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 organize various 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.
2019 50th Anniversary Garden Show May 4th and 5th - More Info Here
Rosie's Garden Clean-up - February 23 - Volunteer Opportunity
Garden Clean-up Crew needed for Rosie's Garden
NOTE - RESCHEDULED DUE TO RAIN TO SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 23
When: Saturday, February 23
Time: 9:00 a.m.
Where: 1 Esquiline Road, near Rosie's Store
Contact Bob Byrne for more info: 831-582-7316 or email@example.com
Bring gardening gloves; wear old clothes. Instructions will be provided by our resident gardening experts. Water will be provided.
March 14 - Monthly Meeting - "Unusual Bees"
What: Monthly Meeting topic: Unusual Bees
Speaker: Charlotte Muia (member)
When: March 14
Where: Carmel Valley Community Center
Time: 6:45 Social Hour
Raffle for Ceramics Pot and for a Bee House!!
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February 14 - Valentines Day Potluck Dinner
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February 14 was a special event, indeed, for the Garden Club. Our potluck dinner was spectacular, with gorgeous place-settings, an incomparable feast, surprise raffles, and a great turn-out given the storm-battered neighborhood. We started with appetizers and wine, great conversation, and a perusal of members' photos from 50 years ago. (Who was that young man on a horse, anyway?) We moved on to a groaning table of salads, casseroles, vegetables and entrees of pizza, chicken wings and wonderful grilled meats. We finally ended with some stunning desserts including some extraordinary fruit cobbler sort of thing that disappeared in seconds. Here's a Photo Albumto commemorate the event.
Many thanks to Karolyn Stone and her team for all the hard work to execute such a fine evening.
February 12 - Field Trip to Santa Lucia Preserve
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January 10 - Monthly Meeting
On a cold but dry Tuesday morning 26 intrepid club members accompanied Senior Wildlife Ecologist, Christy Wyckoff of the Santa Lucia Conservancy, on a visit to the Santa Lucia Preserve. A photo album chronicles our journey. We caravanned onto the Preserve proper, parked and then walked for a ways along the Garzas trail along the upper Garzas creek. We walked through open space and trees heavy with lacy lichen. We forded the Garzas Creek and traveled up to an area the Conservancy is restoring. It contains a small Native American archeological site. We returned on the same trail and then visited the vegetable garden on-site.
Payton, the organic gardener entertained us with tales of battling critters. He has a background in vertebrate pest management. Between his traps and the local predators (hawks, bobcats, etc), he's been successful in keeping the gophers, mice and voles at bay. Fortunately he doesn't have ground squirrels or rats. We visited his winter garden which was impressive. The garden provides vegetables for the restaurant at the Hacienda restaurant, the Preserve staff and for a local farmers market for residents.
Finally, we wandered over to the Hacienda. A singular feature was an outdoor rock carving by Dana Reddish, a fire-lookout at the Sid Ormsbee look-out on Pinon Peak last mid-century. It was moved by the Rancho San Carlos Company to protect it from vandalism, and then installed outside the Hacienda.
Once again, many thanks to Ed Dickson for arranging such a great Field Trip. (And all in favor of a special trip to Pinon Peak with the Conservancy to see the wild flowers this April raise their hand....)
December 13 - Holiday Party
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.
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.
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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