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January 2019


February 2019

  • Feb 14 Regular Monthly Meeting

March 2019

  • Mar 14 Regular Monthly Meeting

April 2019


May 2019

  • May 9 Regular Monthly Meeting

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  • Jun 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, January 10, 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.

Winter Weeds - Professor Bethallyn Black, speaker

As our climate changes, the variety of unwanted weeds are changing as well. Bethallyn Black, associate Professor of Horticulture at Diablo Valley College, will tell us about the old and new winter weeds and how best to manage them. Salad anyone?"

Bethallyn will join us for "Dinner with the speaker" before the meeting at Oasis Grill at 5:15, 780 Main St. in Pleasanton. All members are invited and this is a great way to get to talk to the speaker. If you'd like to join us, contact Gail Bryan by Tues., January 9th. See the LAVGC Yearbook for Gail'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 Plant Sale - Saturday, April 6, 2019

We hope that you are continuing to nurture the plants you have already propagated for the Plant Sale on Saturday April 6. You can still divide up perennials for the sale. If you have the facilities, it is time to begin sowing seeds of vegetables and herbs indoors (or in a greenhouse or a protected cloche), particularly those that require a longer growing period. Some cool season annual seeds can also be started if you have the facilities. Fluorescent light set-ups are superb for indoor seed staring.

As usual, we will have a supply of plastic pots available at the January meeting. Also, we will have plant identification labels. Please take what you need.

We will hold a meeting of the Plant Sale Organizing Committee on Tuesday, January 15, at the Livermore Public Library from 6:45 to 8:45 PM. Agendas will be sent to the committee members beforehand.

Please contact the Plant Sale Chairmen Bill Tallon and Daniel McCright, if you have questions about the plant sale. See the LAVGC Yearbook for their additional contact information.

A note on "aggressive plants". We will not sell a plant species that would be invasive or harmful to the environment, such as Pampas Grass or Water Hyacinth. These are plants that have escaped from cultivated gardens into the wild where they crowd out native plants. If you remember, we had a speaker last year who talked about this subject. However, we do sell on occasion plants that will spread in the garden unless controlled, and we urge you to indicate this trait if you offer plants of this nature. Examples would include mint plants. These are sold by commercial nurseries, as indeed mint is a useful herb and many people like to have a "mint patch". The trouble is that, if left to its own devises, the mint patch will take much more space than originally allocated. An example of an aggressive ornamental plant is the Mexican Evening Primrose. Once again, this plant is sold by commercial nurseries. It grows in hot, dry places and is useful because it thrives where many other plants fail and bears attractive pink flowers over a long season. It is often included in lists of drought-resistant plants. However, it does spread by seeds and underground runners and will colonize a large area if not curbed.

We do urge you to be truthful about the plants you are offering for sale. Many of our customers want plants that will prosper in difficult areas, while others want more refined plantings with careful allocation of spacing. When appropriate, please indicate on the plant identification label the plant's proliferation habits to inform our customers. Forewarned is forearmed!

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Soil Knives, Sheaths, and Nitrile Gloves

Diane Coffee has contacted A.M. Leonard Co. and will get an update on the prices in January. At the January and February meetings she will have a sign-up sheet with any new prices so you can put in an order for whatever you need. She should have the items by the March meeting. Please come prepared with a check or cash. If you cannot come to the meeting and would like to order, please see the LAVGC Yearbook for Diane's contact information.

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Penny Pines Plantation Donations

We can all be particularly pleased we have chosen to vigorously support the Penny Pines Project. President Dolores Bengtson urges each of us to pledge to continue that support to assist in the recovery of the thousands of acres of burned forest lands. She knows Jeri Stark will cheer us on in this effort.

For more information click Penny Pines. If you are interested in making a gift, call or email Jeri Stark for information or pick up an application at our next meeting. LAVGC members may also access the Penny Pines form in the Members Only Forms section. (ed. note: also remember to be generous when the green Penny Pines box comes around at the meeting!).

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