April '16 Newsletter


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April 2016 Vol. 2016, Issue 8 Member of CGCI A Publication of Modesto Garden Club, Inc. Valley Lode District – Pacific Region Spring Garden Tour 2016 Saturday, April 16 . . . The Rest is Up to You! By Mary Lou Rice We are just days away from our Annual Spring Garden Tour. The homeowner’s have been working feverishly to prep their gardens through all the wet weather we have had. The Tour Committee has printed the tickets and posters and delivered them to the vendors for sale. The refreshment committee has ordered goodies for the delight of those attending The rest is up to you! We need you to sell tickets to all of your friends and family. Docent Chair Patté Williams needs you to step up and serve as a docent for one of the two hour time slots. Call her NOW at 521-5889. The more tickets we sell, the more money there will be for club projects such as community beautification, scholarships, and therapeutic gardening. Tell friends and family, even people in line at the grocery store, about the tour, the date and where to buy tickets. Hand out those book marks. Tickets, which are still only $20, can be bought at retail locations, listed below, at the April 14 general meeting, Wednesday mornings at the club office, or online at modestogardenclub.org. The gardens will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 16. The club office and demonstration gardens are also open that day. The House in the Middle will be on the tour. Who hasn’t wondered what is behind that fence? Garden Tour Ticket Locations: Modesto--McHenry Mansion Visitors Center, 924 15th St; Marcy’s Hallmark Shop, McHenry Village, 1700 McHenry; Westurf Nursery, 1612 Claus Rd.; Crow Trading Company, 1208 J St. Tickets can also be purchase in: Escalon--P& L Concrete & Garden Center, 1900 Roosevelt Ave. Strand Ace Hardware, 3360 Bambi Porter is Speaker for April McHenry Ave, ; Turlock--The Greenery Nursery & Garden Shop, Bambi Porter started Gypsy Cowgirl Kitchen Co. 742 E. Olive Ave.; Riverbank--Morris Nursery, 1837 Patterson; late in 2013. She enjoys teaching the lost art of home Ripon--Park Greenhouse, 12813 W. Ripon Road, Schemper’s Ace food preservation. Bambi is a Certified Master Food Hardware, 150 N. Wilma Ave., and Silverado Nursery, 460 S. Preserver and a Master Chef TOP 100 qualifier! She Stockton St.; Hickman--Frantz Nursery, 12879 Riverview Road; Newman—Joe’s Landscaping & Nursery Supplies, 802 Inyo Ave. LOVES gardening and has a year round vegetable garden plus she is learning the ART of growing On the day of the tour tickets are available at the Modesto beautiful roses. Bambi is married to a very handsome Garden Club Office, 622 14th St. Modesto, at all of the above fireman and they have 3 children. We think you will locations and at the homes on the tour. enjoy her cooking presentation on stage. Don’t miss this annual fundraising event!


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Page 2 Over the Garden Gate President’s Message By Dan Yockey As I am writing this message it has been raining for three days straight. I can only hope that this means that some of the drought restrictions will be lifted this year. I am so pleased with the number of members attending the monthly meetings. We are averaging around 225 at each meeting and over 100 in the Snack and Learn portion of the meeting. I have had nothing but positive feedback about the separate room for Snack and Learn. They tell me they all can hear the speaker and see the demonstrations without the interruptions from other people in the room. April is our Spring Tour and tickets are on sale at our vendors who do a tremendous job supporting the Garden Club. (See article on page one.) We need to give back and shop at our sponsors. Tell them you are from the Garden Club when you make a purchase. If you have not picked up your packet of five tour tickets please do it today. They will make great gifts for your friends and relatives. We are all saddened by the passing of Paul Spencer and we wish Judy well in this trying time for her. Remember to sign up for the Presidents luncheon on May 4, First 75, save your spot now. Yours in gardening Dan Calendar of Upcoming Events • • • April 5, Out of Town Tour, Bouquets to Art April 12, Hands on Workshop “Stacked Pots” P & L Concrete 1900 Roosevelt Ave, Escalon April 14, MGCI General Meeting, One Church, 2361 Scenic Drive, Modesto; Hospitality:10:30 - 11:15 a.m., Snack & Learn: Adria from The Greenery in Turlock.  She will be showing and talking about succulents and cacti.  Meeting and Program: 11:30 a.m. - 1:15 p.m. Program: Bambi Porter, Gypsy Cowgirl. Admission: $10.00 Guests APRIL 16, Spring Garden Tour April 28, MGCI Board Meeting, Club Office, 622 14th Street, Modesto, 9:00–Noon May 1, San Joaquin Master Gardener Spring Tour In Stockton, more information to come May 10, Valley Lode District Meeting, Foothills Garden Club, Pioneer, CA Dues Friendly Remindeer By Shirley LaBass Membership Fees are due by July 31, 2016 for the fiscal year 2016 - 2017 $40 We will be taking renewal checks at the May 12th meeting or you can mail checks May 1st or later 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 meeting. • • • • President’s Thank You Luncheon By Dan Yockey Submit events and articles by the 5th of the month preceding the event. If you have questions call Mary Lou Rice at 209-869-3584, or submit the article directly to newsletter@modestogardenclub.org. Submit photos, fliers, or advertisements to Mary Lou Rice at mlour@msn.com This year the President’s Thank You Luncheon will be on Wednesday May 4, 2016 at Seasons Event Center on McHenry Avenue. The luncheon honors members who have donated time and effort throughout the year as volunteers. Sign-up with Deanna at the Club office by mail or phone beginning March 1st. Space is limited to the first 75 members who contact her.


