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November 2017


December 2017

  • Dec 14 Regular Monthly Meeting and Potluck

April 2018

Lynn MacFarland, Best in Show
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.

Regular Monthly Meeting
Thursday, Dec 14 at 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM.

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

A History of the Rose in California - Mr. Darrell Schramm speaker

Mr. Darrell Schramm is a recently retired professor from the University of San Francisco where he taught for twenty-years. He serves on the board of Heritage Roses Group, the oldest heirloom rose organization in the world, and edits its magazine, Rose Letter. Not one to just talk and write about roses, he has about 187 roses in his Vallejo garden. Mr. Schramm has combed through historical archives and hundreds of old catalogs of nurseries to glean the history of the CA rose as presented in his book, "Rainbow, A History of the Rose in California". Through Darrell's words and photos, we will all gain a new appreciation and understanding of this favorite California flower, the rose. Mr. Schramm will have copies of his book available for purchase.


***********Remember: Come early, 6:30 PM, it's our annual holiday potluck! *************

Bring a sweet or savory finger food dish to share. We will be having our holiday boutique so don't forget those gently used items that someone else would love.


Winter is the time of promise because there is so little to do -or because you can now and then permit yourself the luxury of thinking so. Stanley Crawford.


Visitors Are Welcome!

Please join us at the monthly meeting or contact us at the Contacts link above. Please take a moment to fill out the New Membership Application Form for Fiscal Year July 2017 through June 2018. Membership dues for February 1, 2018 through June 30, 2018 at half the regular dues.

Current members, please use the Membership Renewal form in the Members Only section. Renewal dues are payable May 1 and delinquent August 1. To insure inclusion in the Yearbook, you must renew no later than July 30.

For more information about membership or dues, please email or call Dean Burnett. See the LAVGC Yearbook for Dean's phone number.

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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 the Co-Presidents 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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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.

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Hospitality News

Sue Farr is continuing as the hospitality coordinator for the club. Her husband Jim, is in charge of the hot drinks. They welcome anyone who would like to join the Hospitality Committee. If interested in helping out with other functions such as the floral arrangements/table decorations, tablecloths, drinking water or ice, you can contact her by email (see the LAVGC Yearbook for contact information) or talk with her at the meetings.

The club provides the plates, napkins, forks & hot drink cups along with the decaf coffee, creamers & sweeteners & the drinking water. The treats that we enjoy during each meeting are provided by members of the club. You can sign up on the monthly signup sheet or just bring something when you are in the mood. When you sign up, I will send you a reminder about a week before the meeting. It is the expectation that members will bring something to share several times each year. We ask that items be easily served "finger foods". They can be sweet or savory, homemade or store-bought, simple or fancy, everything is appreciated.

Last year we started to go green by not buying water in plastic bottles & trying to recycle more of our green waste. We are still using up some of our supply of plastic cups but will soon run out so if you are a water drinker please start bringing your own refillable drinking bottle to the meetings.

Looking forward to another year filled with tasty treats. Sue Farr

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Modesto Gardens and Poinsettia Nursery Day Tour

Wednesday, Nov 29 8:30 AM. Meet at Lowe's in Livermore.

Our November Day our takes us to Duarte Nursery in Hughson to learn about poinsettias. We will carpool from Lowe's in Livermore, leaving at 8:30AM. Our first stop will be the Modesto Garden Club office to look at their nine demonstration gardens. FYI - the Modesto Garden Club is the largest garden club in California, with over 500 members! We'll then drive a short distance to check out the Julio and Aileen Gallo Rose Garden (will anything be blooming?) and the gardens around the McHenry Mansion. After lunch at the Churchkey restaurant, we drive to Duarte Nursery, which grows over 65,000 poinsettias, with over 30 varieties and colors, in state-of-the-art greenhouses. Plants can be purchased (cash or check only) - 6.5" poinsettias and cyclamen are $9, 4" cyclamen are $5. Please bring a $5 contribution for gas.

You must be a garden club member to attend this day tour.

For more information, please contact Gayle Pawloski. See the LAVGC Yearbook for additional contact information.

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Annual Plant Sale

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Please continue to pot up excess plants from your garden that you want to contribute to our plant sale next April. Many ornamental plants can still be divided up even when the top growth becomes dormant or nearly so. Such edibles as artichokes "pups" can be potted up as well as berry plants, roses, small shrubs and even trees. After the first of the New Year, seeds of slower growing vegetables can be started indoors. Plastic pots of various sizes and labels will be available at the December meeting. Take what you need.

As the holidays approach and you go through all of your "stuff", if you find garden-related items that you would like to donate to the Boutique, please put them aside. In the past we have had items such as decorative pots (ceramic, terra cotta and the like) as well as saucers and cache-pots. Also gently-used garden tools, trellises, tomato cages, stakes, usable hoses, and on and on will be appreciated by Maudie and crew.

For any questions, please contact the Plant Sale Chairmen. See the LAVGC Yearbook for Bill Tallon's and Dan McCright's additional contact information.

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