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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2018 Spring Luncheon

posted Jun 23, 2018, 9:13 AM by Phoebe Garden   [ updated Jun 23, 2018, 9:13 AM ]

Lots of members received awards.  See complete list to the right.

Mayor Christie joined the fun.

We watched videos of the Garden Party and of the Club's Activities during the past year.
BVGC 2018 Awards

National Award Winner

Overall winner (all states), Radio and/or TV
for the 'Bella Vista Gardening' TV Program

South Central Region Awards

Community Concern - 1st Place ($25)
Arbor Day Dedication - 2nd Place
Yearbook - 3rd Place

AFGC Awards

Garden Therapy – 2nd Place
Vera Key Horticulture Roll with Great Honor
Arbor Day – 1st Place ($25)
Publicity Press Book, Large Club ($25) – 
1st Place
Heritage Award – 1st Place ($25)
History Book, Large Club - 1st Place
Yearbook, Large Club - 1st Place
Horticulture Roll with with Great Honor -
 2nd Place
Standard of Excellence with Great Honor

AFGC Youth Awards

Bird Contest, Best in Show - $25 each
5 th Grade – Harshith Guruda, BVGC
7 th Grade – Finely Shaw – BVGC
8 th Grade – Hailey Balwin – BVGC

Creativity Award
12 th Grade – M. Bramel – BVGC
12 th Grade – K. Garret - BVGC 


posted Jun 10, 2018, 2:37 PM by Cathy Wayson   [ updated Jun 10, 2018, 2:46 PM by Phoebe Garden ]

Winner of the Bella Vista Garden Club June Yard of the Month is Anna Tallant of 9 Musselburgh Lane, Bella Vista 72715. We cannot thank her enough for her beautiful yard and the care she takes to maintain it.  Anna did ALL the work herself, including digging the two ponds! Thank you, Anna!

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.

Nominate a yard today via email: Or call JB @ 479-268-8325. Please provide the address and the homeowners name if known.  All nominations will be in the running for future recognition.

2018 Garden Party a Huge Success

posted Jun 9, 2018, 3:58 PM by Phoebe Garden   [ updated Jun 27, 2018, 4:29 PM by Cathy Wayson ]

Above photos, to left to bottom right:   Hors d'oeuvres being prepared, Serving the Hors d'oeuvres, One of the Artists, The Raffle Tent, Burgers being Enjoyed, Some of the ladies who made the Hors d'oeuvres, People having fun, and the 5 finalists in the Hat Contest.

Hope all of you are well rested this morning after pulling off a wonderful event yesterday.  There were nothing but positive comments all around.  The venue was beautiful, you all worked very hard and the guests were happy.  Thank you - Thank you - Thank you.
We could not have done it without your help.  It was a great party and you should all be very proud.

Karen Welch & Beth Kastl, Co-Chairs (left photo)

Cathy Wayson's Video of the 2018 Garden Party CLICK HERE

Bella Vista Community TV's Video of 2018 Garden Party CLICK HERE

Many thanks to Debbie Edmunds and her crew who made and served all the wonderful appetizers for the party.  Our guests thoroughly enjoyed them all.
2018 Garden Party Recipes CLICK HERE

2018 Spring Plant Sale

posted May 8, 2018, 1:06 PM by Phoebe Garden   [ updated May 10, 2018, 7:00 PM by Cathy Wayson ]


See More photos Sale Day in the Google Album - CLICK HERE

See More photos of Prep for the sale in the Google Album - CLICK HERE

Sale - A Huge Success

The weather was perfect for BVGC’s Spring Plant Sale held on Saturday, May 5th from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm at Village Waste Water. Hundreds of people came in search of trees, shrubs, perennials, hanging plants and baskets to beautify their lawns and gardens. Many even brought their own carts and wagons to load the numerous plants offered at great prices. All seemed happy with the wide selection available for purchase. 

Cathy Downard, Plant Sale Chairwoman, did an excellent job orchestrating the event. She had secured many members and volunteers to help with parking, plant selection, loading, etc.  Master gardeners were available to answer questions and Lou Jasper found herself with a steady line of individuals wanting to inquire about native plants. Ways and Means committee members also had a large selection of gently used garden tools available for sale. 

Bella Vista Mayor Peter Christie attended and visited with Cathy Downard and other members about the success of the sale. One of our recent scholarship recipients also stopped by to show his support for the event and the organization providing financial support for his horticultural studies. Funds from the plant sale are used to provide scholarships for students studying horticulture at area colleges and universities.

Dory Hammeke
Publicity Chairman

The event surpassed all expectations.  This only happens when our membership puts their heads and hands to "the metal" to make our efforts succeed.  Special thanks to the chairperson, Cathy Downard, and the digging chair, Penny Frahm.  I know Cathy spent innumerable hours in planning, soliciting help, etc.  We are so thankful that Penny can dig!.  I simply cannot list all of the members who were so vital in this effort but please know a very heartfelt thanks is extending to all of you.

Judy Jeffrey
Club President


posted May 3, 2018, 11:07 AM by Cathy Wayson

2018 - 2019 Officers were installed at the April 2018 meeting by Judy Jeffrey who will remain president.  
The officers are as follows from left to right:
First Vice president: Ray Matkowski
Second Vice president: Val Courter
Assistant Second Vice president: Betty Boling-Stull
Secretary: Linda Neymeyer
Assistant Secretary: Barb Templin
Treasurer: Karen Welch
Assistant Treasurer: Beth Kastl (not shown)


posted May 3, 2018, 9:14 AM by Cathy Wayson   [ updated May 3, 2018, 9:24 AM by Phoebe Garden ]

Congratulations to Sandy and Dean Collins

  We need your nominations for the next
"Yard of the Month" 
Nominate any yard (private residence or business) 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.

April 25th Meeting

posted Apr 28, 2018, 1:19 PM by Cathy Wayson   [ updated Apr 29, 2018, 11:57 AM ]

Program: Connie Rieper-Estes and her husband, Owners, Greedy Goats of NWA - "When Greedy is Good"
Artistic Design: Linda Nemeyer encouraged members to attend Duets in Bloom2 at the Country Club the follow day to see many artistic designs.

Horticulture: Lou Jasper answered a question about was it or wasn't it an orchid.

Lee Ann Robinson and Marilyn Sprague with raffle baskets full of fun items similar to what will be raffled at the 2018 Garden Party.  
ELECTION OF 2018 - 2019 Officers was held.  The officers are as follows:

First Vice president: Ray Matkowski
Second Vice president: Val Courter
Assistant Second Vice president: Betty Boling-Stull
Treasurer: Karen Welch
Assistant Treasurer: Beth Kastl
Secretary: Linda Neymeyer
Assistant Secretary: Barb Templin

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   [ updated May 8, 2018, 1:22 PM ]

Many BVGC members participated in this show which was presented by Foralia Arrangers' Guild Garden Club.

See photos in Google Album - CLICK HERE

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.


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