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November 2015 Vol. 2016, Issue 3 Member of CGCI A Publication of Modesto Garden Club, Inc. Valley Lode District – Pacific Region Bob Bigham ~ Floral Design Floral design is constantly changing and Bob Bigham’s current designs along with his sense of humor are always enjoyed by MGC members. His bigger than life floral arrangements are filled with new and innovative material. Bob has settled in Yuba City where he is an owner of Yuba City Florist. A member of the American Institute of Floral Design, Bob has travelled the world as an international designer, teacher and competition judge. Audiences for his floral artistry range from the New Year’s Day Rose Parade seen by millions worldwide to political high places and royalty. From the streets of Pasadena, the ballrooms of the White House to the late Lady Di, Bob’s work has wowed crowds. Bob has taught throughout the United States, South America, Asia and Europe. He represented 20 nations in a design presentation for the World Congress of Flowers in Hamburg, Germany. Bob has a master’s degree in fine arts from the University of Washington. Christmas Tour of Decorated Homes 2015 By Gerry Yockey Thanks everyone for the wonderful ticket sales in October. I was so happy that so many of you came through and bought tickets! I am really excited about this Christmas Tour. The homeowners have already been shopping for new Christmas decor. I just don’t want anyone to miss this Christmas tour. The date is Dec. 12. The cost is $20 dollars and what a fun way to spend the holiday. I’m looking forward to seeing all of you on the tour. We will be selling tickets again at the November meeting. I want to say again that we have limited the ticket sales to 400, so don’t miss out. Valley Lode District Meeting The Valley Lode District Meeting was hosted by the Modesto Garden Club Oct. 13.


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Page 2 Over the Garden Gate President’s Message By Dan Yockey Our Garden Club theme for this year is “finding beautiful things”. I hope all of you have been finding those beautiful things in your daily lives. They are there just waiting to be noticed. My beautiful thing this month has been being able to work with a very talented and outgoing personality in Tally Scully. Sadly Tally has moved with her husband to San Jose. Tally has been working with the club on the website and is the one who has been sending you those wonderfully composed e flashes. We will all miss her and wish her good luck. I am looking for someone to take her place as Internet Director. I am also still needing a Vice President of Civic Affairs please get involved, contact me for details. So many wonderful things will be happening in November and December, I cannot mention them all here but we look forward to two Christmas Tours, Elegant Christmas luncheon, awesome workshops, and especially Bob Bigham Floral Designer extraordinaire at our November Meeting. All of these are too good to miss. Keep looking for those “beautiful things.” Yours in gardening, Dan • November 3: 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 • • November 9: 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. November 12: General Meeting. 11:30 a.m., Thursday. 10:15 a.m.: Snack and Learn, Barry Hoffer. Main Speaker, Bob Bigham. Location: One Church Bethel Campus 2361 Scenic Dr., Modesto. November 17: Planters and Groomers, Tuesday, 9 a.m. All are invited to help with the Club Office Gardens. Bring gloves if you like them. November 17: Hands on Workshop: “Christmas Wreath,” 10 a.m. to Noon, Club Office, 622 14th Street, Modesto. November 19: Board Meeting, 9 a.m., Thursday. Light Breakfast. Members are welcome to come to the MGC Office if they want to see how the Board works November 24: 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. December 2: Table Viewing at Del Rio Country Club, 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. • • December 3: Holiday Luncheon at Del Rio Country Club. Please bring donations for the plant sharing table, and New–To-You table (This month please bring a Christmas decoration to donate.) 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 newsletter@modestogardenclub.org or Contact Mary Lou Rice with photos, fliers or advertisements, newsletter@ modestogardenclub.org , 209 869-3584. • New to You Table By Gerry Yockey • • • give the table a new name.  If selected, you will get a prize.  It sounded exciting to me. Everyone start thinking about a new name instead of New to You. Bev Oldershaw would very much like to see everyone bring decorations for Christmas to the November meeting for the New to You table. I mean something that you may have had for a while and feel you would like to donate. The members are always looking for something for their home and you might have just what they want. Bev is going to have a contest and see who can


