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March 2018

April 2018

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  • May 10 Regular Monthly Meeting

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  • Jun 14 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, Mar 8, 2018 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.

What Gardeners Can Do to Stop the Sale and Spread of Invasive Plants - Stephanie Falzone, speaker

A large percentage of the invasive plants in California were originally introduced as ornamentals through the horticultural trade. Stephanie Falzone is Project Manager of PlantRight, a campaign which partners with the nursery and landscape industries, conservation groups and academia to prevent further introduction of invasive plants in California while promoting safe and beautiful alternative plants.

Members are invited to attend a no-host dinner with the speaker at the Oasis Restaurant on Main St. in Pleasanton, at 5:30 p.m. prior to the meeting. Please contact Inge Spotnitz by Wed. noon if you plan on attending. See the LAVGC Yearbook for Inge's contact information.

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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Nominating Committee needs volunteers

It's time for the nominating committee to get busy and find new officers for next year and we need a few good members to take this on. If you'd like to be a part of this important task, please email Dolores Bengtson or Lois Barber. See the LAVGC Yearbook for additional contact information.

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Livermore Sunset Elementary School Garden Assistance Requested

Ambitious and dedicated parents of students of Sunset elementary School in Livermore have activated a lovely raised bed school garden. With the cooperation of the teachers, they are offering a "hands on" program to the students designed to encourage gardening and open minds to new vegetables and foods. The parents have provided a wish-list of gardening tools, sheds etc. they would like to have. They also invite gardening resources to step forward to assist them in developing good gardening practices. If you are interested, email Dolores Bengtson. See the LAVGC Yearbook for additional contact information. For the wish list, contact Kara Stephenson, or Kat, to work directly with the parent's group.

Sunset Elementary School Needs Old Seed Catalogs

Sunset Elementary School Student Gardens parents' group need old seed catalogs for a school project. If you have any, please bring them to the March meeting.

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Livermore Vineyard Village, Senior Apartments, Assistance Requested to Replace Raised Beds

Livermore Senior Apartments, Vineyard Village, has raised beds most appreciated and used by the Seniors, primarily to raise vegetables. Interfaith Housing in Livermore manages the housing and seeks assistance in this garden project. The apartments are on Pacific Ave. across from the Tri-Valley Haven. Any member interested in helping, please contact Jocelyn Combs,

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Pleasanton Library Display Case has LAVGC Display the Month of March - Take A Look!

Our Club will have a display in the Pleasanton Library display case the month of March. This year's display will feature the Edible Gardening Group, Arbor Day and Seed Share plus advertise for our Plant sale and provide general information about our Club. Stop by and take a look.

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"Spring Birds in your Backyard", AC Master Gardeners talk

Sat, Mar 10, 2018, 10:00 AM. Meet at the Ala. Co. Agriculture Building in the Martinelli Center, 3575 Greenville Rd., Livermore.

The Alameda County Master Gardeners will be presenting a talk on "Spring Birds in your Backyard", identifying and attracting spring Birds in your garden. This talk will take place on Saturday, March 10 at 10:00 am in the Ala. Co. Demonstration Garden in front of the Ala. Co. Agriculture Building in the Martinelli Center, 3575 Greenville Rd., Livermore. Erica Dedon, Alameda Co. Master Gardener and LAVGC member will be giving the talk utilizing the Merlin app on her IPAD to showcase local birds and their twitters and songs. Rain cancels the talk, lets keep praying for its return!

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Santa Rosa Tour - Optional 1 or 2 Day Field Trip

Tues-Weds, Apr 3-4, 2018 8:00 AM. Meet at the Pleasanton JC Penney Home Store.

Day 1, Stop 1: Luther Burbank Gardens

With more than an acre of gardens including many of Luther Burbank's horticultural contributions. We will arrive approximately 10:30 AM for a tour at 11 AM. Cost $10 per person. Bring your own lunch and we will picnic in the Gardens if the weather permits.

Day 1, Stop 2: Emerisa Gardens and Nursery

Specializing in four-inch plants emphasizing hardy and unusual perennials, herbs, certified organic vegetables, ornamental grasses and succulents.

Day 1, Stop 3: Momiji Nursery

Family owned since 1979 specializing in Japanese Maples with more than 250 cultivars.

Day 1, Stop 4: West County Oasis Bamboo Garden Nursery

with more than 250 kinds of Bamboo.

