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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.

Regular Monthly Meeting
Thursday, Nov 9 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.

Aesthetic Pruning - Leslie Buck speaker

Leslie Buck will speak about a favorite subject, "Aesthetic Pruning". Leslie is a garden designer and aesthetic pruner who specializes in natural design in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has over two decades of experience, holds a fine arts degree from U.C. Berkeley and the Bordeaux School of Fine Arts in France. In 2000, she studied with Uetoh Zoen, one of the oldest and most highly acclaimed landscape companies in Japan. Leslie plans on a "hands on the branch" demonstration to help us learn the practice of aesthetic pruning.

Leslie is the author of a new Japanese garden memoir 'Cutting Back - My Apprenticeship in the Gardens of Kyoto'. Leslie will have copies of her book to sell and to autograph.

We will be meeting Leslie at Andy and Yu's, 348 St. Mary St. in downtown Pleasanton, at 5:15 P.M. before the club meeting. All members are invited to attend. If you plan on attending please contact Dolores Bengtson, 846-4865 or grannydolo@comcast.net by Wed., Nov. 8.

Dinner with the speaker: We will be meeting at Andy and Yu's, 348 St. Mary Street in downtown Pleasanton, at 5:15 PM on Nov 9th 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 phone or email Dolores Bengtson by Noon on Wednesday, Nov 8th. See the LAVGC Yearbook for Dolores's additional 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 New Membership Application Form for Fiscal Year July 2017 through June 2018. Membership dues for February 1, 2018 through June 30, 2018 at half the regular dues.

Current members, please use the Membership Renewal form in the Members Only section. Renewal dues are payable May 1 and delinquent August 1. To insure inclusion in the Yearbook, you must renew no later than July 30.

For more information about membership or dues, please email or call Dean Burnett. See the LAVGC Yearbook for Dean's phone number.

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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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Hospitality News

Sue Farr is continuing as the hospitality coordinator for the club. Her husband Jim, is in charge of the hot drinks. They welcome anyone who would like to join the Hospitality Committee. If interested in helping out with other functions such as the floral arrangements/table decorations, tablecloths, drinking water or ice, you can contact her by email (see the LAVGC Yearbook for contact information) or talk with her at the meetings.

The club provides the plates, napkins, forks & hot drink cups along with the decaf coffee, creamers & sweeteners & the drinking water. The treats that we enjoy during each meeting are provided by members of the club. You can sign up on the monthly signup sheet or just bring something when you are in the mood. When you sign up, I will send you a reminder about a week before the meeting. It is the expectation that members will bring something to share several times each year. We ask that items be easily served "finger foods". They can be sweet or savory, homemade or store-bought, simple or fancy, everything is appreciated.

Last year we started to go green by not buying water in plastic bottles & trying to recycle more of our green waste. We are still using up some of our supply of plastic cups but will soon run out so if you are a water drinker please start bringing your own refillable drinking bottle to the meetings.

Looking forward to another year filled with tasty treats. Sue Farr

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Maude's White Elephant Sale! at the Thursday, Nov 9 meeting

Garden related items appreciated! Don't forget, if it doesn't sell, you take it home. Call Maude for more information. See the LAVGC Yearbook for Maude's phone number.

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Annual Plant Sale, Saturday, April 7, 2018

Please continue to prepare your plants for the plant sale next April. As you know, this is the main fund raising project for the club that makes possible many of our other activities. Many plants can be divided at this season and the divisions potted up. These include irises (bearded, Siberian, and water), daylilies, cannas, daisies, asters and many more plus various plants grown as ground covers (candytuft, gazania, blue plumbago, and many more), plus most succulents (aloes, echeverias, crassulas, and more). After the first rains, self-seeding plants often appear spontaneously. These seedling plants can also be potted up. Choices include borage, honeywort, johnny-jump-up, calendula, rose campion, forget-me-not and many more. California poppies also spring up at this time. These can be transplanted if very small, as they form long taproots.

These plants will make important root growth during the winter months, even if any top growth is minimal and plants appear to be dormant. Mother Nature will hopefully help with keeping these plants moist but please do not forget to water them if necessary. Try to locate the potted plants in a sunny area to capture as much winter warmth as possible.

Pots of various sizes and labels will be available at the November 9 meeting. These will be located at the back of the room or just outside the door to the meeting room. Please take what you need.

For any questions, please contact Plant Sale Chairmen. See the LAVGC Yearbook for Bill Tallon's and Dan McCright's additional contact information.

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Modesto Gardens and Poinsettia Nursery Day Tour

Wednesday, Nov 29 8:30 AM. Meet at Lowe's in Livermore.

Our November Day our takes us to Duarte Nursery in Hughson to learn about poinsettias. We will carpool from Lowe's in Livermore, leaving at 8:30AM. Our first stop will be the Modesto Garden Club office to look at their nine demonstration gardens. FYI - the Modesto Garden Club is the largest garden club in California, with over 500 members! We'll then drive a short distance to check out the Julio and Aileen Gallo Rose Garden (will anything be blooming?) and the gardens around the McHenry Mansion. After lunch at the Churchkey restaurant, we drive to Duarte Nursery, which grows over 65,000 poinsettias, with over 30 varieties and colors, in state-of-the-art greenhouses. Plants can be purchased (cash or check only) - 6.5" poinsettias and cyclamen are $9, 4" cyclamen are $5. Please bring a $5 contribution for gas.

You must be a garden club member to attend this day tour.

Please sign up at the meeting or RSVP to Gayle Pawloski. For more information, please contact Gayle Pawloski. See the LAVGC Yearbook for additional contact information.

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