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Southern California Garden Club’s

Activities, Events and Meetings

2017 – 2018

 

Club Board Meetings

Club board meetings are held at the Sepulveda Garden Center on the first Tuesday of the month unless otherwise noted. At 9:30 a.m. a light snack is served by volunteer hosts. The business meeting begins at 10:00 a.m. Officers and Committee Chairmen are required to attend. All club members are welcome.

 

Membership Meetings and Programs

General membership meetings are held at the Sepulveda Garden Center, at 9:30 a.m. unless otherwise noted. Members and visitors should bring a sack lunch (except December and June); beverages and desserts are provided.

 

NGC – notes relevance to National Garden Clubs, Inc. projects and programs

CGCI – notes relevance to California Garden Clubs, Inc. projects and programs

 

September Club Activities

September 5 — Board Meeting - 10:00 a.m.

Sepulveda Garden Center, 16633 Magnolia Boulevard, Encino

Hosted by Pat Zarnowski and Rita Desilets

 

September 19 — General Membership Meeting

9:30 a.m. Plant Market, Country Store, Specimen Display

10:00 a.m. Business Meeting:Welcome and introduction of new members.

10:30 a.m. HorticultureWorkshop: Club member Gail Vanderhorst will moderate a round table discussion of horticulture questions and answers “Bring Your Horticulture Questions.” (NGC, CGCI)

 

11:00 a.m. Program: "Spicing it Up"

The Spice Way (a spice store with a mission) co-owner Yariv Bernstein will present a multi-media program on our 2017-18 Signature Plant, Spices.The store is one of two in California and there are a few in Israel. Yariv will explain the process of growing and harvesting and some of the natural health benefits of many of the spices. He will also offer some suggestions for different uses for many of the spices in cooking. (NGC, CGCI)

12:00 p.m. Luncheon: BBI (Brown Bag It). Please bring table service for you and your guests. Your hospitality committee will provide beverages and desserts. And by all means, please bring a guest as we begin our 91 st garden club year.

 


October Club Activities

 

October 10 — Board Meeting - 10:00 a.m.

Sepulveda Garden Center, 16633 Magnolia Boulevard, Encino

Hosted by Rosemary Ecker and Bette Tang

 

October 17 — General Membership Meeting

9:30 a.m. Plant Market, Country Store, Specimen Display

10:00 a.m. Business Meeting

10:30 a.m. Workshop: Club member Rosemary Ecker will present, “Nature in Our Garden.” Learn about bringing more nature into our gardens. (NGC, CGCI)

 

11:00 a.m. Program: "A Proclivity for Clivias” Malcolm Shrimplin, President of North American Clivia Society, will present a multi-media program on clivias – the varieties, how to grow and tips on getting clivias to flower and what makes an award-winning clivia. (NGC, CGCI)

12:00 p.m. Luncheon: BBI (Brown Bag It). Please bring table service for you and your guests. Your hospitality committee will provide beverages and desserts.

November Club Activities

 

November 7 — Board Meeting - 10:00 a.m.

Sepulveda Garden Center, 16633 Magnolia Boulevard, Encino

Hosted by Gail Vanderhorst and Robin Pokorski

 

November 21 — General Membership Meeting

9:30 a.m. Plant Market, Country Store, Specimen Display

10:00 a.m. Business Meeting

10:30 a.m. Workshop: Ben Vallens (Carol’s son) will present a workshop “Tea With Our Cake.” Learn about the interesting world of teas. (NGC, CGCI)

 

11:00 a.m. Program: "A Rose By Any Other Name…”

Delicious Rose-Flavored Desserts: A Modern and Fragrant Take on Classic Recipes. Author Judy Polinsky cultivates rosewater from many different varieties of roses in her garden and then uses the different flavors to modernize Gregorian (1714-1830) recipes in baking. (Samples will be provided). A multi-media program . (NGC, CGCI)

12:00 p.m. Luncheon: BBI (Brown Bag It). Please bring table service for you and your guests. Your hospitality committee will provide beverages and desserts.

 

  

December Club Activities

 

December 5 — Board Meeting - 10:00 a.m.

Sepulveda Garden Center, 16633 Magnolia Boulevard, Encino

Hosted by Diana Eishakhanian and Tonie Bruno

 

December 19 — Holiday Party

9:30 a.m. General Set-up: Santa needs helpers.

