Club Buzz 2018-19

News from July 2018 to June 2019.  Click "Buzz Home" button on horizontal navigation bar to navigate to Buzz for a different year.

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November TV Program is Now Available on Youtube

posted Nov 9, 2018, 6:37 PM by Cathy Wayson   [ updated Nov 9, 2018, 6:39 PM ]

The November 2018 program is hosted by JB Portillo, a fellow member of the Bella Vista Garden Club, President of the Benton County Master Gardeners and a NWA Master Naturalist and her guests are fellow members of the Bella Vista Garden Club; Marion Heath and Melissa Stratton, who is also a fellow Master Gardener.  The topic of the program is Three Sisters and Blue Corn which is a planting combination that has been used for centuries that includes corn, beans and squash.  These three vegetables provide a complete dietary meal that provides all the nutrients needed for good health.  Corn provides a support for the bean plants and the squash spreads to form a green mulch to discourage weeds and preserve moisture.  Directions for planting this small garden is provided and can be also be planted in a container for those who do not have a garden area available. 

To see the video - CLICK HERE

Recent BVGC Activities

posted Oct 25, 2018, 9:38 AM by Cathy Wayson   [ updated Oct 25, 2018, 9:42 AM ]

Tony LaCausie reports that 1,000 Daffodil bulbs were planted at the Dogwood Golf Course and there are plans to plant more at the new Fire Station.

Ten Pine Trees were planted in Bella Vista and have grown very well. (see photo left)

Tony is helping with the design for the expansion of the Veterans Wall.

There have been several cleanup days at the BV Cemetery and the BV Welcome Center.

Cathy Downard reports that the greenhouse at Waste Water was cleaned up.  (see photos below)


Thanks to all who helped with these projects and others.  

October 25th Club Meeting

posted Oct 25, 2018, 9:21 AM by Cathy Wayson   [ updated Oct 25, 2018, 9:23 AM ]


The speaker Butch Tetzlaff - the owner of the Bluebird Shed in Bella Vista is pictured above on a bird banding outing.  He spoke on "Feeding Birds in Winter" and explained the various types of feeders and feed and which birds are attracted to each of them.  He touched briefly on what to do about pesky squirrels.











Tony LaCausi gave a Horticultural talk on different types of "Raised Beds" and Judy Jeffrey filled in for Linda Nemeyer and announced that there will be another flower show and talked about a variety of related topics including a new photographic category for the next flower show. 

Two new members and one returning member joined at the meeting.

BV Daffodils and Pansies Planted

posted Oct 9, 2018, 9:11 PM by Cathy Wayson   [ updated Oct 9, 2018, 9:13 PM ]

Getting their hands dirty to keep Bella Vista Beautiful Bella Vista Garden Club and Friends of Dogwood team up to plant daffodils on Dogwood Golf Course.

Thanks to Tony LaCausi, Bill Davis and the team:  Bennie Nichols, Cathy Downard, Deidre Cheney, Don Cook, Dory Hammeke, Jan Franklin, Kevin McGee, Marilyn Russell, Marion Christie Heath, Nancy Gilmore, Susan Nuttall, Ted Largent, Val Davenport, Virginia Halman and more.


Also....


      
Penny Frahm led a group of BVGC volunteers in beautifying the Veterans Wall of Honor today by planting rows of red, white and blue pansies in the entrance. Thanks to all who gave of their time!

YARD OF THE MONTH - October 2018

posted Oct 3, 2018, 8:06 PM by Cathy Wayson


Congratulations Mary Giggy at 2 Breton Way, Bella Vista 72715

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 our community.
  
CLICK HERE for the rules. 

