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September 2015 Vol. 2016, Issue 1 Member of CGCI A Publication of Modesto Garden Club, Inc. Valley Lode District – Pacific Region Julia Bell of Bell & Flourish Speaker for September Julia has worked in ecological landscape design and restoration in the Santa Cruz and Monterey areas for the past 15 years. Her background in fine art, design and botany fuse with a love for California wildlands, and she sees her gardens as living sculptures as well as part of the greater ecosystem. The name Bell & Flourish reflects the rich collaborative process among Julia, her clients, and fellow workers, horticulturalists, contractors and craftspeople that propel each project through to a successful ecological landscape. Formal education from UCSC (BA Art, BA Biology), Cabrillo and West Valley College (Landscape Design & Architecture, Horticulture, Engineering Technology, Graphic Design, etc) has provided a solid backdrop for continual ongoing studies. Working for many years at San Lorenzo Garden Center, one of the best retail nurseries on the central coast also enhanced her horticultural knowledge, customer service, and network within the local landscape community. Julia is passionate about the dynamic field of landscape design and is currently involved in many exciting projects that fuse fine art with horticulture and design in residential, educational and commercial settings. Special interests include: California native plants, pollinator attraction (birds, butterflies & bees), edible/ usable gardens, succulents, Permaculture, traditional Japanese and art-gardens. Modesto Garden Club Scholarship Recipients Allana Childs, Padden Farquer, and Brianna Swan, pictured at left, are the Modesto Garden Club Scholarship Recipients for 2015-2016. The students received their scholarship certificates and awards at the May meeting.


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Page 2 Over the Garden Gate President’s Message By Dan Yockey Summer is almost over and I hope all of you enjoyed time off, taking vacations and working in your gardens at home. This September meeting is our only Vendors Fair for the year and is now headed up by Ginger Ratto. We look forward to an excellent event. The results of the survey were unanimous. Members want to retain the Snack and Learn Program and wish it to remain in the separate room next to the Sanctuary. We will have sound and video equipment available for the program to make it more enjoyable for those attending. In order to make sure our programs do not run late we will be starting Snack and learn 15 minutes early. Other changes will be coming to make our meetings flow better and to make our meetings timely and smooth. Some quick reminders, we need more donations of finger foods for the food table. If you did not sign up bring something anyway. Save the date: December 12, 2015 for the exciting Christmas Tour. Yours in gardening, Dan Yockey, President Calendar of Upcoming Events • September 8: Hackers and Wackers. Tuesday, 8:30- 10:30 a.m. Members wanted, to do gardening chores at the Senior Citizens Center. Bring gloves if you like to use them, and a sense of fun. September 10: General Meeting 12 Noon, Thursday 10 a.m. Snack and Learn. Replaced by one time this year Vendor Fair, bring some money, and have fun shopping. Speaker: Julie Bell. Location. One Church Bethel Campus 2361 Scenic Dr., Modesto, CA 95355 September 15: Planters and Groomers, Tuesday, 9 a.m. All are invited to help with the Club Office Gardens. Bring gloves if you like to use them. September 22: Hackers and Wackers, Tuesday, 8:30-10:30 a.m.. Members wanted to do gardening chores at the Senior Citizens Center. Bring gloves if you like to use them, and a sense of fun. September 24: Board Meeting 9 a.m. Thursday, 8:30 a.m. Light Breakfast. Members are welcome to come to the MGC Office if they want to see how the Board works. • October 13: MGC hosts the Valley Lode District Meeting at 8:30 a.m., Seasons Event Center on McHenry Ave in Modesto. October 14: New Members Tea, Wednesday, 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Garden Club Office, 622 – 14th Street. • • • • • * 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 the plant sharing table, and New–To-You table (garden type items please, and repurpose able ceramics that can become drilled planters count). Need or want to include an article, recipe or other garden club event in the Garden Gate Newsletter? Please contact Dawn Dalyce, text editor with events, and articles by the 5th of the prior month. 209-596-3330 or Contact Mary Lou Rice with photos, fliers or advertisements. 209 869-3584. Valley Lode District Meeting By Dan Yockey The Modesto Garden Club will host the fall Valley Lode District meeting on Tuesday: October 13, 2015 at 8:30 a.m. at the Seasons Event Center on Mc Henry Ave. This will be the first District meeting for our new District Director Judy Sheppmann. Sign-up sheets and further information will be available at the Member check-in table. Let’s give Judy a rousing Modesto Garden Club welcome.


