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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, March 14, 2019 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.

Secrets of Growing Dahlias - John Morton, speaker

If you have ever looked dreamily at beautiful dahlias growing in any garden and wish you knew how to grow, divide, and maintain these beautiful plants please join us for John Morton's presentation on the secrets of growing dahlias. John has been the President of the San Leandro Dahlia Society for more than 15 years and is currently Vice-President of the American Dahlia Society. He is also a Senior Judge of dahlias and participates in the San Francisco Garden Show. John has been growing show dahlias since the late 1980's. Check out his YouTube clips under dahlias 100.5. YouTube link: Dahlia's 100.5

Dinner with the speaker: We will be meeting at the Oasis Grill, 780 Main Street, Pleasanton, at 5:30 PM on March 14 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 contact Sharon Howard. See the LAGC Yearbook for Sharon'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 Membership Application Form for Fiscal Year July 2018 through June 2019. Membership dues for February 1, 2019 through June 30, 2019 are half the regular dues.

For more information about membership or dues, please email Wanda Finn.

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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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2019 Annual Plant Sale

Saturday, April 6, 2019 9:00 am - 1:00 pm. Rain or Shine. Location: Amador High School Parking lot. 1155 Santa Rita Rd., Pleasanton.

Flyer Distribution: Please download, print and distribute the 2019 LAVGC Plant Sale Flyer to your friends, family and co-workers. Open 2019 LAVGC Plant Sale Flyer (Quarter Size) to print 4 small flyers on 1 page.

We urge members to continue propagating and caring for your donated plants for the sale. As usual, at the March meeting, we will have a supply of plastic pots of various sizes and plant identification labels available for you to take as needed. We need 4 inch square pots so if you have any, please bring them to the meeting to share.

We had a meeting of the Plant Sale organization committee on February 20. We learned that seeds of a goodly number of vegetable plants have been sown. We also had some members who had large numbers of plants that needed division and potting up, so we held small work parties (4-8 members or so) to do this work. Despite a very rainy February, this work should have been completed when you read this. We thank our crew of Hearty Potters who participated in these dig-ups and pot-ups. At the March meeting, we will again have sign-up sheets ready for members to volunteer to work a shift at the Plant Sale on Saturday April 6 or at the pricing parties on Friday April 5. We also put out a call for tables, chairs and pop-ups to lend us for the Plant Sale day. Last year, we had a sufficient number of these items so we did not have to rent anything. We hope that our members will be equally generous this year.

If you know of new venues to publicize our sale, please let Publicity chair Jerri Long. know. See the LAVGC Yearbook for Jerri's additional contact information. You can also use social media to spread the word in your community. For instance, you take a photo of the Plant Sale flyer and post it on Facebook or Next Door.

Some new features for the 2019 Plant Sale will include a customer survey where we ask customers how they heard about the sale, in which community they live, and the types of gardening that interest them. We will ask them to give us their e-mail address so then we can contact them in future years. This will produce a database on our customers that will be useful for future planning. Another new feature will be separate sales slips for the boutique items. This will give greater flexibility in setting the price for the boutique items, which are often unique, and have an individual price tag on each item. Plants will continue to be priced according to a color coded tag in each pot. We plan to enlarge the holding area to avoid the congestion as customers continue to shop and add their newest plants to those already in the holding area. We will set up a Membership table to publicize our club and recruit new members. We will also print on the back of the sales slip, our website address and where the proceeds of the sale will be used.

This year we will have just one drop-off location and that will be at Robyn Gade's home, 4035 Cristobal Way in Pleasanton. She lives near Amador Valley High School and has a large space that will hold all of the plants (edibles and ornamentals) and also all the items for the boutique. We will have signs in her yard directing members exactly where to put their plants, so we end up with like categories of plants next to one another. For instance, all the roses will be put next to one another, all of the irises, all of the succulents, all of the tomatoes, all of the herbs, and so on. By having this grouping of plants, the pricing activity will be more efficient and consistent. This will allow us to organize the array of plants on Friday afternoon much like they will be set-up at the high school parking lot. Thus, we will be able to transport blocks of plants and streamline the set-up activity on Saturday morning. For those who positively, absolutely cannot deliver your plants to the Pleasanton location, we can use Norm and Tina's house in Livermore, 537 LaGrange Lane, as a drop-off location and ask the Transportation team to make a delivery of these items to Pleasanton. Please remember that if you work at the pricing party on Friday, you can buy one or two items pre-sale.

Items donated for Maudie's Boutique should have a clear relation to gardening. In the past, we have had all kinds of ceramic, terra cotta, and clay pots of all different sizes. We have had garden tools, hoses, watering cans, as well as items such as trellises and tomato cages to give you a range of possible items.. Garden statuary, bird baths, fountains and the like are also suitable.

A note on labeling. The most important thing is to identify the plant and provide information to our customers. Imagine if you were the customer buying the plant what would you need to know about the plant. Important information would include the type of plant, what exposure it needs (sun or shade), water needs, height and spread, color of flowers, etc. Please mention if the plant is an aggressive grower so the customer is aware. If you have access to a computer the best and easiest way is to print out the information and tape it to the label. This is especially good if you have multiple plants of the same kind and variety. If you have to write the information on the label itself, please use pencil as it holds up to sunshine. Felt-tip pens and the like fade rather quickly.

