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January 2015 Vol. 2015, Issue 5 Member of CGCI A Publication of Modesto Garden Club, Inc. Valley Lode District – Pacific Region Sustainable Groundwater Management By Penny Binney Walter Ward, water resources manager for Stanislaus County, Environmental Resources, is our program speaker for January 8, 2015. Mr. Ward has held various water resources management and professional positions for more than 30 years, working primarily in the areas of urban and agricultural water supply, in both the private and public sector water industries. Part of his duties involve facilitating the county’s Water Advisory Committee pertaining to groundwater issues. He is also chairman of the Groundwater Management Technical Advisory Committee that serves the county. Prior to his position with Stanislaus County Mr. Ward served as assistant general manager, water operations, for the Modesto Irrigation District (MID), a position that he held from August 1996 through October 2013. In that capacity he oversaw the departments of civil engineering, irrigation field services, drinking water, water supply planning and conservation, and water rights. A graduate of Grace Davis High School, Mr. Ward holds a degree in Geological Sciences from the University of California, Santa Barbara and attended graduate school at the University of Wyoming in Laramie, specializing in ground water resources. Docent Signups Begin at Generl Meeting For April 18 Garden Tour By Maree Hawkins New Members In Month of November By Shirley LaBass Name MARIE FUHR DIANE HANSEN LISA LIVINGSTON CUMMINGS INA MATHIS Date Joined 11/13/2014 11/13/2014 11/13/2014 11/13/2014 Docent signups for the April 18 Spring Garden Tour begin this month! Your commitment that day will be only a two-hour shift at one of the seven homes or the club’s downtown office. No experience is necessary. The tour is the club’s major fundraiser, benefitting scholarships and our community beautification projects. This year’s tour features six homes in River Heights (Riverbank) plus a historic farm house in north Modesto only five minutes from River Heights. Give family and friends a heads up on the date. Tickets go on sale in midMarch. See Patté Williams at the general meeting signup table or call 521-5889 or 505-3526 to reserve your preferred shift. The event runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Docent shifts are: 8:30-10:30 a.m.; 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; 12:30-2:30 p.m. and 2:30-4:30 p.m.. Tour committee members are: Gerry Yockey, Mary Lou Rice, Judy Spencer, Judy Crisp, Patté Williams, Pat Williams, Janice Garcia, Dan Yockey, and Maree Hawkins. CHARLOTTE OTT CUNNINGHAM 11/13/2014 BOB TAYLOR 11/19/2014 Welcome to all new members, please jump right in and join all the club activities. New members can find out details about volunteer activities involving club members by reading the article on page 7 from the nominating committee. The article outlines the procedures to fill vacancies on committees and for various club positions. To reach its goals, the Garden Club depends on member volunteers.


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Page 2 Over the Garden Gate President’s Message By Dan Yockey I hope everyone had a great Holiday Season and I am looking forward to seeing everyone again in January 2015. This week it was my pleasure to attend and be a participant in our Annual Holiday Luncheon on December 4th. Each time I think that it just cannot get any better but to my surprise I think that everyone went over the top again, producing some of the most beautiful and creative table settings yet. If you were not able to attend and see for yourself, we will have a video on our website soon. Compliments to all who worked so hard to make the luncheon a success January starts out the second half of our Garden Club year and our nominating committee will be looking for members to fill several important jobs on our Board of Directors. Help keep our club a success. Yours in Gardening, Dan Calendar of Upcoming Events • January 6: Tuesday, 9 a.m. Planters and Groomers. All are invited to help with the Club Office Gardens. Bring gloves. January 8: Thursday, 10:45 Snack and Learn. Speaker: Patté Williams will be showing us home designs and floral designs with humor. 12:00 General Meeting. Speaker, Stanislaus County Water and Environmental Resources Manager Walter Ward is our program speaker for January. Location Bethel Church 2361 Scenic Dr., Modesto, CA 95355. January 12: Monday, 8:30 a.m. Volunteers needed for Memorial Rose Garden annual rose pruning and cleanup. Bring your pruning shears, a rake, a broom and gloves. The garden is located on Orangeburg between Roosevelt Drive and Bronson Ave., on the southeast corner of Roosevelt Park, just off the Virginia Parkway. January 13: Tuesday, 8:30- 10:30 a.m. Hackers and Wackers. Members wanted to do gardening chores at the Senior Citizens Center. Bring gloves if you like to use them, and a sense of fun. January 20: Tuesday, 9 a.m. Planters and Groomers. All are invited to help with the Club Office Gardens. Bring gloves. January 22: Thursday, 8:30 a.m. Light Breakfast for Board Meeting at 9 a.m. Members are welcome to come to the MGC Office if they want to see how the Board works. • January 27: Tuesday, 8:30-10:30 a.m. Hackers and Wackers. Members wanted to do gardening chores at the Senior Citizens Center. Bring gloves if you like to use them, and a sense of fun. January 28: Wednesday, 9 a.m. to noon. Hands on Workshop, Create a Mosaic Pot, taught by Patté Williams. $30.00 at Modesto Garden Club, 622 14th Street, Modesto, CA. February 10: Tuesday, Valley Lode District Meeting, hosted by Calaveras County Garden Club. Please notify Dan asap if you want to attend. • • • • * Snack and Learn speaker usually doesn’t start until 10:45 but if you arrive earlier you have time to snack, chat, borrow books from the library, check out the raffle, shop for plants or white elephants, at our New- To-You Table. General Meeting starts at 12:00 noon, please be in your seats. Please bring donations for plant share table, and New –To-You table (garden type items). Need to include an article in the Garden Gate Newsletter? Please contact Dawn Dalyce, text editor, with events, and articles by the 5th of each month. 209-596-3330 dawndalyce@yahoo.com; Mary Lou Rice with photos, fliers or advertisements. mlour@msn.com 209 869-3584. • • •


