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September 2020


October 2020

  • Oct 8 Monthly Meeting on Zoom - tentative

November 2020

  • Nov 12 Monthly Meeting on Zoom - tentative

December 2020

  • Dec 10 Monthly Meeting on Zoom - stay tuned

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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. Update September, 2020: LAVGC Monthly meetings are planned as Zoom online meetings.

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. Click to see ACHCS Guidance.

Regular Monthly Meeting on Zoom
Thursday, Sep 10, 2020 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm on Zoom

Refresh Your Garden Design – simple strategies to wake a weary garden

Speaker: Rebecca Sweet - Renowned author, speaker and garden designer

After a short business meeting, Rebecca will show us a fresh approach to explain and simplify traditional design concepts for home gardeners of all levels. Both practical and inspirational, you’ll learn how to break down traditional garden design principles into easy-to-understand and, more importantly, easy-to-implement solutions. The presentation will highlight and reinforce real-life situations, helping you not only identify what has gone wrong with your garden, but how to fix the problem. Whether it is a life circumstance or a pandemic that just won’t go away – Rebecca comments that she is forever grateful to have her garden as a sanctuary. So please join us for our first ever Zoom meeting, to find out just how easy it is to wake a weary garden, turning a ‘blah’ space into a breathtaking place!

Any questions about the meeting, please contact Barbara Stott. More information about Rebecca can be found on her website Harmony in the Garden.

We look forward to you joining us for our first Zoom meeting on September 10. We will be sending a notice prior to the meeting, but you also have the information in our recent newsletter.

Also, we need to inform you that no video or audio recordings may be made of our guest speaker, Rebecca Sweet. We often are privileged to be able to record for our web site but since this is not available for this speaker, you will want to be sure and log in to hear her informative talk live.

LAVGC is inviting Members to our Monthly Meeting on Zoom

Topic: LAVGC Monthly Meeting - September 10, 2020
Time: Sep 10, 2020, 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Members only will receive an email close to the meeting with meeting join details. If you were a 2019-2020 member and have not renewed your membership, you may be blocked from joining future Monthly Meetings on Zoom. Please submit your dues free, insurance required Current Member Application Form now. If you are not a member and would like to join the meeting, please complete the New Member Application Form.

Members can join the meeting starting at 6:45. When you join the meeting, you will be in the "waiting room" until the host lets you into the meeting. When you are let into the meeting, your microphone will be muted. Please use the "chat" feature if you need to ask a question.

See LAVGC Zoom Instructions for tips for those new to Zoom.

Members having difficulty connecting to the meeting or have technical questions, please email Zoom Masters Nile Runge, Beth Clark or Graham Stott. See the LAVGC Yearbook for their individual 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 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 was due by July 31, 2020 for the LAVGC 2020-2021 Membership Year

Even though dues for 2019-2020 members are voluntary for the 2020-2021 Membership Year, for insurance purposes we need an application form from every 2019-2020 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. Also, you will be able to join our Monthly Meetings on Zoom.

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.

Editor's note: You will find a copy of our proposed budget for the 2020/2021 year on the LAVGC web site in the Members Only section. Review so that we can answer any questions before we ask for approval. Contact Jeri Stark, President or Norma Foss, Treasurer if you have questions. See the LAVGC Yearbook for their additional contact information.


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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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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Some ideas for getting out and about

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

These gardens and nurseries also have web sites. Check their sites or call for additional requirements and to confirm operating schedule.

  • Pleasanton Farmers Market is now open with distancing in place-Saturdays.
  • Livermore Farmers Market is now open on Thursday evenings.
  • 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 is open with regular days and times. Call for more information.
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Business Meeting

Before the speaker begins at our meeting on the 10th, we will have a short business meeting to vote on the Budget. Members may view the Budget in the Members only section. We will vote on a proposal to have LAVGC Honorary Life Member Awards. These items have been approved by the Board but need to be voted on at a meeting by the membership. We may also have a few committee reports.

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Garage Sale

Sep 25-26, 2020 8:00 am - 4:00 pm.Location: Jeri Stark's house.

We will be selling the items that were donated for the boutique sale at our Spring Plant Sale that was put on hold because of the shelter-in-place situation. Please feel free to drop off any items you have for the sale as I will be organizing and pricing as time and weather allows. If you are interested in helping with the sale, contact Jeri. Please contact Jeri Stark, President for more information. See the LAVGC Yearbook for Jeri's address.

We will be practicing social distancing and everyone in attendance will need to wear a mask.

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Wildfire Help

Some of our members may be in areas where they are on evacuation orders or alerts because of the widespread fires. If you or another member need assistance, please let me know so that we can check to see if some of our members are able to help. Please contact Jeri Stark, President for more information.

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