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June 2015 Vol. 2015, Issue 10 Member of CGCI A Publication of Modesto Garden Club, Inc. Valley Lode District – Pacific Region Civic Affairs: My Final Missive on the State of the Projects By Cheryl Carmichael I’ve been “Charles in Charge” of the Civic Projects for many years. I am passing the baton to Dawn Dalyce, a fellow Master Gardener, and apt replacement, as managing director of this huge umbrella. I know that you will provide her with the support and good cheer that you have given to me over the years. In the midst of challenges with water, vandalism, plant death and changing attitudes I have always appreciated the kind words of each of you for my efforts and my successes. The kind words yelled from car windows as we have marched down streets with our loaded shopping carts and bags of debris have always given me the energy to keep going with these sometimes frustrating projects. The camaraderie of the small groups of members that maintain the multiple sites with loving care, lots of laughs and hard work assure me that life and love within the garden club is sustenance for many and appreciated by all. Thank you all for your smiles, ‘thank yous’ and encouragement over the years of my management. I’m ready to be a worker bee. A State of the Projects report: Hanging Baskets – We chose not to plant hanging baskets downtown because of the lack of water. While we might have watered on a limited basis, the plant material is too vulnerable to dry conditions to think that they would flourish when the point of the baskets is to provide color. Color requires water when the dirt reservoir is limited. Pots - If you read the Modesto Bee on Saturday May 2 you would know that our milk jug watering of the downtown pots and planting flowers is controversial. I have proposed reducing the scope of the project to limit the number of pots, which in turn would limit the amount of water used once a week, and the time a City staff member contributes to the project. I may or may not have agreement with our partners but the proposal is out there. Regardless, members and a group of 4-H helpers planted pots on 5/1 and 5/2 to applause from passersby. We planted begonias and ivy geraniums, plants that will give us a lot of bang for our buck with less water. You will get updates as the months go on. Flower Clock – Leah Meedom is in charge. Call her and say thank you. We planted succulents between the numbers, vincas in the wings and begonias in the center. We are currently struggling with inconsistent watering coverage but that can be fixed. As the permanent clock plantings have matured, the sprinkler system has become less efficient. Sounds like a normal problem in your yard!! It needs to be tweaked for peak performance. Senior Citizen’s Center – Pixie Kinser and her crew continue to manicure the place with love and care. They are planning a renovation of spaces to decrease water use. The Virginia Corridor Rose Garden- thrives. Hats off to Beverly Schlegel for her work, and ability to gather friends and supporters to work with her. Water restrictions will not negatively affect this plot. It may mean more weeds or less weeds, and slower growth of the roses. The Victim’s Garden- chugs along. Water, Water, Water. Always an issue. The budding gardener group that works this plot continues to provide the most vulnerable of us, victims of crime, a place of respite. For that I am thankful. George Lucas Plaza looks great. Arbor Day went off well. We continue to contribute to the Wildlife Conservation Center with our meeting donations. The garden at V(visually) I(impaired) P(program) between 15th and 14th was a riot of California poppies for two months. Now it looks a bit dead but will be cared for continually. Watering at this site is a tiny system that will maintain the plants and not impact use. I still feel like I am busy with club projects. I hope I always will be. Putting some green and careful choices in our desert is important to me and my sense of civic responsibility. With dirt under my finger nails: Cheryl


