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June 2016


July 2016

  • No Regular Monthly Meeting
  • Jul 10 Herb Day

August 2016

  • No Regular Monthly Meeting

September 2016

  • Sep 8 Regular Monthly Meeting

October 2016

  • Oct 13 Regular Monthly Meeting

November 2016

  • Nov 10 Regular Monthly Meeting

December 2016

  • Dec 8 Regular Monthly Meeting
Lynn MacFarland, Best in Show
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.

LAVGC meets the second Thursday of September through June at Alisal Elementary School in Pleasanton.

How to effectively use water in a drought - June Monthly Meeting
Thursday, June 9 at 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM

LAVGC monthly meeting is at the Alisal Elementary School multipurpose room, 1454 Santa Rita Road, Pleasanton, CA 94566.

Robert Kourik from Occidental CA will give a presentation on "How to effectively use our water in a drought". He has over 30 years in the business of garden design, sustainable gardening, permaculture and appropriate horticultural methods. He has written many books on all garden related matters. Learn more about Robert Kourik here.

Another splendid year for our club comes to an end. Help us celebrate at the June meeting by bringing your favorite finger-food to share. Can be savory or sweet, homemade or store-bought.

Please note: Because we will need more time for all of that extra socializing & snacking please note that the meeting will start at 6:30.

We will also be having the installation of our 2016-2017 officers.


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 2016-2017 Membership Application Form for July 2016 through June 2017.

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

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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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Don't forget that Membership Renewal is Due

If you missed the May 31 bargain renewal price, Membership dues are now $25. The Membership application is available at the meeting or from the website www.lavgc.org . We need the membership information as soon as possible so that we can get it correctly in the Yearbook which will be printed in the summer and distributed next Fall.

Please fill out the Membership Application form using the link above. You can turn in your application and check at the June meeting or mail your check, made payable the LAVGC (Livermore-Amador Valley Garden Club) to: Membership Chairman, LAVGC, P.O. Box 12093, Pleasanton, CA 94588.

For more information about membership or dues, please email or call Dean Burnett. See the LAVGC Yearbook for Dean's phone number.

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New Officers to be Installed

At the June meeting the following officers for 2016-2017 will be installed:
Co-Presidents: Lori Martin and Betty Nostrand
Vice-President, Meetings and Organization: Tina Higashi
Vice-President, Community Service: Karen Sotto
Vice President, Special Interest: Lois Barber
Recording Secretary: Bev Howell
Corresponding Secretary: Nora Kvale
Treasurer: Norma Foss

Want to get more involved with the club next year? Here are some areas where we need help: Program Committee (two returning members but we need new ideas); Publicity (complete instructions on where and when to send info all ready for you); and Garden Angel coordinator. Contact Tina Higashi for more info about Programs or Publicity committees, and Karen Sotto about Garden Angels. Or if you have other ideas for involvement, please contact Lori Martin or Betty Nostrand. We want to include as many as possible! Please see the LAVGC Yearbook for contact information for these members.

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Plant Sale Feedback

Thank you to those who provided their feedback for the plant sale. Every year we take your advice and make it better for the next year. Suggestions were:

  • We had too many tomatoes, but needed more cherry tomatoes, especially Sungold
  • More hot peppers and lunch box peppers, cucumbers, Zucchini and Pumpkins and Fruit Products
  • Lettuce never seems to sell however beautiful it looks.
  • Suggest that there be a reminder in October to pot up trees and shrubs
  • Needed more volunteers at the sale to lighten the load on those of us who worked all day.
  • Allow plant assistants to write up sales slips to lighten the load on the Sales/Holding team
  • $3 felt too high for edibles, maybe $3 each or 2 for $5?
  • Being able to accept credit cards was good.
  • Give out a "Save the Date" slip with their receipt with next year's sale date on it. Does anyone know who purchased the round compost bin at the plant sale? Karen Abbruscato has a couple parts for it and is trying to find the owner. There were two round composting bins, one assembled and one unassembled. The pieces I have are for the unassembled one. Contact Karen Abbruscato.

If you have additional feedback you'd like to share, Please contact Karen Abbruscato, plant sale chairman. See the LAVGC Yearbook for Karen's phone number.

Karen Abbruscato, 2016 Plant Sale Chair

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Herb Day 2016 Celebrating the Year for the Pepper - Capsicum!

Sunday, July 10 10:00 AM Location: Rodgers Ranch Heritage center, 315 Cortsen Rd, Pleasant Hill

It is summer time and that means Herb Day is coming up. Save the date for the Northern California Unit of the Herb Society of America's Herb Day. Join us for a fun-filled free, Community event for the whole family! Speakers - Activities for the whole family - Vendors - Exhibits - Gardens - Drawings

See our website Herb Day page. Also, see our Facebook page: Northern California Herb Society of America.

Look forward to seeing you there!

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