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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, Apr 12, 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.

Native Bees in Your Garden - Dr. Gordon Frankie, speaker

Dr. Frankie is Professor of Environmental Science at UC Berkeley and is known for his leadership of the UC Berkeley Urban Bee Lab. His research focus is on the behavioral ecology and community organization of solitary bee species in selected environments in CA and Costa Rica. There are over 1600 species of bees native to California. We usually don't even notice them unless we are looking for them. Most are solitary, foraging and nesting on their own. Dr. Frankie has been documenting the impact of wild bees on CA native plants and our gardens since 1987. What a great opportunity to find out more about these amazing insects and learn strategies to attract them into our gardens.


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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Santa Rosa Tour - Optional 1 or 2 Day Field Trip

Tues-Weds, Apr 3-4, 2018 8:00 AM. Meet at the Pleasanton JC Penney Home Store.

Day 1, Stop 1: Luther Burbank Gardens

With more than an acre of gardens including many of Luther Burbank's horticultural contributions. We will arrive approximately 10:30 AM for a tour at 11 AM. Cost $10 per person. Bring your own lunch and we will picnic in the Gardens if the weather permits.

Day 1, Stop 2: Emerisa Gardens and Nursery

Specializing in four-inch plants emphasizing hardy and unusual perennials, herbs, certified organic vegetables, ornamental grasses and succulents.

Day 1, Stop 3: Momiji Nursery

Family owned since 1979 specializing in Japanese Maples with more than 250 cultivars.

Day 1, Stop 4: West County Oasis Bamboo Garden Nursery

with more than 250 kinds of Bamboo.

Day Trippers head back to Pleasanton at this point. Those staying over for Day 2 will head to the La Rose Hotel, one of the Wine Country's most historic properties, it has anchored Santa Rosa's Railroad Square since 1907. Hotel La Rose is within an easy stroll of antique and specialty shops, numerous restaurants and wine tasting rooms.

Day 2. Stop 1: Quarryhill Botanical Gardens

A 25-acre botanical garden of mature, flowering plants from Asia including Magnolias, dogwoods, maples, birches, roses, lilies, rhododendrons. $12 Adults $10 Seniors (65+) There is an app on the website, Quarryhill Botanical Garden (Visit menu pulldown, Self-Guided Tour App) available to download for 99 cents for a self-guided tour. If there is enough interest we can book a tour with a docent with ten or more for $17 each which includes admission.

Day 2. Stop 2: Sunset Test Gardens and Cornerstone Market

The Sunset Test Gardens span a quarter acre, where they grow an interesting variety of plants and trees while experimenting with design techniques to keep our visitors fed with fresh ideas. The Sunset Test Gardens are separate from the Cornerstone Gardens, although they are located next to one another. Admission to both the Sunset and Cornerstone Gardens is complimentary and all gardens are open to the public. Food is available at the facility. From here we will head home at approximately 2 PM after a great visit!

Detailed travel and cost information will be available at the March meeting or contact Valerie Morrow. See the LAVGC Yearbook for Valerie's contact information. Total cost $22 for 2 Days plus hotel, transportation and meals. Please sign up at the March meeting but no later than March 29th and let Valerie know if you are driving and can take another member. Every participant must be a LAVGC member.

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Annual Plant Sale

Saturday, April 7, 2018 6:00 am - 9:00 am - setup by LAVGC members

Saturday, April 7, 2018 9:00 am - 1:00 pm - Plant Sale open to the public

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

As the April 7 Big Day approaches, we hope that you have been circulating flyers announcing the plant sale to your friends and neighbors, taped them on your vehicle windows, posted them on bulletin boards, social media, public kiosks and any other places you can think of. Please download, print and distribute the 2018 Plant Sale Flyer.

If you haven't already made labels for the plants, please refer to the Making Plant Sale Labels link for the information to include on the label.

Drop-Off Locations for Plants and Boutique Items and Pricing Parties

Get ready to bring your plants and items for the boutique. This year there are three drop off places.

Ornamental Plants

Home of Tina Higashi, Livermore. Drop-off Dates: Tuesday through Thursday, April 3-5. Pricing Party: Friday April 6 beginning at 9 AM.

Ornamental Plants and all Edible Plants

Home of Jerri Long, Pleasanton, Drop-Off Dates: Tues. through Thurs., April 3-5. Pricing Party: Friday April 6 beginning at 11:30 AM.

All Boutique Items

Home of Robyn Gade, Pleasanton. Drop-Off Dates: Tuesday through Thursday morning, April 3-5. Pricing Party: Thursday afternoon, beginning at 1:00 PM.

Please check your Yearbook for their phone numbers and e-mail addresses, as needed.

Note! If you work at one of the plant pricing parties, you can buy one or two plants at the full price.

Do not forget to label each plant.

If you are bringing tables and pop-ups please try to bring them as early as you can so that the setup crew has ample time to unload and distribute the plants. Also please bring any hand trucks, dollies, wheel barrows - anything with wheels - that can be used to transport plants and boutique items around the parking lot

Please put your name on any items you lend us for the day so we can return them back to you.

