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Lynn MacFarland, Best in Show
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. Check with Activity Contacts for the status of other scheduled activities shown in the Calendar Events to the left.

Regular Monthly Meeting on Zoom
Thursday, December 9, 2021 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm on Zoom

Speaker: This month’s speaker is our own member Lynn MacFarland. Lynn will present via Zoom on Holiday Floral Arrangements for All.

Lynn is a National Garden Club Master Judge and NGC Four-Star Member. Lynn will demonstrate holiday-themed arrangements and decorations for table and buffet with simple step-by-step instructions.

Any questions about the meeting, please contact Barbara Stott.

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

If you cannot join the Zoom meeting, recordings of the monthly programs, speaker permitting, are available on this site thanks to the efforts of our Zoommasters: Grahamn Stott and Nile Runge and Web Master Len Smith.

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LAVGC is inviting Members to our Monthly Meeting on Zoom

Topic: LAVGC Monthly Meeting
Time: Thursday, December 9, 2021, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Members only will receive an email close to the meeting with meeting join details.

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 want to ask a question.

See LAVGC Zoom Instructions for tips for those new to Zoom. See LAVGC Zoom Participation Tips for tips for participating in Zoom meetings.

Members having difficulty connecting to the meeting or have technical questions, please contact Zoommasters Nile Runge or Graham Stott. See the LAVGC Yearbook for their individual contact information.

If you have any trouble getting on the meeting as it starts, call Nile Runge, 925-443-2237 for help.

If you are not a member and would like to join Zoom meetings, please complete the New Member Application Form. Members receive the monthly newsletter, annual Yearbook, access to the Members Only section of this site and Zoom meeting details each month. If you are not a member and would like to attend a specific Zoom meeting, please contact Jeri Stark, President to request Zoom meeting details.

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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 Membership Application Form for Membership Year July, 2021 through June, 2022. 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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LAVGC Yearbook

Good news! The 2021-2022 LAVGC Yearbook and an updated LAVGC Roster are now available to view and print in the Members Only section. The printed physical 2021-2022 Yearbook is planned for distribution in November.

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LAVGC Roster

Beginning October, 2020, we are providing a complete list of all current LAVGC members and their contact information. The Roster includes information for all members and includes membership changes, such as, addition of new members and changes to current member contact information, since the Yearbook was published. The Roster is in Yearbook format so it can be printed and inserted in your physical Yearbook. The Yearbook Addendum has been replaced by the LAVGC Roster.

Member Alert: if you have changes to your contact information, please email Molly Fisher. See the LAVGC Yearbook for Molly's additional contact information.

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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.

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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 **** Updated October 22, 2021 ****

...garden related wants, needs, offers, for sale

This 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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California Native Plant Society - Santa Clara Valley Chapter presentations

LAVGC member Bill McCormack writes: I am sharing California Native Plant Society - Santa Clara Valley (CNPS-SCV) presentations on topics that have been popular in past LAVGC meetings (pollinators, native bees).

CNPS-SCV is a chapter of the California Native Plant Society. The CNPS-SCV meets Wednesdays at 7:30 pm. The meetings and the chapter Youtube channel are open to anyone (not just native plant society members). Past meetings have had attendees from all over the state and the Western US. .

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Penny Pines for Gift Giving

Jeri mentioned Penny Pine Plantations at our meeting in November and wanted to remind you that they make great gifts for the holidays. Only $68 dollars each. You can complete the Penny Pines form. Follow the directions on the form and Mail the form to Jeri Stark with a check for $68 made out to LAVGC. Jeri will order the plantation and make you a certificate to give until the forest service is able to respond.

Our forests need our help more than ever and this is a wonderful gift.

Please contact Jeri Stark, Penny Pines for her address or see the LAVGC Yearbook for Jeri's contact information.

Click Penny Pines to learn more about the activity.

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Gardening Opportunities with Oakland Zoo

The Oakland Zoo is currently home to over 200 species of trees, shrubs, perennials, annuals, grasses, rushes, sedges, vines, and succulents, which are cared for by Ray Odeh, their Horticulture Manager.  If you are interested in volunteer opportunities at the zoo, check out www.oaklandzoo.org under the tab Volunteers & Interns.

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The Granada Native Garden, Livermore, volunteer opportunity.

The Granada Native Garden, or "GNG", was established in 2003 to promote the spread of drought-tolerant California native plants in Livermore, as well as to serve the students of Granada High School.  The Garden is located on Murrieta Blvd., directly across from the Nob Hill-Rite Aid shopping center.

GNG has a volunteer workday every month on the Second Saturday of the month, from about 10:00-12:00. If you are interested in joining, please contact can contact Jim Adams (lead maintenance gardener) at JimatGNG@gmail.com.  Jim is happy to provide more information.

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Persimmon and Pomegranate Salad

Persimmon and Pomegranate Salad (from Costco Connection) - via Jeri Stark

1 medium beet, ends trimmed (They used red, I am using golden)
½ cup pecans
2 persimmons, trimmed
1/3 cup pomegranate seeds
3 cups arugula
¼ cup cooked quinoa
1 ½ Tbsp olive oil
2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
Salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 375 F.
Wrap the trimmed beet in foil. Bake on a baking sheet for 1 hour until fork tender. Place pecans on a parchment-lined baking sheet and place in the oven the last 10 minutes of cook time. Remove both from oven and let cool. Peel beet and cut into wedges.
Cut the trimmed persimmons into wedges.
In a large mixing bowl, toss all ingredients, except beets, until evenly coated.
Lightly toss in beets. Salt and pepper to taste. Makes 4 servings

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Spring 2022 Bring Back the Native Tour Schedule:

Sat. & Sun. April 9 & 10, 2022— Virtual East Bay Green Home Tour
Sat. & Sun. April 16 & 17, 2022—Virtual Bringing Back the Natives Garden Tour
Sat. April 30, 2022 & Sun. May 1, 2022—In-person garden tour Bayside gardens will be open.

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