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May 2015 Vol. 2015, Issue 9 Member of CGCI A Publication of Modesto Garden Club, Inc. Valley Lode District – Pacific Region Filoli: Step Back in Time On a Virtual Tour of a ‘Great Country Estate’ By Penny Binney Our tour guide for today will be Donna Mollenhauer, Filoli Outreach Speaker. Filoli was the vision of Mr. and Mrs .William Bowers Bourn II, owner of the Empire Gold Mine at Grass Valley. Designed between1915-1917 and set against the dramatic backdrop of the northern Santa Cruz mountains; Filoli is an excellent example of the Golden Age of American garden design and country house architecture. Opened to the public in 1976 as a ”National Trust for Historic Preservation” site; Filoli features a 36,000 sq. ft. home, and a 16 acre formal garden. Invite your friends to our meeting on May 14, 2015 for a ‘Step Back in time and relive a unique chapter in American history with a virtual tour through Filoli and the gardens’. ‘Filoli - a lavish early 20th century estate that is the last of its kind goes back to when San Francisco’s richest families built to dazzle.’ 21st Annual Summer Luncheon Wednesday and Thursday – June 3 & 4, 2015 Del Rio Country Club – 801 Stewart Rd., Modesto A spectacular event you don’t want to miss! Table Viewing Only - Wednesday, June 3 - 1 to 7 p.m. - $10 Table Viewing & Lunch - Thursday, June 4 - 10:30 a.m. to Noon - $35 Ticket Information Viewing Tickets - If you are not able to attend the luncheon but would still like to see the table settings, tickets will be available at the May General meeting. Ticket cost is $10. Luncheon and viewing – If space is still available for the luncheon, tickets will be on sale at the May general meeting. Ticket cost is $35. Tickets can also be purchased by sending a check to Linda Pedego, 921 Terrace Place, Modesto, CA 95350. If you have questions about the viewing or luncheon, please call Linda Pedego at 523-1420 or Joyce Smith at 5278179 Membership fees of $40 are due by July 31, 2015 for the fiscal year 2015 – 2016. We will be taking renewal checks at the May 14th meeting, or you can mail checks May 1st or later directly to the office at: Modesto Garden Club, 622 14th Street, Modesto, CA 953542505, or you can pay online at for renewal and new memberships. We need your renewal or new membership by July in order to get your name in the new yearbook. You will receive your new book at the September general meeting. Dues Friendly Reminder By Shirley LaBass


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Page 2 Over the Garden Gate President’s Message By Dan Yockey Hi everyone, I can hardly believe the Garden Cub year is going by so fast and that we are almost to the end. I want to thank the Nominating Committee members for their great job this year. The May meeting will be the swearing in of officers for the 2015-2017 years. April was our major fund raiser the Spring Garden Tour and since this article is written before the event I know it will again be a great success. ‘Thank you’ to Gerry Yockey, and your dedicated team, for all your efforts and commitment. May will also be a busy month , May 5th Presidents Thank You luncheon. Sign up right away. May 12th Valley Lode District Meeting in Turlock. May 13th New Members Tea. If you are a new member and have not attended a tea call the office on Wednesday to reserve your spot. And we cannot forget the Spring Luncheon viewing June 3rd viewing and luncheon June 4th . Yours in Gardening, Dan Calendar of Upcoming Events • May 5: Tuesday, 11:30 a.m. President’s Thank You Luncheon. Honors volunteers who worked to make this year a success. The lunch is limited to 75. Signups start immediately with Deana at the office or give Dan your names personally. No charge.. The Seasons Event Center May 6: Wednesday, 10 a.m. to noon, Hands on Workshop - Create a Miniature Garden. $25 at Modesto Garden Club Office 622 14th Street, Modesto, CA. (Must reserve in advance, no refunds if unable to attend). May 12: Tuesday, Valley Lode District meeting hosted by the Turlock Garden Club at the Turlock Country