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

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

Different special interest groups include Floral Design, Herb and Culinary, and Mediterranean/Native Plants.

Members take tours to see outstanding gardens, nurseries and to attend horticultural events. In addition, there are local hikes to see the wild flowers growing in the Tri-Valley area. Members also perform community service locally and nationally.

Herbs as Medicine - May Monthly Meeting
Thursday, May 12 at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

LAVGC monthly meeting is at the Alisal Elementary School multipurpose room, 1454 Santa Rita Road, Pleasanton, CA 94566.

What herbs grow best in our climate, how to use them, and their health benefits will be the topic of Hollie Lucas-Alcalay, owner of Hollie's Homegrown. She has a small organic, herb farm in Moraga, CA. She specializes in growing culinary herbs, herbal teas, and medicinal herbs for bath & body products. Hollie was honored as a Food Finalist in 2014 for Martha Stewart's American Made, a national competition highlighting businesses that support local economies and celebrate the hand-made. Also, Hollie was the winner of Whole Foods "Local Food Maker" grant which supports local food artisans.

Dinner with the speaker: We will be meeting at the Oasis Grill, 780 Main Street, Pleasanton, at 5:30PM on May 12th before the club meeting. All members are invited to attend. It is a great way to meet and converse with the speaker. If you plan on attending, please phone or email Lori Martin by Noon on Wednesday, May 11. See the LAVGC Yearbook for Lori's phone number.


Visitors Are Welcome!

Please join us at the monthly meeting or contact us at the Contacts link above. Please take a moment to fill out the 2016-2017 Membership Application Form for July 2016 through June 2017.

Membership is also available through the current membership year ending June 30, 2016 at half the regular dues. Please take a moment to fill out the 2015-2016 Membership Application Form through June 2016.

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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 Dues for 2016-2017 are due

Our membership year is from July 1st to June 30th. Don't forget to pay your dues before May 31! We voted in February to increase dues for the 2016-17 year by $5 for individual membership and by $10 for two adult members living in the same household. In 2016 only, Members renewing before May 31 receive a $5 discount on their dues if they wish. You may pay dues at the May meeting or mail your check, made payable the LAVGC (Livermore-Amador Valley Garden Club) to: Membership Chairman, LAVGC, P.O. Box 12093, Pleasanton, CA 94588.

For more information about membership or dues, please email or call Dean Burnett. See the LAVGC Yearbook for Dean's phone number.

Please fill out the Membership Application form using the link above and bring it or mail it with your check. Your completed application insures that we have the most current information for our annual yearbook.

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Alameda County Fair Time - Volunteers needed!

This year the Fair is from June 15-July 4 2016, and we need volunteers to help out in the agricultural entries area. We are receiving flowers on June 15 Wed,, June 18, Sat., June 22, Wed., June 25, Sat , and June 29 Wed. The morning shift is 7 am to 10:30 and the next shift is 4 hr.

This is a fundraiser for the club because the club gets paid $4/hour and volunteers get free fair tickets and free parking and a shirt and a hat- pen- water bottle and backpack. They also get a free Breakfast and a free dinner on July 13, 2016. A great deal and fun way to see the Fair before or after your shift!!

If you'd like to join in, please contact please Ron Volpa or see Ron at the May meeting. See the LAVGC Yearbook for Ron's phone #.

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LAVGC Survey

We had 55 surveys returned. Most were very positive and members seemed to enjoy the process and tried to come up with some good suggestions for bringing more members into the club and keeping them interested. Only 34 included their ages and as expected all of those were over age 51. Most were positive that the club was meeting their needs with 19 out of 22 indicating that they were 100%-75% happy with the club.

Click here to see the 2016 LAVGC Survey Results.

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Nominating Committee Report

The Nominating Committee, expertly headed by Dolores Bengtson, submitted the following slate for election at the May General meeting:
Co-Presidents: Lori Martin and Betty Nostrand
Vice-President, Meetings and Organization: Tina Higashi
Vice-President, Community Service: Karen Sotto
Vice President, Special Interest: Lois Barber
Recording Secretary: Bev Howell
Corresponding Secretary: Nora Kvale
Treasurer: Norma Foss

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Plant Sale Success

Thank you so much to everyone in LAVGC for a very successful 2016 plant sale! It takes a very big team to pull it off and with your help we did it. The publicity was phenomenal this year, which is why we had so many people attend our community event. The plant selection was huge due to all of you propagating, cutting, dividing and seed starting throughout the year. We had so many comments about how nice our LAVGC plant sale is with such a huge selection of plants, well organized, and with knowledgeable, friendly people.

Thank you everyone for your participation, it was so good to see everyone pitch in to make it the success that it is.

If you have feedback you'd like to share, Please contact Karen Abbruscato, plant sale chairman and I'll collect and share the results. See the LAVGC Yearbook for Karen's phone number.

Karen Abbruscato, 2016 Plant Sale Chair

(Ed. Note: and a huge thank you to Karen for coordinating it all so well!!)

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