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Page 2 Over the Garden Gate President’s Message By Dan Yockey Hi everyone, It has been a very busy time the last few weeks. We planted most of the downtown pots last Friday and Saturday. “Thank you” to all of the volunteers who helped with the planting. A special thanks to the Chatham 4h members who helped on Saturday. These young people were a joy to work with. Along with the planting of the pots came our infamous article in the Modesto Bee. I guess we are now news. I told the reporter we as a club are very aware of the drought restrictions and making every effort to do our part. I want to bring your attention to the three pots at 14th and G Street. These three pots are test pots using the most drought tolerant, and water efficient, plants on the market today. Stop by and take a look. “Thank you”, Dawn Dalyce, for your efforts in planting them. At least one good thing came from the article they now know it’s the Garden Club who plants the 247 pots. The Presidents Thank-You luncheon was a success. “Thank you”, Seasons Event Center for their usual great job. I look forward to seeing you at the Spring Luncheon; as usual it looks like another outstanding Garden Club event. Yours in Gardening, Dan Calendar of Upcoming Events • June 3 & 4: Wednesday and Thursday Annual Summer Luncheon Wednesday, June 3rd (viewing only) and Thursday, June 4th (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 dawndalyce@yahoo.com; Mary Lou Rice with photos, fliers or advertisements. mlour@msn.com 209 869-3584. • DUES FRIENDLY REMINDER By Shirley LaBass Mail your check directly to the office at: 622 – 14th Street, Modesto, CA 95354-2505 OR go online at modestogardenclub.org 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 10th meeting. Membership Fees are due by July 31, 2015 for the fiscal year 2015 - 2016 - $40 President: Dan Yockey. Contributing Writers this month: Dan Yockey, Sharon Ross, Penny Binney, Pixie Kinser, Joyce Smith, Maree Hawkins, Linda Pedego, Dawn Dalyce, Shirley La Bass, Cheryl Carmichael ,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, 529-7360 (Wed., 9 a.m.-Noon) Modesto, CA. 95354-2505 Email: email@modestogardenclub.org Published 10 times a year, September-June, by the Modesto Garden Club, Inc. Over the Garden Gate


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Over the Garden Gate Page 3 Garden of the Month June 2015 ‘Look To Nature For Garden Whimsy’ By Maree Hawkins Thinking about how to add color and interest in your garden without using more water? June’s Garden of the Month homeowner Vicki Reid is one step ahead of you with her whimsical garden at 720 Griswold Avenue. Vicki, who dabbles in art, uses recycled and found objects and draws creative inspiration from nature. “All you have to do,” she says, “is to look around, up and down, to allow nature to inspire you.” Debris from the tree next door inspired the stick people who populate her front yard. Vicki let the branches determine the pose and size. The figures have painted egg shell eyeballs and are lashed together with leather strips. “If I can give someone a smile or a laugh when they go by, that’s great,” she says. Neighbors and Virginia Corridor walkers do notice when she moves the stick people around, often asking when their favorite will return. Larger pruned branches from the same tree inspired a low fence-type structure around part of the garden and a vertical branch bundle near the house. A painted wheelbarrow is both garden art and a raised planting bed. Two garage sale bird houses with a shabby chic look add color and height to a planting area. Husband Marty Reid chose the dark gray house color and made the shutters, while she selected yellow for the shutters. A basketball standard also features Vicki’s handiwork with her version of the Mother Earth goddess. Even the iris in her garden are recycled from her grandmother’s Utah garden. Like all gardeners these days, she’s contemplating how to reduce the amount of lawn on her corner lot, while hoping that last year’s wildflowers bloom this summer. Forget-Me-Not Spot By Sharon Ross April New Members By Shirley LaBass National Garden Week is scheduled for June 7-13 this year. We’re all trying to manage gardening with local watering restrictions governing our actions. Penny Binny was suffering with a sinus infection. Jeannie Scherer, former long-time member who moved out of state, lost her sister. Our condolences are with her and her family. I sent out 32 birthday cards to club members in May. Many thanks for your calls letting me know of members who can use some cheer sent to them. Sharon 209-523-8763 Florence Cardenas Barbara Ishida Mary Jennings Karen Johnson Sarah Howard 4/9/15 4/9/15 4/9/15 4/9/15 4/22/15


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Page 4 Over the Garden Gate President’s Thank you Luncheon for Volunteers. Volunteers are the backbone of the Modesto Garden Club. Jean Davis opened her home for a Private Garden Tour . . . A Wonderful Garden!


