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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.

Salvias Around the World - February Monthly Meeting
Thursday, February 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.

As we are always looking to add plants to our water-wise gardens, what could be more appropriate than salvias? Our speaker this month is Kermit Carter, a co-owner of Flowers by the Sea, who will tell us about "Salvias Around the World" and highlight suitable choices for our valley. Kermit has been growing salvias for over 24 years at Flowers by the Sea, which is a family run mail-order plant nursery located in Elk on the Mendocino Coast that offers over 400 varieties of salvias. As their website states "We are a United Nations of sages." The nursery prides itself on its environmentally sound horticultural practices that produce beautiful and healthy plants.

Fortunately for us, Kermit will be bringing plants for us to purchase. Don't miss out on this opportunity to purchase beautiful rare and unusual salvias and those that do well in our valley, so plan on bringing cash or your checkbook. Check out their website at Flowers by the Sea for their wonderful offerings of salvias and salvia companion plants.

Dinner with the speaker: We will be having dinner with the speaker at the Oasis Grill, 780 Main Street, Pleasanton, at 5:15 PM before the meeting. All members are invited to attend. If you plan on attending, please contact Karen Jefferson by noon on Wednesday, February 11.

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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Plant Sale Planning Meeting

February 5, 2015 7:00 PM, Pleasanton Gardens Meeting Room, 251 Kottinger Drive, Pleasanton

We appreciate everyone's help and input, please join us if you can. Light Refreshments and Coffee will be served.

We are still looking for people for the Propagation Chair, Set Up Chair, Publicity Co-chair and Clean up Chair. If you would like to volunteer for one of these positions please contact Plant Sale chairman Karen Abbruscato.

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Propagation Workshop

February 7, 2015 10:00 AM to whenever, Rebecca Walker's place, 336 Sycamore Road, Pleasanton

Plant Sale Propagation work shop and seed starting party for your spring garden and the Plant Sale. Refreshments will be served.

Hey all you propagators out there, come and learn/teach the fine points of propagating from seeds. We will be setting up the seed starting kits and demonstrating how to setup lighting systems. New members and first timers are welcome. Starting soil will be provided and you can purchase the cell packs at the event. We will have a few seeds at the event, but bring all you have (anyone buy any from Swallowtail?, this is the time to start them). Experienced propagators, please come and show the newbees how it's done.

Call Rebecca at 925-216-1786 or Tia 699-2507. There will be no signup at the meeting.

We need at least 8 people to do this. Participants will take their finished seed trays home for germination and we will have a potting party in early March to transfer the seedlings to 4" pots.

Again call Rebecca at 925-216-1786 or Tia 699-2507 with any questions and so we can see if this is going to happen.

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Mount Diablo Rose Society

February 11, 2015

Today bright and deep yellow roses are commonplace, but it wasn't always so. Darrell Schramm will be speaking on the "Yellow Rose" and reveal its yellow journey. Darrell, who recently retired from USF as a professor of writing, is an accomplished author on roses and editor of the Heritage Roses Group and Friends of Vintage Roses newsletters. Refreshments. See Mt Diablo Rose Society for more information.

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Arbor Day Tagging Workshop

February 21, 2015

The LAVGC and Alden Lane Nursery will once again be partnering to hand out Carrot Wood tree seedlings in recognition of California's Arbor Day, March 7. During the week of March 2nd, students and their teachers attend our presentations, assembly style, where they learn about Luther Burbank (it's his Bday, March 7) as well as the benefits of trees. The students then watch as we demonstrate potting up a Carrot Wood seedling. If you have a flair for public speaking, consider signing up as an Arbor Day Presenter at the Feb. 12 meeting. We always partner first time presenters with experienced presenters. We will again be offering wildflower presentations, in lieu of the seedling, at selective elementary schools.

Jacquie Williams Courtright has scheduled an Arbor Day seedling tagging workshop on Saturday, Feb. 21, from 9 to 12 noon in the Seasons Building at Alden Lane to prepare the Carrot Wood seedlings and handouts. This is the building that is near the corner of Alden Lane and Holmes Blvd. Jacquie plans to have the gate open near that building that morning for LAVGC volunteers to enter as well as the main entrance. This is always a lively affair and many hands help to make the seedling tagging, classroom sorting, and handout compiling a pleasant repast. Besides tagging the Carrot Wood seedlings for the Pleasanton elementary schools, we also attach tags to the seedlings for the Livermore elementary schools. The Livermore Rotary does the Arbor Day presentations to their schools. Potential presenters will be receiving a mini refresher lesson . Home baked refreshments will be served as well as hot teas, courtesy of Chez Dedon.

If you took tree labels to fill out, please bring them to the Feb. 12 meeting.

If you are interested in participating in the Arbor Day Tagging Workshop or being a presenter at the schools, or both, please contact Arbor Day Coordinator Erica Dedon or sign up at the Feb. meeting.

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2015 Annual Plant Sale: April 11

NOW is the time to get the plants ready

The plant sale is our largest fundraiser of the year and it's quickly approaching. April 11th, the Saturday after Easter, is only 3 months away, so now is the time to start potting up your donations.

Plant Divisions - As your plants mature, some will benefit from division. Simply pot up the extra plants to sell at our plant sale. If we do it now, the plants will be very healthy by April.

Starting from Seed - Veggies, Herbs and Spring Flowers can be started by seed now and they'll be a nice size in April. A heat mat will help with the germination in this colder weather.

Propagation - Now is about the latest we should start propagating plants. It takes a while to get the root structure started so take a look at doing it now. If anyone has extra plants from the Lavender workshop, we would be happy to take those.

Karen is happy to sponsor anyone else who wants to have a planting party, just let her know. (See contact information below).

Thank you everyone for the wonderful support of this year's plant sale.
Plant Sale chairman, Karen Abbruscato.

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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