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Over the Garden Gate Page 3 The Magic of Christmas Holiday Home Tour By Gerry Yockey What Fun! Everyone had such a wonderful time touring the three beautiful homes. I want to thank Denniz and Brian Wistow, Marilyn and Jim McCormick and my husband Dan for doing such a wonderful job! I also want to thank the docents for guiding the members through the homes and being a part of this fundraiser (I don’t know what I would do without you). Special thanks to Deanna Clark for helping out by selling tickets at the Modesto Garden office, and Tally Scully and Nancy Smith for putting the tickets on the internet so members could buy them. Most of all, thank you members for helping by buying the tickets. Thank you all. It was such a success! Forget-Me-Not-Spot By Sharon Ross A new year’s beginning. Is it just me, or did 2014 go by more quickly than usual? It may be an age thing, gulp! There have been some club members who have been ill. Irene Pedersen, Sally Ann Scott, Mary Mc Dowell, Edith Burchell, Linda Lovaas, Allegria Rice and Martha Martin can use all of our good thoughts and prayers. Forty-nine birthday cards went out to members in the month of December. Many thanks as always for calling to tell me who can use some cheer sent to them. Sharon (209) 523-8763. Top photo, Denniz and Brian Wistow’s home; middle, Dan and Gerry Yockey’s holiday decor; and Marilyn and Jim McCormick’s Christmas setting. Published 10 times a year, September-June, by the Modesto Garden Club, Inc. Over the Garden Gate President: Dan Yockey. Contributing Writers this month: Dan Yockey, Sharon Ross, Gerry Yockey, Penny Binney, Maree Hawkins, Pixie Kinser, Beverly Schlegel, Mable Suguira, Dawn Dalyce, Shirley La Bass, Lela Harrington Copy/ Text Editor: Dawn Dalyce (209) 596-3330 dawndalyce@yahoo.com Advertisements, Fliers and Photos: Mary Lou Rice (209) 869-3584 mlour@msn.com Website: www.modestogardenclub.org Office: 622-14th Street, Email: email@modestogardenclub.org 529-7360 (Wed., 9 a.m.-Noon) Modesto, CA. 95354-2505


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Page 4 Over the Garden Gate Gardening Tips and Tidbits By Dawn Dalyce Winter frost protection is an issue for those of us who enjoy succulents or tropical plants. I have filled up two greenhouses this year, and am working on a third. Thank the good Lord that we’ve had rain and it hasn’t frozen before I got all my treasures protected. I’ve been asked several times how I get my plants to survive in the winter. Not all can go in greenhouses, or even inside my house, which resembles a greenhouse in the winter too. If you drive by my house on frosty mornings you will find everything covering plants from towels, to burlap, to a sleeping bag over my pigmy date palm. Even plastic or glass domes, are useful. I’ve used garbage cans, rubbermade tubs, and even the pop up type laundry hampers covered with plastic. The towels wouldn’t work if it rained, then froze, because the ice would get through. Plastic doesn’t work, unless there is burlap or something like a towel that will hold air, and keep the freezing plastic from touching the plant. Plant covers that touch plants need to be removed when the sun is up and warm above freezing. My answer to the question of frost protection is just do your best. Add mulch to your flower beds where you can. Try to keep cacti and succulents dry as possible in the winter, use a greenhouse if you can, a garage, or covered patio if you have one, and burlap or towels propped up if you don’t. If you must use plastic, try to put a tomato cage, or frame of some kind up so the plastic doesn’t touch the plant. We are likely to lose some plants in winter, but most will survive. If plants don’t survive, I will try to grow more from cuttings or seeds, or you will see me out shopping. That is what plant-a-holics do. Planters and Groomers By Gerry Yockey The Planters and Groomers had a mini vacation and did not have to work at the Modesto Garden Club office in December. After planting 700 plants in October and maintaining them through the following months it was nice having time off. When we arrived back at the office there was so much to do, we did not know where to begin. All the leaves came down and the ground was pretty wet. The flowers are still blooming and some of the roses are blooming too. It has always been hard for me to garden in the winter when it is so cold. The girls are such troopers. They got their rakes, shovels and brooms and started to work. I want to recognize the following members of the garden club for their dedication in coming no matter how cold it gets. Doris Giome, Jean Seeley, Judy Crisp, Ali Martinez, Joanne Meinhardt, Jerry Frad, Don Binney, Dan Yockey, Pat Williams, Penny Binney, Sharon Searls, Shirley Phillips, Rosanda Amerine, Tina Gianopoulos, Judy Silber, Beverly Schlegel, Josephine Parra, Mary Helen Alonzo, Mary Mc Nicholas. Thank you all. You are so appreciated. Whether just enjoying the table luncheon, all those attending b of the creativity on display. Me their joyous holiday table settin season with everyone!