October 2018 TV Program is now on Youtube

posted Oct 3, 2018, 7:57 PM by Cathy Wayson   [ updated Oct 3, 2018, 8:07 PM ]

The October 2018 program guest is Cody George, Head Horticulturalist at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.  The topic of the program is What's Up at Crystal Bridges? and Cody related how the trails and gardens have evolved over the 7 years since they began work on the grounds.  As any gardener knows there are areas that change due to natural events that provide more or less shade or sun and we have to adapt to those changes.  While the emphasis originally was to incorporate mostly native plants into the gardens, the use of good behaving non-natives is being utilized to create interest along with the natives.  With 17 acres to tend to, there are always opportunities to create new areas with unique plantings.  Photos of some of the non-natives that work well with the natives are shown.  Also areas of hard wood mulch are being reduced by using ground cover plantings called green mulch which reduces weeds and expense. 
       
To see video on Youtube - CLICK HERE

September 26th, 2018 Meeting

posted Sep 26, 2018, 2:56 PM by Cathy Wayson

Scholarships Awarded
  
  
Scholarship Recipients, William Samuels and Garrett Toelle with Scholarship Committee Members (left to right) Virginia Halman, Marilyn Russell, Judi Shannon, and Club President, Judy Jeffery.

The Moms of both recipients were welcome guests at the meeting.

The Club was proud to award this years scholarships to two veterans.






The Yearbook was dedicated to hard working Virginia Halman.









Tony LaCausi took a survey on what topics the club wants info on in future horticulture segments.

  
Linda Neymeyer explained what Flower Shows are and how they benefit the community with the help of Ima Lu Lu (Janice Kennedy). Members voted on whether to have another Flower Show in 2019. Results will be announced at the next meeting.

The September 2018 TV Program is now on Youtube

posted Sep 6, 2018, 1:54 PM by Cathy Wayson   [ updated Sep 8, 2018, 4:20 PM ]

The September 2018 program guest is JB Portillo, a fellow member of the Bella Vista Garden Club, President of the Benton County Master Gardeners and a NWA Master Naturalist.  The topic of the program is Clematis - Vine Art and the growing conditions required are discussed.  The three pruning groups are defined and pictures of many varieties provided by former Bella Vista Garden Club member, Susan Strong, are shown with various types of support systems used.  Antique fencing or gates can be used, vinyl coated wire can be wrapped around birdhouse posts and chicken wire shaped around a large piece of driftwood are shown.  New varieties have been developed that are more compact and smaller in size to fit in small areas to give your garden great color.  Also announced was the Bella Vista Gardening program has been awarded the National Overall winner from the National Garden Club, Inc. for a gardening TV show.  It is quite an honor for the show to receive this prestigious award. 

YARD OF THE MONTH - September 2018

posted Sep 1, 2018, 2:04 PM by Cathy Wayson   [ updated Sep 1, 2018, 2:06 PM ]

September winner of the Bella Vista Garden Club Yard of the Month.
So proud of our community and of Dennis & Alicia Peterson of 37 Kinloch Dr. BV 72715


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. 

August TV Program is now on Youtube

posted Aug 2, 2018, 9:30 AM by Cathy Wayson

The August 2018 program guests are JB Portillo, a fellow member of the Bella Vista Garden Club, a Benton County Master Gardener and a NWA Master Naturalist together with Terry Weiderhaft a fellow Benton County Master Gardener.  The topic of the program is The Helping Hands Pantry Garden Update and Terry is the Leader of that project.  The garden is adjacent to the Helping Hands Store and there are about 7 acres available for use for a garden.  At the present time the garden covers less than one acre with 35 raised beds and some fruit trees.  This past year a drip water irrigation system has been added that has dramatically improved the production of produce.  All produce harvested is taken to the Helping Hands Pantry and instructions for cleaning, storing and refrigerating the produce is given to the recipient.  Some easy recipes are handed out also.  The garden is also used for education and some home schooled children have cleared out beds, planted vegetables and harvested the crops for the pantry.  Last year a little over 2,000 pounds of produce was harvested and this year the garden has produced over 1,800 pounds at the end of July.  Volunteers are always welcome to help and beds can be adopted by groups that can add to the bounty for the Helping Hands Pantry.  Photos taken this year at the garden are also shown.

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