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February 2015 Vol. 2015, Issue 6 Member of CGCI A Publication of Modesto Garden Club, Inc. Valley Lode District – Pacific Region See How Silverado Nursery Celebrates Valentine’s Day With Flowers By Penny Binney Silverado Nursery, located in Ripon, CA. is a company that takes pride in offering the largest selection of landscape and building supplies to Northern California. They will be coming to our garden club meeting on Thursday, February 12, 2015 as our program speaker, and will be celebrating Valentine’s Day with colorful plant material. They will also be bringing the same perennials and annuals used in their demonstration to sell. Whatever dream inspired outdoor oasis you envision, rest assure Silverado can supply the resources need to make it a reality. Their vast assortment of products includes natural stone, clay brick, pavers and much more. Silverado Nursery brings all of ‘Mother Nature’s’ beautiful creations and puts them right in your front or backyard . Silverado is your destination for inspiration and your one stop shop for anything gardening. All Quiet on the Civic Front By Cheryl Carmichael It’s quiet in my yard now that we aren’t raking leaves every other day. Weeds are still thriving but most of the plants are resting and so am I. As I drive the streets of Modesto I spy many pots with bright flowers cheering people along their merry way. The calendula and little daisies always do quite well. The clock looks beautiful. The plants are filling in and a recent weeding was a worthwhile venture. The hill at the clock is neatly pruned but the plants have seen their better days and need to be replaced. Anyone got suggestions of what might be a useful and beautiful ground cover that can take some wear and tear? All the other Civic Projects continue to plug along with little fanfare but lots of appreciation. The Memorial Rose Garden on the Virginia Corridor got a good pruning in the beginning of January. The Rose Garden on Briggsmore and College looks terrific. The Senior Center always looks sharp. I really like the flowers that were planted this fall. Five Points is a simple but ample planting that almost tends to itself. The Victim’s Garden is asleep but looking comfortable. I love that space either driving by or walking through. I still have pots that need adopting. I have my list at every meeting. Tap me on the shoulder and inquire about a potential “flower child”. To all pot parents, please take the time to stop and check your children. You might find a weed or two. They would appreciate your attention. With Dirt Under my fingernails, Cheryl Valley Lode District Meeting Hosted by Calaveras County Garden Club Join us to learn about “Creative Ways to Conserve Water,” Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015 at Saddle Creek Resort, 1001 Saddle Creek Dr., Copperopolis. Gathering Time: 9:00 a.m. (with morning snacks) Meeting: 9:30 a.m. Speaker 11:00 a.m. Lunch: 12:00 Noon & Raffle Speaker: Robert Kostlivy, Director Environmental Health, Toulumne County Topic: Grey Water & Well Water Reservations: by February 3, 2015—No refunds after this date. Contact Dan Yockey before February 1, 2015 at 209-521-5619


