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October 2015 Vol. 2016, Issue 2 Member of CGCI A Publication of Modesto Garden Club, Inc. Valley Lode District – Pacific Region John Bos of Dutch Hollow Farms October Speaker Shares His “Passion of Gardening” John was born to Dutch immigrants (John & Alice) in Southern California in 1971. In 1982 they moved the farm to Modesto, where it still is today. His mother always maintained a very elaborate garden and yard, while experimenting with many different plants. He studied ornamental horticulture at MJC while working at his parent’s dairy. It was his mother that suggested growing tulips for cut flower sales. In 2006 he leased the land that currently is Dutch Hollow Farms at 5101 Oakdale Rd. His family started a pumpkin patch for the fall and a tulip farm in the spring while growing forage crops such as corn and oats for cows and horses. John says “We grow nearly 35 different varieties of specialty pumpkins as well as orange pumpkins of all sizes. We also have at least 65 varieties and colors of tulips for retail sale in the spring. I really look forward to speaking to the Modesto Garden Club. Bring your questions; I enjoy showing my passion of gardening.” Elegant Holiday Luncheon By Joyce Smith & Linda Pedego Elegant Holiday Luncheon December 2 from 1 to 7 p.m., Table Viewing Only - $10 December 3 from 10:30 a.m. on, Viewing and Luncheon, $35 Table Hostesses - Please stop by the Activities table and pick up your Table Hostess instruction packets at the October meeting. Guests - We will sell luncheon tickets to members and non-members at this meeting so please make plans to bring your checkbook to reserve your space! If you have questions regarding the table viewing or the luncheon please call Linda Pedego (209)523-1420 or Joyce Smith (209) 527-8179.


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Page 2 Over the Garden Gate President’s Message By Dan Yockey After our first meeting jitters it looks like we will have a full agenda for the rest of the year. Hopefully our newsletter problem has been resolved and we won’t be late again. We announced at the September meeting changes in start times for Snack and Learn and the General meeting. Both are starting one half hour earlier. This is in response to comments in the survey. The majority of the members want the meeting to not run as long. I am looking forward to all of the fall activities planned for the Garden Club including the train ride to the Bay Area. If you have not ridden on the train in a long time give it a try you will be surprised and of course Gerry and I will be there as well. Our Vendors Fair was a huge success. Kudos to Ginger Ratto our new chairman of the committee. I want to mention the upcoming Garden Club Christmas tour of four decorated homes. This tour is arranged by our Fundraising Committee to help the club financially but also to give Club members the opportunity to share in the holiday spirit with their friends. Tickets will be on sale on-line and at the Office on Wednesdays starting the first week of October. Tickets will be sold at the October meeting. Please be aware only 400 tickets will be sold to Garden Club members and their guests. No tickets will be sold to the general public. Cost of ticket is $20.00. Thank you again for your support. Yours in gardening, Dan Yockey, President • October 6: Planters and Groomers. Tuesday, 9 a.m. All are invited to help with the Club Office Gardens. Bring gloves if you like them. Calendar of Upcoming Events • the Senior Citizens Center. Bring gloves if you like to use them, and a sense of fun. October 29: Board Meeting 9 a.m. Thursday, 8:30a.m. Light Breakfast. Members are welcome to come to the MGC Office if they want to see how the Board works. • October 8: General Meeting 11:30 a.m., Thursday, 10:15: Snack and Learn. Speaker John Bos. Location: One Church Bethel Campus, 2361 Scenic Dr., Modesto, CA 95355 October 13: MGC hosts the Valley Lode District Meeting Tuesday, 8:30 a.m. at the Seasons Event Center on McHenry Ave. October 13: 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. October 14: New Members Tea. Wednesday, 10 a.m. 11:30 a.m. at the Garden Club Office, 622 14th Street. October 20: Planters and Groomers, Tuesday, 9 a.m. All are invited to help with the Club Office Gardens. Bring gloves if you like them. October 21: Decorate a Pumpkin Workshop from 10 a.m. to Noon, Garden Club Office. $20. Bring your own pumpkin and board to carry it on. All embellishments supplied. Call Lela Harrington for reservation: 380-8050. October 27: Hackers and Wackers, Tuesday, 8:3010:30 a.m. Members wanted to do gardening chores at • • • • .* Snack and Learn Speaker will now begin at 10:15 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 11:30, 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. newsletter@ 209 869-3584. • August New Members By Shirley LaBass • Laura Heney - 8/5/15; Georgianne Mosher. 8/5/15; Willie Van Vliet. 8/12/15; Zelda Ragsdale, 8/19/15; Lloyd Solomon, 8/19/15; Fearlene Vieira, 8/19/15; Arlene Payne-LaBass, 8/26/15; Leanore Hayes, 8/27/15.


