December 2019


News Archive

Betty Nostrand, Editor
Molly Fisher, Publisher

President's Letter

What a great crowd (107 or more) we had at our November meeting. We had 18 guests and visitors, with most of them coming because of the article they read in either the Independent or the Pleasanton Weekly. Dolores Bengtson is doing a fabulous job with publicity. One of the visitors decided to join that evening and then showed up at the Sensory Garden the next day to help with the list of jobs that Daniel had developed. Good job.

We have had quite a few visitors at our meetings this year and I have a list that contains the emails of most of them. I plan to review the list, check off all that have joined since attending a meeting and then I will send an email to the others advising that we were glad they could visit, but if they plan to visit again or to attend one of the workshops, they must join the club because of our insurance requirements.

In addition to a large crowd, we had a great collection when we passed the Penny Pines box. We collected $95.10 and that gives us over $600 in our fund for Penny Pines plantations.

By the time this reaches you it will be past Thanksgiving and I hope that you were able to enjoy time with family and friends. The time between Thanksgiving and New Year is a time of many celebrations and customs. However you celebrate II hope that you take the time out of our busy lives to partake and enjoy. Also remember our own potluck celebration at our December meeting on the 12th.

Happy Thanksgiving!!, Jeri Stark, President

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Misc. Items of Interest

...This is the time to order any Penny Pines plantations you want for holiday giving. You can send Jeri Stark a note with a check for $68 for each plantation you are ordering along with the name of the recipient, the address of where you want it mailed, and the correct names of the gift givers. In other words, do you want it from Mom and Dad or John and Sue Jones. She can also provide a fake certificate in case the certificate is delayed as they were last year because of weather and fire.

...We are now going to be posting the newsletters of the California and National Garden Clubs on our web site. These newsletters contain all kinds of great ideas and programs developed by others interested in gardening. If you have a special interest in certain types of gardening, it is almost certain you will connect with another area that has the same interests and ideas. If you have not looked at our web site ( recently you are missing out on a lot of great information, give it a look.

...We are also listing upcoming events including the Garden of d'Lights at the Ruth Bancroft Garden from November 30th through December 29th. There is also a photo op with Santa there on Saturday, December 7 from 10 to 12 in the morning. Check the web site for details.

...If you have a student in your family that is interested in gardening and horticulture, the California Garden Club is offering four $2,000 >scholarships and the National Club is offering two California students a $4,000 scholarship. Like all applications for scholarships check the guidelines which you can find on the web sites of the state and national clubs.

...Don't forget to save your seeds and get them to Sondra Bierre. Next seed share meeting on Jan. 15.

...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.

...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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