10:00 a.m. General Holiday Merriment

Bring dry goods and yummy (not expired) canned goods for a local food bank.

 

11:00 a.m. Program: Better than the Von Trapp family singers, our own

Home Grown Band will be entertaining us once again. Tune up those pipes, and get ready to sing along, it’s time for the “Twelve Days of Gardening Christmas.” Which team will win the trophy this year? Don't forget the Gift Exchange, it's fun so don't be left out!

12:00 p.m. Luncheon: Lunch is a catered affair. Details will be announced in The Green Thumb. Bringing a friend as your guest is a thoughtful gift idea for your friend and your club.

Reservations are required.

Reserve your place with Carol Vallens

CVallens57@aol.com or 818-378-1313

 

January 2018 Club Activities

 

January 2 — Board Meeting - 10:00 a.m.

Sepulveda Garden Center, 16633 Magnolia Boulevard, Encino

Hosted by Harriet Vallens and Carol Vallens

 

January 16 — General Membership Meeting

9:30 a.m. Plant Market, Country Store, Specimen Display

10:00 a.m. Business Meeting

10:30 a.m. HorticultureWorkshop: Club member Alexis Slafer will present a workshop on “The Ins and Outs of Camellias.” Learn how easy it is to grow and show camellias. (NGC, CGCI)

 

11:00 a.m. Program: “Sign Me up for the Flower Show” Master NGC Flower Show Judge Joyce Dean and NGC Flower Show Judge Marilyn Hafermalz will present a multi-media program of ‘line’ in fl oral design. Are you afraid to enter our flower show each year, because it looks difficult? These gals are a winning combination, so, release the inner artist inside and help our club win top awards for the best Flower Show. (NGC, CGCI)

12:00 p.m. Luncheon: BBI (Brown Bag It). Please bring table service for you and your guests. Your hospitality committee will provide beverages and desserts.

 

February Club Activities

 

February 6 — Board Meeting - 10:00 a.m.

Sepulveda Garden Center, 16633 Magnolia Boulevard, Encino

Hosted by Terri Taylor and Joan Berg

 

February 20 — General Membership Meeting

9:30 a.m. Plant Market, Country Store, Specimen Display

10:00 a.m. Business Meeting –

10:30 a.m. Horticulture Workshop : Club member Diana Eishakhanian will present a workshop, “Arbor Day and Trees.” Learn about Arbor Day – its history and how our club has celebrated the holiday . (NGC, CGCI)

 

11:00 a.m. Program: “From Hives to Honey”

From LSG Honey, Robin Ghermezi is a real live Beekeeper, outfit and all. He and his daughter run the family business in Chatsworth. Robin will share how honey is removed from the hives and produced. Then Robin will share several types of honey to taste, including avocado honey. Come learn about the process of making honey and take a picture with the Beekeeper in his bee suit. He's even going to bring an actual beehive but NO bees.   (NGC, CGCI)

12:00 p.m. Luncheon: BBI (Brown Bag It). Please bring table service for you and your guests. Your hospitality committee will provide beverages and desserts.

 

 

 

March Club Activities

 

March 6 — Board Meeting - 10:00 a.m.

Sepulveda Garden Center, 16633 Magnolia Boulevard, Encino

Hosted by Karen Aguilar and Rita Lorenz

March 20 — General Membership Meeting

9:30 a.m. Plant Market, Country Store, Specimen Display

10:00 a.m. Business Meeting

10:30 a.m. Flower Show Workshop: Club member Rita Desilets will present a workshop, “Designing with Rita.” Get tips on entering the design division of our April Standard Flower Show. (NGC, CGCI)

11:00 a.m. Program:“Penny Pines: Making a Difference” A representative from the National Forest Service will present an insider’s view of how our national forests are doing. How has the drought and this past fire season affected the growth of the trees and other native foliage. He will update us on the health of the trees and explain why our CGCI Penny Pines program is so important to the preservation of our local forests. (NGC, CGCI)

12:00 p.m. Luncheon: BBI (Brown Bag It). Please bring table service for you and your guests. Your hospitality committee will provide beverages and desserts.

 

 

April Club Activities

 

April 3 — Board Meeting - 10:00 a.m.

