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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.

Aesthetic Pruning - November Monthly meeting
Thursday, November 13 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.

This month's speaker, Maryann Lewis is a certified aesthetic pruner and President of the Aesthetic Pruners Assoc. She specializes in the pruning of both trees and shrubs for courtyard and urban gardens. She will demonstrate how to bring out the beauty of shrubs and trees through pruning. She will be bringing plants and showing cuts so this will be a "hands on" demonstration.

Dinner with the speaker: all club members are invited to join the speaker for dinner before the meeting at the Oasis Restaurant, 780 Main St. in Pleasanton at 5:15.

If you plan on attending, please contact Lori Martin by Mon., Nov. 10.


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 summer. > > More

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We will be having our Fall "Boutique" of gently used or no longer needed autumn decorations and items - perhaps gifts that are not useful to you. Bring them to the meeting and we'll find new homes for them.

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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. If you have a question, a suggestion or item of interest, bring it to the meeting so all of us may learn. If you do not have the time or wherewithal to display your contribution, contact Elizabeth Judge and she will facilitate the demonstration for you. Everything will be self-explanatory. In an effort to shorten the business meeting, there are no oral reports planned for this function at this time. Instead, during the break and before and after the meeting, members may check out the Forum at their leisure. No items for sale at this table, please.

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Calling All Seed Savers

Sat., Nov. 15 1-3 p.m. Sondra Bierre's home, 980 Riesling, Pleasanton

The Seed Library is in need of all your saved garden seeds. All open pollinated and heirloom seeds are welcome. No hybrid seed can be used as it will not come true. There will be a seed packing party at Sondra's house Saturday November 15 from 1-3. If interested in helping out, please sign up at the meeting or contact her. She will also have bags and instructions available at the meeting if you would like to package your own seed. You can also bring your dried seeds in bulk to the meeting just please label the seeds so we know for sure what they are. We are looking to launch the library in January so if you would like to participate in its launch or have questions, please contact Sondra Bierre. She looks forward to lots of interesting seed from this club.

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Daytime Tour to Palo Alto Gardens

Wed., Nov. 19 8:45 a.m. Leave from Penney's Home Store Parking lot

Bring a bag Lunch. Cost: Carpool fee

The plan for our November Day Tour is to meander through a few gardens in Palo Alto. Those being considered are the Gamble Gardens in Menlo Park, the Cactus Garden (Arizona Gardens) near the Stanford University campus, the Palo Alto Demonstration Garden (a SCC Master Gardener site with native and Mediterranean climate plants at Eleanor Pardee Community Gardens), and Sunset magazine gardens. Obviously there are too many to visit in one day but we will poll those most desired and see how the time and our energy level goes.

Please consider helping with the carpool. The gardens are free to visit but a carpool fee will be collected.

For questions, contact Tina Higashi.

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New Member Orientation

Thursday, Nov. 20 7 p.m. Pleasanton Gardens Community Room. 2551 Kottinger Drive, Pleasanton.

All new and interested members are invited and encouraged to attend our New Member orientation to be held on Thurs., Nov. 20. Various interest groups and activities of the garden club will be explained. Sign-up at the meeting or contact Lori Martin for further information.

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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