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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.

Mother Nature Rules - December Monthly Meeting and Potluck
Thursday, December 11 at 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM

Cresta Blanca-North Room, 4444 East Avenue, Livermore

Note the time change and location change for the December meeting: Directions

Our December speaker is none other than our own Dolores Bengtson sharing some "Mother Nature Rules". Through her years as an administrator of municipal parks and community services, Dolores has had the privilege of gaining insight from hiking with some of the wonderful people who actually wrote the Peterson Field Guides and others naturalists in our local and national parks. She has throughout her life admired the natural world. Hiking and leading groups for the last 20 years through the city and the Sierra Solos as a volunteer leader, Dolores has taken over 5,000 people on hikes of the Pleasanton Ridge where she introduced people to native trees, flowers, and imparted information as to how native people might have used these plants. Many in the club have had the privilege to go on one of her hikes. Dolores has put together a collection of photos for us that demonstrate the natural world is completely subject to the whims of "Ma Nature", the true "Master Gardener". Since this is our annual potluck, there will be no dinner with the speaker. Come and visit with her at the potluck!

At our December meeting we have a special Holiday Pot Luck, where all members are encouraged to bring something to share. It can be sweet or savory, ideally a finger food. We need extra time for all that eating & socializing, so the meeting starts at 6:30.

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 2014-2015 Membership Application Form for July 2014 through June 2015.

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Thanks, thanks and more thanks

Thanks to everyone for your enthusiastic participation in the many Club activities over the year. > > More

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Don't forget to bring your "Holiday Stuff" for the Boutique. Any decorations you no longer use, items that may have been inappropriately gifted, other items that are gently used but may be the perfect gift for someone else to give. Just remember that anything that you bring that is not purchased by others you need to take back home with you.

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There will be no Gardener's Forum table at the December meeting as there is more than enough to do at that meeting. Please take note and hold any tips or questions for the JANUARY meeting. If you learn of something we might like to know, please share it. Shame on you if you keep it a secret! This is also a place where we can get answers to problems in the garden, perhaps too many different answers, but answers just the same. Do not be shy! Bring your addition or send it to Elizabeth Judge and she will post it for you.

To the member who asked about gophers at the November meeting and recalled something she read about peanut butter at the October meeting: The tip in October was about rats and using a dry mixture of oatmeal and plaster of paris to poison them. The oatmeal attracts the rat and the plaster blocks up its intestine. Bad way to go for the rat, but at least owls eating the dead rat will not ingest rat poison. One may substitute peanut butter for the oatmeal. Providing an owl box will help get rid of gophers. Each owl can eat as many as 6 gophers in an evening.

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Last Call for Seeds

On November 15 seven club members met, cleaned and packaged nearly 500 envelopes of seed through our club's seed saving efforts. Many hands made light work and the conversation was lively and enjoyable. A huge thanks to Robbie Eshelman, Amy Levin, Judy Person, Barbara Stott, Sharon Howard, and Lois Barber for donating your time to helping get the seeds cleaned and packaged.

If you still have seeds and want to donate them to the seed library this is your last chance to get them to Sondra Bierre. We are still hoping for saved lettuce seed, pepper, basil and tomato seeds from your garden. However, we will take any saved seed that you have collected. Please contact Sondra Bierre. Bring them labeled as to what they are to the December meeting or make other arrangements with her to get them.

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Gallon Can Potting Party

Saturday, Dec 13 10:30 to whenever, 336B Sycamore Road, Pleasanton

Rebecca Walker will be potting up my rooted Angelwing Begonia cuttings. She invites all you propagators to bring over your cuttings (preferably water rooted) and plants (big enough for one gallon pots) out of your or a friends garden to get them into one gallon pots for our April plant sale. Pots and soil will be supplied. Cutting from all your geraniums and the like are good. Rebecca says: "I am giving up my garden (seriously) and I need help digging up whatever is there to get them to the sale. Tia will dig up the orange flower Canna, and there are lots of grasses, lilies, Shasta daisies, and ground covers. Everything that gets potted can stay at my place. Please come and help, I will make Guacamole. For more info call 925-216-1786."

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2015 Annual Plant Sale

Plant Sale - mark your calendars for Saturday April 11th, 2015.

This year's plant sale is scheduled for Saturday April 11th, rain or shine, so please mark your calendar now. Karen Abbruscato will be Sale Chairperson (thank you Karen!) and will let you know of any activities and meetings as we approach the date. In the meantime, put a big Star on your calendar so there's no mistake this is our big event. She's also open to anyone who wants to host a propagation activity; she can help you plan, organize, and host it. Any questions? Contact Karen Abbruscato

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Share Your Garden

April 26 and 27, 2015

Wouldn't you like to Share Your Garden???? We are looking for gardens to be on our Spring Member Garden Tour, currently planned for Sunday afternoon, April 26, 2015 and also Monday afternoon, April 27, 2015 after the 4MLB. This tour is for members and their friends only. If you are not a member, please join the club using the membership link above.

We'd love to include gardens not seen recently. It's a terrific reason to get all those projects completed or even to show off new areas or specialities of your garden. If you'd like to participate or have suggestions for gardens you'd like to see, please contact Sandra Yamaoda or Betty Nostrand.

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Livermore Valley Garden Club (LAVGC) serving the Tri-Valley: Dublin, Livermore, Pleasanton, Sunol, and San Ramon