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Over the Garden Gate Page 5 Spring Garden Tour in Full Bloom Table Viewing Event By Linda Pedego and Joyce Smith We know many Modesto Garden Club members have already made plans to attend the Summer Luncheon on Thursday, June 4 at Del Rio Country Club. If you are unable to attend the luncheon on Thursday, please try to attend the Summer Luncheon Table Viewing on Wednesday, June 3 any time between 1-7. Tickets are $10 at the door. Refreshments will be served. For newer members who have never attended one of the viewing events, it is a feast for the eyes! The hostesses continue to amaze viewers with their creativity and you just have to see it to believe it! Year after year, members who have been to past events give us outstanding feedback on how much they enjoy seeing the beautiful and colorful tables. Don’t miss out…get some friends together, go have lunch somewhere and then head on out to Del Rio, 901 Stewart Road. You’ll be glad you did!


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Page 6 Over the Garden Gate Getting to Know You Hi, my name is Gail Hendrickson, I have been a member of Modesto Garden Club since 2008. I was born in Livermore, Ca. because the hospital was there. I was raised on a ranch in Pleasanton. My Dad raised, trained & raced race horses. He came from Denmark when he was 3. My Mom’s family came from the Azores. I’m the 3rd generation born in Calif. on her side of the family. We also had cows, sheep, chickens & Amos goose, who I raised from an egg. He followed me everywhere. I think he thought I was his Mom. I had 2 older brothers. Growing up I showed horses in horse shows & parades. My last parade was the Rose Parade, which is by invitation. I went to Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, CA. to become a teacher. That is where I met Ken, who is helping me with beverages at our meetings. He found me on classmates.com. 50 years later. Cal Poly’s motto was “Learn By Doing”. I would have to do Student Teaching before Methods classes & I felt unprepared. So, I moved north & finished college at University of California, Hayward. I preferred K-3, especially first grade. I quit when my husband & I were ready to have a family. I volunteered in the community & school while my son & daughter were growing. When I divorced, I went back to substituting in the schools, which is not very rewarding. I then went to work at a Hallmark & became a manager & got to go on buying trips, which I loved. When my 2nd husband retired we moved to Trinity County. We computerized 100+ yrs. of county documents for the historical museum, put them in acid free folders & boxes, so they could be utilized by the public, historians & genealogists. A new addition was added to house our work & we were awarded by the State Historical Society for our efforts at a dinner in southern Cal. While in Trinity County, I helped create a library at the old school house, was a member of the genealogy society & was President of the Trinity County Garden Club. I have lived from San Diego County to Trinity County & from Alameda County to Stanislaus County. I was vice-pres. of the Red Bluff Garden Club & now for our Modesto Club. I was a docent at the San Jose Historical Museum. I was president of the San Jose Youth Science Institute Guild. My favorite past times are reading & gardening. I used to travel a lot, however, when my 2nd husband died in 2003, I thought my traveling days were over. Ken loves to travel & has a time share in Kauai, so I’m blessed again, in many ways. I enjoy the people at Garden Club. I love to make them smile & laugh. I enjoy helping with the Senior Center gardening group & the 2 rose gardens. I’m a doer, as in grunt work, not the lovely table settings the ladies do for our luncheons & meetings. I never will understand where they keep getting new ideas for their gorgeous table settings. The garden tours are a special favorite of mine & I enjoy being a docent. I sorry for the length, but I’m going to be 74 in June. That’s a long time to do things. Hackers and Wackers Don’t Forget It is time to update your personal information For the 2015/16 Yearbook Name: ______________________________ Address: ____________________________ Phone: ______________________________ Email: ______________________________ Please send any changes to Modesto Garden Club, 622 14th St., Modesto CA, 95354-2505 By Pixie Kinser The pansies are still looking good so we won’t replace them until the heat does them in. Then it is zinnia time. We added a daphne to the area by the side door and so far it is happy. Our goal to have the landscape at the Senior Citizen Center mostly perennial flowers and shrubs is working out. Now if anyone has a way to get rid of binder weed please let me know. It is trying to take over the vinca on the Scenic side of the building. Hopefully we can keep things looking good thru what promises to be a long, hot, dry summer. Planting suggestions are always welcome. Come by the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month 8:30- 10:30 and look things over and let me know what you think. “Thanks” to all my fellow workers who will be braving the heat to keep it looking great.


