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 conations to local nonprofits from our Annual Garden Show proceeds 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 Youth Center on Ford Road. Our membership and meetings are open to everyone with an interest in gardening. We issue a monthly e-newsletter with timely tips for your gardening plus information on upcoming events.
50th Anniversary Garden Show
May 4th and 5th
10am - 4pm
Once again we celebrate spring with our fabulous Garden Show. Bring the family and join us for a fun filled day Saturday or Sunday and enjoy the best of Carmel Valley. You won't want to miss our professionally judged Flower and Plant Exhibit with a spectacular "enchanted garden entrance" provided by Griggs Nursery
Follow-up with a visit to the Silent Auction, Photography Contest, purchase of member-grown plants for sale at the Plant Corral, the Vendor Marketplace, delightful Children's Garden, and enjoyment of Live Music to accompany food and beverage at our Garden Cafe. Join us Saturday night at our Gala amongst the gorgeous flowers. Gala sponsored by Hidden Valley Music Seminars
; gala tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Admission to the Garden Show is free, with ample parking for $1.
Entries for the Flower and Plant Exhibition are open to the public. Rules
and Entry Cards
are available on-line and at the Carmel Valley Public Library starting in April.
April 11 - Monthly Meeting -"Garden Show Preparation"
Topic: Preparing Flowers for Exhibition
Speakers: To Be Announced
Where: Carmel Valley Community Youth Center, 25 Ford Road
Time: 6:45 p.m. Social Hour, 7:30 p.m. Presentation
Raffle to benefit Live Music at the Garden Show - $5 tickets
Bring your clippings to share!
What's Up with the Carmel Valley Garden Club?
March 14 - Monthly Meeting "Unusual Bees"
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To Bee or not to Bee* - Such was the question member Charlotte Muia posed to us during her delightful talk focused on "singular bees", mostly Mason bees. She described the difference between "singular" bees and "social" or honey bees; why we should want to attract them to our yards (they are big-time pollinators); and how to raise them (carefully and in the refrigerator). She recommends for those who are interested in raising native bees to head to the website of Crown Bees to learn about these amazing super pollinators.
We had a stupendous number of donations this week to raffle. Thanks to Charlotte and Carl Muia for her olive oil and his metal sculpture; Bob Rice for his carved wooden bowl; Greg Thompson for two Bee Hotels; and Judy Tschirgi for her pottery and plant. Our winners shown above were Dianne Woods, Margaret Johnson Patty Armstrong, Guest Molly, Robert Korstanje and Remy Ryan. Thanks all for buying those tickets to support Live Music at the Garden Show!
*Thank you Bob Byrne...
February 23 - Rosie's Garden Clean-up
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After two postponements due to rain, the sun shone down on Saturday the 23rd . A hard-working crew of 10 members (Bob and Stephanie Burn, Gordon Dill, June Dawson, Dianne Woods, Bill Vogt, Harriet Duarte, Wendy Hursey, Ed Morrow and Barry Elkins), fueled by pastries from the Wild Goose, convened at Rosie’s Garden for a much-needed communal clean-up effort. The area was surprisingly dry, so it was relatively easy to gather up a surprising amount of cuttings, clippings and general garden refuse. Rosie’s is spiffed up once more. Thanks to Bob Byrne for organizing the effort.
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....)
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.
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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