Club Buzz 2018-19

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Spring Plant Sale - May 4th, 2019

posted May 5, 2019, 11:35 AM by Cathy Wayson   [ updated May 5, 2019, 7:45 PM ]

The Spring Plant Sale - Soggy but Successful

To the Bella Vista Garden Club members and spouses who helped with the Spring Plant Sale I cannot say thank you enough times.  From the committee chairs, the people who help dig the plants, the ones who helped pot the plants, the spouses who help with potting, the ones who helped setup on Friday, the ones who helped on Saturday, and the people who donated plants. Let me say a special thank you to the spouses who helped with parking on Saturday. You all helped me make the 2019 Spring Plant Sale a success. 

We were lucky that the heavy rains and storms on Friday afternoon and evening did not do a lot of damage to the plants.  Dory Hammeke and I were the first to arrive Saturday and even though the tents were still standing, the tops were full of water.   We both got soaked (Dory more than me), but we managed to get the water off.  It was wet and muddy but that did not stop the shoppers.  When the gates were opened there were people everywhere filling the wagons.  

We were blessed with the left over plants from Natures Calling in the green house and the plants in their sands beds.  The people at Village Waste Water also deserve a big thank you for not only letting us use their facilities, but for helping us anytime we ask them too.

It was a very busy two months for me, but I have enjoyed working with everyone and appreciate their support.  I learned a lot about the plants and the operation of the sale.  I spent so much time with the plants that we became very good friends.

Thank you,

Debbie Edmunds, Plant Sell Chairman       

Pictured are the next recipients of the BVGC's Dorothy Wallace Scholarship, Max McKeown (left) and Joshua Tebow (right) who joined Virginia Halman (center) and throngs of shoppers at the plant sale.  Below are more photos of the pre-sale preparations and the actual sale day provided by Marilyn Russell and Barb Templin.

CONGRATULATIONS TO DEBBIE EDMUNDS, chair of the spring plant sale, and to all of her crew that worked so hard to make this sale a success.  I certainly would be remiss to not also thank all of you who helped on Saturday, either through working directly on the sale, or to stopping at the sale to buy or support the workers.

We must also thank Waste Water/Nature's Calling for the donation of their greenhouse plants for our sale.  Expenses have not yet been calculated but we will have the total profits at our June luncheon.  Even after expenses have been subtracted we expect this to be a record year.   

Garden Club members do not let a "little" rain stop them. Congratulations again.  I am so proud to be one of you.

Judy Jeffrey, Club President




May Video on Youtube

posted May 4, 2019, 3:01 PM by Cathy Wayson

The May 2019 Program guest is Fran Zimmermann a former member of the Bella Vista Garden Club.  The topic of the program is Rhododendrons and Azaleas and planting information along with the preferred growing conditions were discussed regarding light, soil, water, mulch, fertilizing and pruning.  A new variety of Azalea on the market called RebloomTM  was exhibited  that is similar to the Encore series.  Photos of Rhododendrons and Azaleas were shown together with layering options using a variety of these plants.

April 24th Meeting

posted Apr 29, 2019, 4:23 PM by Cathy Wayson

Program: Ryan Neal, Benton County Extension Agent - "Gardening Topics" which included info on what the Extension Office does and also about farms in our area.

Floral Design Workshop: Janice Kennedy (top) discussed "Under Water Arrangements" using one of her own designs and one created by Beth Kastl (bottom).

Bird Poster Contest winners were on view at the meeting.  The poster that won "First Place" and "Best of Show" - Ruby Throated Humming Bird by Finely Shaw is shown at left. 

      The other five winners shown below.




April Garden Video on Youtube

posted Apr 13, 2019, 8:08 AM by Cathy Wayson

The April 2019 Program guest is Barb Templin, a member of the Bella Vista Garden Club.  The topic of the program is Spring Planting for Fall Color and photos are shown of many plants other than the usual mums and pansies that give us wonderful fall color.   A variety of shrubs, grasses and perennials give us fall color as a bonus.  There are even some hostas that turn yellow before they lose their leaves in the late fall.  A plant that gives fall color next to an evergreen will give your garden good color variety.  

