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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.

Urban Farming with Novella Carpenter - May Monthly Meeting
Thursday, May 14 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.

Do you dream of having a few chickens in your garden, or a hive or some rabbits or ducks? If you want to garden more sustainably, then join us for a lively introduction into urban farming with the urban farming queen. Novella, Carpenter, author, and urban farmer has done it all. In her first book, Farm City, she relates her experiences of raising farm animals on a tenth of an acre plot in Oakland. Her second book, The Essential Urban Farmer, a collaboration with Willow Rosenthal founder of City Slicker Farm in Oakland explains how to urban farm. Enjoy a zany evening with Novella as she inspires us to think what we might accomplish in our own gardening spaces by using this approach.

Dinner with the speaker: We will be meeting at the Oasis Grill, 780 Main Street, Pleasanton, at 5:15PM on May 14th 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 phone or email Sondra Bierre by Wednesday, May 13th. See the LAVGC Yearbook for Sondra's phone number.

Take a look at our members! Four of the seven people who created floral designs for Artful Bouquets on May 9th are in our garden club.

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 2015-2016 Membership Application Form for July 2015 through June 2016.

Membership is also available through the current membership year ending June 30, 2015 at half the regular dues. Please take a moment to fill out the 2014-2015 Membership Application Form 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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Garden Club Dues for 2015-2016 are due

Our membership year is from July 1st to June 30th. Dues are $20.00 per year for an individual or $25.00 for two members at the same address. Please fill out the Membership Application form included in the May Newsletter or the link above. Also, extra copies will be available at the meeting. You may pay your dues at the May 14th meeting or mail your check made payable to LAVGC with your Membership Application form, to LAVGC, P.O. Box 12093, Pleasanton CA 94588.

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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. See the LAVGC Yearbook for Elizabeth's email address.

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Alameda County Fair Time - Volunteers needed!

The County Fair is from June 17 to July 7 this year. Volunteers are needed in the Amateur Horticultural Intake area to receive submissions in the plant area from 7 a.m. to 10:30 on Wed., June 17, Sat. the 20th, Wed., the 24th, Sat. the 27th and Wed., July 1. Volunteers receive the flowers and vegetable entries and then put ribbons on those the judges select.

This is a fundraiser for the garden club as the Fair pays a certain amount for each hour of volunteering.

If you'd like to join in, please contact please Ron Volpa or see Ron at the May meeting. See the LAVGC Yearbook for Ron's phone #.

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