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May 2016 Vol. 2016, Issue 9 Member of CGCI A Publication of Modesto Garden Club, Inc. Valley Lode District – Pacific Region Nicholas Staddon was the director of the New Plants Team and has been a Monrovia Craftsman for 20 years. Working with breeders, hybridizers and professional plant explorers, he scoured the globe for new creations and discoveries in the plant world. Nicholas was born in England, where he attended Otley Agricultural College and received his awards in Agricultural Science. Nicholas now resides in California and continues to be consumed with a passion for plants and animals. He has traveled extensively in his quest for great new and notable plants for American gardeners. He is always a delight to have with us. By Cheryl Carmichael Nicholas Staddon: The Plant Man Civic Affairs I’m quite pleased with most of the downtown pots this winter. The little white daisies are taking over with a good show. The hanging geraniums are even prettier now than during the spring and summer. The cool weather lets them thrive. We didn’t have enough of a freeze to kill the begonias and I see them flourishing around town. The Clock was featured in the Modesto Bee the first week of February. The club was complimented on the use of vegetables for beauty and community help. Since the publication of the article I have connected with the Center for Human Services shelter programs: Hutton House and Pathways. They can and will use the produce to feed their teens and young adults. I think we did a good job “paying it forward”. All of the other Civic projects look quite good for this time of year. There are FIVE other projects out there in the community. CAN YOU NAME THEM ALL AND THE COORDINATOR WITHOUT LOOKING IN YOUR HANDBOOK????? There are THREE other standing projects we collect money for and provide ongoing support each year. CAN YOU NAME THEM WITHOUT LOOKING IN YOUR HANDBOOK? Make it your resolution to orient yourself to all of the things we do and thank all those who volunteer to make the projects work and the Club thrive. With dirt under my fingernails….. Cheryl Private Garden Tour May 27th The Eclectic Garden Visit this Eclectic Garden Friday, May 27th.  Home of Margaret, Janice and Virginia Jarboe, the garden, pictured at left, is located at 7004 Hillcrest Dr in the Del Rio neighborhood. Admission is $5, from 9 a.m. to Noon. Succulents, hydrangeas, roses and many annuals are featured in the garden.. There may be a few boutique items for sale, small quilts, bags, succulent pots. By Cheryl Smith


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Page 2 Over the Garden Gate President’s Message By Dan Yockey Hi everyone, I can’t believe that the Garden Club year is almost over. So many great events, tours, speakers, and meetings have made the year pass quickly. They say time flies when you are having fun but this year felt like jet speed. I want to thank everyone who put in their time and hard work to make this year a success. Some of you went above and beyond to makes sure this year was so well received by all of the members..Thank you..... All of the spring rain has made all of our gardens bloom profusely especially the downtown pots that are exceptional this year. I am looking forward to our last meeting in May and the Spring Luncheon. See you there. Yours in gardening, Dan Calendar of Upcoming Events • • • • • • • May 1, San Joaquin Master Gardener Spring Tour In Stockton May 4, President’s Luncheon at Seasons Event Center on McHenry Avenue May 6, Planting Downtown Pots meet at Garden Club Office 9 a..m. to Noon May 7, Planting Downtown Pots, meet at Parking Lot at K and 11th 9 a.m. to Noon May 10, Valley Lode District Meeting, Host Foothill Garden Club May 10, Private Garden Tour, 3300 Aristides Dr., Modesto, from 9 a.m. to Noon, $5.00, May 12, MGCI General Meeting, One Church, 2361 Scenic Drive, Modesto; Hospitality:10 – 11:30 a.m., Snack & Learn: 10:30 — 11:15 a.m., Lorina Cajas of Lorina’s Edibles; Meeting and Program: 11:30 a.m. – 1:15 p.m., Program: Nicholas Staddon; Admission: $10.00 Guests May 18, Hands On Workshop “Planted Wagon,” Garden Club Office, 10 a.m. to Noon May 18-22, 85th Annual CGCI Convention, Irvine CA, Hotel Irvine; Host: Orange County District May 21, Evening Under The Stars (pg. 7) May 27, Private Garden Tour, 7004 Hillcrest Dr. (Del Rio), from 9 a.m. to Noon; Cost: $5.00, • • • May 26, MGCI Board Meeting, Club Office, 622 14th Street, Modesto, 9 a.m. to Noon June 1, Summer Luncheon Table Viewing, Del Rio Country Club 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. June 2, Summer Luncheon at Del Rio Country Club, Table viewing 10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m., seating at 11:45 a.m., luncheon Noon to 2 p.m. 