January 2020


News Archive

Betty Nostrand, Editor
Molly Fisher, Publisher

President's Letter


First a big thank you to all of you who brought the delicious food to our Holiday Potluck. Every time we share our skills by bringing something you have made or purchased, I find something new and special. Have we ever had a cookbook? Truly we are too busy to do one now, but if one has been done in the past and you would like to share, I would love to see a copy.

Sharon Howard's talk on Salvia's at our meeting was very informative and it made me want to find a place in my crowded garden to plant a few. I plan to check it out when the leaves have all fallen and I can really look for any spots that might work. I especially like the new one she mentioned, (I don't remember the name, but I do remember the color.) and plan to check it out at Alden Lane.

Maybe when I am cleaning the beds I can do as Karen Abbruscato suggested and look for some items to start for the plant sale. I did plant a couple of planters for the Make a Difference Day at the Pleasanton Senior Center in January, but with the nice weather before the rain it combined to make an overflowing exhibit. May need to regroup and replant so that it is a good size for the display and does not take up the whole table.

I am sure there are more things I wanted to talk about but as with all of you, I am very busy closing the year for our company and getting ready for the holidays and a trip to Oregon at New Years. One last thought, we will be holding a board meeting in January and I want to be sure that you have a chance to forward any thoughts or ideas that we should review. Please forward any ideas to me so that I can get them on the agenda.

Have a wonderful holiday and a happy and healthy new year.

Jeri Stark, President 2019/2020

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Misc. Items of Interest

...In Memoriam. It is with sadness that we report the passing of some members this past month: Barbara Anderson, Chris Annen, and Gary Cox, husband of member Olivia Cox. Also, the Memorial service for Bernice Oakley, one of our founding members, is January 12, Sunday, at 2 PM at Alden Lane Nursery in Livermore.

...CRFG Scion exchanges:

  • Santa Clara Chapter: Saturday, January 12, at Prusch Park Center, 647 South King road. San Jose. Time - 11:00 to 3:00.
  • Golden Gate Chapter: Saturday, January, 18, at the Diablo Valley College Horticulture Nursery, Lot 9, 321 Golf Club Road, Pleasant Hill. Time - 12:00 to 3:00.
  • Redwood Empire Chapter: Saturday, January 25th, at the Santa Rosa Vets Hall, across from the fair grounds. Time - 10:00 to 3:00.

The California Rare Fruit Growers Scion Exchanges page gives all the information about the upcoming scion exchanges. For information on the Sacramento and Monterey chapter scion exchanges, please contact Graham Stott. See the LAVGC Yearbook for Graham's contact information.

...Bill McCormack shared this information about Salvias and Natives. First is a link to a video A Plant Lover's Guide to Native Sages - CNPS-SCV symposium 2014 by John Whittlesey. This talk was sponsored by the California Native Plant Society so the focus was specifically on native salvias. In her talk Sharon Howard last month referenced him and his book, A Plant Lover's Guide to Salvias.

...The Santa Clara Native Plant chapter held a symposium in Sept. on natives and the relationship to the decline in birds, insects, and wildlife. The main attraction was the morning keynote speaker Dr. Douglas Tallamy, Professor of Entomology, University of Delaware and author of Bringing Nature Home. Dr. Tallamy has done research on the relationship on the decline of species and causes. He is from the East Coast, but his results apply around the world. He is very entertaining. There were talks on bees, butterflies, and insect decline, and Bart O'Brien, Director of the Regional Parks Botanic Garden, CNPS Fellow and the co-author of Reimagining the California Lawn and a top expert on California natives was the closing keynote speaker on what we can do. All of the talks were recorded and are now on youtube. Links to the titles (which are hotlinks to the youtube videos) can be found at California Native Plant Society - Santa Clara Chapter.

...If you missed one of the talks at our regular meeting, look on the website - lavgc.org to see them there - thanks to Nile Runge recording and posting.

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

...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 President 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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