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September 2016


October 2016


November 2016

  • Nov 10 Regular Monthly Meeting

December 2016

  • Dec 8 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 Mission: Encourage interest in all phases of home gardening; Promote better horticultural practices; Promote civic beauty; Promote conservation of natural resources.

LAVGC offers special interest groups and workshops on a variety of related subjects.

Different special interest groups include Floral Design, Herb and Culinary, and Mediterranean/Native Plants.

Members take tours to see outstanding gardens, nurseries and to attend horticultural events. In addition, there are local hikes to see the wild flowers growing in the Tri-Valley area. Members also perform community service locally and nationally.

LAVGC meets the second Thursday of September through June at Alisal Elementary School in Pleasanton.

Soils: the Foundation for a Healthy Garden - September Monthly Meeting
Thursday, September 8 at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

LAVGC monthly meeting is at the Alisal Elementary School multipurpose room, 1454 Santa Rita Road, Pleasanton, CA 94566.

Our speaker Terry Lyngso is President and CFO of Lyngso Garden Materials and a big believer in, and educator of, organic gardening. Soil is the foundation for healthy plants, clean water and carbon sequestration. Learn about who lives in the soil and the relationship between plants and soil life. Learn how the soil life builds a living soil structure and the benefits of a living soil structure. Most importantly learn some simple practices that you can do in the garden to support a diversity of beneficial life. Ten years ago when she moved to Loma Mar they had a garden of annual weeds and bind weed. Now it is a large native garden where they also grow apples, pears and vegetables.

Dinner with the speaker: We will be meeting at the Oasis Grill, 780 Main Street, Pleasanton, at 5:30PM on Sep 8th 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 Lori Martin by Noon on Wednesday, Sept 7. See the LAVGC Yearbook for Lori's phone number.


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 July 2016 through June 2017.

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

Current members, please use the Membership Renewal form in the Members Only section.

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Members Only section

The new Members Only section is being expanded and added to over the next several months. Click on a menu selection on the top of the Home page, then click on the 'Members Only' selection, enter the Id and password. 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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Garden Club Goes Greener

Starting this year, the Garden Club refreshment team is trying to go a bit greener. In particular, produce less plastic waste from our refreshment breaks. During the hotter months we can sometimes go through 100 plastic water bottles in one meeting. We also go through about 100 plastic forks & spoons each meeting. We usually fill at least two large garbage cans with trash, much of which could go into "green waste" if the non-compostable items were not mixed in. The school custodial service does not separate any of our recyclables; it all gets combined in the regular trash. These are some of the changes that we will implement: provide a separate collection container for green waste: paper plates, napkins, cardboard; provide a separate collection container for plastics, aluminum foil; provide filtered, chilled water in a large dispenser container. You can use one of our paper cups or bring your own reusable drink container to fill during the meeting. One good reason for using your own reusable drink container is that they have some sort of lid so we will avoid a fair number of spills. We do not want any slips & falls. The refreshment team will transport the containers home & place the waste in their own home containers.

This new system will require you to find the right container before you throw away your trash. They will be well marked. There will be some mistakes in the beginning but in the long run, we will be doing our part for a better environment. (Thanks to Sue Farr for setting this all up!)

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Day Tour to National Heirloom Festival in Santa Rosa

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Meet at the JCPenny Home store parking lot at 8:45 so we can get on the road before 9:00 AM. Food is available for purchase, or bring your own. We will leave the fairgrounds at 5:00 or 6:00 PM and be home by 7:00 or 8:00 PM. Tickets are $15 at the gate. There will be a $5 charge for gas per person paid to the drivers.

Please RSVP as soon as possible to Karen Abbruscato so we can plan for drivers. See the LAVGC Yearbook for Karen's contact information.

The World's Pure Food Fair

Join us for a day at the National Heirloom Expo - The World's Pure Food Fair at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds in Santa Rosa. This event is in its sixth year and has been wildly popular with those interested in growing your own food, learning about the environment & sustainable living or for those who just love good food. There are 75 different speakers, 150 exhibitors, 300 vendors and demonstrations of all kinds and the world's largest display of heirloom produce. Lots to do for a whole day of fun and learning. For more information on the event go to National Heirloom Festival.

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Day Tour to Regional Park Botanic Garden in the Berkeley Hills

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Save October 20 for a docent-led tour of the Regional Park Botanic Garden in the Berkeley Hills. It is a 10 acre native garden with plants representing the distinctive natural areas of California. This garden is dedicated to the collection and preservation of native plants as well as their display. We will meet at 8:45 AM @ the JCPenny Home Store parking lot and leave @ 9 AM. Bring a lunch to enjoy in the garden. Details next month.

Tours planned during the year

Exact dates and details in subsequent newsletters: 2017: Jan. - Half Moon Bay and aquaponics tour; Feb. - SF Botanical Garden Magnolia tour; Mar. - Filoli; May - overnight tour to Hearst Castle and Santa Barbara; June - Glen Ellen for QuarryHill and Metanza Creek Lavenders. None planned for the busy holiday months: Nov. and Dec.

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LAVGC hosts the Diablo Foothills District General Meeting and Luncheon

Thursday, October 27, 2016 9:30 am. Alden Lane Nursery, 981 Alden Lane, Livermore

Our guest speaker will be Amanda Prescott of Alden Lane speaking on "Future Gardeners and the Environment". Amanda graduated in 2010 with a B.A in Ecological Anthropology and Botany from the University of Maine. She is passionate about linking people with plants and currently works for Alden Lane.

For more information, please contact Jeri Stark. See the LAVGC Yearbook for Jeri's additional contact information. See the the Members Only section for the Meeting announcment and signup flyer.

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