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Over the Garden Gate Page 3 Garden of the Month 3837 Ambrosia Lane Homeowners Doris Giomi and her husband moved to their home located at 3837 Ambrosia Lane about 35 years ago and at the time the front yard included a very messy city tree, 3 large redwoods, lawn and shade loving plants. That all changed when the trees and lawn were removed and the hot sun took care of all but a very few of the shade loving plants. With design ideas from landscaper Abraham Pineda and a lot of “free” labor from Doris’ mother and brother, a river rock creek was constructed. She and her mother shaped the structure with smaller rocks and her brother delivered the rock, strategically placing the heavy rocks that were too large for the ladies to move where he was ‘instructed’ to place them. Replacing a messy city tree with a Chinese Pastiche was one of the first things completed and soon after a beautiful Razzleberry bush was planted at the front entry for brilliant color. Already three years into the drought, low water need and/or drought resistant plants were selected for color and texture such as Thyme bushes, Society Garlic and Wheelers Dwarf Pittosporum. A few variegated azaleas survived and continue to thrive from the original shaded landscape. A beautiful fountain was placed adding calming sounds as well as a pleasant visual to the yard. To have it perform efficiently – neither damaging the motor from running dry nor wasting water - it is on a timer that coordinates with the sprinkler system on a timer. Doris loves to paint and when you drive by you will see several brightly colored statues that she has painted for her yard-one on either side of the entry are easy to see when you drive by. This yard has been transformed with not only a vision but a lot of owner labor into a beautiful yard requiring minimal water and maintenance. It is well worth the drive by. Well done!! By Jean Seely New Member’s Tea By Shirley LaBass New members are invited to attend our “Welcome Tea” on Wednesday, April 6th, from 10:00 – 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 529-7360 on Wednesday mornings from 9:00 a.m. until noon. You will receive an invitation in the mail. Published 10 times a year, September-June, by the Modesto Garden Club, Inc. Over the Garden Gate President: Dan Yockey. Copy Editors: Mary Lou Rice; Contributing Writers: Maree Hawkins, Linda Pedego, Dan Yockey, and Gerry Yockey; Advertisements: Mary Lou Rice Website: www.modestogardenclub.org Office: 622-14th Street, 529-7360 (Wed., 9 a.m.-Noon) Modesto, CA. 95354-2505 Email: newsletter@modestogardenclub.org


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Page 4 Over the Garden Gate March Meeting Snapshots Planters and Groomers By Gerry Yockey What a beautiful morning!  Perfect weather for preparing the office for the Spring Garden tour at the office.  I can hardly wait to have people come and view the yard.  The volunteers have worked so hard to get flowers planted, fertilizer and insecticide applied to the yard. The employees from the Double Tree Hotel are having a special program this year.  Their goal is to help out where ever they are needed.  They asked if they could help us out at the office.  Five volunteers came and they were so much help. We want to thank them for having such a program.  It was my turn to have the volunteers over at my house for lunch.  Good times were had by all.  Thank you. By Joanne Campbell - Linda Masuda - Irene Morimoto Mabel Sugiura Lavender Library Be sure to take advantage of the wonderful books available in our own Lavender Library.  Members may check out any number of books for a one month period. Just put your name and phone number (or email address on the library card) and you will get a return reminder just before the next meeting. If you know of a book you feel would be a good addition to the library, give us the name and author and we’ll try to work it into the budget next year.


