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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.

All About Native/Mediterranean Plant Care - Regular Monthly Meeting
Thursday, February 9 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.

Long time LAVGC member, Lee Giroux, will talk about and show pictures of her garden through the seasons and describe how she prunes specific plants in the fall and winter months. She will include her soap box philosophy of how to water and fertilize a drought tolerant garden. Lee says: I began my new life as a drought tolerant gardener 7 years ago, when I moved to the hills East of Livermore and started a new garden. We have no public water service and rely on a well for all our water needs, plus we were dealing with the drought. I attended several seminars on the subject, the one that really cemented my commitment was at the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden. I bought a lot of books and became more and more excited about the new adventure. Seven years later I am still excited and have lots of information to share about my success and failures with my "amazing garden"

Dinner with the speaker: We will be meeting at the Oasis Grill, 780 Main Street, Pleasanton, at 5:30PM on Feb 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 Bengston by Noon on Wednesday, Feb 8th. See the LAVGC Yearbook for Dolores' 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 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

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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Planned Speakers for Future Regular Monthly Meetings

  • March Ron Stroube on Orchids
  • April Susan Ballenger on Designing for Small Gardens
  • May Corky Quirk on Bats
  • June Members' Favorite Plants coordinated by Sharon Howard

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Talks on Video

If you missed the fall meetings speaker informative talks, 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. Thanks to Nile Runge for videoing our talks so we can all enjoy them at our leisure.

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What to plant when from seed!

In February and March, you can still plant cool season vegetables from seed such as greens, lettuce and brassicas but most of us are thinking ahead to getting a start on our summer garden and hopefully plants for the plant sale. You want to aim for your summer plants to be ready to plant out in the garden by April at the soonest. However, you can stretch this planting time out through May, even early June in some cases. We often get a few warm weeks in February and we all get fooled but the soil is still cool and this is still the time for your winter/spring garden to thrive. So, for summer plants, if you have a greenhouse or some kind of indoor growing system with heat and light, you can sow eggplant and pepper seed in January and early February. These seeds can be slow to germinate, especially peppers and take 6-8 weeks before they are any size. Tomatoes grow much faster so I usually plant them towards the end of February/beginning of March. Squash, cucumbers and beans grow fast and have large leaves so March is plenty of time to get them planted.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact Barbara Stott. See the LAVGC Yearbook for additional contact information. Or better yet, come to one of our February Eden Project Garden work parties on Friday, February 10th or Saturday, February 25th. At both of these work parties, we will be discussing growing from seed and planting seeds for our summer garden. Happy planting! - Barbara Stott

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Geranium Propagation from Cuttings Workshop and Cutting Exchange

Sunday, February 12, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm. Location: Bev Howell's house. See the LAVGC Yearbook for the address. Park in the driveway or across the street.

We will teach how and participate in potting up cuttings for ourselves and the plant sale.

What to bring: Mother plants if small enough to transport OR cuttings from your plants in water - 3 dozen or as many as you can of your favorite varieties to share and for the Plant Sale - True Geraniums, Common Geraniums, and some Pelargoniums. We need to AT LEAST know the flower color, if not the variety. Please bring trowel, scissors, apron, and any 3 or 4 inch pots that you have.

If you are energetic, contact Tia Kay with the type, color and/or variety and she can make labels ahead of time.See the LAVGC Yearbook for Tia's contact information.

We will supply the soil AND the usual LAVGC groaning board of coffee, tea and refined carbohydrates.

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Arbor Day Plans

Saturday, February 18, 1:00 pm - Noon. Location: Alden Lane Nursery Seasons Room.

Bring and teaspoons. We will assemble seed packets.

If you have a knack for public speaking and feel empowered to let an assembly of 40 to 100 2nd graders know all about Arbor Day and the benefit of trees, please give serious thought to offering your services to be a presenter in early March. There will be printed Arbor Day material for your preparation before the presentations. We will be offering poppy seed packets in lieu of tree seedlings and sponsoring a Penny Pines Plantation for each participating school this year.

Erica Dedon, Arbor Day coordinator, will be thrilled and is waiting to hear from you. Signup at the February meeting or contact Erica Dedon. See the LAVGC Yearbook for additional contact information.

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Diablo Foothills District Luncheon

Thursday, February 23, 10:00 am. Location: Lone Tree Golf Center, Antioch. Cost:$30

Sponsored by the Antioch Riverview Garden Club. "New Designs in Flower Arranging" will be the topic of the speaker. Reservations are due by Feb. 15 to Diablo Foothills District. Flyers with more details and food choices will be available at our February regular meeting.

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65th Pacific Orchid & Garden Expo "Big ideas for Small Gardens" - DISCOUNT tickets available!

Friday - Sunday, February 24-26. Location: SF Hall of Flowers at Strybing

We have the opportunity to get pre ordered discount tickets ($5 off) to the 65th Pacific Orchid & Garden Expo (formerly at Ft Mason) The new venue is at the Hall of Flowers at Strybing. Lori Martin needs a headcount of interested folks so she knows how many tickets to pre-order. Tickets are good for Feb 24-26. You are free to go on your own or maybe we can get some carpools going but at this point she's just trying to see how many tickets to order.

Please contact Lori Martin if interested. See the LAVGC Yearbook for contact information.

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