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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

All LAVGC meetings, events and activities except allowed activities shown in the Calendar Events section to the left are CANCELLED until further notice following Alameda County Health Care Services guidance on Mar 12, 2020.

Allowed Calendar Events will follow ACHCS and CDC Guidance.

The status of future LAVGC meetings, events and activities will be shown here as decisions are made. Click to see ACHCS Guidance.

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 New Member Application Form for Membership Year July, 2020 through June, 2021. 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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Your MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL is due For LAVGC 2020-2021 Membership Year

Even though dues for current members are voluntary for the 2020-2021 Membership Year, for insurance purposes we need an application form from every current member who wants to continue their membership in the Garden Club. Please fill out the Current Member Application Form (whether we have had it before or not) and mail to Wanda Finn, Membership Chairman, 4400 Mines Road, Livermore, CA 94550.

Your completed application insures that we have your most current and correct information in our Annual Club Yearbook.

This New Member Application Form is in case you have a friend or know someone that is interested in joining the Garden Club. We are asking for dues from new members.

For more information about membership or dues, please contact Wanda Finn. See the LAVGC Yearbook for Wanda's phone number.

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LAVGC 2020-2021 Yearbook

We will not be creating a LAVGC 2020-2021 Yearbook. The LAVGC 2019-2020 Yearbook will continue to be used for 2020-2021. We will create a sheet for you to insert in your current Yearbook of any changes or additions. A PDF of the LAVGC 2019-2020 Yearbook and a PDF of cumulative changes are available to view and print in the Members Only section.

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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 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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Some ideas for getting out and about

Some ideas for getting out and about with social distancing in place

  • Pleasanton Farmers Market is now open with distancing in place-Saturdays.
  • Livermore Farmers Market is now open on Sundays and opening on Thursdays starting June 4.
  • Western Garden, Alden Lane, and Armstrong nurseries are open with social distancing and masks. Call for times and days.
  • Fioli is open. Call for time and days.
  • Ruth Bancroft Gardens are open starting May 16 with regular days and times. Call for more information.

These gardens and nurseries also have web sites. Check their sites for additional requirements.

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Meeting Place Ideas/Possibilities

We are anxious to get back to meeting and having a chance to hear great speakers and presentations and sincerely hope that this will be possible to do by September. But we do not yet know whether Alisal or the Livermore Community Center would be available for meetings in the fall.

With that in mind we would like you to give us some ideas of possible meeting sites. I have included some guide lines to understand and consider when suggesting a site.

  • Does the site occupancy rate allow meetings of 100?
  • Do the rental guidelines allow secure bookings on regular monthly meeting nights for Sept. through June?
  • Is the facility accessible to the disabled?
  • What is the rental rate and what does that include?
    • Are chairs and tables provided?
    • Restrooms (Conveniently available?)
    • Set-up and Take-down
  • Parking availability? Convenience of loading and unloading cars?
  • What are the rules and regulations for use and is a printed copy of rules and regulations available?
  • Who is the contact person for follow-up questions - name, phone number, email

If a site fits these guidelines, please forward the information to Jeri Stark. See the LAVGC Yearbook for Jeri's additional contact information.

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