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Page 2 Over the Garden Gate President’s Message By Dan Yockey I want to thank everyone who participated in all of our Holiday events. The month of December was a memorable month for lots of reasons. If you have not already considered volunteering for one of our open Board positions I ask that you speak to one of our nominating committee members and make that step and become more involved in your Garden Club. Spring is just around the corner. The Almond trees will be blooming late this month and all of the trees, shrubs, and flowers will also be blooming. That means the Spring Garden Tour is fast approaching. Sign up as a Docent early and assist this year’s Tour Committee making this Tour the best yet. Yours in Gardening Dan Calendar of Upcoming Events • • February 3, 9 a.m. Planters and Groomers, Garden Club Office. Please join us! February 10, Valley Lode District Meeting, hosted by Calaveras County Garden Club. Please notify Dan asap if you want to attend! February 10, Hackers and Whackers, Senior Center. We need members to help with gardening at the Senior Citizens Center. Let’s have some fun. February 12, General Meeting at One Church, 2361 Scenic Dr., Modesto, 10:45 a.m. Snack and Learn: Classic Wine Vinegar; 12:00, General Meeting. Speaker will be from Silverado Nursery! Don’t forget to wear your favorite Hat for Valentine’s Day! February 17, Planters and Groomers, Garden Club Office. Please join us as we continue to ready the gardens for the Spring Garden Tour in April! February 24, Hackers and Whackers, Senior Center. We need members to help with gardening at the Senior Citizens Center. Let’s have some fun. • February 26, Hands on Workshop, 9:00 a.m. at Silverado Nursery, 460 S. Stockton Ave., Ripon, CA. February 26, Board Meeting, Light Breakfast for Board Meeting 9 a.m. Members are welcome to come to the MGC Office if they want to see how the Board works. • • • * 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. 209596-3330 dawndalyce@yahoo.com; Mary Lou Rice with photos, fliers or advertisements. mlour@msn.com 209 869-3584. • • • Published 10 times a year, September-June, by the Modesto Garden Club, Inc. Over the Garden Gate President: Dan Yockey; Copy Editor: Dawn Dalyce; Contributing Writers: Penny Binney, Cheryl Carmichael. Dawn Dalyce, Maree Hawkins, Pixie Kinser, Shirley LaBass, Sharon Ross, Judy Spencer, Dan Yockey, and Gerry Yockey; Advertisements: Mary Lou Rice 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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Over the Garden Gate Page 3 Craftsman Creativity on a Difficult Corner Lot By Judy Spencer The garden of Diane Cushway, 215 W. Morris Avenue (corner of W. Morris and Lottie Avenue), has been selected as the February Garden of the Month. Diane moved into this house about 3 ½ years ago and has been working on a landscape plan to complement the 1921 Craftsman bungalow. Diane designed a fence using Craftsman detailing for inspiration. The posts mimic the posts often seen on Craftsman porches, and the woodwork of the fence mimics the interior woodwork frequently used in the Craftsman style. The stain used on the wooden fence is natural but dramatic. Diane says a number of people have stopped and asked about the stain – which is walnut. The house is on a corner lot – always difficult – and the only yard is the section along the front and the section along the side of the house. The two sections of yard have been creatively fenced to provide a private yard. Even though it borders the street it is private enough for outdoor dinner parties. The yard is a work in progress, and not many plants are showing during the winter. There will be a tiny section of grass (for grandkids and dog) and the rest will be drought tolerant. Diane is just learning about drought tolerant plants so has lots of experimenting to do, but Forget-Me-Not-Spot she has started with an olive tree and grasses. By Sharon Ross The pergola is waiting for curtains to finish it off. A hot tub is inside the February is a celebration of pergola and it will be private even though the yard borders on the street. hearts and flowers for Valentine’s Day. Our gardens are awakening Spring Tour Docent Sign-ups Continue This Month and some spring like weather will By Maree Hawkins be a treat. Docent sign-ups for the April 18, Spring Garden Tour continue this month. It’s also birthday time once Remember: Your gift of two hours is the gift that keeps on giving since the tour again for our club. Speaking of raises funds for our garden-related community projects and scholarships. birthdays, 45 cards were sent to Just see Patté Williams at the February 12 meeting tour docent sign-up members last month. station. You can also contact her by phone (521-5889 or 505-3526) or via email Our condolences are with Kathy (mfw444@hotmail.com). Provide her with your name, phone number, email Ballatori for a recent death in her and shift preference (8:30-10:30; 10:30 to 12:30; 12:30 to 2:30; 2:30 to 4:30). family. Janice Coelho had surgery, Tickets go on sale in mid-March, so remind friends and family to “save the and Nancy Jackson’s husband had date”. Tickets, at only $20 per person, will be available at the March meeting surgery. We’ll keep them in our and then at local retail locations. prayers. Patté hopes to have all time slots filled by early March. This year’s tour I appreciate all your phone calls features six homes in River Heights (Riverbank) and a historic farm house to let me know who can use some only five minutes from those six homes. We’ll provide you with tour tidbits in cheer sent to them. Sharon (209)March. 523-8763.


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Page 4 Over the Garden Gate Don’t forget to look for those new member name badges . . . and then introduce yourself. Scenes from the General Meeting Everyone loves a door prize! Hands on Workshop Mushrooms Planted With Succulents By Lela Harrington & Shirley LaBass What: Mushroom Planted with Succulents Who: 15 Garden Club Members When: Thursday, February 26, 2015 9:00 a.m. to noon Where: Silverado Nursery 460 S. Stockton Avenue; Ripon, CA; 209-599-4543 Cost: $25.00 – Non-refundable if unable to attend. 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) 485-0332.


