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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.

Shade Gardening in our Valley

Thursday, April 10 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.

Patrice Hanlon will speak to us about Shade Gardening in our Valley. She is the manager of the Gardens at Heather Farm and is the only paid gardener on the 3.5 acre site. She is an avid organic gardener.

At the March Club meeting a three-person nominating committee was appointed, with members Tia Allman, Karen Abbruscato, and Robbie Ridenour. This committee is to announce their nominees for 2014-2015 Club officers (the Executive Board) at the April meeting, with elections taking place at the May meeting.

Succulent Soil Tip: a product called "dry stall" can be substituted for pumice in succulent soil. It is available at feed stores for 14 dollars for 40 lbs. Find a friend and share some if you don't think you can use that much.

Visitors Are Welcome!

Please take a moment to fill out the 2014-2015 Membership Application Form for July 2014 through June 2015.

Please use 2013-2014 Membership Application Form for July 2013 through June 2014.

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It is very important that if you sign up for a workshop or meeting that you either attend or call the chairman to cancel since they get materials, set up chairs, etc. based on the number they expect to attend. We encourage members to attend workparties, workshops, etc. but the leaders like to be prepared correctly


Annual Plant Sale

Saturday, April 5th was a huge success!

We would like to thank both our members and our community

Enjoy our slide show!


Thanks, thanks and more thanks

....Thanks to everyone for your enthusiastic participation in the many Club activities in the last month - Arbor Day, Camp Arroyo, Eden Project, Hansen Park, Sensory Gardens, . > > More

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Report from the March 4, LAVGC Executive Board meeting: A suggestion was made to increase dues for members choosing to receive the newsletter via U.S. mail rather than by email. As of early February, 113 members were receiving the newsletter by email at no annual cost to the club. But, 72 members (at least 57 of whom have email) received their newsletter by U.S. mail, costing the club approximately $720 per year ($10 per member) for postage and printing. The Exec Board decided that rather than increase the dues, the application/renewal form will suggest a contribution to the club to help defray the $10/year cost for anyone choosing to receive the newsletter by U.S. mail. We discussed having additional classes of membership, e.g. Family or Youth, but decided to keep things as they are with two types of annual membership--individual membership ($20) and joint membership ($25) for two people at the same address.

The "Please check which committee(s) you can serve on" section of the application form will be replaced by a general description of the club. This committee information was very time consuming to tabulate and has been of virtually no use to our committees.

The Exec Board voted that the newsletter should henceforth be distributed always on the 1st of the month rather than varying according to the club meeting date. This will start with the April newsletter. Newsletter contributions will now be due to newsletter Editor Betty Nostrand by the 15th of the month preceding publication.

Alameda County Fair Volunteer Opportunity!Volunteering at the Alameda County Fair is a fun way to spend a summer's day and earns some money for our club too. Typically our club members volunteer to receive the flowers for the rose and flower competitions; these time slots are Wednesday and Saturday mornings throughout the fair. You may also request to volunteer in another location, even the horse races. If you have any interest or questions please contact Karen Abbruscato.

Preview showing of Open Sesame: the Story of Seeds, Monday, May 5, at 7 p.m., at the Vine Theater in Livermore (1722 First St.), $10.

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Seed Savers Wanted

What spring plants are you growing in your garden? Do you have a wonderful plant that you would love to save seed from but do not know where to begin? Our upcoming seed library wants your saved seeds and we will be holding a Seed Saving Workshop on Saturday, April 19 from 1 -3 pm at Camp Arroyo to teach you how to do it. Until then if your plants start setting seed let them mature and dry on the plant just don't let the plant disperse the seed. Remember the Seed Library is in need of plant seeds whether they are annuals, edibles, ornamentals, or native seed. After gaining the knowledge of the art and the tradition of seed saving, you can harvest your own seed and package it to share in our upcoming seed library. Imagine how unique our seed library will be if we can offer seed grown from our members' gardens that are well suited to our area and growing conditions. If you grow edibles like lettuce, greens, peas, favas, coriander, tomatoes, peppers, basil, beans, beets, parsley, spinach, sweet peas, arugula, sunflowers and lots more to numerous to mention, we can show you the ins and outs of saving their seeds. Herbs, flowers, ornamentals, and native seed are also encouraged and needed for our library.

If you have a special plant and do not know if it would grow true from seed, don't fret, we would love to know about it and we can help you learn how to save its seeds. We are an awesome club with many talented gardeners. Let's challenge ourselves to learn the art of seed saving to pass on seed to our members and the community as a whole through sharing them in our seed library.

Please let either Sondra Bierre or Barbara Stott know that you are willing to help save seed for our library. We want to hear from you and what you can offer and how we can help you save seed for the library. Sign up at the meeting or contact us to attend this workshop.

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...There is a company that has wildflower seeds for sale that are for varied elevations. They are in Greenville, Ca. Find out more information at Sierra Seed Supply

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