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Over the Garden Gate Page 7 Modesto Garden Club Out-of-Town Tour 2015-2016 2015 June 6 June 12-14 October 10 Sunset Celebration, Menlo park Hearst Castle Trip Amtrack/Ferry Ride Jack of all trade show- Jack London Square Christmas home tour December 5 2016 March 16 ???? San Francisco Flower & garden show Bouquet to art- de young museum For more information, call Patté Williams at 505-3526


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Page 8 Over the Garden Gate Return Service Requested 622 14th Street Modesto, CA 95354-2505 Garden Tips and Tidbits: Expecting a Hot Summer By Dawn Dalyce How will we beat the heat in Modesto CA. this summer without water for our lawns, or to run misting lines along our eves, or “cobra” misters by our patio or pets? I’m already giving this a lot of thought, since in May we already experienced a 95 or higher degree day or two. I’m expecting this to be a hot summer. First, even though, I am not going to water my lawn, I am going to start applying mulch or compost to everything, even my not-yet-dead lawn. The May, and even June 7th rains have kept my lawn somewhat alive, so replacing it with gravel paths and potted succulents can wait a little longer. Grass is a lot easier to remove once it’s dead, you can just rake it away with a rock rake, instead of having to dig up sod, which is a real job. Mulch will hold moisture, and slow the soil from warming. Maybe even give off a little slow evaporation on watering days. I think I’ll use compost that I make, and maybe top it off with a little shredded redwood gorilla hair in my flower beds. I don’t like redwood chips much because they seem to escape and get all over. I’ll compost all the dead grass in my compost spinner and feed it to my worms. Next, my giant rabbit Thumper has moved into the house. Luckily he’s litter box trained, and except for a few dropped beans when he doesn’t notice, he’s very very good about using his box. He also has never in his life chewed a cord or furniture. He does sometimes chase the cats, but I think the cats are as amused by that as we are. Rabbits really need to be kept under 85 degrees, and since he’s a breeder, it’s super important to keep him in the ac. Outside rabbits must have swamp coolers or milk bottles full of ice to lie by. Our dogs and cats come inside when it’s too hot. My house is not very big, so the extra crates to keep the dogs in, take up space, and don’t look decorative, but our home is maintained for the comfort and convenience of the animals, and plants, much more than for show. We live with it. If it’s over 95 the dogs come inside and get crated for the 12-8pm time. The cats are almost always inside. The tortises are ok, if they have shade, until it gets over 100, then they come in too. The worms, might need some ice cubes in their bins, if it’s over 100. There are even a few plants, like aeonieums and kalanchoes, more of the winter grower types, that don’t like heat. I may even move some of them in. I used to have a big swamp cooler at our ranch, Dave has one at Ivory Farms, for outside use for his rabbits. I may buy another one. Since we can’t use misters, and run water in the afternoon (I’m not sure it’s against the water restrictions but since it’s connected to a hose, I don’t think I’ll chance a fine), I am considering an outside swamp cooler for the patio. I’m also planning to plant big rows of giant sunflowers anywhere that I want to cut down on sun. They get about 10 feet tall and make great shade. They do need regular water while in fast growing mode, but once they flower they’re pretty drought tolerant. I’m sure you’ve seen them growing along country roads, where they don’t get watered at all. Added benefit there is the seeds feed the birds, and our rabbits and pygmy goats, and even make great salad if you grow a bunch of them, and cut them when they just have the first two dicot leaves and are about 4-6 inches tall. The sprouts are called sunnies and are delicious, and healthy. Where I can’t put sunflowers, I plan to put up several big umbrellas to make more shade. I’m also covering the west side of the greenhouses with tarps. The last idea I saw, was on Facebook, someone rigged a fan on top blowing down into an ice chest, with a block of ice, or frozen milk bottles of ice in it. There were holes on the side that let very cold air blow out. That might even be better than a swamp cooler which does require some water to be placed and refilled into the bottom tray. So, mulch, mulch, mulch, outside cooling, big umbrellas, shade trees and plants like sunflowers, and everybody inside the air conditioning during the hottest times. If anyone else has great ideas, email or Facebook them to me! Have a great summer everyone! Next newsletter, and general meeting is September.



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