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Over the Garden Gate Page 3 Civic Report ‘Up in The Air’ By Dawn Dalyce September is here, so we’ve survived the worst of summer. The pots downtown are looking rather bedraggled. Some of the center bushes, the privets, look wilted. This would be due to our reduced watering schedule, of only 1 time per week, required by the drought. We are up in the air about even replanting anything in October. This may be a record ‘flood year’, or the drought could continue. We don’t know for sure. At this point, we are planning to meet with the Downtown Improvement District, and get their opinion before we make plans. The test pots at 14th and G, that I put succulents and more drought tolerant flowering plants in, have survived, even though they were getting watered only 1 time every 2 weeks. They did have a couple of flushes of flowers on the African daisies, and pretty constant flowering on the moss roses, though not as many as the non-stop begonias and the ivy geraniums. Let’s pray that the rains will fill our lakes, and reservoirs, and groundwater supplies, without damaging houses this year, and then even out in the future. If that happens, we may be able to again enjoy lush flower pots downtown, and even rehang our baskets. School Gardens Get Huge Boost By Dan Yockey Modesto Garden Club Children’s Education headed by Director Pat Logan received an extra boost this year receiving donations from the following: True Value Hardware on Coffee Rd., managed by Nels Sorensen, donated small garden tools, rakes, shovels, hoes, and hand pruning shears. These tools were distributed to schools with large gardens. Colorama, Adeline Rosemire, and Home Depot on Carpenter Rd. donated more than 50 flats of miscellaneous vegetables and herbs.These plants were distributed to mostly elementary schools and helped their programs be extra successful this year. We hope for a similar partnership this school year. Elegant Holiday Luncheon By Joyce Smith & Linda Pedego Can you believe that is already September 2015? We are again planning for the Elegant Holiday Table Viewing and Luncheon that will be held December 2 & 3. If you have ever attended one or more of these luncheons, you know how simply wonderful they always turn out. This spectacular event is a great opportunity to celebrate the season, have lunch with your friends, purchase raffle tickets for awesome gifts and to see so many creative ideas you might use to set your own holiday table! We will be distributing instruction packets to confirmed table hostesses at our October general meeting. We will also sell luncheon tickets to members and non-members at the same meeting. Tickets are $35 each. Please make your plans to attend and bring your checkbook to reserve your space! If you have any questions regarding the luncheon, please call Linda Pedego at (209) 523-1420 or Joyce Smith at (209) 527-8179. President: Dan Yockey. Contributing Writers this month: Dan Yockey, Sharon Ross, Pixie Kinser, Joyce Smith, Judy Spencer, Linda Pedego, Dawn Dalyce, Shirley La Bass, Gerry Yockey 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: Published 10 times a year, September-June, by the Modesto Garden Club, Inc. Over the Garden Gate


