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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.

Regular Monthly Meeting on Zoom
Thursday, Nov 10, 2022 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm on Zoom

Speakers: Anna and Karen Zakaria.

Cousins-in-law, Anna and Karen Zakaria, co-founders of The Contra Costa Succulent Garden Club, will be presenting "Succulent Crafting." Their presentation will include a demonstration of how to create succulent-topped pumpkins for the season. Their Facebook page at shows some beautiful examples of their work.

Any questions about the meeting, please contact Barbara Stott.

We look forward to you joining us for our next Zoom meeting. We will be sending a notice prior to the meeting, but you also have the information in our recent newsletter.

If you cannot join the Zoom meeting, recordings of the monthly programs, speaker permitting, are available on this site thanks to the efforts of our Zoommasters: Grahamn Stott and Nile Runge and Web Master Len Smith.

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LAVGC is inviting Members to our Monthly Meeting on Zoom

Topic: Succulent Crafting by Anna and Karen Zakaria
Time: Thursday, November 10, 2022, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Members only will receive an email close to the meeting with meeting join details. If you were a 2021-2022 member and have not renewed your membership, you may be blocked from joining future Monthly Meetings on Zoom. Please submit your dues free, insurance required Current Member Application Form now.

Members can join the meeting starting at 6:45. When you join the meeting, you will be in the "waiting room" until the host lets you into the meeting. When you are let into the meeting, your microphone will be muted. Please use the "chat" feature if you want to ask a question.

See LAVGC Zoom Instructions for tips for those new to Zoom. See LAVGC Zoom Participation Tips for tips for participating in Zoom meetings.

Members having difficulty connecting to the meeting or have technical questions, please contact Zoommasters Nile Runge or Graham Stott. See the LAVGC Yearbook for their individual contact information.

If you have any trouble getting on the meeting as it starts, call Nile Runge, 925-443-2237 for help.

If you are not a member and would like to join Zoom meetings, please complete the Membership Application Form. Members receive the monthly newsletter, annual Yearbook, access to the Members Only section of this site and Zoom meeting details each month. If you are not a member and would like to attend a specific Zoom meeting, please contact Jeri Stark, President to request Zoom meeting details.

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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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New Members Reception

We had a very successful New Member Reception. We welcomed 7 new members. Thank you to everyone who helped to make it such a wonderful event.

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Newish Member Information and club background

If you're new to the club or if you are unfamiliar with some of the club projects, you might want to check out the slides from the Club's September 12, 2019, 35th Anniversary program. We were treated to two slide shows about the Club. One is about club activies, including current activities. The other is about the many tours that members have taken over the years. Although the program wasn't recorded, the slide shows in PDF form include both descriptions and pictures.

Perhaps the tours slide show will inspire you to volunteer for tour group leader for our Club, a position that is still open. If there is no leader there won't be tours.

Please know that the slides are very large and may take a while to download: Club Activities; Garden Tours.

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Help Wanted

Make A Difference for Pleasanton

Looking for volunteers to man our table at the Make A Difference for Pleasanton Festival on Saturday, January 14, 2023, at the Senior Center. 8:30 to 11:30 or 11:30 to 2:30. Call Jeri Stark to get details. See LAVGC yearbook for contact info.

Garden Club Want Ads related wants, needs, offers, for sale>. **** RECENTLY Updated September, 2022 ****

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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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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Donating seeds from your garden to SeedShare

Yes, we need your seeds. Flower, vegetable, herb or bulb, we have an interested community willing to grow them. We especially need herbs and vegetables. Save your heirloom tomato seeds, peppers, basils, parsley, dill, chives, cilantro, lettuce, peas and beans for us. Do not save seed of hybrids (F1) seed as they will not come true. Let the plant go through its life cycle, flower, and dry. This is a slightly messy part but it matures the seed. Then harvest and clean the seed as you can, or contact me to assist you. You can save some for yourself and share the rest. Passing along seeds is a part of a long agriculture tradition. Let's keep it going by seed sharing. We all reap the benefits.

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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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 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  Jim is happy to provide more information.

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