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Over the Garden Gate Page 5 It’s a Rose Thing . . . Yearly Pruning Keeps Them Growing Neatly Classic Wine Vinegar The Snack and Learn Speaker for February is Donna from Classic Wine and Vinegar. Her topic will be their process for making Vinegar and the flavors they offer.


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Page 6 Over the Garden Gate Be Bold Wear Your Favorite Spring Hat and Dress for the FebruaryMeeting Our Meeting, February 12th, will feature Silverado Nursery demonstrating how to make a Valentine’s Day arrangement. Since this will be a festive meeting I would like to ask all of you ladies to wear your best and most colorful Spring hats as well as colorful Spring outfits. You Gentlemen also! Show your spirit wear Red for Valentine’s Day. Hackers and Wackers 2014 Report By Pixie Kinser our crew.May 2015 be a wonderful year for each of you, and for the Garden Club. third Tuesday of the month please contact me at 521-5619. Holiday Christmas Tour By Gerry Yockey It has been a productive year. We have the Senior Citizen center at the corner of Scenic and Bodem looking good, and we are close to our goal of a perennial landscape with a few annual color spot areas. The water situation is questionable, so we are going with drought resistant plants. Many of the plants are transplants from our own gardens. It is fun to be able to look at something and say, “That came from my yard”. This past month has been a lot of clean up and bagging of leaves. We ended the year on the 30th working in cold for several hours then got warmed up at Pixie’s house where we had a soup luncheon and lots of conversation. Welcome to Mary Curtoni. We are glad to have you as a member of Planters and Groomers By: Gerry Yockey It’s Tuesday morning and the sun is out.  The wind is cold and I am hoping the weather will warm up by the time the girls arrive to work at the Modesto Garden Club Office Gardens.  I have never seen so many leaves.  I would love to transport the tree in the front of the office someplace else.  Wishful thinking!  There are no blooms on the flowers and the roses have gone to sleep.   It was too cold for weeds to grow, so raking was our number one job.  After having a hot cup of coffee, everything looked so much better.  If there is anyone who would like to join us the first Tuesday and the I wanted to take a few minutes more to give credit to Judy Spencer who made up the lovely Christmas tour ticket.  Judy always does such a lovely job and it would have been a crime if I did not mention her name. On the same theme I want to give the names of the docents who braved the cold to volunteer at the homes on the tour:  Barbara & Wes Page, Renate Glinskas, Bev Oldershaw, Marsha Waggoner, Judy Eitelgeorge, Mary McNicholas, Judy Crisp, Sharon Searls, Melinda Vaughan, Mary Alonzo, Josie Parra, Isabelle Carlson, Joan Rutschow, Valarie Davis, Pat Williams and Beverly Schlegel. Thank you all for being a docent....could not do without you!


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Over the Garden Gate Page 7 Lavender Library By Joanie Campbell, Linda Masuda, Irene Morimoto, Mabel Sugiura Attention Floral Designers! The Lavender Library has added three new books to help those who would like to learn some basics of floral design. • SLOW FLOWERS by Derbra Prinzing, author and co-creator of The 50 Mile Bouquet “Debra Prinzing inspires us to slow down and smell the flowers, especially those grown in our own backyards or by local flower farmers. She takes us through the seasons to create 52 sensual bouquets using locally sourced materials.” THE PLANT RECIPE BOOK by Baylor Chapman. Baylor Chapman is the founder and principal designer of Lila D. Design, a floral and plant design studio in San Francisco. “…100 foolproof recipes to create stunning plant arrangements. Each recipe provides an ingredients list (specifying the type and quantity of plants needed), step-by-step instructions, and stunning photos Hearst Castle where and how to plaee th th June 12 -14 , 2015 showing each plant.” • Cost $350.00-$450.00 (Details to follow…) Deposit: $100.00 • THE FLOWER RECIPE BOOK by Alethea Harampolis and Jill Rizzo “…founders of Studio Choo, a San Francisco-based floral design studio that serves up fresh, wild, and sophisticated flower arrangements.” For more information, call Patte’ Williams at 505-3526. ---------------------------------------Cut Here--------------------------------------Name_________________________________ Guest__________________ Address ____________________________________ Phone_________ Amount paid__________ checks payable to: Modesto Garden Club Send to: Modesto Garden Club C/O Patte’ Williams 622 14th Street Modesto, CA 95354 Don’t Forget to Sign Up For Your Spring Garden Tour Docent Spot Details in the Article on Page 3


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