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Livermore-Amador Valley Garden Club (LAVGC) is a non-profit educational service organization affiliated with California Garden Clubs, Inc. serving the Tri-Valley Area: Dublin, Livermore, Pleasanton, San Ramon and Sunol.

LAVGC Vision: Gardening for fun and purpose while working together to share knowledge and promote environmental responsibility.

LAVGC Mission: Encourage interest in all phases of home gardening; Promote better horticultural practices; Promote civic beauty; Promote conservation of natural resources.

LAVGC Brochure.

LAVGC offers special interest groups and workshops on a variety of related subjects.

Different special interest groups include Edible Gardening, Floral Design, Garden Tours and Seed Sharing.

Members take tours to see outstanding gardens, nurseries and to attend horticultural events. Members also perform community service locally and nationally.

LAVGC meets the second Thursday of September through June at Alisal Elementary School in Pleasanton. Update May, 2022: LAVGC Monthly meetings are planned to be in person beginning with the June 9, 2022 meeting.

LAVGC Speakers: past and future.

All LAVGC meetings, events and activities except allowed activities shown in the Calendar Events section to the left are CANCELLED until further notice following Alameda County Health Care Services guidance on Mar 12, 2020.

Allowed Calendar Events will follow current ACHCS and CDC Guidance. Click to see ACHCS Guidance. Check with Activity Contacts for the status of other scheduled activities shown in the Calendar Events to the left.

June IN PERSON Meeting
Thursday, June 9, 2022 at 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM.

Our June meeting will be held at the Eden Garden Barn on Thursday, June 9, at 6 pm. Get out your best sharing recipe as this will be an in-person potluck social and awards night. The Barn has plenty of room and open air to allow us to gather as a group and still have plenty of space. In addition to breaking bread, we will be showing gratitude to some of the people who have helped us through the past couple of years. We will not have Zoom access, so we hope to see you in person.

Maudie's Boutique:

We will be holding the first boutique at our June meeting. If you have something that you think a gardener would enjoy but you no longer use or need, bring it and set it on Maudie's Boutique table and other members will make a donation and take home their prize. Please remember to take home any items that are not purchased.

Directions to the meeting location: The address is 1660 Freisman Road, Livermore. The Creekside Barn (formerly known as the Knot Barn) is next to Eden Garden and Crosswinds church. Depending on how many people are coming, some people will likely need to park in the main church parking lot and walk over the bridge to the barn and Eden Garden. Whether driving or walking to the barn, people should take the road that goes left just beyond the red buildings in the parking lot. There is a sign at that intersection that lists Barns and Eden Garden. (The Goodness Village tiny homes are on the right side of that road and the red buildings are on the left side of the road.) The road goes over the bridge. People should walk over the bridge or drive over the bridge if they will be parking in the limited number of parking spots around the barn and Eden Garden.

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Visitors Are Welcome!

Please join us at the monthly meeting or contact us at the Membership link below. Please take a moment to fill out the Membership Application Form for Membership Year July, 2022 through June, 2023. New members joining after Jan. 31 of the Membership Year will owe one-half of the regular dues. New members joining at or after the April Spring Plant Sale will pay dues for the following Membership Year and be complimented for the remainder of the existing Membership Year (May/June).

For more information about membership or dues, please email Wanda Finn.

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Your MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL may be made through July 30, 2022 for the LAVGC 2022-2023 Membership Year

It�s that time again; time to renew your membership. Please print the Membership Application Form, complete the entire application as legibly as possible, and mail the signed application to Wanda Finn at 4400 Mines Road, Livermore, Ca 94550.

If you have not sent in your dues yet, you can also pay in person at the June meeting - and ask about your payment status.

We are only charging $5 to renew your membership this year to cover your membership in State, Regional, and National clubs along with club insurance. It is VERY important to complete the form, sign it, and return it with your five dollars. Your signature validates your insurance at all of our events.

For insurance purposes we need an application form from every 2021-2022 member who wants to continue their membership in the Garden Club.

Your completed application insures that we have your most current and correct information in our Annual Club Yearbook.

The dues for new members is $25 per individual and $35 for two adults living at the same address.

For more information about membership or dues, please contact Wanda Finn. See the LAVGC Yearbook for Wanda's phone number.

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Thanks, thanks and more thanks

Thanks to all who participate in the club workshops, work parties and providing meeting refreshments. >�>�More

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Garden Club Want Ads

...garden related wants, needs, offers, for sale>. **** Updated October, 2021 ****

This column is for any garden related items that you have that you want to get rid of - either selling or giving away, just to get them out of your place and it's too long to wait for the Plant Sale. You can also list needs or even if you need help in the garden and wish to hire someone for a few hours a week. Or if you'd like to hire out to help someone in their garden a few hours a week. Let's share with other gardeners in the club!! Click to see Garden Club Want Ads.

