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February 2018


March 2018

  • Mar 8 Regular Monthly Meeting

April 2018


May 2018

  • May 10 Regular Monthly Meeting

Jun 2018

  • Jun 14 Regular Monthly Meeting

Lynn MacFarland, Best in Show
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, Feb 8, 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.

Waterwise Garden Design with Mediterranean Mounds - Jeff Rosendale, speaker

Jeff Rosendale, co-owner with his wife Lisa of Sierra Azul Nursery and Gardens in Watsonville, has been designing gardens and landscapes since 1974. He has worked with nurseries, horticulture, gardens and people in the Bay Area and Central Coast, always with an eye on less lawn and more plants in a landscape in our Mediterranean climate.


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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Audio Visual Tech Help Needed

The success of our meetings depends on a P.A. system as well as use of media to show power-point or photos. We are very fortunate to have several members who manage our tech needs. However, to assure coverage at all meetings, while allowing tech members to be absent from some meetings without creating a problem, if would be good to have two more people willing to learn our system and be available to help. If you are willing to step forward for this task, please contact Pat Burnett or Dolores Bengtson or Lois Barber. See the LAVGC Yearbook for additional contact information.

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LAVGC Library Window Display - Month of March

LAVGC has been approved for placing a display in the Pleasanton Library window for the month of March. Members are needed to assist in designing the display and helping with installing the display on Thursday, March 1, 2018. Please contact Dolores Bengtson.

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Annual Plant Sale

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Amador Valley High School Parking Lot, 1155 Santa Rita Road, Pleasanton

As we prepare for the Plant Sale, there are many activities that need doing in the coming months.

Flyer Distribution: Help publicize the event to neighbors and organizations. Please download, print and distribute the 2018 Plant Sale Flyer to your friends, family and co-workers. Our aim is to publicize this event as far and as wide as possible,

Plant contributions needed: Please continue to pot up your plant contributions and keep them growing on. Empty pots in various sizes and blank labels will be available at the February meeting for you to take as needed. If you have the facilities for growing plants (both vegetables and annual ornamentals) from seeds, please continue to do this in a timely way to have salable sized seedlings by the date of the sale.

Garden-related items for the Boutique needed: Items such as decorative pots (ceramic, terra cotta and the like) as well as saucers and cache-pots. Also gently-used garden tools, trellises, tomato cages, stakes, usable hoses, and on and on will be appreciated.

Equipment needed: If you can lend us items such as tables, chairs, pop-up shelters, trucks and vans to transport plants from the drop off locations to the plant sale location, and then hand trucks and wagons to move them around the parking lot, please relay this information on to Bill Tallon or Daniel McCright.

Pricing parties are conducted the day before the sale at the plant drop-off locations in Livermore and in Pleasanton. Each plant gets a color-coded label.

Volunteer signups: At the February meeting, and also in March, we will have sign-up sheets for volunteers to work at the Plant Sale. Early in the morning on the plant sale day, we need people to transport the plants and to set up the tables to receive and display the plants. We need people to help sell the plants and answer questions from our customers and guide their selection. We need people to act as sales clerks to write up the sale and we need people to work in the holding area. We provide food and drink to our workers, so we need volunteers to prepare and serve these. Finally, at the end of the sale, we need people to clean up the area and help dispose of the unsold plants. We need people to work in the boutique to help sell items there.

If you have questions about specific areas where you can contribute, contact the Plant Sale Committee member who is responsible for that area.

We hope that everyone in the club will help out in some way. As all of you know, this is our most important fund raising activity, but in addition to the work it is fun and satisfying working with one another. Please consider how YOU can make the Plant Sale a success.

The 2018 Plant Sale Committee

and their areas of responsibility are:
  • Co-chairmen: Bill Tallon and Daniel McCright
  • Publicity: Jerri Long
  • Pricing Parties: Sondra Bierre
  • Transportation: Karen Abbruscato
  • Set-up: Lori Martin and Juan Hensley
  • Plant Assistants: Barbara Stott (edibles) and Debra Caldwell (ornamentals)
  • Sales Clerks and Holding Area: Gayle Pawloski and Michelle Tallon
  • Boutique: Maudie Kuenning and Sandra Hirst
  • Refreshments: Sue Farr
  • Membership: Dean Burnett and Inge Spotnitz
  • Cashiers: Norma Foss
  • Clean-up: Lois Barber
  • Ex-officio: Dolores Bengston, Lois Barber and Peggy Despotakis

Please see the LAVGC Yearbook for their contact information.

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

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Arbor Day Seed Packaging Workshop

Saturday, February 17, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm. Location: Alden Lane Nursery Seasons Room.

Arbor Day Presentations are here Again! The LAVGC and Alden Lane Nursery, will once again be partnering to hand out Poppy Seed packets to eager 2nd graders at Pleasanton Elementary Schools in recognition of California's Arbor Day, March 7. During the week of March 5th, students and their teachers attend our presentations, assembly style, where they learn about Luther Burbank (it's his birthday, March 7) and some of his accomplishments, but mainly the benefits of trees. The students then receive a packet of California poppy seeds, courtesy of Pacific Seeds, and a colorful brochure. Each participating school will also receive a Penny Pines Certificate. Please consider signing up as an Arbor Day Presenter at the February 8 meeting. We always partner first time presenters with experienced presenters.

Jacquie Williams Courtright has scheduled an Arbor Day poppy seed packaging workshop on Saturday, February 17, from 9:30am to 12:30 pm in the Seasons Building at Alden Lane to prepare poppy seed packets and handouts. This is the building that is near the corner of Alden Lane and Holmes Blvd. Jacquie plans to have the gate open near that building that morning for LAVGC volunteers to enter as well as the main entrance. This is always a lively affair and many hands help to make the seed packaging, classroom sorting, and handout compiling a pleasant repast. Participants spoon tsp of poppy seeds into seed packets, then staple the cover sheet over the packet. We ask participants to bring their own tsp. spoons. Potential presenters will be receiving a mini refresher lesson. Home baked refreshments will be served as well as juice and hot teas, courtesy of Chez Dedon.

If you are interested in participating in the Arbor Day Seed Packaging Workshop or being a presenter at the schools, or both, please signup at the February meeting or contact Erica Dedon. See the LAVGC Yearbook for additional contact information.

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