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  • Dec 13 Regular Monthly Meeting

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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, September 13, 2018 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.

Winter Vegetable Gardening - Dr. Mark Brunell, speaker

Dr Brunell has a Phd. in Biological Sciences and teaches at University of Pacific in Stockton. Best of all, he lives in Livermore and has worked with the Garden of Grace behind Asbury Methodist Church there, so he knows our area's gardening very well.

Dinner with the speaker: Dr. Mark will join us at the Oasis Restaurant at 780 Main Street in Pleasanton at 5:30 PM before the meeting. He likes kabobs, and we'll have our usual assortment of appetizers.

Please RSVP to Judy Person by Wed. noon so we can have a big enough table ready for you. See the LAVGC Yearbook for Judy'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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Proposed 2018-2019 Budget is available

The Proposed 2018-2019 Budget will be voted on at the September meeting. The Budget may be viewed in the Members Only section: Click Board, Budget then 2018-2019 Budget.

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Can you help out the club??

Thank you to the members who are serving on committees. We still have a few openings: Historian creates an archive of material providing a history of the Club. Reception Committee needs one or two more 'smiling faces' to greet members and guests and take new member's applications. Publicity and Hospitality are in the capable hands of Jerri Long and Sue Farr. Both would like to have backup help with their committees.

Please contact Debra Caldwell, Vice President of Meetings and Organization, if you are interested in serving on any of these committees. See the LAVGC Yearbook for Debra's contact information.

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2019 Plant Sale - Saturday, April 6, 2019

Saturday, April 6, 2019, has been set for the next Plant Sale in the parking lot of Amador Valley High School in Pleasanton. We will pretty much follow the same plan and organization as last year with a few changes in specific areas for improvements as suggested by many of you who worked at the 2018 Plant Sale

At the September Garden Club meeting we will have a supply of plastic pots in various sizes as well as labels cut from mini blinds. Please take whatever supplies you anticipate needing.

In July we had a propagation workshop at Lee Giroux's home and took stem cuttings from many of her plants. We will have another workshop of this kind later in the fall. We encourage members to continue propagation efforts at home, including stem cuttings of shrubby plants and succulents as well as division of perennials. Another type of propagation is layering of plants that have pliable stems that grow close to the ground. These are partially buried in the soil to develop roots and later severed from the mother plant. All of these propagation methods take time to form an independent plant and to grow this new plant to a suitable size to sell at the Plant Sale. That is why we urge you to start well in advance.

Because of the success of last year's plant sale, we are encouraging the 2018 organizing committee members to continue in their roles for the 2019 sale, but we also want to invite other club members to come forward and volunteer to become part of the Plant Sale Organizing Committee. The job involves taking the lead in some aspect of the plant sale and interfacing with the other committee members. Please contact the Plant Sale Chairmen Bill Tallon and Daniel McCright, if you are interested. See the LAVGC Yearbook for their additional contact information.

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Do you want to be a Master Gardener?

What are Alameda County Master Gardeners? They are UC trained garden lovers tasked with spreading gardening knowledge to the public. Do you love gardening whether food or landscaping and do you like to give back, help people, share your knowledge with others in the community? Consider becoming a Master Gardener. The next 16 week training class will start next January. For the first time the classes will be held in the Tri-Valley.

If interested, signup at AC Master Gardener class. Orientation meetings for the application process (only 40 or so are accepted for each class) will start in September.

The City of Pleasanton has allotted the Master Gardener program a parcel to start a new educational/demonstration garden on the Bernal property. Get involved now to become a part of it at the ground floor.

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Yearbooks will be available at the September meeting

Don't Forget to Pickup your YEARBOOK at the meeting - or have a neighbor do it! Be sure you get the one with your name on it!

You can also get ones for friends or neighbors that can't attend the meeting and save us postage. It costs almost a dollar each to mail them out so please pick yours up or arrange for someone to pick it up for you at the meeting.

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