed.  These lists are located on this website in the Gardening Info section, on the Butterfly Gardens page.  Also discussed are upcoming events:  Duets in Bloom2, the Benton County Master Gardener Lawn & Garden Expo and the Wastewater Plant and Bella Vista Garden Club Plant Sales.  A lovely floral arrangement of spring flowers was provided by Just Petaling to decorate the set and it was donated to a local non-profit. 

Duets in Bloom2

posted Apr 4, 2018, 12:25 PM by Phoebe Garden

Many BVGC members will be participating in this show.

2018 April - YARD OF THE MONTH

posted Apr 2, 2018, 2:56 PM by Phoebe Garden   [ updated Apr 3, 2018, 11:28 AM by Cathy Wayson ]

  It’s Yard of the Month Time Again!
Winner of the April Yard of the Month is..... drum roll......The City Of Bella! Yes, that’s right, the City is our number one supporter of our Bella Vista Daffodil project. We cannot thank them enough for launching our dream of spring time in BV. Have you planted yours yet? We want to make our city a showplace by getting everyone on board! Ask any Bella Vista Garden Club member how to get some!!

The Bella Vista Garden Club is promoting and rewarding exemplary yard care in Bella Vista and recognizes neighbors who demonstrate above-average efforts in maintaining their property, which contributes to the overall appearance of the community at large.  All homes and businesses in Bella Vista are eligible. Nominations are for the front and side yards jointly. One yard is chosen each month by members of BVGC who chose the yard that best exemplifies uniqueness, beauty and curb appeal. 

We need your nominations for the next
"Yard of the Month" 
Nominate a yard today via email: Or call 479-268- 8325. Please provide the address and the homeowners name if known. All nominations will be in the running for future recognition.
CLICK HERE for the rules.


Audubon Committee

posted Mar 30, 2018, 7:46 AM by Phoebe Garden

Audubon Committee Activities

Bird posters from area schools have been collected by the committee and sent to the judges for the AFGC competition.  This years birds are the Blue Jay and the Summer Tanager.  

A video of last years gallery showing of the posters is available.

2018 Arbor Day Activities

posted Mar 30, 2018, 7:41 AM by Phoebe Garden   [ updated Mar 30, 2018, 8:02 AM ]

 Arbor Day at Cooper Elementary School - March 29, 2018

For six teachers and nearly 135 third grade students at Cooper Elementary School, Spring Break meant that Arbor Day would be celebrated one week later than normal.  That didn’t diminish the excitement, however, as they gathered in the school auditorium on Thursday, March 29 to hear about the importance of trees from Bella Vista Mayor Peter Christie, Bella Vista Garden Club members Penny Frahm and Marion Heath, and Ranger Scott Van Hook from the Arkansas Forestry Commission in Benton County. The program was sponsored by the Bella Vista Garden Club and the Arkansas Forestry Commission in Benton County.   

Mayor Christie is no stranger to the students at Cooper Elementary.  He began his conversation with them in his usual manner, asking students to show him their socks.  The students laughed and raised their feet just as he showed them his own, multi-colored striped socks.  Things then took a bit more serious note as he spoke about the importance of trees in the environment.   Mayor Christie explained the work being done to designate Bella Vista as a Tree City and told the students that they would have a role to play in that by planting seedlings they would receive at the end of the program.  The Mayor and Ranger Van Hook spoke about the history of trees in Arkansas and explained that some once-common species are no longer found here due to blight or other causes.  The students had a good understanding of the role that trees play in purifying our air, providing habitat for animals, preventing erosion, and serving as a source of shade on hot, sunny days.  

Penny Frahm and Marion Heath from the Bella Vista Garden Club then conducted an interactive discussion with students in which they shared a number of facts about trees.  Students tried to guess where the largest, tallest and oldest trees could be found in the United States.  At the end of the program, third grade teachers Rachel Welch, Whitney Hackmann, Abby Rogers, Emily Hill, Laura Whited and Rob Brew were presented with a box of 3 Star Loblolly Pine (Pinus taeda) saplings for their students to plant.  The saplings were donated by the Arkansas Forestry Department Nursery with assistance from Anita Overbey, Public Outreach Ranger, and her colleague, Ranger Van Hook. 

In southeastern Arkansas, the “Morriss Pine”, a loblolly pine, is over 300 years old with a diameter of more than 56 inches and a height of 117 feet.  The famous “Eisenhower Tree” on the 17th hole of Augusta National Golf Club was also a loblolly pine.  The tree was given its name after being hit numerous times in President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s golf games there.  Unfortunately, it was severely damaged by an ice storm in 2014 and had to be removed.  Loblolly pine seeds were carried aboard the Apollo 14 flight.  After their return, they were planted in several locations throughout the US, including the grounds of the White House. 

