We're the Livermore Amador Valley Garden Club (LAVGC) in the San Francisco Bay Area. Most of our members live in Dublin, Pleasanton, or Livermore. Our club's mission is to encourage interest in all phases of home gardening; promote better horticultural practices; promote civic beauty; and promote conservation of natural resources.
On this site you'll find information about LAVGC activities, events, and community service projects. You'll also find helpful information about gardening, program videos, suggestions about gardening-related places to go, and more. You don't need to know anything about gardening to join our Club. We're an enthusiastic group, always eager to share our knowledge.
Our Members meetings are the second Thursday of the month, September through June. In January 2023, the club is returning to in-person meetings after Zoom-only meetings during the pandemic. Visitors are welcome to attend a club meeting once before joining. Special interest groups and community service work parties meet regularly throughout the year.
Dave Phelps will be discussing soil ecology—the basic science and how it applies to gardening strategies. His talk will also touch on related aspects, such as soil successional levels, contrasting soil ecologies of native and non-native plant landscapes, and how to improve water holding capacity of soils.
Dave has been in the landscape industry since the mid 1980s and has been at the forefront of organic gardening and regenerative landscaping practices. His landscape architectural firm, Garden Enlightenment (https://www.gardenenlightenment.com/), specializes in designing beautiful, functional, and ecologically responsible spaces.