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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.

Uncommon Native and Mediterranean bulbs to grow and naturalize in your gardens - September Monthly Meeting
Thursday, Sep 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.

Please join us as we welcome back Marlene Simon, a horticulturalist at UC Davis, also known as the "Plant Lady" on Sacramento CW31, to talk about uncommon bulbs that naturalize in our climate. Please join us as she opens us up to explore bulbs other than the ones that are offered in most garden centers. She might be bringing some with her so come to the meeting to find out!

Dinner with the speaker: Please join us as we have a light dinner with our speaker. This is a great time to ask her any gardening questions that you might have. We will be meeting at the Oasis Grill, 780 Main Street, Pleasanton, at 5:15, on September 10th before our club meeting.

If you plan on attending, please phone or email Sondra Bierre by Wednesday, Sep 9. See the LAVGC Yearbook for Sondra'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.

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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. If you haven't already paid your dues, you may pay them at the September 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.

If you are not sure if you have or have not paid your dues, please email or call Dean Burnett. See the LAVGC Yearbook for Dean's phone number.

Please fill out the Membership Application form using the link above and bring it or mail it with your check. Your completed application insures that we have the most current information for our annual yearbook.

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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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District Honors for our Club!

On June 25 at the Diablo Foothills District General Meeting, Karen Jefferson was presented the Diablo Foothills District Propagator of the Year Award. Not only did she receive a framed certificate, but also a $25 check. And, our 2014-2015 Yearbook was recognized with a CGCI First Award.

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Successful Review of Financial Records

A successful review of LAVGC financial records for July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015 was accomplished August 3 by Sue Farr, Tia Kay and Gayle Pawloski. This review met both requirements of Article IX Section 5 in our club's Bylaws that requires a fiscal records review every odd-numbered fiscal year and at the change of Treasurer. The reviewers looked at documentation for randomly selected expense, income and transfer transactions; filing of IRS paperwork; proof of insurance; and payment of state sales tax. Records were in excellent order and paperwork was quickly produced to follow linked actions from inception to completion. We offer our thanks to Marti Silva, who has been our treasurer for 18 years. Job well done Marti!

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Seed Share/ EGG workshop

Friday, September 11th, 9:00 am. Location: Jim O'Laughlin's house. See the LAVGC Yearbook for Jim's address.

Our group has been working during the summer, saving, sorting and packaging seed for the Seed Share at the Pleasanton Library. With the advent of a few large seed companies, our saved local seed is becoming more and more valuable and can really looked at from the point of view of food security. The focus of our workshop will be to learn how to save seed from specific plants and how to harvest, clean and package seed.

Please sign up at the meeting or email or phone Barbara Stott if you would like to attend. See the LAVGC Yearbook for Barbara's phone number.

If you would like to attend these workshops in the future and are not available during the week, please let Barbara Stott know.

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