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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.

Designing for Small Gardens - Regular Monthly Meeting
Thursday, April 13 at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM.

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

April's speaker, Susan Ballinger, is no stranger to our club; she was president in 94/95. Susan developed her horticultural skills while working at Navlet's and Alden Lane plus worked for local landscape design companies before starting her own business, Susan Ballinger Garden Design in 1998. Susan's goal is to design beautiful outdoor rooms that feel comfortable, inviting, and interesting; creating gardens that bring out the best in the site potential while fulfilling the client's goals. Susan's presentation, "Designing for Small Gardens", will give us strategies for turning that small outdoor space into a garden reflecting our expectations and needs. There will be plants for sale.

Dinner with the speaker: We will be meeting at the Oasis Grill, 780 Main Street, Pleasanton, at 5:30PM on Apr 13th before the club meeting. All members are invited to attend. It is a great way to meet and converse with the speaker. If you plan on attending, please phone or email Dolores Bengston by Noon on Wednesday, Apr 12th. See the LAVGC Yearbook for Dolores' 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 July 2016 through June 2017.

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

Current members, please use the Membership Renewal form 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 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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Planned Speakers for Future Regular Monthly Meetings

  • May Corky Quirk on Bats
  • June Members' Favorite Plants coordinated by Sharon Howard

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Talks on Video

If you missed the fall meetings speaker informative talks, 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. Thanks to Nile Runge for videoing our talks so we can all enjoy them at our leisure.

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Annual Plant Sale

April 8, 2017 9:00 - 1:00 Amador High School Parking Lot

Plant Drop Off Points April 5 through April 7

It is time to get your plant and white elephant donations dropped off for the sale. First make sure that your plants are groomed and properly labeled with the name, description (if known) and sun, shade requirements marked on the label.

Note: This year both drop off locations are new.
The Livermore drop spot is Wanda Finn. See the LAVGC Yearbook for Wanda's address and phone number.
The Pleasanton drop spot is: Mark Kennard. See the LAVGC Yearbook for Mark's address and phone number.

Please have your plants and white elephant items dropped off starting on Wednesday, April 5, but no later than Thursday night to be ready for the pricing at 9 a. m. Friday morning, April 7, at Wanda's. If you need to drop items off earlier, please call to make arrangements with the person beforehand.

Last Minute Plant Sale Information

Thank you everyone for your participation. If you still need to sign up for a volunteer position please contact me, we can use your help.

Please note the new drop off locations this year. Also, if you are dropping off edibles, please take them to the Pleasanton location if at all possible. We organize the edibles in advance and it works best to have them in one location.

I am organizing a list of everyone's tables and canopies to ensure we have enough and that everything is returned to its owner. If you haven't spoken with me or Betty yet and you have tables and/or canopies (pop up tents or umbrellas) then please get in touch with me, especially if you need help with transporting them.

Please help us promote this event. In order to make our plant sale successful we need lots of people to show up and shop. Contact Jeri Stark if you need more posters. Tell all of your friends and family and encourage them to attend. Make phone calls, send emails, post the event on Facebook, and if any of you use Twitter, please send out a tweet.

Thanks to everyone for your awesome support to date. Let's beat last years sales so we can continue to have amazing speakers at our monthly meetings.

For any other questions, please contact Karen Abbruscato, plant sale chairman. See the LAVGC Yearbook for Karen's contact information.

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Plant Sale Flyer

We're looking for help promoting the event by passing out flyers around town, posting on facebook and other social media and letting your friends and family know about our event.

Help Needed. We need your help to promote our event. Please tell your friends, family and co-workers about our plant sale. You can place a flyer in your car's window, hand out flyers at work and school or post the event on your Facebook page so we can get the word out to our community. If you need flyers, you can print them yourself (see below).

Flyer Distribution: Please download, print and distribute the 2017 Plant Sale Flyer to your friends, family and co-workers.

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Arbor Day Summary

Arbor Day 2017 came together with the help of many club members. I wish to thank the Arbor Day Committee; Betty Nostrand, Lori Martin, Sharon Howard and Dolores Bengtson with their ideas and suggestions to Jacquie Williams Courtright regarding a revised information sheet, seed packet cover and Penny Pines donation. I would also like to thank Pat Burnett and members listed in the March newsletter who helped on 2/28 to package and staple 950 Poppy seed packets and attached them to the newly revised and colorful Arbor Day information sheets at Alden Lane Nursery. We got all the 38 Second grade teacher's envelopes filled and prepared in just under two hours. Many thanks to Dolores Bengtson for designing the revised students' information sheets as well as her guidance in facilitating a smooth assembling operation! Kudos to Tina Higashi for updating our Certificate of Insurance with the Pleasanton School District so we could proceed with the Arbor Day presentations, what a scramble! Thank you to our Arbor Day presenters who reached over 800 2nd graders in 9 classes; Dolores Bengtson for her presentations at Vintage Hills and Valley View Elementary Schools, Tia Kay for her back to back to back presentations in 2 hours at Fairlands Elementary, Karen Sotto for her presentation at Mohr Elementary, Sandra Hirst for her presentation at Alisal Elementary and new recruit, Lorna Kruse, for assisting Tia Kay at Fairlands. Finally, thank you to Norma Foss and Jeri Stark for expediting the Penny Pines Foundation certification process with the US Forest Service. The Pleasanton Elementary Schools received their certificates during Arbor Day week activities. And a huge thank you to Erica Dedon for coordinating all this!

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Alameda County Fair Time - Volunteers needed!

The Alameda County Fair is getting ready to kick off their planning schedule and we're looking for volunteers as another fundraiser for the club. It is so much fun to volunteer and you're welcome to sign up for any place at the fair whether it be in the garden, the horse races or art exhibit. Each volunteer gets a T-shirt, ticket to the fair, parking ticket and misc. items like hats and/or water bottles. I will have the specific list of volunteer positions and the days that are available shortly.

Please let me know if you're interested and I'll be sure to get the information to you. Looking forward to hearing from you. Karen Abbruscato, ACF volunteer coordinator. See the LAVGC Yearbook for Karen's contact information.

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