Club. This will be our District Director Penny Binney’s last official meeting as our director. Dan wants as many Modesto Garden Club members to attend as possible. $25. Apply at club office. May 12: 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. May 13: Wednesday, 10:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m. New member’s “Welcome Tea,” Modesto Garden Club Office, 622 14th Street, Modesto. If you haven’t attended one and you’re new, please come get to know the club in a smaller setting. May 14: Thursday, 10:45 a.m. Snack and Learn. Speaker: Tally Scully teaches us about attracting birds, butterflies and bees 12:00 General Meeting. Speaker: Donna Mollenhauer, Outreach Speaker, “Step back in time . . . with a virtual tour through Filoli and the gardens.” Location. Bethel Church 2361 Scenic Dr., Modesto, CA 95355 May 16: Saturday, 9:30 a.m. -4:30 p.m.Mariposa Master Gardeners Tour of five home gardens and the Firehouse Native Plant Garden. Tickets are $12. Presale and $15. day of tour. *tickets available on-line at • May 19: Tuesday, 9 a.m. Planters and Groomers All are invited to help with the Club Office Gardens. Bring gloves. May 26: 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. May 28: Thursday, 8:30 a.m. Light Breakfast prior to 9 a.m. Board Meeting. Members welcome. MGC Office. June 3 & 4: Wednesday and Thursday, Annual Summer Luncheon. Wednesday, June 3 (viewing only) and Thursday, June 4 (viewing and luncheon) at Del Rio Country Club. Tickets at the door for viewing. Advanced tickets always sell-out for luncheon. June 6 & 7: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Succulent and Cactus Show and Sale. Stockton Cactus and Succulent Society is holding a Modesto fundraiser. Show, sale, lessons, and petting zoo. Save the date! 1824 California Ave., Modesto 95358. • • • • • • • • • • *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; Mary Lou Rice with photos, fliers or advertisements. 209 869-3584.


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Over the Garden Gate Page 3 Spring Garden Tour a Success By Gerry Yockey Wow! We got through the Spring Garden Tour fundraiser and I am so excited by the outcome of the tour! I want to thank the Garden Club members for helping make this tour such a success. You bought the tickets and told everyone you knew about the fundraiser. So many people to thank! The vendors for selling our tickets! What would we have done without their support? The docents, who every year, come forward to volunteer at the homes, “Thank you” for that! Deanna Clark who sells the tickets at the Modesto Garden Office, Louise Nelson who gave us two quilts this year for our raffle. Thank you Cindy Ott for the baskets you made. Of course there is my committee. They worked so hard to make this year a success. I cannot thank them enough! Judy Crisp, Ticket Sales, Patté Williams, Docent Coordinator, Maree Hawkins, Publicity, Mary Lou Rice, Posters/signs Judy Spencer, Tour booklets, Dan Yockey, Refreshments, Janice Garcia, Garden Hunting Crew and last but not least Pat Williams, Fundraising/ Raffatunity. Many thanks to everyone for your support! A Feast of Color in May’s Garden of the Month A Family Affair - May Garden of the Month By Donna Genasci The May Garden of the Month is owned by Joan Michelotti and is located at 916 Mills Avenue, Modesto. Joan bought the home in April 2012 and finished landscaping in March 2013. Plantings were designed to display year round interest, both in foliage and blooms. Most of the front yard plants are evergreens, mixed with Japanese maples. The yard design is meant to be low maintenance. The yard features three rocky dry river beds. The fence, designed by Joan’s brother, was inspired from a design featured in Sunset Magazine. The landscape design and installation was done by Joan’s brother-in-law. Truly a family affair! It’s a nature walk in the forest, enjoying a variety of plants, including: Aptos Blue redwoods, Blood Good and Red Emperor japanese maples, interior live oaks, white drift roses, nandina, Chinese fringe flower, laurel cherry shrubs, Duc de Rohan azaleas, coprosma, scotch moss, iberis, and Little John bottle bush. 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, Pixie Kinser, Cheryl Carmichael, Donna Genasci, Beverly Schlegle, Norene Dexter, Tally Scully, Dawn Dalyce, Shirley La Bass, Lela Harrington, Copy/ Text Editor: Dawn Dalyce (209) 596-3330 Advertisements, Fliers and Photos: Mary Lou Rice (209) 869-3584 Website: Office: 622-14th Street, 529-7360 (Wed., 9 a.m.-Noon) Modesto, CA. 95354-2505 Email:


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Page 4 Over the Garden Gate New Member’s Tea By Shirley LaBass New members are invited to attend our “Welcome Tea” on Wednesday, May 13, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. at the Garden Club Office, 622 14th Street, Modesto Ca. This tea is designed for new members to meet in a smaller group and receive an overview of the Modesto Garden Club, and to ask questions This is open to anyone who has not attended a “Welcome Tea” in the past. If you have any questions, please feel free to call the Garden Club office at 209 529-7360 on Wednesday mornings from 9:00 a.m. until noon. You will receive an invitation in the mail. Photos from the Modesto Garden Club General Meeting March New Members By Shirley LaBass Linda Mc Elroy Pam Povlak Jane Ronsse Joy Swick 3/04/15 3/10/15 3/12/15 3/31/15 Summer Luncheon Hostesses Just a Reminder By Norene Dexter Your table descriptions are due Wednesday, May 13, don’t be late. Please keep them short, 25 words or less. Please include all information required on the form in your hostess packet. Send them to Norene Dexter as per instructions, thanks. May Snack and Learn By Tally Scully The snack & learn subject for May will be, “Drawing Birds, Butterflies, and Bees Near in the Garden.” Tally Scully will explain which plants and seeds will draw in our feathered friends and what birds we’re likely to see in the Modesto backyard. In addition, members will learn what plants best support our butterflies and bees along with fun facts. Volunteers of the Month Don & Penny Binney


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Over the Garden Gate Page 5 Forget-Me-Not-Spot By Sharon Ross Wow, it’s the first time for me, as your Corresponding Secretary that there are no members to be reported as being ill, having surgeries, or having a death in the family. This is a “beautiful thing” in my opinion and an example of President Dan’s theme for this Garden Club year. I loved the Spring Garden Tour. Beautiful gardens were a true treat to see. In April I sent 43 birthday cards to our members. Thank you so very much for calling me about members who can use some cheer sent to them. Sharon (209) 523-8763. Hanging Baskets for Sale By Dan Yockey Newsletter Changes Broader Events Coverage and New Email Address for Articles By Dawn Dalyce You will notice that we have included an event for the Mariposa Master Gardener’s tour in our calendar, and we plan to also calendar events for our local garden clubs if they would like to send me their dates and times, and maybe a short description. Please start sending events-to-calendar, along with any other gardening articles or gardening related recipes to our new newsletter email that can be accessed by Mary Lou for ads and photos, Dan to oversee, and myself for text messages. This joint account should prove to help us single out newsletter only emails, from our personal or club emails, and help us be more organized. Send calendar events and short descriptions, or your gardening articles, or recipes from now on to Spring is just around the corner; so why not invest in one of our selfwatering hanging baskets? These baskets only need watering about once a week and are practically indestructible. Buy one now, and plant it as a gift for Mother’s Day; or just a great gift for someone you care about. Great way to grow strawberries. The baskets will be on sale at the General Meetings April, and May; and at the Garden Club office on Wednesdays 9 a.m.-12 noon. Original purchase price was over $125.00, and you can now purchase one at the DISCOUNTED PRICE of $30.00.


