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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, May 12, 2022 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm on Zoom

Speaker: The speaker will be Lisa Myers. Lisa will present via Zoom on How to Attract Wild Birds to your Garden.

Our speaker Lisa Myers owns the Los Gatos Birdwatcher, a South Bay retail store which educates people how to observe and responsibly feed birds in their backyards. The store's mission is to educate, share adventures, and have fun through the love and experience of birds and nature. Lisa will be presenting ways to make your backyard gardens welcoming to wild birds.

Lisa Myers started her birding tour business, Let's Go Birding, with the goal to provide fun and exciting adventures in the field and classroom while introducing people to the many organizations dedicated to environmental awareness & education. Lisa leads birding tours throughout northern California, Yellowstone & Texas as well as Central American hotspots including Costa Rica, Panama, and Belize. Lisa's niche is to make the beginning birders feel welcome and help them on their adventure into birding.

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: LAVGC Monthly Meeting
Time: Thursday, May 12, 2022, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Members only will receive an email close to the meeting with meeting join details.

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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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.

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. Also, you will be able to join our Monthly Meetings on Zoom.

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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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,

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

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.

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2022 Extra Garden Share

Saturday May 7, 2022 1:00 - 4:00 pm. Location: Lydia Roberts' home

Lydia and Phil Roberts, long-time members of the Club, would like to share their garden with the Club before they move back to the UK later in the year.  They have completely re-done their yard themselves from scratch over the past 6 years following a remodel on the house.  All the lawns have gone and their front yard features a cactus and succulent garden plus a bedding strip to indulge in Lydia's seasonal planting whims.  There is a productive terraced vegetable garden on the side replacing a bank of ivy.  The rear yard is a walled secluded haven with mixed planting beds, sitting and entertaining areas including a grape covered arbor.

Tea (iced) and cakes will be served.

Please contact Lydia Roberts if you need directions or further information. See the LAVGC Yearbook for additional contact information.

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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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