Sepulveda Garden Center, 16633 Magnolia Boulevard, Encino

Hosted by Gail Vanderhorst and Janet Gies

April 17 — Bus Tour

Get ready for an amazing day of food, fun, and learning. Our spring bus tour will begin at Balboa Sports Center in Encino at 8:00 a.m. (in the parking lot off Balboa Blvd., 1/4 mile north of Burbank Blvd and just north of the tennis courts). (NGC, CGCI)

 We arrive at Buon Olive Farms in Ventura at 10:00 a.m. where we will tour an olive farm, learn how the olives are grown and harvested, then pressed into olive oil.

Following our tasting, we will eat our brown bag lunches and then we will head to Underwood Family Farms in Somis. This produce stand is amazing with a wonderful variety of fruits and vegetables and lots more, including specialty items, flowers and pick your own berries. (Blueberries are available in April). We depart the area at 2:00 p.m.

Wear walking shoes and bring a hat or visor, and enjoy a day with your garden club friends. We will return to the Balboa Sports Center around 3:30 p.m.

Donation: $15.00 (includes bus driver’s tip, lunch, entrance/tour fee and a small donation to Southern California Garden Club).

Reservations are required . To reserve your seat, contact Carol Vallens at CVallens57@aol.com or 818-378-1313

This tour is an important event for our club;

please make sure we fill our bus.

More April Club Activities

Standard Flower Show

 

Our club’s 52 nd Standard Flower Show

“Cinderella”

will be held at the Sepulveda Garden Center on April 20-21, 2018.

(NGC, CGCI)

 

April 19 — Flower Show Set-up

Set-up for the show will be Thursday, April 19, in the afternoon. Club members will help arrange tables, spread tablecloths, decorate, fill horticulture display bottles with water, help with staging and placement of educational exhibits and division, section and class signs among other duties.

 

April 20 – 21 Standard Flower Show

All designs and horticulture specimensmust be in place no later than 11:00 a.m. Friday, April 20.

 Judging will be on Friday afternoon, April 20. The judges will start with a lunch at 11:30 a.m., hosted by the Flower Show Judges’ Luncheon Committee. Following lunch, the show will be judged.

 

The show will be open to the public (complete with fundraising tables and sales) on Saturday, April 21 from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.All members should plan to attend to man the fundraising white elephant, plant, and baked goodies tables as well as to be on hand to greet our guests and the public. All members will assist in dismantling the show on Saturday afternoon.

 

This is the most important fundraising and educational event for YOUR club. Please donate to the fundraising tables, publicize this event, enter the horticulture and/or design divisions and help on the Show days and invite your family, friends and neighbors to attend.

 

May Club Activities

 

May 1 — Board Meeting - 10:00 a.m.

Sepulveda Garden Center, 16633 Magnolia Boulevard, Encino

Hosted by Jane Gordon and Robin Pokorski

 

May 15 — General Membership Meeting

9:30 a.m. Plant Market, Country Store, Specimen Display

10:00 a.m. Business Meeting: Budget adoption

10:30 a.m. Workshop: Club member Diana Eishakhanian will present “Tea for Two and all of You.” Learn how to make teabags and tea with herbs and spice plants. (NGC, CGCI)

 

11:00 a.m. Program: “Are YOU One of us?”

The vision and force behind Gardenerd, a resource for organic gardening, Christy Wilhelmi writes a blog that is a resource for many garden needs. Christy has been featured on ABC News: Nightline, KCAL 9 news and Garden Center TV among others. Christy will empower people to grow their own food, to be more self-reliant, and to reduce pollution and waste, one garden at a time .  (NGC, CGCI)

12:00 p.m. Luncheon: BBI (Brown Bag It). Please bring table service for you and your guests. Your hospitality committee will provide beverages and desserts.

 

June Club Activities

 

June 5 — Board Meeting - 10:00 a.m.

Sepulveda Garden Center, 16633 Magnolia Boulevard, Encino

Hosted by Carol Vallens and Robin Pokorski

 

June 19— General Membership Meeting

9:30 a.m. Plant Market, Country Store, Specimen Display

10:00 a.m. Business Meeting

Recognition of Honored Guests: Former Club Presidents, former District Directors and honored guests.

11:15 a.m. Program:Presentation of awards and honors, scholarships and CGCI, Pacific Region and NGC Life Memberships. Convention recap. (NGC, CGCI)

12:30 p.m. Luncheon: Potluck luncheon. Bring your favorite dish to serve 10 and a serving implement. The table service for you and your guests will be provided.