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.

California Native Plants - April Monthly Meeting
Thursday, April 9 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.

With all the concerns of our drought, LAVGC is very fortunate to have Bart O'Brien, Director of East Bay Regional Parks, present possible native plant choices for sustainable gardens and give us some valuable hints on how we gardeners can learn to cope in these worrisome times. Please join us for an important and informative presentation.

Dinner with the speaker: We will be meeting at the Oasis Grill, 780 Main Street, Pleasanton, at 5:15PM on April 9th 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 Sharon Howard by Wednesday, April 8th. See the LAVGC Yearbook for Sharon's phone number.

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.

PDF requires the free Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Thanks, thanks and more thanks

Thanks to all who participate in the club workshops, work parties and providing meeting refreshments. > > More

Back to top

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.

Back to top

Pricing Parties for Plant Sale

Friday, April 10, 2015. Locations: 9:00 AM at Gail Bryan home in Livermore. Noon at Rebecca Walker's house in Pleasanton. See the LAVGC Yearbook for their home addresses.

Please have your donated items at these locations starting on Wednesday April 8. This helps us plan on the transportation. Please do not wait until Friday to drop off plants. The only exception would be if you have a vehicle filled full of plants that you will then drive to the sale the following morning.

For more information, please contact Sondra Bierre.

Back to top

2015 Annual Plant Sale: Saturday, April 11, 2015

Location: Amador High School Parking lot. 1155 Santa Rita Rd., Pleasanton.
Set up: 6:30 AM - 9:00 AM. Sale: 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM. Cleanup: 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

For additional contact information, please see the LAVGC Yearbook for email address, phone number and home address.

Help Needed

We need your help to promote our event, donate plants, and assist on Friday April 10th and Saturday April 11th. Please tell your friends, family and co-workers about our plant sale. You can place a flyer in your car's window, hand out flyers at work and school or post the event on your Facebook page so we can get the word out to our community. If you need flyers, you can print them yourself (see below), or email or phone Bev Howell and she will bring you flyers.

We also need one more person to hand out flyers from 9 to 10:30 at the farmer's market on the Saturday of the sale.

Flyer Distribution: Please download, print and distribute the flyer to your friends, family and co-workers.

Plant donations can be brought to the drop off locations Wed April 8th and Thurs April 9th. If you have lots of plants you can bring your car load over on Friday and we'll price them in your car, or our transportation team will make arrangements to pick up your plants from your home. If you have edibles and could bring them to Rebecca's that would be wonderful! Email or phone Karen Abbruscato for transportation.

Livermore drop off location: Gail Bryan's home. See the LAVGC Yearbook for her home address.

Pleasanton drop off location: Rebecca Walker's home. See the LAVGC Yearbook for her home address.

White Elephant donations: Bring to drop off locations above by Fri. at 9 or to sale by 8 a.m.

Assist at the Pricing Parties in Livermore and/or Pleasanton on Friday, April 10th - contact Sondra Bierre if you can help or have any questions

Help out the day of the event - contact Tina Higashi for sign ups

I'm looking forward to another successful sale this year with all of your dedication and assistance.
Plant Sale Chairman, Karen Abbruscato.

Please contact these Plant Sale Chairs for any details:

Thank you so much for your help!
Plant Sale Chairman, Karen Abbruscato.

Back to top

Pleasanton Library Plant and Seed Swap

Saturday, April 11 2015 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM. Location: Pleasanton Library, 400 Old Bernal Rd, Pleasanton.

The Pleasanton Library will hold a Plant and Seed Swap on April 11 from 2-4 pm outside the library on the lawn at 400 Old Bernal Road. You are invited to come and join in. Bring plants and seeds to swap. The event will feature Diane Dovholuk, a club member and head gardener at Wente's, speaking on growing a kitchen garden, raffles for composters and of course the plant swap. This is a community event. Hope to see you there.

Back to top

Camp Arroyo Volunteers Needed

Saturday, April 18, 2015 8:00 Am to Noon

Students from Cal State, East Bay will be volunteering at the Camp Arroyo Garden on April 18th. It is always a challenge to get the 20 or 30 students started with their volunteer tasks. If anyone has an hour or two to help out with this, it would be much appreciated. The most crucial time is at 8:00 am when everyone arrives and tasks have to be assigned and explained to the volunteers. If you can help out, please contact Barbara Stott.

Back to top

Growing Fruits and Vegetables in Containers and Small Spaces

Thursday, April 30, 2015 6:30 PM. Location: San Ramon Library

Terry Lippert of the Contra Costa Master Gardeners is an expert at growing fruits and vegetables in containers and small and challenging spaces. Be inspired to grow your own fruit and veggies even with limited space! Free-exchange of home-propagated plants follows the presentation. Contact the library for further information (973-2950).

Back to top