View Video - CLICK HERE

Spring Retreat - April 5th, 2019

posted Apr 13, 2019, 8:02 AM by Cathy Wayson

A focus retreat was held in the Community Room at Mercy Clinic at One Mercy Way in Bella Vista on April 5th from 1 - 4 p.m. President Judy Jeffrey presided over the meeting and twenty-five members attended, divided into small discussion groups. Comments of each group were recorded on large flip charts that could be viewed by all.

Kim Carter (left photo, far right) was the facilitator for the retreat.  Later, the president and the facilitator plan to summarize the input and report to the Executive Board and the BVGC membership on further measures to improve projects and club efforts to support the stated purpose of the club.

March 27th Meeting

posted Mar 28, 2019, 9:48 AM by Cathy Wayson

Program: Jeff Overturf (above right), from Overturf Lawn, spoke on home irrigation and water conservation techniques.

Floral Design Workshop: Linda Neymeyer (above upper left with Barb) provided information on "Still Life and Collage" designs as entries in the Fall Flower Show. She showed an example created by Barb Templin. A tutorial on entering horticulture in the flower show was given by Horticulture Entries Chair Virginia Halman (above lower left).

Horticultural: Tony LiCausi spoke on methods to improve and retain the quality of your garden soil.

March 15th, 2019 Card Party

posted Mar 19, 2019, 9:13 AM by Cathy Wayson

Annual Card/Game Party

Well, we hit a home run again!  The card party was a smashing success.  Helene Elliot and her co-chair Marion Heath put together an event that was enjoyed by all.  I did not see anyone leave the party without a smile on their face.  Of course, the kitchen station captains and helpers plus everyone who brought food must be commended.  I  heard time and time again "I love this card party because the food is always good!" Then there are all the other volunteers, Beth Kastl for putting together gorgeous raffle baskets, the individuals who set up, cleaned, sold tickets, etc.  The best news is we took in funds for scholarships and it was an event that was enjoyed by the community. 

Judy Jeffrey, Club President

Thank you to the our Local Businesses and Citizens for their Contributions.

February 27th, 2019 Meeting

posted Mar 19, 2019, 9:05 AM by Cathy Wayson

Lunch: Baked Potatoes with all the trimmings, veggies, and deserts.

Program: Joe Ledvina, AR Department of Transportation, presented information on the "Wildflower Program" He talked about preserving native plants during construction projects. Efforts include designated ‘Wildflower Routes’, replacing original top soil, reducing herbicide use, adapting mowing practices, and expanding wildflower populations through native plant seeding programs. (left top).  

Floral Design Workshop: Linda Neymeyer discussed "Hanging Designs" and showed Char Brunji's design (lower left) and her own design (lower center).

Cathy Wayson presented a program on the specifications for the new addition to the October 1st Flower Show - "Botanical Art Photography" (lower right).

March Gardening Program now on Youtube.

posted Feb 26, 2019, 8:39 PM by Cathy Wayson

The March 2019 Program guest is Ann Iwen, a member of the Bella Vista Garden Club.  The topic of the program is Orchids from Around the World and photos are shown of many orchids used as houseplants.  These tropical plants are native to every continent except Antarctica and thrive in warm and humid conditions.  Several examples of blooming Phalaenopsis are shown which were supplied by Lou Jasper, fellow member of the Bella Vista Garden Club.  Planting medium, fertilizing and watering instructions and hints are given.   

Jan and Feb TV Programs now on Youtube

posted Feb 7, 2019, 11:05 AM by Cathy Wayson

January Program - White and Night Bloomers

February Program - Summer and Fall Blooming Bulbs

CLICK HERE to view all Videos

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