Arbor Day in Arkansas is celebrated on the third Monday of March each year.  It was designated as a tree planting day and started by J. Sterling Morton from Nebraska in 1872.  For more information about Arbor Day and the Arbor Day Foundation, visit

Committee Activities that Beautify Bella Vista

posted Mar 30, 2018, 7:15 AM by Cathy Wayson   [ updated Mar 30, 2018, 8:01 AM by Phoebe Garden ]

Bella Vista Cemetery Committee
The BV Cemetery Committee headed by Mary Doyle has had several cleanup day.  Some members who participated were Mary O'Brien, Patti Brierly, Jane Gordon, Marilyn Russell, Kathy Woxland, and Val Davenport.


Beautification Committee
A redbud tree was recently planted on the left side of the #3 fairway at Dogwood Golf Course. Left to Right, Toni LiCausi, BVGC with Terry Tomlinson and Bill Davis, members of Friends of Dogwood.  Tony also represented the Beautification Committee and helped the Friends of Dogwood create a master landscape plan for landscaping the course.

Hardy members of the BVGC recently planted 'Bella Vista' Daffodils by the north and south Bella Vista signs on Hwy 71. The workers included Janice Grim (left), Penny Frahm, Ray Matkowski, Cathy Downdard, Tony LiCausi, and Elaine and Dick Rooney.

March 28, 2018 Meeting

posted Mar 28, 2018, 6:25 PM by Phoebe Garden   [ updated Mar 30, 2018, 8:02 AM ]

Program: Virginia Halman (far left & Inset) was joined by Ima Lu Lu (Janice Kennedy), BVGC Members - 
"Making Creative Containers"
Horticulture: Tony LaCausi filled in for Lou Jasper and answered a question about "Soil in Raised Beds".
Artistic Design: Barb Templin gave a floral design example of “Zoning”.


    Raffle Items and Ways and Marilyn Sprague
with Means Table.

2018 Benefit Card Party

posted Mar 19, 2018, 4:29 PM by Phoebe Garden   [ updated Mar 23, 2018, 8:27 AM ]

                                                                       Val Courter, Mayor Peter Christie, and Judy Jeffrey

                                                                               TO SEE MORE PHOTOS CLICK HERE

The Bella Vista Garden Club held its annual Card Party from noon to 4:00 pm on Friday, March 16th at theBella Vista Community Church. The meeting room was filled to capacity as more than 220 members and guests gathered to play a variety of card games.  Lunch was provided by the BVGC.  Val Courter served as Chairwoman for the event and Val Bell served as Co-Chair. Mayor Peter Christie attended the event, welcoming attendees along with BVGC club president, Judy Jeffrey.

The Card Party serves as an integral component of BVGC’s fundraising activities. Proceeds from the event are used to fund the Bella Vista Garden Club Dorothy Wallace Scholarship program for area students studying horticulture or related subjects at Northwest Arkansas colleges and universities. Dorothy Wallace served as the first president of the BVGC when it was established in 1972.

Activities to get ready for the 2018 Spring Plant Sale

posted Mar 19, 2018, 4:27 PM by Phoebe Garden   [ updated Mar 26, 2018, 8:15 AM by Cathy Wayson ]

PLANT SALE DAY is May 5th at Village Waste Water on Hwy 72 in Bella Vista          To see more photos CLICK HERE



Members digging plants for the sale.

Digging Crew:  Penny Frahm, Virginia Halman, Peggy and Ron Furman, Bennie Nichols, Rick Tamposh, Sandra Berry, and Connie Miller.  

Big thanks to the people who allowed us to dig at the wonderful gardens: Kathy Johnson, Cathy Wayson, Janice Kennedy, Mary Doyle, Rick Tramposh, Geri Hoerner, Suzann Wresche, Myra Klotz and Bonnie Marteneck.

Members potting plants at the Village Waste Water greenhouse. Peggy Furman, Debbie Edmunds, Mary O'Brien, Peggy Frahm, Kathy Woxland, Marilyn Russell, and Virginia Halman were some of the many who helped.

Happy plants in the sand beds waiting for the sale.  


posted Mar 3, 2018, 11:10 AM by Phoebe Garden

  It’s Yard of the Month Time Again! Bob Lynch, 4 Worth Place, 
Bella Vista is the March Winner.

We need your nominations for the next
"Yard of the Month" 
Nominate any yard that is
above average in design and the way it is maintained.
We want to recognize yards that improve the overall look of the community.
CLICK HERE for the rules. 

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