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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.

Growing Vegetables Above the Soil - Regular Monthly Meeting
Thursday, January 12 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.

You can grow edibles in containers, raised beds, and planters. Please join us this month as Brian Perrin, a veteran staff member at Alden Lane Nursery for 30 years, will show us how easy it is to grow your own vegetables, no matter the size of the gardening space. Brian set up the edible beds and the edibles in tin garbage cans at the Alden Lane Nursery so he is prepared to share his tips and tricks for success with us. He will also cover soil preparation, vegetables to plant now and later for spring and summer and the dreaded topic of pest management. So bring your questions and join in this interesting discussion. There will be no dinner with the speaker this month to accommodate Brian's schedule.


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 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.

The Members Only section contains the club Yearbook, club Roster, speaker video links, club forms, newsletter archives, meeting minutes and more.


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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Going Green Reminder

  1. Green can = any food, plants or paper with food on it (paper plates, napkins, paper cups)
  2. Black can = anything with a triangle on it for Recycling (plastics, aluminum foil)
  3. Big can from the school = everything else

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Planned Speakers for Future Regular Monthly Meetings

  • January Brian Perris on Vegetables in Containers
  • February Lee Giroux on Med./Native Plant Care
  • 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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Hearst Castle, Lotus Land, SB Botanical Garden, Mission Rose Garden, and more

LAVGC is planning a 3-day, 2-night trip (May 23-25) to visit gardens/nurseries in the Santa Barbara area (Hearst Castle, Lotus Land, SB Botanical Garden, Mission Rose Garden, and more). If you have any interest in this tour, please join Linda Jensen and Gayle Pawloski for a short meeting to hear more details, get an estimate of cost, and offer comments. This informational meeting will take place at the December monthly meeting - please eat and socialize at the potluck, then meet at 7:30, just before the business portion of the meeting. You must be a garden club member to be part of the tour.

If you cannot attend our December regular meeting and are interested in going on the tour, please contact Gayle Pawloski or Linda Jensen to get your name on the list and receive further information. See the LAVGC Yearbook for their additional contact information.

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Plant Sale Planning Meeting

Thursday, January 19, 6:30 - 7:30 pm. Location: Pleasanton Gardens Community Room, 251 Kottinger Drive in Pleasanton

Time to start planning our annual major fundraiser - the Plant Sale! It will be held this year on Saturday, April 8 at the Amador High School parking lot. We need lots of ideas and suggestions and a plan to bring it all about.

Any questions, please contact Karen Abbruscato, plant sale chairman. See the LAVGC Yearbook for Karen's contact information.

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Board Meeting

Thursday, January 19, 7:30 - 9:00 pm. Location: Pleasanton Gardens Community Room, 251 Kottinger Drive in Pleasanton

We will be discussing various items such as Arbor Day, possible club-wide event, and any other item that needs to be dealt with. This meeting is right after the Plant Sale planning meeting.

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