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Page 4 Over the Garden Gate September Garden of the Month : Sweet Virginia By Judy Spencer New Starbucks Features Natural Grass Look The garden of Kathleen Ennis and Russell Irwin, 118 Virginia Avenue, has been selected as the September Garden of the Month, by the Modesto Garden Club. The house is a bungalow, built in 1927, and had a traditional entry sidewalk front lawn with some basic foundation plants. Kathleen has named the house “Sweet Virginia.” In 2010, Kathleen removed the old hardscape and landscape, with a goal to provide water-wise privacy and expanded outdoor space. She built a minimal maintenance, bird and butterfly attracting, washand-wear yard that was inspired by memories of grandma’s yard in Escalon where she spent many happy hours as a child. Kathleen started with small plants that thrive on neglect, a small budget, and a belief in “the nobility of toil”. Low budget gardening taught Kathleen patience as she waited for plants to mature. Lantana, lavender, rosemary, crape myrtle and star jasmine frame a front yard patio, enclosed by a short fence. The fence height meets code requirements by the City, but has been extended in height by planter boxes featuring upright lavender to enhance privacy. The boxes were custom made to provide drainage that preserves the wood. The exterior of the boxes is made from copper-like sections that were designed to be used to make an old-fashioned tin ceiling. The copper color sets off the gray-green of the lavender. The August Garden of the Month is highlighted in the two photos at the lower left. Starbucks at the corner of Oakdale Road and Scenic Drive features a natural grass landscaping that blends with the look of the surrounding area.


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Over the Garden Gate Page 5 By Sharon Ross Forget-Me-Not-Spot A new Club year begins. We can meet friends, listen to edu-taining speakers, have tasty refreshments, and other opportunities. Boo hoo! I missed the wonderful Summer Luncheon, and couldn’t set my table because of emergency surgery. Along came my she-roes Linda Pedego and Joyce Smith, with an assist from Judy Crisp and Nancy Smith, who made sure seven guests had an amazing table at which to enjoy the luncheon. Thank you! In June 51 birthday cards were sent to members, 49 in July, and 58 in August. Another thank you goes to everybody who sent me cards and called. Please call to let me know of members who need cards sent to them. Sharon (209) 523-8763. A Private Garden Tour Enjoyed by All Planters and Groomers By Gerry Yockey Summer is about over as far as I am concerned! It has been hot, muggy and just plain hot! It has not been easy gardening at the office. We did not plant any flowers at the beginning because of the water restrictions. We put down ground covering and called it a day. Cheryl Carmichael called me and asked if I would like some Begonias from the planting of the pots. Of course I said yes. The summer was tough on the Begonias. I am so looking forward to spring. The girls and boys who have helped out at the office this summer have been the following: Doris Giomi, April Ford, Jean Seeley, Judy Crisp, Joanne Meinhardt, Jerry Frad, Pat Williams, Sharon Searls, Patsy Keller, Rhonda Klendar, Judy Silber, Beverly Schlegel, Josephine Parra, Mary Helen Alonzo, Mary McNicholas and of course Dan Yockey. I give them a lot of credit for coming down twice a month in very hot weather. I also like to thank a very special company who came thorough and gave us 40 bags of ground covering. The name of the company is True Value Hardware on Coffee. They also gave us shovels and rakes, trowels, and clippers for the schools under Pat Logan. So, if you are in the area, stop by and say thanks.


