Calendar Events

October 2016

November 2016

  • Nov 10 Regular Monthly Meeting
  • Nov 12 Floral Design Workshop

December 2016

  • Dec 8 Regular Monthly Meeting
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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 Vision: Gardening for fun and purpose while working together to share knowledge and promote environmental responsibility.

LAVGC Mission: Encourage interest in all phases of home gardening; Promote better horticultural practices; Promote civic beauty; Promote conservation of natural resources.

LAVGC Brochure.

LAVGC offers special interest groups and workshops on a variety of related subjects.

Different special interest groups include Edible Gardening, Floral Design, Garden Tours and Seed Sharing.

Members take tours to see outstanding gardens, nurseries and to attend horticultural events. Members also perform community service locally and nationally.

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

Herbs for our Climate - October Monthly Meeting
Thursday, October 13 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.

Herbs are a hot topic - and not just because peppers (hot and not) are the 2016 "national herb of the year." At garden shows, in publications, and on the web, the word is herbs - for expanded culinary uses such as appetizers/cocktails, as a draw for pollinators in the garden, and even for decorative purposes. So what herbs grow well around here, and under what conditions? As owner of the highly-regarded Morningsun Herb Farm in Vacaville, Rose Loveall is not only one of the most knowledgeable herb growers around, her practical advice, and charming personality are not to be missed.

Rose Loveall, along with her husband Dan Sale, owns Morningsun Herb Farm, a specialty nursery located in the countryside of Vacaville. Morningsun propagates and sells over 600 varieties of culinary, medicinal and landscaping herbs, as well as many unusual perennials for hummingbird and butterfly gardening, scented geraniums and heirloom vegetable starts in the spring. Besides the retail nursery, Morningsun also ships plants throughout the United States. Rose will be bringing plants to the meeting to sell

Dinner with the speaker: We will be meeting at the Oasis Grill, 780 Main Street, Pleasanton, at 5:30PM on Oct 13th 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 Janie Chapin by Noon on Wednesday, Oct 12. See the LAVGC Yearbook for Janie's contact informaation.

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 New Membership Application Form for July 2016 through June 2017.

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

Current members, please use the Membership Renewal form in the Members Only section.

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Members Only section

The new Members Only section is being expanded and added to over the next several months. Click on a menu selection on the top of the Home page, then click on the 'Members Only' selection, enter the Id and password. Members may email the Co-Presidents to obtain the Id and password.

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 Goes Greener from Sue Farr

You all did a great job putting the different items in the correct receptacle. I only had to do "dumpster diving" for a few orange peels in the wrong place. Nothing spilled in the car on the way home. Lots of questions about the plastic forks, they do not have a triangle. I am willing to collect & wash at home but will look for a brand with a triangle and/or sturdier quality.

I will have some signage to help clarify what goes where but these are the basics:

  1. Green can = any food, plants or paper with food on it (paper plates, napkins, paper cups)
  2. Black can = anything with a triangle on it for Recycling (plastics, aluminum foil)
  3. Big can from the school = everything else

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Would you like to help out with Table Decorations for the Refreshment Tables?

Would you like to bring small seasonal table decorations (floral, plants or just cute and clever) to the monthly meeting for the treat tables? If so, please contact Sue Farr or signup during the monthly meeting break. See the LAVGC Yearbook for Sue's contact information.

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LAVGC hosts the Diablo Foothills District General Meeting and Luncheon

Thursday, October 27, 2016 9:30 am - 1:00 pm. $23 per person. Alden Lane Nursery, 981 Alden Lane, Livermore

Our guest speaker will be Amanda Prescott of Alden Lane speaking on "Future Gardeners and the Environment". Amanda graduated in 2010 with a B.A in Ecological Anthropology and Botany from the University of Maine. She is passionate about linking people with plants and currently works for Alden Lane.

The day will open with morning refreshments. Along with coffee & tea, we will have some fresh fruit & an assortment of different bundt cakes up on cake stands. We are seeking five to six volunteers to whip up their favorite bundt cake & deliver to Alden Lane that morning. If you also have a cake stand, even better. Please contact Sue Farr or signup during the monthly meeting break. See the LAVGC Yearbook for Sue's contact information.

In addition to cakes needed the day of the event, we may need some help with setup, decorations, and/or centerpieces both before and the day of the event. We will have more details of what is needed at our monthly meeting on Thursday, October 13.

Also remember that we will need to have all reservations by October 14 to ensure that we are able to provide food and room for all attendees. See the the Members Only section for the Meeting announcement and signup flyer.

If you want to help or for more information, please contact Jeri Stark or talk to her during the break at our meeting. See the LAVGC Yearbook for Jeri's additional contact information.

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My Favorite Plants

The Program Committee is planning a presentation later in the year of LAVGC members' favorite plants and growing conditions and why the plants have earned a special place in member's gardens. Sharon Howard is looking for pictures of your favorite plants, why they are your favorite plant and suited for our area. Maybe a maximum of three favorite plants. Now is a great time to take pictures for the Power point document. Please send names and pictures of your favorite plants to Sharon Howard. See the LAVGC Yearbook for Sharon's contact information.

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Yearbooks need to be picked up at the Meeting!

Please pick up your copy of the Yearbook at the meeting. Each Yearbook will have a name on it so be sure you get yours. Please pick up neighbors or other members that you know can't come to the meetings so we do not have to mail any of them out. Expensive - $1.36 each! If you know you aren't going to be at the meeting, please ask someone to pick up your copy. This is the last meeting that we will have them available for pickup so please be sure yours is picked up somehow.

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