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Over the Garden Gate Page 3 Elegant Holiday Luncheon Table Viewing   Wednesday December 2 from 1 -7 Del Rio Country Club 901 Stewart Rd Refreshments served Viewing Tickets $10 - On sale November Meeting     Elegant Holiday Luncheon & Table Viewing Thursday, December 3 from 10:30 a.m. – Lunch at Noon Luncheon and Viewing $35   Lunch eon SOLD Tickets OUT Table Viewing Tickets Only – We need your help to increase our viewing attendance by selling tickets to your friends, neighbors, family members, co-workers and whoever else you can think of who can’t attend the luncheon BUT would like to see the beautiful holiday tables! Tickets will be available at the door.  Please help us by picking up a packet of five tickets to sell. Tickets are only $10 each so many people will buy immediately if you ask. Maybe you might consider buying a few tickets yourself to give as a gift to others who would enjoy this spectacular event!  Turn in all collected money day of event or earlier.  Stop by the Activities table at the November General Meeting for more information. Wildflowers Budding Gardener Group Outing To McHenry Mansion By Judy Crisp The Wildflowers budding gardeners group had a lovely day. It was my turn to pick the event. We parked in front of the McHenry Mansion and walked over to the Farmer’s market. At noon we walked back to the Mansion Gift store where Penny Binney showed us a video of how the Mansion evolved. It was really interesting and we saw a lot of history there. Then we walked to the Mansion where Penny was our tour guide. After a fire the place has been renovated, and what a beautiful job the curator did. Then we went to lunch from there to a down town restaurant. If you have not been on a tour of the Mansion, you must make that one of your to-do list. After all it is part of Modesto’s history. Our group is Arlene Robbins, Shirlee Adams, Gerry Yockey, Tally Scully, Suzanne Roth, Judy Silber, Penny Binney, Linda Pedego, Mona Santos, Mary Carson, Patsy Keller and yours truly, Judy Crisp. 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: www.modestogardenclub.org Office: 622-14th Street, 529-7360 (Wed., 9 a.m.-Noon) Modesto, CA. 95354-2505 Email: newsletter@modestogardenclub.org 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 All Aboard Amtrak for Jack London Square Memorial Rose Garden Volunteers By Beverly Schlegel Thank you to Memorial Rose Garden helpers Jill Fisk, Linda Graves, Cheryl Koff, Margo Reese, Mary McNicholas and Pat Williams for your help and time in June. Those helping in September were Pat Williams, Gerry Yockey, Kathleen Holmberg, Margo Reese and Linda Graves. Our next big project will be pruning of the roses on January 11, 2016 (Monday) at 8:30 am. Bring your pruning shears, gloves, rake, pitch fork, broom. New and experienced helpers are appreciated. We work in the Memorial Rose Garden in Roosevelt Park on W. Orangeburg 5 or 6 times a year on the 2nd Monday of the month, depending on needed care. Come and join a great group of volunteers. Call me, Beverly, at (209) 549-1664, if you would like to volunteer.


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Over the Garden Gate Page 5 October Means Halloween and a ‘Spooky’ Meeting Photo at left, Cheryl Ness was a little spooky! Hackers and Wackers By Pixie Kinser Fall has arrived! The trees are turning color, the air is balmy, the calendar says so, and IT HAS RAINED. That means we are going to plant a little fall color at the Senior Citizen center. Pansies will brighten up the driveway area going into the parking lot by the Senior Citizen Center sign. We are trying to figure out a permanent, drought tolerant, colorful ground cover but have not figured out one. If anyone has a good idea let us know. Meanwhile it will be pansies. Has anyone stopped by to see the Jujubee tree and taste its fruit?. I finally figured out why it is called a Chinese date. You eat it when it is shriveled up. It almost tastes like a date. It has a single date like pit and is crinkly brown like a date. They are really quite tasty, and good for you. The picture is of Cheryl Koff, Ann Saalwaechter, and JoAnn Bledsoe in front of a volunteer Pokeberry bush. It is a very interesting and colorful plant, just don’t eat the berries. They would cause severe gastrointestinal distress. Stop by sometime and see what other interesting plants we have growing. We are there the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month 8:30-10:30. Grab a pair of gloves and join in the fun. Happy Gardening. We are cleaning and planting the downtown pots on Friday, November 6 and Saturday, November 7 at 9 a.m. to noon. Bring your gloves, trowels, rakes, and brooms. Lunch will be served at the MGC office. Reminder – Downtown Pots A Grrreat Way to make friends


