December 2018


News Archive

Betty Nostrand, Editor
Molly Fisher, Publisher

President's Letter

Happy Holidays! The holidays are here with our thoughts turning from gardening to friends and family. So often at this time of year we also look to the needs of others, especially those without a home or little food on their table. We also observe the areas devastated by fire, winds, and floods, and seek to understand the devastation those elders, children, families must feel. I hope we each do what we can to help those in need at this festive time of the year. The food banks, the shelters, all need our support.

We can all be particularly pleased we have chosen to vigorously support the Penny Pines Project. I urge each of us to pledge to continue that support to assist in the recovery of the thousands of acres of burned forest lands. I know Jeri Stark will cheer us on in this effort.

The year will soon be over and 2019 looms before us with opportunities for new gardens, new plants, coupled with the vision of the coming spring bloom. Of course, with the New Year we also turn our energy and attention to the 2019 Plant Sale! Daniel McCright and Bill Tallon, our valued Plant Sale Chairs, have been continually working since the 2018 Plant Sale to prepare for the coming event. They have participated in gathering garden items and plants from various locations to give us a head start on sale items. Both have gathered plastic pots and markers to distribute to members for plants they are nurturing. While the Plant Sale Committee is large and diverse, with many returning members, slots are still available for those wishing to join the committee. A call or email to Bill or Daniel is all that's needed for you to become a member of this intrepid group

I look forward to seeing all of you at the December meeting. Remember to come early to enjoy the potluck social, followed by our highly anticipated speaker, Pete Veilleux, who will focus on native plants.

All my best wishes for healthy and happy holidays! Dolores Bengtson, Co-President

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Misc. Items of Interest

...Lori Martin has a new email address. Please see the LAVGC Yearbook Updates section for all address updates.

...California Rare Fruit Growers - January scion exchanges. The CRFG - Golden Gate Chapter scion exchange will be held on January 19th, 2019, at the Diablo Valley College Horticulture Department, 321 Golf Club Road, Pleasant Hill. Hours to be announced. If you want further information or to know about other scion exchanges, please email Graham Stott. See the LAVGC Yearbook for contact information.

...Part-time Gardener needed several hours per week in Livermore. Great for a late teenager or adult, would not include lawn. If interested, please contact Molly Fisher. (ed. note: this would be a great part time job where you could pretty much set your own hours and although you need to know about plants and gardening, I know you would sure learn a lot from Molly and you could expand your hours because I'm sure other garden club members might need help too!)

...the Yearbook has Judy Person's email address incorrect because it was submitted incorrectly. Please see the LAVGC Yearbook Updates section for all address updates.

...Passport to Spring, Saturday, Feb. 16th, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Alden Lane. The event offers attendees a morning filled with spring gardening information offered by three speakers. A catered lunch is included in the $45 fee. Contact: Alden Lane Nursery, 447-0280.

...Member Alert: If you have changes to your contact information, please contact Molly Fisher. See the LAVGC Yearbook for additional contact information.

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December the garden

...with all the poor air quality (mostly) and damp weather (a little bit today) I haven't been out in the garden a whole lot this past month. But I hope this dampness increases and gives everything a good soaking. If it does, remember about shutting off your irrigation system.

...if you are still not finished with your Christmas or holiday shopping, don't forget the gift of a Penny Pines Plantation. Particularly to help out the aftermath of all the fires. For more information, contact Jeri Stark. See the LAVGC Yearbook for additional contact information.

...for your living Christmas tree, don't forget to keep it well watered so it doesn't get tinder dry. Poinsettias are not completely happy in our climate, especially if we have a cold snap so keep them indoors (also don't forget to water) or in a well-protected area on the porch.

...if we do get a real cold snap, be sure plants are well watered to better fend off the cold - except for succulents that should be kept on the dry side.

...In all the recipes for happiness I have ever seen, "something to look forward to" has been given as an important ingredient. Something to look forward to! How rich the gardener, any gardener, is in this particular integrant! For always he looks forward to something if it is only the appearance of the red nose of the Peonies in the spring or the sharp aromas that fills the air in autumn after the frost has touched the herbage. -Louise Beebe Wilder

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