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Over the Garden Gate Page 3 September Volunteer of the Month By President Dan Yockey I was proud to announce the September Volunteer of the Month Robert Muse. Robert is not a club member but is very active helping with Therapeutic Gardens building the boxes and their maintenance. He always volunteers at both luncheons getting there early and helping members unload their cars and coming back after the luncheon to assist them again. Robert is also building two new window boxes for the Garden Club office to replace the ones that rotted out. We are fortunate to have many helpers like Robert who work behind the scenes assisting in a variety of projects. What would we do without them? Volunteers Don’t Necessarily Have the Time, But They Have the Heart We are looking for new volunteers beginning in the fall to join the Therapeutic Gardening group. The time commitment for a volunteer averages about an hour a month. Just a little bit of your time goes a long way in this group! What is the Therapeutic Gardening Group in the Modesto Garden Club and what do the volunteers do in this group? The group is made up of volunteers who tend to raised planting boxes located in 16 local residential care facilities. Our volunteers shop for seasonal plant materials in spring and fall for their assigned location(s) and when planting the materials, sometimes are assisted by the residents who live in Delores Machado and Bev Oldershaw, pictured in the the facilities. This is a wonderful opportunity to interact photograph above, have been working at the Plant Sharing and to form friendships with the residents, in addition Table for many years. They are cheerful and attentive to both to bringing the love and beauty of gardening to others. plants and people! From time to time, the volunteers drop in to their assigned locations to check the condition of the boxes and take steps to rectify any problems that may have occurred since planting. If you have the heart, email Joyce Smith at or call (209)527-8179 and I will be happy to send a job description to you which explains just what a Therapeutic Gardener does. Come join us and “make a difference”. Published 10 times a year, September-June, by the Modesto Garden Club, Inc. By Joyce Smith Over the Garden Gate President: Dan Yockey. Contributing Writers this month: Dan Yockey, Sharon Ross, Maree Hawkins, Joyce Smith, Linda Pedego, Mabel Sugiura, 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:


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Page 4 Over the Garden Gate September Meeting Vendors Fair Warm temperatures made the outdoor Vendors Fair a wellattended activity. Forget-Me-Not-Spot By Sharon Ross This is one of my favorite times of the year, autumn and Halloween. I love to see the little kids in their costumes as they Trick-or-Treat. One of our long-time members recently passed away, Clara Machado. Barbara Hopkins had a death in her family. Mary Lou Rice and Judy Crisp both had surgery, and Willie Van Vliet is quite ill. We all keep them in our thoughts, and wish them speedy recoveries. I sent many birthday cards since our last newsletter. I sent 51 in June, 49 in July, 58 in August, and 44 in September. I hope everyone enjoyed their day. Many thanks for your phone calls to alert me about our members who can use a bit of cheer sent to them. Sharon (209)523-8763.