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 Submit photos, fliers, or advertisements to Mary Lou Rice at mlour@ 22nd Annual Summer Luncheon The Summer Luncheon will be held on June 2, 2016. Ticket cost for the luncheon is $35. Please call Linda Pedego, 523-1420 for seat availability. Any available tickets will be for sale at the May meeting. There will be table viewing on Wednesday, June 1, 2016 from 1 pm to 7 pm and table viewing also on Thursday, June 2 from 10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Viewing tickets are $10 and are available at the May General meeting or at the door day of event. By Linda Pedego and Joyce Smith • • • •


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Over the Garden Gate Page 3 Garden of the Month: Our Corner of the World By Jean Seeley When Paul and Donna Liu purchased their home several years ago, a large corner lot located at 909 Sylvan Meadows Drive, the landscaping was typical of homes in the area with lawn, elevated mound with a palm tree, liquid ambers, very thirsty shrubs and a walkway in a straight line from the city sidewalk to the front entry located on Sylvan Meadows Drive. Last spring after 4 years of drought and no end in sight, they removed everything levelling the lot to discourage water waste due to runoff with the exception of one Chinese Pistache. Their goal was to create a front yard that was both unique and attractive and do so by utilizing a variety of heat and drought tolerant trees and shrubs requiring minimal maintenance and water needs. They consulted with a professional, Stephanie Garcia, to achieve that goal and it was definitely met. The first thing done was the removal of the functional but boring front walkway. This was replaced with a curved walkway that still takes you from the sidewalk to the front entry but splits partway with one section leading directly to the entry and the other weaving its way through the yard to the driveway and side street without tromping over the landscaping. This allows guests to park in those areas and have a lovely stroll to the front door. Trees for future shade included an additional Chinese Pistache, October Glory Maple, Golden Spirit Smoke, Lacy Leaf Maple, and Japanese Maple. The use of several types of evergreen shrubs, blue fescue grasses, and flowering plants added a variety of colors and textures with brilliant orange African Daisies and wallflower throughout providing an eye catching scape. Freesias that apparently survived the process made an appearance right before Easter which was a pleasant surprise. Large boulders and river rock were also used for interest in a few locations. Planted just one year ago, the plan is to allow and encourage the shrubs to grow larger more natural shapes filling in any open areas and making the yard lush rather than over planting. The end result, a lovely yard - not an overgrown jungle – with little to no maintenance and savings of water for the environment and wallet for many years to come. Take few moments of your busy day to drive by (new Garden Club sign will be there) and see this lovely yard. Friday, May 6th at 9 a.m. meet at the Garden Club Office Saturday, May 7th at 9 a.m. meet at the Parking Lot at 11th and K St. Bring Gloves, hand shears, trowels. This is always a fun endeavor, hope to see you there. Planting Downtown Pots President: Dan Yockey. Contributing Writers this month:Lynn Brooks and Cheryl Smith, Cheryl Carmichael, Lela Harrington, Pixie Kinser, Joyce Smith, Mable Suguira, Dan Yockey, Gerry Yockey, Copy/ Text Editor: Mary Lou Rice, Advertisements, Fliers and Photos: Mary Lou Rice (209) 869-3584 Website: Office: 622-14th Street, Email: 529-7360 (Wed., 9 a.m.-Noon) Modesto, CA. 95354-2505 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 Spring Garden Tour I will begin by saying what a wonderful tour we had this year.  The weather was great, everyone was enthusiastic!  Everything just came together. I hope you all enjoyed it as much as I did. We want to thank the docents for doing such a wonderful job.  