The Garden

Gardening Links:

3 Minute Video of The Garden and Some of Our Projects...CLICK HERE

30 Minute Video featuring Cathy as a guest on a BVTV
Show called "Gardening in Northwest Arkansas".
The subject is "Drought Tolerant Plants"...CLICK HERE

Bella Vista Garden Club Website...CLICK HERE
Bella Vista Garden Club Videos...CLICK HERE

My Sis calls me "the Dirt Lady" and I guess I am.  I do love to dig in the dirt.

Favorite Quotations:

Earth laughs in flowers.
Waldo Emerson

To dig one's own spade into one's own earth!
Has life anything better to offer than this?
Beverley Nicholas

Gardening gives me fun and health and knowledge.
It gives me laughter and colour.
It gives me pictures of almost incredible beauty.
John F. Kenhon

In my garden there is a large place for sentiment.
My garden of flowers is also my garden of thoughts and dreams.
The thoughts grow as freely as the flowers,
and the dreams are as beautiful.

Abram L. Urban

Visitor Comments:
You are a good dirt lady.  Your yard is so beautiful thanks so much for sending the website to me.  Now I see why you're always in the yard and work so hard.  At the end of a rainbow there is a pot of gold and, Sis, I think your yard is a pot of gold.  Our mom would have loved to see your flowers.  She loved flowers.
Sis (Judy - IA)

I call your garden Nature and Cathy working together to produce beautiful Art.
Marilyn (AR)

What beautiful flowers.  Our mom would of been so proud of you.  She loved flowers too...guess you have her green thumb.  Me I just got the dirt lol.  Very nice and a lot of hard work but so worth it.
Your Little Sis
(Judy - IA)  (About the new additions including a black iris in the Spring Garden Section)
The pictures are beautiful enough to be in a magazine.  The Lily Trees were truly stunning.  I love it all.  Thanks.
Marilyn (AR)

It was truly beautiful.  Tomorrow night I'll look at another season.  Like the 3 plates hanging from the tree.  You are so clever and can see the possibilities in everything.  Huzzahs to you.         

There are people who would not worry about the butterflies,just how things look. Your spirit animal is the butterfly. Gentle, beautiful and an inspiration to others
Mary (AL)


A bacteria found in dirt may act like a natural antidepressant.


By Lyiah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Healthy Living

A bacteria found in dirt may act like a natural antidepressant. Even if you don't love gardening, digging in the dirt may be good for your health -- and it has nothing to do with a love of nature or the wonder of watching things grow. The secret may be in the dirt itself: A bacteria called Mycobacterium vaccae that acts like an antidepressant once it gets into your system. 

That's right. A living organism that acts like a mood-booster on the human brain, increasing serotonin and norepinephrine levels and making people feel happier. It was accidentally discovered about 10 years ago, when Dr. Mary O'Brien, an oncologist at the Royal Marsden Hospital in London, tried an experimental treatment for lung cancer. She inoculated patients with killed Mycobacterium vaccaexpecting the bacteria -- which is related to ones that cause tuberculosis and leprosy -- to boost their immune system. It did that, The Economist reported in 2007, but it also improved her patients' "emotional health, vitality, and general cognitive function." Later experiments with mice confirmed the bacteria's effects; the study was published in a 2007 edition of the journal "Neuroscience."

"These studies help us understand how the body communicates with the brain and why a healthy immune system is important for maintaining mental health," the mouse study's lead author, neuroscientist Dr. Christopher Lowry, said. "They also leave us wondering if we shouldn't all be spending more time playing in the dirt."

"We believe that prolonged exposure to dirt from childhood could have a beneficial effect," he added.

It raises the intriguing idea of a future where doctors could treat clinical depression or Seasonal Affective Disorder with a simple vaccine (and possibly a future in which kids don't need quite so may baths). In the meantime, people seeking a bit of a boost may be able to find it in their own backyards.

We wouldn't recommend inhaling dirt, of course. But, come spring, we're looking forward to spending more time getting dirty.