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Members Only section

Check out the Members Only section. Click on the 'Members Only' menu selection on any page, enter the Id and password. The Members Only section contains the club Yearbook, speaker video links, club forms, newsletter archives, meeting minutes and more. Members may email Jeri Stark, President to obtain the Id and password.

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LAVGC Yearbook

The 2021-2022 LAVGC Yearbook is available to view and print in the Members Only section. The printed physical 2021-2022 Yearbook was distributed in November, 2021.

Renew your membership now so you will be included in the 2022-2023 LAVGC Yearbook to be distributed in the Fall, 2022.

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LAVGC Roster Addendum

The updated 2021-2022 LAVGC Roster Addendum is available in the Members Only section to view and print. The Roster Addendum includes cumulative membership changes, such as, addition of new members and changes to current member contact information, since the Yearbook was published. The Roster Addedum is in Yearbook format so it can be printed and inserted in your physical Yearbook.

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

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Talks on Video

If you missed our meeting speakers' informative talk, you can see the video of the talk on the club website Members Only section. Most of our recent club meeting talks are on view there. Select videos are also available to the public. See LAVGC Speakers: past and future.

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LAVGC is now on FaceBook

Please search for Livermore Amador Valley Garden Club on FaceBook and request to join. This is a private group meaning only those who are LAVGC members will be able to access and post to the group. Once you make a member request, I will approve you and you will be able to view and post. I am the only administrator and I do not look at it more than once or twice a week so it may be a little bit until you are approved. Thanks for your patience!

Please use this site for communications such as you have extra plants/gardening things you wish to give away or you are looking for certain plants/tools or maybe a plant identification. You can post a reminder about club events but that is secondary. Important club information needs to be primarily disseminated via the newsletter or the meetings or email just like usual.

I am no Facebook guru but if you need some help setting up FB or accessing the group let me know and I will try to help. Please contact Michelle Tallon, Garden Share cordinator. See the LAVGC Yearbook for additional contact information.

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Tomato Tasting August 2022

I hope everyone has their tomatoes planted and is anticipating this year's annual Tomato Tasting! The date will be in August and should be finalized by next month. The tasting will run a little differently this year, we won't be selecting 'winners' in the slicer, paste & cherry varieties. Instead, attendees will be filling out their own preference cards during the tastings to take with them for future reference. We will still have a competition for the best tomato dishes but will eliminate the dessert category.

Start checking out your favorite tomato based recipes and plan on sharing those dishes with the group. This is a great time to get outside to enjoy each other’s company and to savor one of the best tastes of summer!

For more information, please contact Michelle Tallon, Tomato Tasting chair 2022. See the LAVGC Roster for additional contact information.

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Garden Share 2022

We had beautiful weather and a nice turnout for the five gardens showcased on Saturday April 30th and May 7th.

A great big thank you to Norma Foss, Tina & Norm Higashi, Sharon & Doug Howard, Wanda & Richard Finn, and Lydia & Phil Roberts for opening up their gardens to the LAVGC members. Lovely water features, beautiful blossoms, vegetable gardens, bee & butterfly habitat and whimsy abounded! The Social at Finn's Farm was a fun time with 45 folks attending. The setting was perfect and the food was delicious. Thank you to everyone who brought a dish to share and to those who helped clean up, it was much appreciated!

As a small gift for the participants, Lucky Garden shop donated awesome bags of garden related goodies. Please visit their store in Dublin and tell them thank you for all the support they give to the LAVGC!

We had our member plant share this year in conjunction with the Garden Share just like we did last year. Members dropped off plants to one of the gardens on the tour and members made donations for the plants they chose. This year we made $505.00. Thank you to those that provided plants (& pots) and to those who took a new plant or two home.

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Looking to the future - Garden Share Social 2023

April end / early May in Livermore

For the first time ever we have our lineup already for next year. Livermore will be the go to town since Linda & Neil Jensen, Ellen Aguirre, Sonja Reichenberg and Liz Johannsen have kindly offered to show their gardens. Liz will be hosting the Social as well. The date is TBD but it will be the end of April or early May. Stay tuned for the official date.

We will return to Pleasanton for 2024, if anyone is willing to open up their yard please let me know. As many of the participants have said, it is a great incentive to tackle those garden projects that you have been meaning to get to.... for years. (And you have 2 years to work on them!) Looking forward to seeing everyone at next year's gathering.