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Over the Garden Gate Page 5 By Maree Hawkins Garden of the Month is 409 Camellia Homeowners Paul and Judy Spencer wanted to give the alllawn under-used front yard of 409 Camillia Way in Modesto’s La Loma neighborhood a make-over. Topping their list of must-haves were drought tolerant plants, a welcoming living space so the renter can connect with the neighborhood, and a safe walkway. While deciding how to achieve these goals, along came Modesto’s Residential Turf Replacement Program (effective July 1, 2015). The program gave Paul an incentive, so he adapted the plans to meet program specifications, applied Before and met the criteria to receive 50 cents per square foot of turf removed (up a maximum of $500). Now the front yard of this 1947 bungalow is the talk of the neighborhood and the October Garden of the After Month. The Spencers are very pleased with the rental’s curb appeal. The renter has told them that she enjoys her new outdoor living space and has been meeting more neighbors. Full disclosure: Paul is chairperson of the Garden of the Month Committee, but he did not nominate this yard. Paul’s design began with a small patio, which he located near the front of the house with enough space for a table and chairs. A short redwood fence adds some privacy. Visitors are enticed closer to the house with a welcoming (and safe) walkway and a redwood arbor with star jasmine. In front of the privacy fence as two mounded planting areas. The drought tolerant plants are on low-volume drip irrigation with three inches of mulch, both required by the city program. All work was done around the two 50-year old City of Modesto trees that flank the property. Deciding what to plant was easy. Paul and Judy’s own yard has been filled with drought tolerant plants since 1988, so they knew what would work: rosemary, butterfly bush grasses, crepe myrtle , Texas redbud, lantana, and ornamental grasses. The plants are all low to no water users, but need a supply while getting established. Once the plants fill in, front yard water use should decrease even more. Following the city’s detailed program guidelines, he provided an application and all requested material, including a list of plants that would be used. The process includes an application and a pre-inspection, then notification on whether Planters and Groomers the project has been approved or denied. Detailed information By Gerry Yockey on the program, which is on a first-come, first-served basis, I am looking for new volunteers to help with can be found at the Modesto Garden Office. One of the ways to get home/rtrp.asp. The homeowner must also sign an agreement to not change the landscape back to turf for at least five years. to know more people in the garden club is to join a volunteer group! A great group is the Planters and Groomers. We meet the first Tuesday of the month and the third Tuesday of the month to beautify the gardens around our own office on 14th street. You will meet and enjoy gardening with fellow members who, like you, wanted to get to know more people. That is how I got to know more members. So, give me a call 209-521-5619 or contact me at I hope to see new faces Modesto Garden Club President Dan Yockey is shown with Club this year! members in an overview photo of the September meeting.


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Page 6 Over the Garden Gate Return Service Requested 622 14th Street Modesto, CA 95354-2505 Christmas Home Tour 2015 By Gerry Yockey We are bringing back the Christmas tour! So many of our Garden Club members enjoyed the tour we had last year, we have decided to bring it back. We have selected four homes and they are outstanding! I always love going through other people’s homes at Christmas time, hoping I will pick up some ideas. For those of you who love Christmas like I do, the homes we have selected are perfect for getting all sorts of ideas. The Christmas Tour is December 12th at 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The tickets will go on sale Oct. 1st online, and down at the office on Wednesdays at 9 a.m. to 12 noon. At the October meeting I will be selling tickets at $20 each. There will be no refunds. Please tell your friends and family about the tour. We have only 400 tickets this year so don’t miss out! We hope everyone had a wonderful summer. Julia Bell inspired many of us to look at our current landscape design and some ideas on changes that can be made. Come check out the Lavender Library to see the books we have on landscape design. CALIFORNIA NATIVE LANDSCAPE - The Homeowner’s Design Guide to Restoring its Beauty and Balance SUNSET WESTERN GARDEN BOOK - Easy Care Plantings WATERWISE PLANTS FOR SUSTAINABLE GARDENS - 200 Drought Tolerant Choices for All Climates LAWN GONE - Low Maintenance, Sustainable, Attractive Alternative for Your Yard NATIVE TREASURES - Gardening with the Plants of California DESIGNING CALIFORNIA NATIVE GARDENS - The Plant Community Approach to Artful, Ecological Gardens \ By Joanie Campbell, Linda Masuda, Irene Morimoto, and Mabel Sugiura Lavender Library McHenry Mansion Foundation Table Setting Event At Seasons Event Center 945 McHenry Avenue Modesto, CA. Viewing Day New Member’s Tea By Shirley LaBass Monday, Oct. 26 -11 AM to 7 PM $10 Donation at the Door Coffee, Tea, Punch & Cookies Served Tuesday, Oct. 27, open at 10:30 AM Lunch served 12:00 PM *Paid Reservations Only *Paid by Oct. 16 - $40. *After Oct. 16 - $45. Reservations for Lunch: (209) 575-9615 Luncheon Day New members are invited to attend our “Welcome Tea” on Wednesday, October 14th from 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 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. You will receive an invitation in the mail.



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