October 2017


News Archive

Betty Nostrand, Editor
Molly Fisher, Publisher

President's Letter

The 2017/18 LAVGC year is up and running with programs and events meeting the interests of all our members. I am always impressed that our Club serves members who are active "get-down- and- dirty" gardeners as well as those who may not be serious gardeners but enjoy the meetings, speakers, tours, service and special interest opportunities.

In this message, I would like to remind everyone that no matter where your gardening interests lie, I believe we have a common interest in valuing our forest and park lands. As we approach the holiday season each of us has the opportunity to purchase Penny Pine Plantations for those special people on your list who "has everything" or are hard to shop for. I can't imagine anyone who wouldn't be deeply appreciative of receiving a Plantation in their name. Should anyone want to follow up on this idea, email Jeri Stark, our "go-to" Penny Pines person. See the LAVGC Yearbook for Jeri's phone numbers. Planning ahead will assure you have the certificate in hand in time for gifting.

Click Penny Pines to learn more about Penny Pines and LAVGC. Also, click NGC Penny Pines web page for more information.

Happy Gardening - and get those perennials started for the plant sale!

Dolores Bengtson - Co-President

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Misc. Items of Interest

...We are looking for a member with graphic capabilities to tweak our Plant Sale flyer to include veggies in the design and perhaps make the flowers more seasonal. If you would like to help out on this, please email Dolores Bengtson. See the LAVGC Yearbook for additional contact information.

...would you be willing to have a committee, interest group, or Board meeting in your home? If so, please email Dolores Bengtson for more information. See the LAVGC Yearbook for additional contact information.

...The 20th Anniversary of the original Tomato Tasting was held Sunday August 27 at Eden Garden in Livermore. Thirty-two people braved HOT weather to taste a bountiful 53 entries - 7 cherry tomato, 5 paste, 25 slicer, 14 savory tomato-themed dishes and 2 sweet tomato-themed dishes. Yum! Crowd favorites were: Yellow Sugar (cherry tomato) from Shamim Catrina; Roman Candle (paste tomato) from Sondra Bierre; Persimmon (slicer tomato) from Judy Matthew; Broiled Feta and Garlicky Tomatoes (savory dish) from Amy Levin; and Ethel's Tomato Cookies (sweet dish) from Kim Billingsley. Sondra Bierre and Surjit Kalra took home prizes for being able to correctly answer the most quiz questions about tomatoes. Even the Great Tomato made an appearance! Check out the club website for photos and recipes.

...if you are getting your newsletter by snail mail and would like to receive it by email (or vice versa), please email Molly Fisher. See the LAVGC Yearbook for additional contact information. If you do not receive your newsletter near the first of each month, you can inform her of that also and we'll be sure your name is on the list.

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October obligations.................in the garden

...October = Second spring and all that, so get out there and get planting, dividing, and cleaning up because you know as soon as November hits you'll be all wrapped up in the holidays and too busy to do much besides watering. Although we hope Mother Nature begins to help out a lot with that.

"October is nature's funeral month. Nature glories in death more than in life. The month of departure is more beautiful than the month of coming - October than May. Every green thing loves to die in bright colors."

Henry Ward Beecher

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