Day Trippers head back to Pleasanton at this point. Those staying over for Day 2 will head to the La Rose Hotel, one of the Wine Country's most historic properties, it has anchored Santa Rosa's Railroad Square since 1907. Hotel La Rose is within an easy stroll of antique and specialty shops, numerous restaurants and wine tasting rooms.

Day 2. Stop 1: Quarryhill Botanical Gardens

A 25-acre botanical garden of mature, flowering plants from Asia including Magnolias, dogwoods, maples, birches, roses, lilies, rhododendrons. $12 Adults $10 Seniors (65+) There is an app on the website, Quarryhill Botanical Garden (Visit menu pulldown, Self-Guided Tour App) available to download for 99 cents for a self-guided tour. If there is enough interest we can book a tour with a docent with ten or more for $17 each which includes admission.

Day 2. Stop 2: Sunset Test Gardens and Cornerstone Market

The Sunset Test Gardens span a quarter acre, where they grow an interesting variety of plants and trees while experimenting with design techniques to keep our visitors fed with fresh ideas. The Sunset Test Gardens are separate from the Cornerstone Gardens, although they are located next to one another. Admission to both the Sunset and Cornerstone Gardens is complimentary and all gardens are open to the public. Food is available at the facility. From here we will head home at approximately 2 PM after a great visit!

Detailed travel and cost information will be available at the March meeting or contact Valerie Morrow. See the LAVGC Yearbook for Valerie's contact information. Total cost $22 for 2 Days plus hotel, transportation and meals. Please sign up at the March meeting but no later than March 29th and let Valerie know if you are driving and can take another member. Every participant must be a LAVGC member.

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Annual Plant Sale

Saturday, April 7, 2018 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Amador High School Parking Lot, 1155 Santa Rita Road, Pleasanton

Help publicize the event to neighbors and organizations. Please download, print and distribute the 2018 Plant Sale Flyer to your friends, family and co-workers. Our aim is to publicize this event as far and as wide as possible,

As the date draws near, we ask that you continue to monitor the plants you are offering for the sale and keep them watered in dry weather.

If you haven't already made labels for the plants, please refer to the Making Plant Sale Labels link for the information to include on the label.

We have arranged two drop off locations for plants and boutique items you are contributing. The Livermore location will be at the home of Tina Higashi and the Pleasanton location will be at the home of Jerri Long. See the LAVGC Yearbook for their contact information. Barbara Stott has requested that all the edible plants be left at the Pleasanton drop-off location and, if possible, be in 4-inch (approx) square pots. Ornamental plants can be left at either location. Please plan to drop off your plants on the Tues., Wed., or Thurs. before the Friday Pricing Parties. The pricing parties will begin on Fri. morning in Livermore and then move to Pleasanton. Sondra Bierre is in charge of the Pricing Parties. More details will be included in the April newsletter that will be sent out near the end of March.

MORE about our 2018 Plant Sale

It is greatly appreciated if you can list the plants you are donating to either committee co-chairmen (Bill Tallon or Daniel McCright) and/or to Barbara Stott (edibles) and Debra Caldwell (ornamentals). Also, please gather together the items you are contributing to Maudie's Boutique.

At the March meeting, we will be asking again for members to volunteer to work a shift at the Plant Sale. While it is work, it is also a lot of fun to enjoy a day with fellow club members and our customers, plus the grand opportunity to wear one of the new, bright green aprons to identify ourselves. We stress again the importance of every member supporting the Plant Sale in some way -- by your contributions and/or by your time.

If you have questions about specific areas where you can contribute, contact the Plant Sale Committee member who is responsible for that area. They are:
  • Co-chairmen: Bill Tallon and Daniel McCright
  • Publicity: Jerri Long
  • Pricing Parties: Sondra Bierre
  • Transportation: Karen Abbruscato
  • Set-up: Lori Martin and Juan Hensley
  • Plant Assistants: Barbara Stott (edibles) and Debra Caldwell (ornamentals)
  • Sales Clerks and Holding Area: Gayle Pawloski and Michelle Tallon
  • Boutique: Maudie Kuenning and Sandra Hirst
  • Refreshments: Sue Farr
  • Membership: Dean Burnett and Inge Spotnitz
  • Cashiers: Norma Foss
  • Clean-up: Lois Barber

Please see the LAVGC Yearbook for their contact information.

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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