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January 9 - The Joys of Growing Succulents

Steve and Judy Show Returns! Can you believe that it’s already time to check your calendar to discover that our first meeting of 2020 is NEXT THURSDAY?!! Yes, January 9 is the second Thursday. Who knew? We have a repeat treat in store — some of you may recall that a few months ago Steve Hoch and Judy Tschirgi very helpfully stepped into the breach when a scheduled speaker became ill. Now they’re back to enlighten us further on the joys of growing succulents. So gather up your contribution for the raffle, the shared cuttings table, and tune up your ears (hearing aids?) to be sure to get all the good news of the New Year As always, social hour begins at 6:45 pm, regular meeting starts at 7:30 pm.

See you there.

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 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.

December 12 - Holiday Party

When gardeners gather to greet the Christmas season, they do it in style! Many festive red and/or green outfits and a Santa hat or two helped to set the mood for a jolly happy hour and dinner at the Garden Club party at Del Mesa in December. Highlights of the dinner were delicious prime rib and salmon, along with salad, sides, and a choice of desserts so good that some party-goers were spotted taking one of each!President Dianne Woods thanked Karolyn Stone for making the arrangements, and the assembled attendees agreed: a wonderful time was had by all!  - Mary Gale

Photos available in 2019 Holiday Party

This year's Holiday Party will be held on December 12 at Del Mesa, Carmel.  Click here to register.


October 12 -  Fall Rosie's Garden Clean-up


Fall Rosie’s Garden Clean-up

When:  Saturday, October 12

Time:  9:00 a.m – 12 noon

Where:  Rosie’s Garden, Esquiline Road, Carmel Valley


Group 1:  Pruning Tree Limbs – Volunteers WITH SOME MUSCLE and NOT AFRAID OF HEIGHTS needed –

Contact: Bob Byrne: or 831-582-7316


Group 2:  General Clean-up

Contact:  Dianne Woods: or 831-659-2737


Refreshments from Wild Goose Café!!!

Bring Gloves and tools such as pruners, rakes and loppers. 

October 10  - Monthly Meeting 

Topic: Falconry in Carmel Valley
Speaker: Paul Bird
Where:  Carmel Valley Community Youth Center, 25 Ford Road
Time:  6:45 p.m. Social Hour, 7:30 p.m. Presentation

No raffle this month.  It will return in November.

Bring your clippings to share!


September 12 - Ground Squirrels

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The speaker for our first monthly meeting of 2019-20 was Rebecca Dmytryk and her husband DeWayne of Humane Wildlife Control who provided a very informative slide presentation on "Ground Squirrel Life Cycle and Control" (who knew there were 7 types of ground squirrels and 8 sub-species of California ones).  In addition, it included a short presentation and discussion on the different rats living in Carmel Valley.  The presenters discussed how to trap ground squirrels; explained "integrated pest management" with the holistic approach of 'biodynamics' to create harmonious living with humans; emphasized the negative consquences of using commercial poison, and the benefits of carbon monoxide via P.E.R.C. (Pressurized Exhaust Rodent Controller).

Our garden show raffle continues to be successful.  Witness a couple of our happy winners - Rene Wagner and new member Gerry Montgomery.June 9 Final Meeting - Potluck Picnic BBQ
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With the Best Weather Yet for the final event of the year, 70 members gathered at the Carmel Valley Community Youth Center for a great end of year party.  First we welcomed our new Board members, Carolyn Rice, June Dawson, Dianne Woods and Ed Morrow (above left).  Then we gave out grants to 8 local nonprofits:  Carmel Valley Community Youth Center, Friends of Carmel Valley Historical Society, Carmel Valley Boy Scout Troop #127, Carmel Valley Village Improvement Committee, Rosie's Garden, Hidden Valley Music Seminars and Tularcitos Parent Teacher Organization.  Next we feasted on member provided potluck items and club provided entrees (John Brocco and Elaine Kramer on grill duty).  

Many thanks to Karolyn Stone and her team for all the hard work arranging this great event.

More Photos available in the 2019 June BBQ Photo Album.


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.

And here are photos from the 2019 Garden Show  Enjoy!

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 album.
Kudos to Ed Dickson for arranging such a great hike. 

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    Event Schedule

Sept. 12  - Ground Squirrel Life Cycle and Control

Oct. 10Falconry in Carmel Valley

Nov. 14 - Irises: Perspective from England

Dec. 12 - Holiday Party -

Jan. 9 - Succulents in Carmel Valley

Feb. 13 - Valentine Potluck Party

March 12 -
 Grafting:  A Hands-on Talk

April 9 - Garden Show Prep

May 2 & 3- 51st Annual Garden Show at Hidden Valley

June Picnic -  Date &  Place to be announced

July, August - Vacation Break

Thank you 2019


Griggs Nursery

Peninsula Septic Tank Service

Regency Construction Company

Sotheby's Carmel Valley

Polaris Consulting

Carmel Valley Electric

Murphy's Lumber and Hardware

Jerome's Carmel Valley Market

Buck/DeLeon Construction


         Carmel Valley Garden Club                                                             P.O. Box 72 Carmel Valley, CA  93924                                                                      831-277-2670