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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.

Mediterranean Gardening and Plant Hormones - February Monthly Meeting
Thursday, March 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.

Have you ever wondered why your plant has a sudden burst of growth after trans-planting? Or how the plant "knows" to grow new parts when pruned or how a cutting knows to make roots? Our speaker for March is Marlene Simon, Horticulturist at UC Davis. Marlene is known as the "Plant Lady" on Sacramento CW31 and will give us some of the secrets to what gives the plant directions to respond to the various gardening tasks we perform. Please come and enjoy!

Dinner with the speaker: We will be meeting at the Oasis Grill, 780 Main Street, Pleasanton, at 5:15PM on March 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 contact Sharon Howard, 925-980-0966 by Wed., March 11th.

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

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The Gardener's Forum table - The Gardeners' Forum table is set up at monthly meetings to hold items, tips, questions, and solutions from members to members in an effort to share information. Please make sharing one of your new year's resolutions. We can all benefit from the things we each discover. Also, we all benefit from learning the solutions to your gardening problems. If you do not wish to post your idea or problem yourself on the Forum table at the meeting, feel free to send the info to Elizabeth Judge and she will post it for you.

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Potting Party for Plant Sale

March 7, 2015 Starts at 9:00 am. And goes until every single plant gets potted! Big and small., Rebecca Walker's place, 336B Sycamore Road, Pleasanton

Bring your seedling, that big old geranium that needs to be divided, and any other plants that need to be potted up. We will have pots and soil for you.

So do that last survey of your garden to see which beds could be thinned and bring those plants over to start a new life in someone else's garden.

We may also be starting Tomato and Squash seeds. Members need to contact me to let me know what they are propagating.

Contact Rebecca for any questions or recommendations - 925 216-1786.

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Mount Diablo Rose Society

March 11, 2015 7:30 PM. Location: Dublin City Council Chambers - 100 Civic Plaza, Dublin.

Climbing Roses - Anita Clevenger. Do you know the difference between a rambler and large flowered climber? Do you know that not all climbers grow the same way? You will after Anita's talk on Climbing Roses. Anita is the curator of the Sacramento Historic Rose Garden, Board member of the Heritage Rose Foundation, master gardener, and a knowledgeable and experienced rosarian.

See Mt Diablo Rose Society for more information.

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Master Gardeners Composting

March 14, 2015 10:00 AM. Location: Master Gardener Demonstration Garden in theMartinelli Center, 3575 Greenville Rd, Livermore.

The Alameda County Master Gardeners Monthly Garden Talk will be "Amending and Building Your Soil with Compost". The speaker will be Paul Patterson, master gardener and master composter. Paul manages the compost systems at the Garden of Grace behind Asbury Methodist Church in Livermore.

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Plant Sale Planning Meeting

March 24, 2015 7:00 PM, Pleasanton Gardens Meeting Room, 251 Kottinger Drive, Pleasanton

Please join us for what we hope is the last planning meeting prior to the day of the sale. Coffee and refreshments will be served - hope that entices you to come!

For more information, please contact Plant Sale Chairman Karen Abbruscato.

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Pricing Parties for Plant Sale

April 10, 2015 9:00 AM in Livermore, Noon in Pleasanton

The Pricing Parties for the plant sale will be held on Friday April 10 starting at 9:00 AM in Livermore at the home of Gail Bryan 2639 Tahoe Drive then starting at Noon in Pleasanton at the home of Rebecca Walker 336B Sycamore Road.

Please have your donated items at these locations starting on Wednesday April 8. This helps us plan on the transportation. Please do not wait until Friday to drop off plants. The only exception would be if you have a vehicle filled full of plants that you will then drive to the sale the following morning.

For more information, please contact Sondra Bierre.

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2015 Annual Plant Sale: April 11

Amador High School Parking lot. 1155 Santa Rita Rd., Pleasanton.
Set up: 6:30 AM - 9:00 AM. Sale: 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM. Cleanup: 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Flyer Distribution

Please download, print and distribute the flyer to your friends.

Help Needed

We need your help! Even if you're not available the day of the sale there are plenty of ways to help.

  1. Provide plants and white elephant items - prior to the sale drop off at Rebecca Walker's house in Pleasanton (336B Sycamore Rd.) or Gail Bryan's in Livermore (2639 Tahoe Dr.).
  2. Help advertise the event by passing out flyers, telling your friends, and posting it on your Facebook page - contact Bev Howell for more details.
  3. Attend the Potting Party at Rebecca's March 7th
  4. Assist at the Pricing Parties in Livermore and/or Pleasanton on Friday, April 10th - contact Sondra Bierre for more details
  5. Volunteer the day of the event - contact Tina Higashi for sign ups
  6. Loan a table, Umbrella w/ stand and/or a Pop-up Tent for the day of the sale. We can help with the transportation of these items - contact Tia Kay or Karen Abbruscato
Please contact these Plant Sale Chairs for any details:

Thank you so much for your help!
Plant Sale Chairman, Karen Abbruscato.

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Camp Arroyo Volunteers Needed

Saturday, April 18, 2015 8:00 Am to Noon

Students from Cal State, East Bay will be volunteering at the Camp Arroyo Garden on April 18th. It is always a challenge to get the 20 or 30 students started with their volunteer tasks. If anyone has an hour or two to help out with this, it would be much appreciated. The most crucial time is at 8:00 am when everyone arrives and tasks have to be assigned and explained to the volunteers. If you can help out, please contact Barbara Stott.

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Share Your Garden

April 26 and 27, 2015

We need more gardens for the Member Garden Tour proposed for April 26 and 27 or we will have to cancel for this year. The Member Garden Tour is not advertised to the public but is free for our members and their guests. We love to view other gardens in our area to get ideas and see new (to us) plants and how and where they grow. It is an excellent way for host gardeners to get those projects completed by Tour time. If you'd be willing to share your garden or for more information, please contact 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