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Page 6 Over the Garden Gate Memorial Rose Garden By Beverly Schlegel Lavender Library By Joanie Campbell Linda Masuda Irene Morimoto, Mabel Sugiura It’s hard to believe another Garden Club year is coming to an end. The Lavender Library Committee will be busy doing an inventory of all the books during the summer so we would appreciate all borrowed books be returned to the May meeting to facilitate our work. There will be no books checked out in May. Have a great summer. We’ve been busy caring for the Memorial Rose Garden in Roosevelt Park. In January volunteers pruned the roses. Thank you’s to Garden Club volunteers Don Binney, Penny Binney, Leah Meedom, Mary McNicholas, Margo Reese, Joanie Sanford, Pat Williams, Gerry Yockey and Dan Yockey. March 9th a group of enthusiastic volunteers weeded and spread bark in the Memorial Rose Garden. Mary Curtoni, Karen Dahlberg, Jill Fisk, Joyce Gallucci, Linda Graves, Sheryl Koff, Kathleen Holmberg and Margo Reese completed this project. “Thank you” to this group of volunteers. We’ll be working in the Memorial Rose Garden again in June or July and in November. If you’d like to volunteer, please call me, Beverly, 209 549-1664. Gardening Tips and Tidbits Water Shortage Becoming Drastic By Dawn Dalyce California is now in our 4th year of drought and we are in danger of not having water for the basis of our economy which is agriculture, or to have water to supply to residents. Governor Jerry Brown has asked us all to reduce our consumption by at least 25 percent, and is giving large fines to businesses and people caught wasting water with sprinkler over run and such. I am personally planning to let my grass go this year. It was a blend of many years of fescue, bluegrass, Bermuda grass and weeds anyway, so can easily be replaced by a bag of seed, and I’ll have a prettier lawn if and when our drought eases up. I love succulents, so this may be the push that I need to replace my front lawn with gravel, rock, pathways, and potted succulents. I don’t love mowing anyway. I will miss the cooling effect of a lawn. For now I am going to keep my flower and fern beds, they are only about ¼ of my normally watered area. The city tree experts, who just came to La Loma to remove mistletoe and trim our huge ash trees, said the trees will survive not being watered much due to massive root systems, and they‘ll get some water when I water my beds. I will use a hose only, not sprinklers that cause evaporative loss. There are a few flowers that are quite drought tolerant, so don’t require daily water, such as geraniums and sages. If you want a pop of color all summer, and want to plant a few flowers, these, or California natives (which still require extra water during establishment of new plantings) you might consider them. Succulents are our very best bet, as they can be watered once a month to once a week depending on sun exposure and type. Many succulents have very impressive flowers, and while some guard themselves from sun, and being eaten by snails or animals with thorns, many are thornless. Ask a Master Gardener to help you plan a replanting if they have time, including myself, and we’ll give you suggestions or even help you draw up an attractive planting design using water wise plants. Landscape designers and landscapers can and will also do this job for you, but at a price.


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Over the Garden Gate Page 7 Getting To Know You - All About Joann Tamura By Dot Jones Joann Tamura has been a member of the Modesto Garden Club since 2002. She was born in Sacramento but raised in the Modesto area by her mother, Hideko Tamura. Her father died when she was ten months old. She and her mother lived on a family-owned farm that grew peaches and a variety of vegetables for their Japanese cuisine. The farm was run by her uncles and grandparents. The family purchased the farm during the Great Depression after a bank foreclosed on the previous owners. After the attack on Pearl Harbor by Japan in 1941 caused America to join WWII, Executive Order 9066 was declared that all Japanese owned companies and farms would be shut down, all pets had to be gotten rid of, and the family had two weeks to report to a WRA Relocation Center. Joann and her mother were sent to an Internment Camp in Colorado for approximately 2 years. She was very young, and doesn’t remember this time, but her mom told her many stories about living in this contained community. After the war and returning home, Joann’s mother studied to become a legal secretary and worked in Modesto. She died in Stanislaus County, Dec. 28, 1965, at the age of 51. Joann worked in the medical records department of the old Scenic Hospital for 37 years. She says that she was so fortunate to have traveled with her mother to Japan, Hong Kong, Bannock and Singapore just before her sudden death. Traveling is one of Joann’s greatest pleasures, and she remembers the wonderful trip she took in 1969 to