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Southern California Garden Club’s

2018– 2019 Activities, Events and 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 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

 

 

2018 Club Activities

September Club Activities

September 4 — Board Meeting - 10:00 a.m.

Sepulveda Garden Center, 16633 Magnolia Boulevard, Encino

Hosted by Harriet Vallens and Carol Vallens

 

September 18— 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 Robin Pokorski will present “Our Place in the Big Picture,” a discussion of how our club fits into the higher levels of garden club and what it means to you. (NGC, CGCI)

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11:00 a.m. Program: "The Joys of Native Plant Gardening" Lili Singer is the director of Special Projects and Adult Education at the Theodore Payne Foundation. A Los Angeles Native, Lili is an educator, lecturer, author and award-winning horticulturalist, just to name a few of her many accomplishments. Lili will share her extensive knowledge of California Native Plants and explain how choosing the right native plant can not only make your garden beautiful, but can also help with water conservation, help attract pollinators to your garden and much more. (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 92 nd garden club year.

 

October Club Activities

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

Sepulveda Garden Center, 16633 Magnolia Boulevard, Encino

Hosted by Harriet Vallens and Carol Vallens

 

October 16 — 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, “Wonders of Our Pollinator Garden.” Learn about the marvels to be found when we garden for pollinators. (NGC, CGCI)

11:00 a.m. Program: "Keeping Your Trader Joe’s Orchid Alive with Doug Overstreet. Doug oversees the Thornton Conservatory at the Huntington Botanical Gardens. Doug began growing orchids when he was only ten years old. Originally from New Mexico his family has a long history in farming and he is also the son of a floral designer. Today you can buy Orchids anywhere from Trader Joe’s to specialty nurseries, Doug will teach us how to keep your Trader Joe’s orchid and others alive and thriving as well as demonstrating how to properly transplant orchids and which medium is best and why. Join us for Orchids 101 and beyond. (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 6 — Board Meeting - 10:00 a.m.

Sepulveda Garden Center, 16633 Magnolia Boulevard, Encino

Hosted by Harriet Vallens and Carol Vallens

 

November 20 — General Membership Meeting

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

10:00 a.m. Business Meeting

10:30 a.m. Workshop : Janet Gies will present a workshop “Table Designs for the Holidays.” Learn about the different table designs in advance of our January specialty flower show. (NGC, CGCI)

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11:00 a.m. Program: "Deck the Halls and Your Garden” with lots of poinsettiaswith Mike Wronkowski. Mike is the Manager of the Green Thumb Nursery in Santa Clarita. Poinsettias are a holiday favorite, whether they are in your garden or decorating your home for the holiday season, we all love the beautiful colors they come in and how they add to our holiday decor. You know it’s the holiday season when the poinsettias arrive in stores. Learn how to care for these holiday favorites and some tricks to help them last longer. (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 4 — Board Meeting - 10:00 a.m.

Sepulveda Garden Center, 16633 Magnolia Boulevard, Encino

Hosted by Harriet Vallens and Carol Vallens

 

December 18— General Membership Meeting

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

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: “Haul out the Holly, for we need a little Christmas and Hanukkah too!” Back by popular demand our very own Robin Pokorski will lead us in holiday song. We will enjoy a holiday sing-a-long with many holiday classics and our very own rendition of the “Twelve Days of Christmas,” garden club style. What better way to celebrate the holiday season. Bring a friend, bring a relative and don’t forget to bring a plant for the gift exchange game. Come for the singing and the food, stay for the friendship.

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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 Club Activities

January 8 — Board Meeting - 10:00 a.m.

Sepulveda Garden Center, 16633 Magnolia Boulevard, Encino

Hosted by Harriet Vallens and Carol Vallens

 

January 15 — General Membership Meeting

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

10:00 a.m. Business Meeting

11:00 a.m. Specialty Flower Show - “Holiday Tables ” Table Designs Our 53 rd Flower show will be held at our club meeting in order for all club members to experience extraordinary holiday table designs. Schedules (that outline the type of designs in each class) will be available at the start of the club year. Step outside of your comfort level and try a table design – we’ll all learn together from the judging. (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 5 — Board Meeting - 10:00 a.m.

Sepulveda Garden Center, 16633 Magnolia Boulevard, Encino

Hosted by Terri Taylor and Joan Berg

 

February 19 — 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 : a team of club members will present a workshop, “The CALL to Convention – Pacific Region and CGCI.” Learn about convention – what to expect – how exciting – how informative convention can be . (NGC, CGCI)

 

11:00 a.m. Program: “Decoding Botanical Names” presented by Marquita Eilas. Enjoy a morning of decoding the Botanical Names of Plants. What the names mean, where they came from and how to pronounce them. (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 5 — Board Meeting - 10:00 a.m.

Sepulveda Garden Center, 16633 Magnolia Boulevard, Encino

Hosted by Karen Aguilar and Rita Lorenz

March 19 — 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 Gail Vanderhorst will present a workshop, “Adaptive Gardening.” Come stretch your knowledge with this workshop. (NGC, CGCI)

11:00 a.m. Program: “ Hands-on Floral Design” with Floral Designer and Flower Show Judge Gudy Kimmel.