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Over the Garden Gate Page 5 Our Festive Holiday Luncheon e viewing or taking part in the both parts of the event were in awe embers continue to inspire with ngs, that share the spirit of the


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Page 6 Over the Garden Gate Wreaths as Diverse as the Participants’ Imaginations Lavender Library By Joanie Campbell, Linda Masuda, Irene Morimoto, Mabel Sugiura With the dry hot climate we have been experiencing, some may be thinking of repurposing their existing yards. We will be featuring books in the Lavender Library that may be helpful in thinking outside of our lush, green lawns. • • • The American Meadow Garden: Creating a Natural Alternative to the Traditional lawn Reimaging the California Lawn: Water-conserving Plants, Practices and Designs Plants and Landscapes for Summer-Dry Climates of the San Francisco Bay Region. (I checked with the author before I purchased this book and he assured me it is applicable to our area) The Complete Book of Cacti and Succulents – The definitive practical guide to cultivation, propagation and display Designing with Succulents - Enhance your garden with lush, drought-tolerant, easy-care plants. Hands on Workshop: Create a Mosaic Pot By Lela Harrington & Shirley LaBass • • • • What: Create a Mosaic Pot, taught by Patté Williams Who: Limited to first 15 Garden Club Members When: Wednesday, January 28, 2015, 9:00 a.m. to noon Where: Modesto Garden Club, 622 14th Street, Modesto, CA Cost: $30.00 Non-refundable if unable to attend. • • Hackers and Wackers Report By Pixie Kinser • The zinnias are out, the pansies are in, and with this rain everything is watered. Things were cleaned up and we need to decide what to replace a dead tree with. Anyone have ideas? It is located by the side entrance. Now is the time to plant. Despite injured knees and bad backs everyone continues to make the Senior Citizen Center a well landscaped place. We have some ideas for the new year to make it look even better so keep a look out for us the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month. Come visit us 8:30 a.m.-10-30 a.m., and give us a try. Welcome to our new members, Cheryl Koff, Lois Frauenderfer, Mary Curtoni, and Nancy Taylor. Happy New Year to everyone and hope your Holidays were the most Blessed ever. Please call 209-529-7360 for availability before sending check to: Modesto Garden Club, 622 14th Street, Modesto, CA 95354-2505 Your check confirms your reservation in the class. Reservations/Questions: Lela Harrington (209) 380-8050 or Shirley LaBass (209) 4850332.


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Over the Garden Gate Page 7 You Can Make a Difference as a Volunteer In a Club Leadership Position for 2015 - 2016 By the Nominating Committee The Nominating Committee has been given the task of filling the vacant positions in our Club for the 2015 and 2016 years. If you are new to the Club, this is a fantastic opportunity to lend us your skills and to meet and work with other members. The Modesto Garden Club cannot fulfill its many goals without its member volunteers. Vice Presidents direct and assist the volunteer leaders in their area who are responsible for the activities under their direction. Chairpersons and Directors are responsible for the coordination of one of the areas under the direction of a Vice President. If you would like to take a more active role, please consider one of the following positions: Vice President Civic Affairs – Responsible for downtown pots and flower clock, Courthouse Victims Garden, George Lucas Plaza, Senior Citizens Center, Virginia Corridor Rose Garden, Arbor Day, Stanislaus Wildlife Center, Reforestation. Vice President for Education - Responsible for program speaker for general meetings, Budding Gardeners, Children’s Education, Garden of the Month, Lavender Library, Snack and Learn, Therapeutic Gardening, and Scholarships. Director of Programs – Provides speakers for the general meetings. Co-Chair Snack and Learn – Acquires interesting activities and programs for Hospitality Hour during general meetings. Chairperson Vendor’s Fair – Finds local vendors with garden related materials for sale for once a year activity in September. Co-Chair Workshops – Selects and schedules creative hands on activities for members. Chairperson for Meeting Beverages – Purchases supplies and prepares hot and cold beverages for all general meetings. Contact any of the following members of the Nominating Committee to discuss positions in more detail or to volunteer: Shirlee Adams, Deanna Clark, Norene Dexter, Linda Pedego or Joyce Smith. Memorial Rose Garden Rose Pruning By Beverly Schlegel Monday, January 12, 8:30 a.m., Memorial Rose Garden annual rose pruning and cleanup needs volunteers. Bring your pruning shears, a rake, a broom and gloves. The garden is located on Orangeburg between Roosevelt Drive and Bronson Ave. on the southeast corner of Roosevelt Park just off the Virginia Parkway. Hope to see you there! Beverly 209 549-1664.


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