January 2019


News Archive

Betty Nostrand, Editor
Molly Fisher, Publisher

President's Letter

By the time you read this Christmas will have passed and we will be looking toward a new year filled with many things. Perhaps you received a new tool to try or you are waiting for that order you placed for some seeds you haven't tried before. I started receiving the new season's garden catalogues in December. While I see several vegetables I'd like to try, I only have so much available growing area so I will plant some plants for the plant sale.

As I write this the sun is shining and it will be another beautiful day. I do wish that there was more snow in the Sierra Nevada mountain range to fill our reservoirs and more rain in our local area. I am thankful that the rain we have gotten has been gentle and I haven't had any runoff. Every precious drop has been absorbed, the plants are all looking so much better with a little of mother natures' help.

As we begin this New Year the first activity will be the pruning and leaf removal of the roses at Hansen Park in Livermore. This is an activity that has been supported by garden club for six years. We plan to be in the garden the first Saturday of January at 9 AM. If this is a rain day we will plan to try again on January 26. All one needs to bring are their clippers, gloves and a container to collect the clippings. We hope that you can find some time to join us.

Lois Barber - co-president

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Misc. Items of Interest

...The Memorial Service for David Oakley, one of the garden club founders, will be on Jan. 12 from 2-4 PM at Alden Lane Nursery.

...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. The California Rare Fruit Growers Scion Exchanges site gives all the information about the upcoming scion exchanges for the California Rare Fruit Growers in January. If you want further information or to know about other scion exchanges, please contact Graham Stott. See the LAVGC Yearbook for Graham's 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.

...Corresponding Secretary Needs Your Input - Nora Kvale, LAVGC's Corresponding Secretary, stands ready and available to send cards on behalf of the Club to members who are sick, recovering from surgery, etc., or who are experiencing the loss of a loved one. However, since she doesn't know all club members, she depends on each of you to let her know when a card would be appreciated. Please let Nora know if you are aware of anyone we might wish to send our collective words of cheer or sympathy.

...If you are getting your newsletter by snail mail and would like to receive it by email (or vice versa), please contact 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 to be sure your name is on the list.

...new members, who have joined since the Yearbook was printed, are listed on the Members Only page of our website LAVGC.org. Members may email the Co-Presidents to obtain the Id and password. Each month we will post names and information about new members at that location. Lots of wonderful information on the website, including an amazing Resource page and pictures from garden club events.

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