Visitor Comments:

An absolutely beautiful website, you are one very busy and talented lady!  I hope your deer fence works after all the effort you and hubbie put into it.
Chris (FL)

Beautiful.  Beautiful.  I'm going to start saving my Harvey's Bristol Creme bottle.  I'll never have anything like what you've created, but it will add a little color.  You should enter this project in some contest.  I imagine you'd win a price.  I'm really dazzled.
Marilyn (AR) (About the new bottle tree)

Oh my!  The deer fence must be working!!!  Lovely!!!!!
Sue (AR)
(About the photo of the orange lilies with the Black Swallowtail Butterfly)

Wow!  Your flower garden is so beautiful
Sister (Sharon - AZ)

Wow Sis what beautiful colors (About the Winter Sunset in the EAST) and look at Totee all new and look at his colors shine. Nice pic.
Sis (Judy - IA)

I viewed your garden pics on the BVGC web site - just beautiful flowers!
Janet (AR)

Sister!  Your garden is awesome, spectacular, beautiful, wonderfully creative.  I can't express in words how much I enjoyed the tour. Judy is correct when she said, "You are our mothers daughter."
Sister (Sharon - IA)

What beautiful colors (lilies) and goes good with Totee.  He sure looks happy now - love it!
Sis (Judy - IA)

You have a beautiful place there. It looks like a wonderful setting right along a lake. Great photography of the wildlife too...Lots of subject matter for your paintings.
Paul (IL)

The Fairy garden is so got so many.  Wow, Sis, I know you said you had some (Fairies) didn't know that cute and beautiful...I loved them all.
Sis (Judy - IA)

Love the Fairy Garden...I want to shrink myself and move in.
Marilyn (AR)

These are so beautiful I see your green thumbs are at it again, my Fav. Dirt Lady! (About the iris)
Sis (Judy - IA)

Perfectly beautiful.  Good enough for dessert. (About the iris)
Marilyn (AR)

You have such a cool website.  I hope that the fence works well.  It looks like it should keep everything and everyone out unless they come in from the water.
Charlene A. (AL)

I checked out your garden photos on the website...what a beautiful addition to your landscape you have created!
Linda (AR)

I just looked at last night.  WOW it's beautiful, I would love to see it in real life sometime.  I need your advice over in my yard sometime too.
Charlene A. (AR)

Your garden is absolutely beautiful!  Our growing zones are different but I don't think I could ever create anything like that.  Our club would go wild seeing pictures of your garden.
Cheryl (TX)

Your gardens are breathtaking.  We should of had your garden on the tour!
Janet (AR)

You have some beautiful pictures on your website!  The sunrise is great, but the double rainbow, wow!!
Anne (FL)

I just now got a chance to visit your website.  You are amazing.  I LOVE it, and your totem pole...GREAT, love the story.  You have done an amazing job of creating your SANCTUARY and so loving of you to share it with the world.
Richard and Cameron (AZ)

I am a big gardener too - loved that portion of the website - you must be busy - it's beautiful!!
Charlie (CO)

I would love to go to your house and just stand out in your garden. So so pretty.
Judy (AL)

What beautiful flowers! Great gardener. 
Deloris (AR)

And I am so proud of your pink garden. I have really enjoyed seeing them this summer. You have made my summer and those are beautiful.  (About the pick flower pix I put on Facebook)
Judy (AL)

LOVED the photos of your gardens!!!  If we ever get settled for sure somewhere here, can I hire you to help me put in some flower gardens?  Yours are fantastic!!!
Sue (AR)

These pictures are beautiful.  Your flowers and plants are always gorgeous!  
Charlene (AL)

Oh NO! I've seen what you can do to yourself with and exacto knife....step away from the big dangerous machine....(About the new 4-wheeler to use in the garden)
Jack (AL)

The flowers...beautiful and so huge it's that green thumb you are Queen of the dirt...I salute you...
Sis (Judy - IA) 

Why travel when you live in a little slice of heaven..I've seen your pictures : )
Jack (AL)