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Page 6 Over the Garden Gate Garden of the Month November’s garden of the month is the home of Jean Anderson & Don Jordan located at 2704 Vestrella Dr. Jean and Don have lived in the Tuscany subdivision off Snyder since March 2001. The first thing the couple did was build the stucco wall to make the front court yard extend to the side of the home into the backyard. The beautiful arched rod iron gate leads to the big side yard, it was purchased in Las Vegas while on vacation. Jean is retired from San Joaquin County and Don is a nurse in San Rafael. The owners do all their own gardening and design of the yard. They claim they over plant, and the front yard has been redone, and is it is constantly changing to make new creations. The iris purple and yellow have come from her grandmothers plants in Texas.  In the front the Mexican bird of paradise was ordered from Hischier’s over 10 years ago. The pine tree was a table decoration from a Christmas season that grew very fast, so it was transplanted to the front. Blue spruce was a living Christmas tree that was brought from Jean and Don from Texas. The roses (Rouge Royal and Melody Purple) were ordered from Jackson and Perkins for their fragrance. Sunday morning Jean cuts flowers from the yard to bring in for indoor arrangements. A pomegranate tree is in the front because there is no room in the back. They also have a Kadota fig tree and they pick these green, sweet, fabulous, figs every year and Jean makes jam out of them. They cure their own olives from the big beautiful olive tree for their own use. The avocado tree is poor this year due to the drought but there have been 12 or more are harvested for use in past years. The Gardenia plant was a gift from Don. The freshly cut elephant ear plants were found on a canal bank, Jean picked them up and replanted them in the courtyard and near the front of the house in pots and they are thriving. Jean is a cancer survivor and the Azaleas in the front yard are gifts from many friends. The rainfall rose tree on the side of the house is trying to make it through the drought. Two 9 foot bay trees flank the side gate by the garage. Plants and Herbs List: Succulents (Hen and Chicks), Lantana, Lily of the Nile, Jasmine, Daphna Ordora, Lavender, Rosemary, all accented all with a beautiful fountain. November Snack and Learn Speaker By Judy Crisp Novembers snack and learn speaker is Barry Hoffer. Barry is an arborist specializing in Japanese maple trees. He will show us how to take care of and prune maple trees. He belongs to the International Society of Arboriculture. He is bringing some of his maple trees to sell. His website is maplesforallseasons.com. September New Members By Shirley LaBass Debra Callahan Sandy Cooper Yvonne Henselman 9/9/15 9/10/15 9/10/15 Pamela Bennett Jeannine Dahlgren Susan Warda 9/10/15 9/10/15 9/10/15 9/30/15 Sandra Garvin 9/25/15 Kathy VanderPol


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Over the Garden Gate Page 7 Modesto Garden Club Volunteers of the Month Volunteers of the month are Cyn Ott and Dede Eaton, pictured with MGC President Dan Yockey. They tirelessly pursue the ultimate in door prizes, not only for our monthly meeting but for special events like the Summer Luncheon and the Elegant Holiday Luncheon. Be sure to stop by the Raffitunity tables and give them a BIG THANKS!


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Page 6 Over the Garden Gate Return Service Requested 622 14th Street Modesto, CA 95354-2505 Planters and Groomers By Gerry Yockey I appreciate the calls from new members who have been interested in joining us on the first and the third Tuesdays of the month. We always need new people.  The weather has been getting a little cooler and I see the leaves starting to fall. I am going to wait until the third Tuesday before I start buying plants for the office. They have been talking about having us water only once a week and letting the grass go completely.  The office yard looks forlorn.  The grass in the front has partially died and the Begonias look half dead.  The lack of water sure makes a difference. The girls and guys work so hard and still it looks bad.  But, we hang in there! I appreciate so much for all the help that I have gotten.  Thank you. By Joanie Campbell, Linda Masuda, Irene Morimoto, Mabel Sugiura gardeners. Contributions include design illustrations, plant lists, and stories explaining the personal quirks and motivation behind the garden. There’s a plan to satisfy every craving.” We also have SUNSET WESTERN GARDEN BOOK OF EDIBLES - The Complete A to Z Guide to Growing Your Own Vegetables, Herbs and Fruits HEALTHY GARDEN HEALTHY YOU - The Best Garden of Your Life, 100 Easy to Grow Plants and Their Health Benefits THE BACKYARD HOMESTEAD - Produce all the food you need on just a quarter acre New Members Tea Lavender Library With the arrival of Fall, some may be thinking forward about making some changes in your vegetable gardens. Two new books have been purchased to peak your interest. Straw Bale Gardening for Beginners: How to Grow Vegetable and Herbs without any Digging - Sarah McMillan “…you’ll discover that growing a spectacular garden is easy. Perhaps best of all, you’ll be able to do this without spending much time in the garden. Straw bales are practically weed-free, making maintenance a snap, Whether you’re turning to this method because you’ve got poor soil, limited time to spend in the garden or simply because you’re looking for an easy alternative to traditional gardening methods, you’ll love the way your garden turns out.” Groundbreaking Food Gardens: 73 Plans That Will Change the Way You Grow Your Garden - Nikki Jabbour “Here are 73 garden designs from horticulturists, community gardeners, bloggers and print writers, television, and radio hosts, and other professional



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