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.
WHAT A SPECTACULAR GARDEN SHOW!!!!!!
What a wonderful "50 Years of Flower Power" 2019 Carmel Valley Garden Show!! Thank you Sponsors, Donors, Volunteers, Vendors, and all the Attendees from around the area who came and made it a special weekend for all of us.
More pictures to come after a short vacation for your webmaster/publicity director.
Monthly Meeting - June 9 - Picnic
Save the date for the June Picnic!
When: Sunday June 9, 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Where: Carmel Valley Youth Community Center - Outside Patio
Please bring appetizer, salad, side dish or dessert. Main dishes will be provided.
RSVP to Karolyn Stone at firstname.lastname@example.org or 831-659-4341
What's Up with the Garden Club?April 25 - Wildflower Hike with Santa Lucia Conservancy
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On April 25, 22 "adventuresome" members of the club had an amazing wildflower hike down and then up Black Mountain trail in the Santa Lucia Preserve. Following our wonderful guide, Christy Fischer, Executive Director of the Santa Lucia Conservancy, we hiked down through fields of Lupine, and numerous other flowers such as Rose Clover, Johnny Jump-up, and Clarkia, and then through more wooded area with larkspur, Chinese Houses, cut-leaved geranium, Scarlet Pimpernel, Shooting Stars, and many many more. We couldn't have had more perfect weather, and photographers in the group had ample opportunity to get great shots to enter into the Photography contest at the Garden Show. More photos in this 2019 April Wildflower Walk
Kudos to Ed Dickson for arranging such a great hike.
April 11 - Monthly Meeting "Exhibiting Flowers for the Garden Show"
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Members Isabella de Sibert and Susan Osborne provided an entertaining and educational session on multiple aspects of preparing flowers and plants for exhibition in the Garden Show. They provided an outline of tips which they covered with hands-on demonstrations. Topics included rules, entry forms, the importance of identifying your flowers/plants, including roses, and they provided many helpful suggestions on how to clean, handle and present cut flowers and container plants.
Once again, thanks to the many members who contributed items for the raffle to cover music costs at the show. Our substitute photographer missed getting the winners' photograph this month.
Finally, the slate of officers for next year was approved as presented. President will be Dianne Woods, Vice President will be June Dawson, Treasurer will be Ed Morrow and Secretary will be Carolyn Rice. Our thanks to departing Officers Don Battles, Bob Byrne and Gordon Dill. Gordon will remain on the Board as the CGCI representative.
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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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....)
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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