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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.

Rosie's Garden Clean-up - February 9 - Volunteer Opportunity


Garden Clean-up Crew needed for Rosie's  Garden
When:  Saturday, February 9
Time:  9:00 a.m.
Where: 1  Esquiline Road, near Rosie's Store

Bring gardening gloves; wear old clothes.  Instructions will be provided by our resident gardening experts.  There may even be donuts...

Field Trip - Tour of Santa Lucia Preserve - February 12

Join Christy Wyckoff, Senior Wildlife Ecologist, (our speaker on Deer Life Cycle) as she guides us on a tour of the  Santa  Lucia Preserve.

More info to follow

February Potluck - February 14 

Annual Valentines Day Potluck Dinner
Where: CV Community Center
When:  February 14
Time:  6:00 p.m.
          More info to follow

Come celebrate the season and the kick-off to our 50th Annual Garden Show - 50 Years of Flower Power.  60's Music, 60's remembrances - fun fun fun!!!


What's up with the Carmel Valley Garden Club?

January 10 - Monthly Meeting

We started off the year with a terrific talk by Michelle Hamerslough (first photo)  on "Growing Vegetables Year-round in Carmel Valley".  We learned about her 4 Year crop rotation method, incorporating microbial and bacterial additives into the soil, using cold-climate vegetables for optimal yield in our region, and just how dedicated you have to be to produce a literal half ton of vegetables in a season.  We hope to have a copy of her presentation soon.  In the meantime visit her blog, From Seed to Table.

We had a wonderful set of items to raffle to raise money for musicians at the Garden Show.  Besides the usual handmade ceramic pot from Judy Tschirgi, we had a beautiful hand-turned wooden vase from Bob Rice and four precious little glass planters from new member Francesca Baratucci.  We had multiple raffle winners (whose names I didn't quite get in the rush for the prizes).  But they're all beaming as you can see.

Finally, a much needed thanks to some of the folks who clean up at every meeting.  Many hands make light work.

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
Bob Kitayama explaining Gardenias
Gerberas in the greenhouse
            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
Christy's presentation.

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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    Event Schedule

Sept. 13  - Deer Life Cycle and Habits

Oct. 11Mountain Lions - Life Cycle and Habits

Nov. 3 - Field Trip to Kitayama Brothers

Nov. 8 - Ground Squirrel Life Cycle and Control

Dec. 13 - Holiday Party -

Jan. 10 - Year-round Vegetable Growing in Carmel Valley

Feb. 9 - Rosie's Garden Clean-up

Feb. 12 - Tour of Santa Lucia Preserve

Feb. 14 - Valentine Potluck Party

March 14 -
 Unusual Bees

April 11 - Garden Show Prep

May 4 & 5- 50th Annual Garden Show at Hidden Valley

June Picnic -  Date and Place to be announced

July, August - Vacation Break

Thank you 2018



         Carmel Valley Garden Club                                                                                P.O. Box 72 Carmel Valley, CA  93924                                                                                831-626-4878