Questions, volunteers, refreshment or plant donations, please contact Michelle Tallon. See the LAVGC Roster for additional contact information.

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Wanted: your seeds for SeedShare

As SeedShare depletes its’ seeds, we need to replenish them with fresh seed.  Below is a wish list of seeds that we are currently out of and hope to offer them again but need your help.

Seeds needed:  

  • FLOWERS: Four o’clocks, forget me nots, foxglove, California poppy, oriental poppies, columbine, cerinthe, money plant (Lunaria), nasturtiums, sweet peas, phacelia and grape hyacinths.
  • HERBS: chervil, cilantro, chives, parsley
  • VEGETABLES: Fava beans, lettuces

If you are growing any of the above and are willing to save your seeds, please let Sondra Bierre know that you have them. Sondra can tell you how to harvest seeds for particular plants if needed.

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Penny Pines for Gift Giving

Jeri mentioned Penny Pine Plantations at our meeting in November and wanted to remind you that they make great gifts. Only $68 dollars each. You can complete the Penny Pines form. Follow the directions on the form and mail the form to Jeri Stark with a check for $68 made out to LAVGC. Jeri will order the plantation and make you a certificate to give until the forest service is able to respond.

Our forests need our help more than ever and this is a wonderful gift.

Please contact Jeri Stark, Penny Pines for her address or see the LAVGC Yearbook for Jeri's contact information.

Click Penny Pines to learn more about the activity.

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Alameda County Fair 2022 Volunteer Opportunities

June 10 - July 17

LAVGC members, family and friends can help raise money for the Garden Club by volunteering at the Alameda County Fair. The Fair will be held from June 17 to July 10, 2022. There will be a wide variety of volunteer opportunities to meet various interests and schedules. Volunteer sign-ups start in early May.

New volunteers can sign-up by going to Alameda County Fair Volunteer Program and click on �Enter� on the �Fair� side of the home page (right side at the bottom). Then hover over the �Join� tab at the top, and click on �Volunteers� in the menu that will pop up. Returning volunteers can access your my volunteer page account with the same username and password you used in the past.

Contact Alameda County Fair Volunteer Program Coordinator Kristen Dean for more details and to ask any questions.


Alameda County Fair Garden Show

June 17 - July 10

We would like to encourage members to enter the gardening show at the Alameda County Fair at the fairgrounds in Pleasanton. There are lots of classes for cut flowers, roses, produce, floral design and even potted plants. There are several dates to enter and it's only $1.00 for one entry and $8.00 for 9-19 entries. You get one free fair admission ticket when you deliver your entries. And there are cash prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd winners.

You don't have to decide until the day before the entry dates - you just have to enter online by 5.00 PM on the day before each entry period. You deliver your plants to the fairgrounds between 7.00 and 9.30 AM and there are always people about to help you. Full details can be found at: https://annual.alamedacountyfair.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/Complete-Adult-Gardening-Entry-Guide.pdf.

There have been less and less entries every year and less work for the judges - we like to be busy and have lots of beautiful flowers and plants to compare and judge! If you have any questions, you can contact Lydia at gardenclubprograms@lavgc.org I've entered and judged for several years.

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Youth Contests and Club Awards

Be sure and check out the web sites of the California Garden Club, National Garden Clubs and Pacific Region Garden Clubs for fun projects for your children, grandchildren or neighbors children. Also awards available for clubs and club members if you fill out the forms. Deadlines vary so check the guidelines carefully. Feel free to contactl Jeri Stark, LAVGC President if you need help. See the LAVGC Yearbook for Jeri's additional contact information

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Gardening Opportunities with Oakland Zoo

The Oakland Zoo is currently home to over 200 species of trees, shrubs, perennials, annuals, grasses, rushes, sedges, vines, and succulents, which are cared for by Ray Odeh, their Horticulture Manager.  If you are interested in volunteer opportunities at the zoo, check out www.oaklandzoo.org under the tab Volunteers & Interns.

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The Granada Native Garden, Livermore, volunteer opportunity.

The Granada Native Garden, or "GNG", was established in 2003 to promote the spread of drought-tolerant California native plants in Livermore, as well as to serve the students of Granada High School.  The Garden is located on Murrieta Blvd., directly across from the Nob Hill-Rite Aid shopping center.

GNG has a volunteer workday every month on the Second Saturday of the month, from about 10:00-12:00. If you are interested in joining, please contact can contact Jim Adams (lead maintenance gardener) at JimatGNG@gmail.com.  Jim is happy to provide more information.

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