Gudy will help guide us on how to create a Floral Hat that any Millinery shop would be proud to sell. This is your opportunity to be creative using fresh and dried flowers and other types of plant material. When we are done Gudy will award 1 st, 2 nd and 3 rd place awards. Here’s your chance to design your own hat for the Easter Parade. There will be hats for the gentlemen as well so roll up your sleeves and have fun with this one! (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 2 — Board Meeting - 10:00 a.m.

Sepulveda Garden Center, 16633 Magnolia Boulevard, Encino

Hosted by Gail Vanderhorst and Janet Gies

Pacific Region Convention

California Garden Clubs, Inc. is the host for the 2019 Pacific Region Convention to be held at the Airtel Plaza Hotel in Van Nuys. As the largest club and closest to the venue as well as one of our club members being installed as 2019-2021 Pacific Region Director, our club will be integrally involved in helping at the convention.

 

April 5-6 — Pacific Region Pre-Convention Tours

Pre-convention tours include: Descanso Gardens (Friday), dinner at the 94 th Aero Squadron (Friday), J. Paul Getty Museum (Saturday), special fundraiser dinner at Gail and Hank Vanderhorst’s (Saturday – all are welcome to attend). Hosts and hostesses and members are encouraged to attend and help where needed.

 

 

April 7-10 – Pacific Region Convention

Committee meetings and a Fair kick off the convention on Sunday, April 7. Members can help man stations at the Fair and help greet and chat with arriving guests. Convention meetings and workshops will be held Monday-Tuesday, April 8-9. Tuesday evening Robin Pokorski will be installed as Director. You won’t want to miss this landmark event and we want to show the members from the eight Pacific Region states that we support our club member. Robin then holds her first meeting on Wednesday morning, April 10, after which our guests will leave. Club members can help provide rides to the Flyaway or Burbank Airport and general help in breaking down the event staging (signs, displays, etc.)

 

More April Club Activities

 

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9:30 a.m. Plant Market, Country Store, DisplaySpecimens

10:00 a.m. Business Meeting: Election of 2019 – 2021 officers

10:30 a.m. Horticulture Workshop: Club member Ilona Buratti will present a workshop, “A Walk through My Garden.” Sit back and enjoy a member’s garden. (NGC, CGCI)

11:00 a.m. Program:A New and Innovative Way to Plant California Native Plant Seeds,” presented by Rene Amy, owner and founder of Alta Dena Maid.Rene is a California native that began working in the landscape industry when he was 14 years old. Rene has developed a new product called seed bark that makes it simple and easy to plant California Native seeds, a variant of and improvement of the seed ball. Rene will not only show us how to use this product, but how planting California natives can help pollinators and some less known facts about the native seed business. (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.

 

 

May Club Activities

May 7 — Board Meeting - 10:00 a.m.

Sepulveda Garden Center, 16633 Magnolia Boulevard, Encino

Hosted by Jane Gordon and Robin Pokorski

 

May 21 — 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. Scholarship Presentations: Club member Rosemary Ecker will present our scholarship winners. Come meet the faces of future garden clubbers and learn how these young men and women will shape our future. (NGC, CGCI)

11:00 a.m. “All About Roses” with Scott Klittich. Otto and Sons Nursery has been located in Fillmore California for over thirty-five years. They carry over 120,000 plants with over 800 varieties. Roses are their specialty. There is so much more to roses than just water, fertilizers and pruning. Lean some new tips to make your roses grow better and learn how to care for your beautiful roses on those hot summer days in Southern California. (NGC, CGCI)

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

May 29 — Board Meeting - 10:00 a.m.

Sepulveda Garden Center, 16633 Magnolia Boulevard, Encino

Hosted by Carol Vallens and Robin Pokorski

California Garden Clubs, Inc. Convention

Our club is the host for the 2019 CGCI Convention to be held at the Airtel Plaza Hotel in Van Nuys.

June 3-7 CGCI Convention - Members can help by contributing to the Boutique; sign up to help man tables; greet speakers; run workshops; be a meal table host/ hostess register for as many meals as possible and generally be a positive force!

 

June 3-7 CGCI Convention - Committee meetings and a Boutique kick off the convention on Monday, June 3. Members will be needed to help set up the Boutique and Awards Rooms, help greet and chat with arriving guests. We need members to act as pages and work the registration desk.

Convention meetings, seminars, workshops and tours will be held Tuesday through Thursday, June 4-6. At each meal, a club member will need to be at every convention table to act as host/hostess. Thursday evening will see new officers installed.

Friday morning the first meeting of the 2019-2021 administration will be held and then we bid our visitors adieu. You can provide general help in breaking down the event staging (signs, displays, etc.)

 

More June Club Activities

June 18 — General Membership Meeting

9:30 a.m. Plant Market, Country Store, DisplaySpecimens

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; CGCI, Pacific Region and NGC Life Memberships; convention recap (CGCI and NGC) and Installation of 2019-2021 officers. (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.