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Page 6 Over the Garden Gate Highlighting New Member Elizabeth (Betty) Bone Elizabeth (Betty) Bone joined the Garden Club three months ago. She was born in Detroit, Michigan and raised in Corning, New York. As a mother of seven children, grandmother of 26 grandchildren and great great grandmother of three her biggest interest in life has been family. She was a registered nurse for many years at Scenic General Hospital and retired in 1992, the same year the hospital closed. (They couldn’t carry on without you Betty!) Betty said she really enjoys all the people she has met at the Garden Club. Everyone has been very friendly and the lectures are so interesting she has renewed her interest in gardening. Welcome, Betty! May, June and July New Members By Shirley LaBass New Member’s Tea New Member’s Tea: Wednesday, October 14, 2015 New members are invited to attend our “Welcome Tea” on Wednesday, October 14, from 10 to11:30 a.m. at the Garden Club Office, 622 – 14th Street. 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) 5297360 on Wednesday mornings from 9:00 a.m. until noon. New Members will receive an invitation in the mail. By Shirley LaBass Nancy Glass 5/6/15 Joanne Cassle 5/8/15 Vicki Combs 8/8/15 Shana Bernhard 5/14/15 Jane Grant 5/14/15 Carlena Rowell 5/14/15 Lori Norris 5/21/15 Bob Searls 5/27/15 Edie Westerman 6/2/15 Lauren Holmes 6/3/15 Michelle Williams 6/3/15 Nicole Johnson 6/17/15 Sharon Inman 7/1/15 Kayla Matlick 7/8/15 Juanita Kailiniwa 7/15/15 Sherry Hill 7/22/15 Membership Yearbook By Shirley LaBass Membership Yearbooks will be available for pick up at the September 10, 2015 meeting. “If you wish to make anything grow, you must understand it, and understand it in a very real sense. ‘Green fingers’ are a fact, and a mystery only to the unpracticed. But green fingers are the extensions of a verdant heart.” ― Russell Page, The Education of a Gardener “Gardening is akin to writing stories. No experience could have taught me more about grief or flowers, about achieving survival by going, your fingers in the ground, the limit of physical exhaustion.” ― Eudora Welty Quotes to Do With Gardening and Gardeners


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Over the Garden Gate Page 7 Modesto Garden Club Out-of-Town Tours 2015-2016 2015 October 10 Amtrack/Ferry Ride Jack of all trade show- Jack London Square- $45.00 Christmas home tour- $80.00 December 5 2016 March 16 ???-to come San Francisco Flower & garden show- $50.00 Bouquet to art- de young museum- $50.00 For more information, call PattÉ Williams at 505-3526 Hackers and Wackers It has been a busy summer with us meeting the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month to keep the senior citizen center looking good. The zinnias are looking great at the entrance, and the Lang jujubee tree has lots of fruit. It tastes like apple. We tried it today. I would like to make a plea for some more worker bees. When 7-8 of us show up we really get a lot done. However there are some weeks when only 2-3 can make it and it is difficult to get everything done. If there is a big enough pool of helpers then there will be 7-8 every time. I know people have many things going on, but think about joining us. We are a fun group, get in a lot of visiting as we work, and have a real feeling of accomplishment when we are done. Just give me a call (209)578-4338, or join us on a Tuesday. Hope to see you there this fall. By Pixie Kinser


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Page 8 Over the Garden Gate Return Service Requested 622 14th Street Modesto, CA 95354-2505 Gary Ficken’s Extra-Gingery Cookies (best I’ve ever had) Shared by Dawn Dalyce Gary is my hubby Ron Posey’s sailing buddy, and they take ginger snaps regularly to help soothe guests who might get a little sea sick. When Gary tried making his own, he created a winner! Ingredients 2 cups sifted all-purpose flour 2 tablespoons powdered ginger 1/4 cup finely chopped crystallized ginger 2 teaspoons baking soda 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon salt 3/4 cup shortening 1 cup white sugar 1 egg 1/4 cup dark molasses 1/3 cup cinnamon sugar Directions 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F 2. Sift the flour, ginger, baking soda, cinnamon and salt into a mixing bowl. Stir the mixture to blend evenly, and sift a second time into another bowl. 3. Place the shortening into a mixing bowl and beat until creamy. Gradually beat in the white sugar. Beat in the egg, and dark molasses. Sift 1/3 of the four5 mixture in the shortening mixture; stir to thoroughly blend. Sift in the remaining flour mixture, and mix together until a soft dough forms. Pinch off small amounts of dough and roll into 1 inch diameter balls between your hands. Roll each ball in cinnamon sugar, and place 2 inches apart on an ungreased baking sheet. 4. Bake in preheated oven until the tops are rounded and slightly cracked. 9-10 minutes. Use metal spatula to loosen them from baking sheet and allow them to cool on sheet. Store the cookies in an air-tight container to keep them moist and chewy.



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