Edibles for the Plant Sale

If you are planning on growing any edibles for the plant sale, could you please let Barbara Stott know what you might be able to donate as soon as you have that information available. See the LAVGC Yearbook for Barbara's additional contact information. Please use the square 4 inch pots as the round ones tend to fall over and we end up with plants being discarded because they have been knocked off the table. The pots only have to be approximately 4 inches, sometimes they are a little bit smaller and that is absolutely fine. Six packs sell well too but 1 gallons are slow to move, probably because people don't want to pay the extra money. Tomatoes, peppers, eggplant always sell well. We never seem to have enough squash, beans or melons so those would be especially appreciated. We are also focusing more on herbs this year so any donations of herbs would be great. Although lettuce and other cool season crops, that of course can still be grown in April, don't seem to be as popular as the warm season plants, it would be nice to offer a small selection as some people are very pleased to be able to purchase these plants. We hope to have fruit trees and berries so I am excited that we will hopefully have a broad offering this year. Please note all edible donations should be dropped off at the Pleasanton location if possible. In anticipation, thanks for growing for the Garden Club Plant Sale!

While the Plant Sale is a big overall effort, if each member does his/her part doing some activity before or during the sale, there is a tremendous satisfaction in participating, plus the camaraderie of working together with other members. And you get to wear one of the nifty club aprons while working! Many hands make light work. Stay tuned in March for updates about the 2019 Plant Sale in future newsletters and announcements at the meetings.

If you have questions, comments or ideas about the plant sale, please contact the Plant Sale Chairmen Bill Tallon and Daniel McCright. See the LAVGC Yearbook for their additional contact information.

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Tour of the San Francisco Water Department Sunol Water Temple's new Native Plant Nursery

Saturday, March 23, 2019 9:30 am to Noon

Sunol Water Temple, Pleasanton

We will car pool to Sunol. The nursery is located inside of the Sunol Water Temple's locked gates so you will not be able to go independently. Our tour starts at 10 a.m. and will last for 1 to two hours. Bree Candilora, nursery manager, and Pat Jones, land manager or ranger, will be our hosts. The nursery is charged with starting native plants from stock in the area, raising them disease free and healthy, to be used to replant in disturbed areas. The nursery is located behind the site of a future environmental education center. After the tour, for those who wish, lunch at Mt. Mikes Pizza at the Raley Shopping Center.

For more information, contact Dolores Bengtson. See the LAVGC Yearbook for additional contact information.

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Annual Mt. Diablo Iris Society Spring Show and Plant Sale

Sat-Sun, April 13,14, 2019

The Annual Mt. Diablo Iris Society Spring Show and Plant Sale will be held at Alden Lane Nursery, 981 Alden Lane, Livermore, CA. This is a judged show and will feature flower arrangements, demonstrations, and a photo contest open to public contributors. Admission is free.

For more information, contact Mary Sindicic of the Mt. Diablo Iris Society.

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2019 Garden Share

Sunday, May 4, 2019 1:00 - 3:00 pm

Garden Share (formerly known as Members Garden Tour) will be held on Sunday, May 4 from 1 to 3 pm. There will be 5 or 6 members' gardens to tour in Dublin and Pleasanton, and a potluck for all participants to follow at a local park in Dublin. Details next month. Garden assistants will be needed, and will be asked to sign up at the meeting.

Want to share your Dublin garden? We'd love to see it.

For more information, contact Michelle Tallon. See the LAVGC Yearbook for additional contact information.

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Soil Knife and Glove Orders are Ready for Pick-up

Those of you who placed an order for gloves or a soil knife may pick your order up at the March meeting. You will be notified prior to the meeting of the cost. Please have exact change or a check ready. Should you be unable to pick up your order, please make arrangements for another member to do so for you. We will have the order at the April meeting for those that somehow did not get their order at the March meeting. After that, the items you ordered would be available for others to purchase.

For more information, contact: Diane Coffee or Dolores Bengtson. See the LAVGC Yearbook for their contact information.

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Consideration of Amendment to the LAVGC Standing Rules and Bylaws

At the LAVGC Board meeting of January 31, 2019 several motions were adopted that require the action of the membership. At the March meeting members will be asked to consider and act upon the following three items:

  1. It was moved by Bill Tallon, seconded by Daniel McCright, and approved by those present to recommend to the membership to amend Number 5 of Section N of the Penny Pines section of the Standing Rules by adding the following: No executive Board approval is required for providing a memorial Penny Pines Plantation for a current member, or the life partner of a current member, if funds are available, and the president or Co-President receives a nomination. Executive Board members are to be notified upon such action.
  2. It was moved by Barbara Stott, seconded by Jeri Stark, and unanimously approved by those present to recommend to the membership to amend Section L, Number 4. Of the Standing rules by adding the following: Donations received by LAVGC shall go to the general fund unless gifted for a specific use or they are given in memory of a member or members loved one. If given in memory, the funds shall be directed to the Penny Pines account.
  3. It was moved by Bill Tallon, seconded by Barbara Stott and unanimously approved by those present to amend the LAVGC Bylaws, Article IV, Dues, adding Section 4 to read: Persons wishing to join LAVGC at the time of the Plant Sale or after the Plant Sale have the option of full payment of dues for the following fiscal year with dues for the remainder of the current year provided complementary. (This practice began last year. It was noted at the meeting that we had not amended the Bylaws to formalize the practice.)

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Alameda County Master Gardeners Garden Talks

Second Saturdays, Mar - Nov, 2019 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Click to see the 2019 ACMG Garden Talks schedule.

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