Special Interests

The Livermore Amador Valley Garden Club has a variety of special interest groups.


Garden Tours

We will have tours occasionally, meeting at a general meeting point and carpooling to our destination. Tours will be to public and private gardens, along with visits to unique nurseries.

Also, our members open their gardens once or twice a year.

January 25, 2017 - Ouroboros Aquaponics Farms Day Tour

On a beautifully sunny Wednesday 13 garden club members carpooled to Ouroboros Aquaponics Farms in Half Moon Bay to learn about aquaponics - the blending of aquaculture (raising fish) and hydroponics (growing in water). This method of farming allows 10 times denser planting, 50% faster growing rates and uses only 5% of the water typically used for soil farming. The farm specializes in raising greens and herbs for local and restaurant use, and hopes to expand to also supplying fish in the near future. The tour was highly educational! See the photos to get a sense of their operations.

We also had time to visit Highway 92 Succulents, Yerba Buena Nursery - California Native Plants and Ferns, and Worlds Rare and Carnivorous Plants. We capped off the day by eating lunch at Half Moon Bay Brewing Co. at the coast. We had a great time!

See the pictures at Ouroboros Aquaponics Farms Day Tour.

February 14, 2017 - SF Botanical Garden Magnolias Day Tour

Join us for a docent led tour of the SF Botanical Garden while the Magnolia Trees are in full bloom. This garden is home to the most significant magnolia collection for conservation purposes outside China, with 51 species and 35 cultivars.

We will leave at 8:30 so we have time to get to SF, park and be there in time for our 11:00 tour. The tour is 90 minutes, and we are aiming for two docents, one for more able bodied, and one for less abled bodies. After the tour, we can eat our lunch and wander thru the gardens on our own and be back by 4:00. Bring a lunch, water, $8 for the tour, and $5 for your carpool driver. For more info about the garden, please go to . SFBG Magnificent Magnolias.

If you are interested or need more information about this tour, please contact Karen Abbruscato. See the LAVGC Yearbook for additional contact information.

March 21, 2017 - Filoli Tour

We have several options for non-members of Filoli: Regular admission at 20.00 per person, Seniors at 17.00. If we have 15 paid admissions it is 15.00 per person. This is for a self-guided tour. If we want a guided tour it is $5 more per person, member or not. The tulips should be in bloom and possibly the wisteria and yellow banksia rose. The Filoli gardens and house are always a magnificent sight in the spring.

Signup at the meeting or contact Tia Kay. See the LAVGC Yearbook for Tia's contact information.

May 21, 2017 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm, May 22, 2017 11:30 am to 3:30 pm - Members' Garden Tour, Gathering and Good Eats

The Members' Garden Tour will be on Sunday, May 21 and on Monday, May 22 after the 4th Monday Lunch Brunch meeting. There will be 5 gardens open to Garden Club Members and their guests.

This year our annual Member Garden Tour will feature gardens in Pleasanton finishing with a Gathering and Good Eats at the Tallon's garden. A great chance to socialize and get to know other members and enjoy great food along with seeing the garden. As in previous years, the 4MLB group will have the opportunity to tour the gardens on Monday, May 22nd. More details will follow in the May newsletter. Just wanted you to get the date on your calendar because you won't want to miss it!

If you are interested or need more information about Member Garden Tours, please contact Sandy Yamaoda or Jo O'Neil. See the LAVGC Yearbook for additional contact information.

May 23-25, 2017 - Hearst Castle and Santa Barbara Overnight Tour

By now members who are interested in going should have confirmed their participation and sent a down payment for the Santa Barbara area gardens trip. If not, please do so now. Participants will need to make hotel reservations in March. Communications and updates are sent to members on our email group.

Join us on a 3 day, 2 night tour (May 23-25, 2017) to the Santa Barbara area. Tuesday morning we will carpool to Hearst Castle for tours and then spend the night in Cambria. A number of tours are planned for Wednesday - Lotusland, Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, Alice Keck Park Memorial Gardens, and the Mission Rose Garden. After spending that night in Santa Barbara, Thursday morning we will tour San Marcos Growers before heading home. You must be a garden club member to attend.

If you are interested or need more information about this tour or want to be added to our email group, please contact Gayle Pawloskior Linda Jensen. See the LAVGC Yearbook for their additional contact information.

Member Day and Overnight Tours

Tours taken or planned during the year: Exact dates and details in subsequent newsletters: 2017:
January - Half Moon Bay and Ouroborous Aquaponics tour;
Feb. - SF Botanical Garden tour;
March - Filoli when all the bulbs are in full glory;
May - members' garden tour;
May - overnight tour to Hearst Castle and Santa Barbara;
June - Glen Ellen for QuarryHill and Metanza Creek Lavenders.

In addition to these scheduled tours, members are encouraged to share their garden successes on an impromptu basis. Notification can be through email, announcements at meetings or through the Newsletter.

If you'd like to share your preferences or want more information about Day and Overnight tours, please email Gayle Pawloskior Linda Jensen. See the LAVGC Yearbook for their additional contact information.

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