Please bring any plastic flat-size trays and cardboard boxes that can be used to carry plants. We will re-purpose these to help customers shop and then carry home their purchases.

If you are working at the Plant Sale, please sign in at the refreshments area and get your name tag and apron to wear while you are working. If you are working a shift, please hand off the apron to the person who relieves you. If you are working the whole day, keep the apron till the Plant Sale ends. The aprons should make us more visible to our customers, and to one another.

Remember that when working at the Plant Sale to enjoy yourself. Your enthusiasm in helping our customers will spread the joy of gardening through our community.

About restrooms, there is a public restroom adjacent to the DB Aquatic Center on Black Avenue in Pleasanton. It takes less than 10 minutes to walk from the high school parking lot -- go north on Santa Rita Road to Black Avenue and turn left, go west on Black Avenue past the post office for about a half-block, cross the street and go to the end of the aquatic center building where there is a driveway, turn right on the driveway that leads to a playground. The restrooms are in a small greenish-colored building next to the playground. A little farther away, other restrooms are found in different stores in the shopping center at the corner of Santa Rita Road and Valley Avenue.

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

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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2018 Members' Garden Tour

Sunday, April 22 from 1:00-4:00

Five great Livermore gardens will be on this year's Members' Garden Tour. All LAVGC Members and their guests are invited to attend.

Directions and descriptions of the gardens are in the Members Only section. You may use the route suggested or use your GPS/map and visit the gardens anytime between 1:00 and 4:00. Carpool if you can.

Monday, April 23, lunch begins at 11:30 at Emil Villa's, 3064 Pacific Avenue, Livermore

After lunch those who had lunch and those who are not having lunch and just want to see the gardens, will meet at the restaurant at approximately 12:30. We will all go together as a group to each of the 5 gardens.

Directions and descriptions of the gardens are in the Members Only section. Carpool if you can.

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Day Tour - Iris Garden, Peony Garden and Plant and Pottery Outlet

Thursday, May 3, 2018. Leave Pleasanton Raleys parking lot at 10:30 AM

Bring a bag lunch. Signup at the meeting or by April 19 by contacting Linda Jenssen. See the LAVGC Yearbook for Linda's contact information.

The Chateau CharMarron Peony garden, 35335 Sierra Road, San Jose, CA 95132.

Chateau CharMarron Peony garden is located in San Jose, high above Milpitas overlooking the Calaveras Reservoir. They have more than 240 peony varieties under cultivation. The bloom season begins in late March with tree peonies and continues from mid-April through early June with herbaceous peonies. While enjoying the gardens, sample the wonderful Tuscan olive oils.

Nola's Iris Garden, 4195 Sierra Road San Jose, CA 9513.

Nola's Iris Garden has over 2100 varieties of Bearded Iris. Choices include Tall Bearded, Border Bearded, Intermediate Bearded, Dwarf Bearded and some of the best Reblooming Iris in the world. Nola's has picnic tables scattered around the Garden/Ranch or enjoy their new large deck overlooking the garden. Coffee and Tea are provided and sodas are available for purchase. Dogs are welcome on leashes.

The Plant and Pottery Outlet, 6467 Mission Rd, Sunol, CA 94586.

The Plant and Pottery Outlet is a clearance center for Tropical plants, Designer pottery, and Fountains and Statuaries. Choose from pottery and a large variety of indoor/ outdoor tropical plants at discount prices. They also carry organic soil and amendments. Pottery sizes vary from 4in to 40in in Height and Diameter. In addition, they sell chipped and damaged pots and plants at a huge discount!

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Alameda County Fair Volunteer Opportunities

The Fair is June 15th - July 8th and there are volunteer opportunities in all areas of the fair. Our club makes $4 - $5 / hour for your volunteer time, and its lots of fun. As a volunteer, you get a T-shirt, hat, water bottle, parking & ticket entrance for each day you volunteer plus another ticket to the fair for another day when you're not working. Signups began April 1st, and you can use your same log-in from last year at www.myvolunteerpage.com. Karen can help retrieve your username if needed.

For signup help or more information, please contact Karen Abbruscato, ACF volunteer coordinator. See the LAVGC Yearbook for Karen's contact information.

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Bylaws Amendment

At the January 31, 2018 LAVGC Board meeting, those attending approved a motion to recommend to the membership an amendment to the LAVGC Bylaws. The amendment was as follows: Article V, Section 4, Nominations and Elections; (a.) A Nominating Committee of three "or more" members shall be appointed at...

This amendment, adding "or more" recognizes the practice of the Club has been to be flexible regarding the size of the committee rather than adhere to a committee of three. A larger ad hoc committee encourages more varied input in arriving at a slate of officers for consideration. The Board unanimously recommended approval of the proposed change. The membership will be asked to vote on this proposed Bylaw amendment at the April meeting.

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