Carmel Valley Garden Club Welcomes you to our Club
The CVGC is a nonprofit organization that promotes gardening and education about gardening in our area. We organizevarious projects in our community throughout the year and make donations to local nonprofits from our Annual Garden Show profits to help beautify the community.
Our regular monthly meetings, which are both educational and social, are held on the 2nd Thursday each month at 6:45 p.m. at the Carmel Valley Community Center on Ford Road. Our membership and meetings are open to everyone with an interest in gardening. We issue an e-newsletter with timely tips for your gardening plus information on upcoming events.
Special Event - December 23
Bruce Forman (spouse of our member Pamela Forman), renowned jazz guitarist, will be playing in Carmel Valley this coming weekend. Don't miss out!
4 Pilot Rd., Carmel Valley
Sunday, December 23 @ 3:00 p.m.
Tickets $20 at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3918094
Monthly Meeting - January 10
Topic: Year Round Vegetable Gardening in Carmel Valley
Speaker: Michelle Hamel
When: January 10
Time: 6:45, Social Hour
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December 13 - Holiday Party
This year's Holiday Party, held at Del Mesa Carmel, was a huge success, attended by close to 70 members. The venue was beautifully decorated, the dining hall was sized well for our group, the food was delicious, and the service was impeccable. We had to be pushed out the door at the close as we were having so much fun. Many thanks to our Social Committee for all their hard work: Karolyn Stone, Claudia Gano, and Renee Wagner. More pictures can be found in this Photo Album
November 8 - Monthly Meeting
Due to a surprise cancellation of our guest speakers from Humane Animal Control (unforeseen illness), members Judy Tschirgi and Steve Hoch stepped up and gave a "teaser" talk on Succulents. They are scheduled to give a longer talk for the 2019-2020 season. They previewed the definition of succulents and general classes of succulents, and some of the successes they've had in growing succulents in pots and in beds. As well, Steve provided a slight discourse on their inhumane attempts at groundsquirrel control. Gordon Dill won the raffle for the ceramic pot and succulent. Carolyn and Bob Rice provided some additional lovely plants/pots which were won by Peggy Dickson, Julie Tomlin and Deb Langley.
November 3 - Field Trip to Kitayama Brothers Wholesale Nursery
Robert Kitayama Gerberas Mini Cala Lilies
Saturday, November 3, 14 Garden club members and a guest, toured Kitayama Brothers wholesale nursery in Watsonville. Robert Kitayama and his Production Manager, Jimmy Zheng, spent almost 2 hours with us. We visited the packing area, cold storage areas, and amazing greenhouses where they grow gerbera, gardenia, a variety of lilies, lisianthus, stock, snapdragon and mini-cala lilies. We learned about their history as rose growers and evolution to the existing varieties of today to compete against global growers (e.g. better growing conditions for roses in South America). They explained in detail the processes they use to plant, grow, irrigate, and harvest the various flowers, and the challenges with pests, costs, and vagaries of the market demand for flowers. It was absolutely fascinating. Kudos to Ed Dickson for arranging a great tour. More photos available in the PHOTO ALBUM.
October 11 Meeting
Our excellent October meeting featured Rich King, field Supervisor at the Santa Cruz Puma Project. Rich presented on the lifecycle and habits of the native mountain lion or puma, the animal with the world record number of names (including Florida black panther, cougar catamount, painter, etc). His talk was based on the research his organization does; it is a joint effort of UC Santa Cruz and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. We hope to have a copy of his presentation.
Kathy Wittpenn was the winner of the ceramic/succulent raffle. And thanks to everyone who brought in a clipping!!!
September 13 Meeting
Our well attended September meeting featured Christy Wyckoff, Senior Wildlife Ecologist at the Santa Lucia Conservancy. She presented on the Life Cycle of Columbia Black Tail Deer, the common deer we see everywhere, especially now since they are in rutting season. Her talk was based on a 4-year study from 60 trail cameras and 2 million images from the Preserve. Click HERE to view
Marie Goulet was the winner of the ceramic art and succulent.
The clipping exchange was a big success; so expect it each meeting.
2018 Garden Show
All photographs from the show are available for viewing on the Photo Albums
Page, accessible from the Main Menu.
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