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Over the Garden Gate Page 5 Hughson Arboretum and Gardens Open House By Mike Sturtevant April 30th 12:00-4:00 2490 Euclid Rd. on the corner of Whitmore and Euclid. Music provided by the string quartet Con Brillo Twenty-two years ago at the corner of Whitmore and Euclid roads in Hughson, Margaret Sturtevant dreamed of a time in the years to come when the 13 acres on that particular corner would be filled with beautiful trees, shrubs and flowers that the members of the community could enjoy. There would be a quiet place where they could go for relaxation or meditation. There would be information that would be helpful in knowing which plants used the least water or grew best in the sun. They would become acquainted with native plants that flourished in the soil. Visitors would be fascinated when they saw trees that thrived in all parts of the world or that were descendants of trees that lived thousands of years before. That dream has become a reality on land that was previously a walnut orchard. In January when the arboretum was completed, Margaret Sturtevant died in her sleep at the age of 96. Margaret’s children, Pete, Mike, Brook, Craig (Skip) and Anne would like to share with members of the community the beautiful legacy their mother has left to the community. Please visit us on April 30th. Forget-Me-Not-Spot By Edie Westerman April showers bring May flowers! And weeds!! I’m sure when the sun is out I’ll be busy pulling weeds like the rest of you. I love to see all the new growth and blossoms. I’ve always enjoyed the list of birth flowers and thought I would share the birthday flower of the month in each newsletter. The Birth Flower for April is the Daisy: The Daisy has several meanings - cheerfulness, innocence, purity and beauty. It symbolizes the innocence of youth and simplicity. Happy birthday to all those born in April! In March, 34 birthday cards were sent out to members. Also, thank you cards were sent to our speaker and the wonderful local vendors who donated to the Raffatunity. Our sympathies go out to our member Judy Spencer on the loss of her husband, MGC member Paul Spencer. Also sending sympathies to our members Karen Dyrseth on the loss of her brother, Bette Chapman on the loss of her brother and Susie Chapman on the loss of her brother-in-law. Joyce Smith is home from the hospital after surgery and would enjoy your cards. Please call or text me (Edie) at (209) 204-8053 to let me know of members who may need cards sent to them. You are also welcome to email me at ediejw@hotmail. Please note in the subject line “Modesto Garden Club” so I won’t miss your email. Until next month remember: “Spring is nature’s way of saying Let’s Party!” ~Robin Williams Volunteer of the Month Mary Lou Rice is shown with MGC President Dan Yockey, Mary Lou tirelessy works on the club newsletter, compiling and editing articles and photos, among her many other volunteer club duties. Thank you, Mary Lou! At right, Louise Nelson donates a quilt for the Spring Garden Tour.


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Page 6 Over the Garden Gate Return Service Requested 622 14th Street Modesto, CA 95354-2505 Getting to Know You: Christina Yoshikawa Christina joined the Club in September of 2014. She was born and raised in Stockton. She has varied interests. She is a Volunteer for Cat Network of Stanislaus Humane Society of Stanislaus County, formerly Alley Cat Guardians. She enjoys playing the ukulele with the Sounds of the Heart group in Modesto and Turlock Uke Jamz. Christina’s camera is always with her, usually around her neck. She has been “volunteered on the spot” as the “amateur event photographer” during several fundraising events she has been attending. Christina graduated from CSU, Sacramento with a B.S. degree in Biological Science. After a year internship at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center in San Jose, she passed her State board exam and obtained her Clinical Laboratory Science (CLS) license. For the past 37 years, she has worked at several hospital laboratories in San Jose, Modesto and currently in Manteca. For the last 32 years, she has worked the graveyard shift. As the lone CLS, she performs laboratory testing on specimens for chemistry, hematology, transfusion service, microbiology, and urinalysis. She also oversees the chemistry department with responsibilities for the quality control, chemistry analyzers maintenance, troubleshooting and training. Keith, her husband, is also a member and they have both enjoyed helping with the Downtown Pots project. Her interest in photography fits well with our garden club multimedia group. She has many opportunities to capture memories of club members participating in our activities. In the process, she has met many of our wonderful club members. Workshops Help Create Garden Magic Whether creating birdcages to grace your garden setting, or stacked pots, Modesto Garden Club Workshops help add a sense of whimsical magic to every garden with something members build themselves. The stacked pot workshop will be held in April.



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