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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.

Regular Monthly Meeting
Thursday, Jan 11, 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.

Mushrooms: what are they and what are they doing in my garden - Mr. David Rust speaker

Mr. David Rust, President of the North American Mycological Association and Co-founder of the Bay Area Mycological Society, will introduce us to the world of mushrooms and help us understand their role in the natural world. Mr. Rust's presentation will cover the ecology of mushrooms in the garden, the benefits and dangers of introducing mushrooms, while making us aware of pathogenic fungi and how to deal with them. Often, there is great interest and concern about mushrooms in people's lawns. David's talk will address the question of "how are mushrooms helping my garden survive and are they a sign of garden health"?

Members are invited to attend a no-host dinner with Mr. Rust at Andy and Yu's in Pleasanton, 348 St. Mary's St., at 5:30 p.m. prior to the meeting. Please contact Inge Spotnitz by Wed. noon if you plan on attending. See the LAVGC Yearbook for Inge's 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 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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Sycamore Grove Mushroom Madness

Sunday, January 7, 2018 1:00 - 4:00 pm, Sycamore Grove/Veterans Park | Livermore

Join Ranger Amy Wolitzer and BAMS' Debbie Veiss for the annual mushroom hunt at 1:00 PM. Meet at Sycamore Grove/Veterans Park 5035 Arroyo Rd, Livermore, CA 94550. We always find interesting mushrooms at Sycamore Grove. After the hunt, we'll regroup at the picnic area to view and discuss the finds of the day. We will meet at the picnic area located up the road that goes to the Veterans Hospital. For more information, contact Debbie Viess at 510.430.9353.

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Make a Difference Festival

Saturday, January 13, 2018 10:00 am - 2:00 pm, Pleasanton Library

Make A Difference Festival, an event held at the Pleasanton Library on January 13, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., allows non-profit groups an opportunity to meet the public and tell about their public service. LAVGC will have a table at the Festival. The table will be staffed by two Club members from 10 - 12 noon and 2 from 12 noon to 2 p.m. If you are available to assist with this project, please contact Dolores Bengtson. See the LAVGC Yearbook for contact information.

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LAVGC Board Meeting

Wednesday, January 31, 2018 6:45 pm, Livermore Library meeting room

The LAVGC Board is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, January 31st, 6:45 P.M. in the Livermore Library meeting room. The Board meeting is open to all members. As with all meetings, it is good to know how many people will be there to be sure we have reserved adequate space. We assume all committees will be present or represented at the Board meeting. Should other members wish to come just contact Dolores Bengtson or Lois Barber so we can be sure our room will accommodate everyone. We welcome your interest. Please contact Dolores or Lois if you want a copy of the agenda.

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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

Finally, the Saturday, April 7, date at the Amador Valley High School parking lot has been confirmed by the Pleasanton School Board, thanks in large measure to the persevering efforts of Dolores Bengston. We have a new flyer that was shown at the last garden club meeting and will be available to members in the coming months. Our aim is to publicize this event as far and as wide as possible, so any suggestions you have will be welcomed. We hope that you are continuing to pot up your plant offerings and we will continue to provide pots and label supplies at the monthly meetings. If you have facilities for starting seeds indoors or in a greenhouse, some of the slower growing edibles can be started in January. Ditto for annual flowers, many of which will be of blooming size in April.

If you find garden-related items that you would like to donate to the Boutique, please put them aside. In the past we have had 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.

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

They will be meeting in early January for planning details of the plant sale. In the coming months they will be looking for volunteers to work at the plant sale in most of the above areas.

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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