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February 2020

  • Feb 28 Camp Arroyo Work Party

  • March 2020

    • Mar 12 Regular Monthly Meeting

    April 2020


    May 2020

    • May 14 Regular Monthly Meeting

    Jun 2020

    • Jun 11 Regular Monthly Meeting

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    Livermore-Amador Valley Garden Club (LAVGC) is a non-profit educational service organization affiliated with California Garden Clubs, Inc. serving the Tri-Valley Area: Dublin, Livermore, Pleasanton, San Ramon and Sunol.

    LAVGC Vision: Gardening for fun and purpose while working together to share knowledge and promote environmental responsibility.

    LAVGC Mission: Encourage interest in all phases of home gardening; Promote better horticultural practices; Promote civic beauty; Promote conservation of natural resources.

    LAVGC Brochure.

    LAVGC offers special interest groups and workshops on a variety of related subjects.

    Different special interest groups include Edible Gardening, Floral Design, Garden Tours and Seed Sharing.

    Members take tours to see outstanding gardens, nurseries and to attend horticultural events. Members also perform community service locally and nationally.

    LAVGC meets the second Thursday of September through June at Alisal Elementary School in Pleasanton.

    LAVGC Speakers: past and future

    Regular Monthly Meeting
    Thursday, Feb 13, 2020 at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM.

    The LAVGC monthly meeting is at the Alisal Elementary School multipurpose room, 1454 Santa Rita Road, Pleasanton, CA 94566.

    Herbs, their variety and uses

    Speaker Rose Loveall, owner and operator of the popular Morning Sun Herb Farm in Vacaville, will be our February speaker. Rose has introduced many to the world of flavor, fragrance, and foliage via the use of herbs. Her education and background give her the knowledge and skills necessary to establish her as an authority on the subject of selection and cultivation of herbs. She will speak about herbs, their variety and uses. There will be an opportunity to purchase plants.

    Dinner with the speaker: It is unknown at this writing if Rose will be available for dinner prior to the meeting. Please contact Inge Spotnitz by Monday evening, February 10, to determine if the no-host dinner will be available and, if so, sign up to participate. See the LAVGC Yearbook for Inge's additional contact information.


    Visitors Are Welcome!

    Please join us at the monthly meeting or contact us at the Membership link below. Please take a moment to fill out the Membership Application Form for Membership Year July, 2019 through June, 2020. New members joining after Jan. 31 of the Membership Year will owe one-half of the regular dues. New members joining at or after the April Spring Plant Sale will pay dues for the following Membership Year and be complimented for the remainder of the existing Membership Year (May/June).

    For more information about membership or dues, please email Wanda Finn.

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    Members Only section

    Check out the Members Only section. Click on the 'Members Only' menu selection on any page, enter the Id and password. The Members Only section contains the club Yearbook, speaker video links, club forms, newsletter archives, meeting minutes and more. Members may email Jeri Stark, President to obtain the Id and password.


    Thanks, thanks and more thanks

    Thanks to all who participate in the club workshops, work parties and providing meeting refreshments. > > More

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    NEW Garden Club Want Ads

    ...garden related wants, needs, offers, for sale

    This new column is for any garden related items that you have that you want to get rid of - either selling or giving away, just to get them out of your place and it's too long to wait for the Plant Sale. You can also list needs or even if you need help in the garden and wish to hire someone for a few hours a week. Or if you'd like to hire out to help someone in their garden a few hours a week. Let's share with other gardeners in the club!! Click to see Garden Club Want Ads.

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    Talks on Video

    If you missed our meeting speakers' informative talk, you can see the video of the talk on the club website Members Only section. Most of our recent club meeting talks are on view there. Select videos are also available to the public. See LAVGC Speakers: past and future.

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    Arbor Day Seed Packaging Workshop

    Sat, Feb 15, 2020

    Location: Erica Dedon's house.

    Arbor Day Presentations are here Again!

    The LAVGC and Alden Lane Nursery will once again be partnering to hand out Poppy Seed packets to eager 2nd graders at Pleasanton Elementary Schools in recognition of California's Arbor Day, March 7. During the week of March 2nd and March 9th, students and their teachers attend our presentations, assembly style, where they learn about Luther Burbank (it's his B-day, March 7) and some of his accomplishments, but mainly the benefits of trees. The students then receive a packet of California poppy seeds, courtesy of Pacific Coast Seeds, and a colorful brochure. Each participating school will also receive a Penny Pines Certificate. Please consider signing up as an Arbor Day Presenter at the February 13 meeting. We always partner first time presenters with experienced presenters. We will also again be offering a short wildflower power point presentation at the end of the Arbor Day assembly, at selective elementary schools.

    Our Arbor Day poppy seed packaging workshop will be on Saturday, February 15, at 10 AM at Erica's house. They will prepare poppy seed packets and handouts. This is always a lively affair and many hands help to make the seed packaging, classroom sorting, and handout compiling a pleasant repast. Participants spoon tsp of poppy seeds into seed packets, then staple the cover sheet over the packet. We ask participants to bring their own tsp. measuring spoon. Potential presenters will be receiving a mini refresher lesson. Home baked refreshments will be served as well as juice and hot teas, courtesy of Chez Dedon.

    If you are interested in participating in the Arbor Day Seed Packaging Workshop or being a presenter at the schools, or both, please contact Erica Dedon, Arbor Day Coordinator or sign up at the February meeting! See the LAVGC Yearbook for additional contact information.

    For more information, contact Erica Dedon, Arbor Day Coordinator.

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    2020 Plant Sale

    Saturday, April 4, 2020

    Location: Amador High School parking lot, Pleasanton, Ca

    Our annual plant sale is Saturday April 4th 9:00 - 1:00 in the parking lot of Amador High School. We are looking to you, our club members, for plant donations and volunteering for the event. As you may know our sale will have a section for edibles and for ornamentals.

    An edible can be anything from a fruit tree to an annual veggie in a 4" pot. If you have any questions about an edible you would like to provide, please contact Kim Billingsley. See the LAVGC Yearbook for additional contact information.

    The ornamentals can be annuals, perennials, shrubs, roses, succulents, natives, shade/sun/partial-sun plants or house plants. If you have any questions about a plant you'd like to donate please reach out to Karen Abbruscato or Daniel McCright.

    We ask that everything be well rooted, so please start now if you're propagating from a plant in your yard. The week before the sale we will request you drop off your plants at Robyn Gade's home in Pleasanton, close to the Amador High School. The plants will be staged by plant type and the volunteers on the pricing team will price the plants on April 2nd and/or 3rd.

    We are also in need of volunteers to make this a successful event. We are always looking for people to work in the area with the ornamentals, guiding our customers to plants they will like and helping them get their plants over to the holding area. We also need people to work in the "boutique" where we sell garden inspired items (tools, vases, pots etc.) and in the holding area. Tina Higashi is taking care of volunteer sign ups. If you want to know more about the available positions please reach out to Tina. See the LAVGC Yearbook for Tina's contact information.

    For more information or any questions, please email Karen Abbruscato, Chair. See the LAVGC Yearbook for additional contact information.

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