New Zealand, Australia and Fiji. She admits she now enjoys only local or short road trips and is always ready to go on our Modesto Garden Club bus trips. “Now that I am retired, I really enjoy my volunteer time at the Gallo Center for the Arts, gardening and all the Modesto Garden Club has to offer,” Joann says. “Life is good!” Civic Affairs Update By Cheryl Carmichael By the time you read this the clock will be planted and the pots will be renewed. The city will water each pot at least once a week. If you have adopted pots you might want to give them a little extra water once a week if you can. The city will water on Tuesday and Friday. G Street - I street get watered on Tuesday. J - O streets are watered on Friday. You can time your additional water around the usual day that they water. This winter the annuals did quite well in the pots contributing a great deal of color to our city streets. With the warmth in March and early April all of the colorful annuals pooped out. One day they were glorious. The next day they were pathetic. Three cheers to the City watering wizard for pulling dead annuals as they appear. The clock started out with a bang and then did nothing. Leah Meedom and I pulled out the flowers and the billions of weeds in early April. Since the clock will be planted in late April it gave us some time to spray for weeds. The little garden at the Visual Impaired program on H street is overflowing with poppies. It is a bright addition to H Street. The coordinator of the program told me that the clients love to sit on the edge of the raised planter and touch all the plants, smell the good smells and enjoy the sunshine. Good feedback indeed. Thank you to everyone who helped Beverly Schlegel at the Virginia Corridor Rose Garden. They spread 4 yards of mulch and it wasn’t enough. Pat Williams and crew manage the rose garden on Briggsmore and it looks terrific. Pixie Kinser and her loyal Hackers and Whackers should be applauded for their conscientious attendance to the Senior Center. We don’t have meetings there anymore but our presence is still felt. Arbor Day this year is at Muni Golf Course in conjunction with the First Tee Program. Pop Knorr and the first Modesto Garden Club group planted many of the original trees on the course. They have lived a long and beautiful life but many are failing. We feel really good about continuing the contributions to this local landmark. Even asleep, the Victim’s Garden at the Court House is relaxing. Thank you Redbuds Budding Gardener group. Anyone want to adopt a pot or four? I still have plenty of waiting ‘children.’


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Page 8 Over the Garden Gate Return Service Requested 622 14th Street Modesto, CA 95354-2505 Hands on Workshop: Create a Miniature Garden By Lela Harrington & Shirley LaBass What: “Create a Miniature Garden,” led by Cheryl Collins Who: 15 Garden Club Members When: Wednesday, May 6, 2015 \10:00 a.m. to noon Where: Modesto Garden Club Office, 622 14th Street, Modesto Cost: $25.00 Non-refundable if unable to attend. Please call 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) 3808050 or Shirley LaBass (209) 485-0332. A thing of beauty at the Westturf Nursery workshop. Hackers and Wackers By Pixie Kinser The Hackers and Wackers have been busy at the Senior Citizen center doing general clean up and mulching areas with cocoa bean shells. They smell great and also act as a weed preventer. (note to those who may use them at home, they are very poisonous to pet dogs) The wall at the back of the parking looks great and patriotic with the blooming iris, sweet alyissum, and red pelargonium . When the iris die back the plumbago will start blooming continuing the patriotic color scheme. We are working with the city to come up with a reasonable drought watering and planting program. Last week we meet at Karleen Ashby’s home for a delicious luncheon and a tour of her yard. It was beautiful with many different flowers and shrubs blooming. We also had a look at her recent project; pavers with rocks she has collected being used to make lovely designs. We can always use more helpers, so please stop by and check us out the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month. Happy spring! Planters and Groomers By Gerry Yockey For those who missed the Spring Garden Tour YOU missed a lot. The Modesto Garden Office never looked more beautiful. The roses were in full bloom. The snapdragons of many colors exceeded themselves and the pansies and the alyssum were the icing on the cake. The volunteers really worked hard to achieve the finished yard. The following people were there to help make the garden a success. Doris Giomi, Jean Seeley, Judy Crisp, Joanne Meinhardt, Jerry Frad, Pat Williams, Penny Binney, Don Binney, Sharon Searls, Tina Gianopoulos, Patsy Keller, Rhonda Klendar, Judy Silber, Beverly Schlegel, Josephine Parra, Mary McNicholas and Dan Yockey. Thank you all for a job well done!



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