Without the docents we could not have a Spring Garden Tour.  In turn, I think they enjoyed themselves at the same time.  So thank you all for helping make the Spring Garden tour a success. We want to give a hand to all the ticket buyers.  Buying a ticket had given us so many things that we can fund.  The biggest is the six scholarships that we give to young students who need a boost.  I was very happy with the turnout. We also want to thank Louise Nelson who took the time to sell raffle tickets.  The quilt was lovely and a very popular item!  Thank you for your time.  Deanna Clark, we want to thank you for helping us sell tickets at the office.  You are so good to do that, and we much appreciate your help. And of course, I have to thank my committee: Judy Crisp, Patti Williams, Dan Yockey, Pat Williams, Mary Lou Rice, Judy Spencer, and Maree Hawkins who was our Narrative Assistant.  Thank you all for your patience, hard work and just being there for me.   Thank You all again. By Gerry Yockey Tranquil Garden: Zen meets Southwest! Located at 3301 Aristides Drive in Modesto Ray and Yvonne Taylor’s backyard was a bare slate 14 years ago.  They designed the yard as rooms with an Asian flare and did ALL the work themselves¦ electrical, irrigation, stone and metal work, including the outdoor tables and the gates.  It is not a big yard but the Taylor’s have created 5 rooms in their yard for rest and relaxation.  The covered patio has an above-ground fish pond along with a seating and dining area.  There’s a garden gazebo, a gravel patio and a raised vegetable garden. The yard has five Japanese Maples, a Chinese Pistachio and several water features. The Taylor’s have accented their garden with items from their travels to Asia and there are stained glass accents in the metal trellis.  As you walk this garden, you will need some time, there are details everywhere!  The garden has many potted succulents because of the drought. They cut water use to 2 days a week last year and still maintained the garden by changing the kinds of plants used aided by shade from the trees.  The Taylor’s also mulch all garden refuse and have 2 large compost bins, all of which is put back into the garden.  Cost: $5.00. Everything Is Better In a Garden! By Lynn Brooks and Cheryl Smith Private Garden Tour May 10th from 9 a.m. to Noon


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Over the Garden Gate Page 5 Highlights of the Spring Garden Tour Joanie Campbell -  Linda Masuda - Irene Morimoto - Mabel Sugiura Lavender Library It’s hard to believe another Modesto Garden Club year is coming to an end.  The Lavender Library Committee will be busy doing an inventory of all the books during the summer so we would appreciate all borrowed books be returned to the May meeting to facilitate our work. Last year all but one book was turned in! Let us know if you find a book you would like to have added to the library. Have a great summer.   There will be no books checked out in May.


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Page 6 Over the Garden Gate P&L Concrete Hosts April Stacked Pots Workshop Hackers and Wackers The Hackers and Wackers have been hard at work keeping the Senior Citizen Center looking well groomed. The area by the bus stop will look like it is dying out because we hope it is. It is loaded with bindweed which is choking out the Vinca so we sprayed the whole area with Roundup.  We plan to use decomposed granite to replace the Vinca and continue to kill the bindweed as it appears. It is very difficult to get rid of. We will leave the bigger shrubs in place and hope to keep the bindweed out of them. This will also make the area less water dependent. The Sunrise side of the Center is looking good with the colorful pansies. This is a very large area to keep looking good and we are a small group. We need your help. Please think about dropping by on either the 2nd or 4th Tuesday of the month and giving us a hand. We are a fun loving and friendly group and would w We welcome anyone who has a little spare time and likes to play in the dirt. We are currently starting at 9 a.m. and work till 10:30-11 a.m.. We will start earlier as the weather gets warmer. Please give me a call, e-mail or just stop by on one of our work days.  I am in the handbook.  Thank You, Pixie. By Pixie Kinser Planted Wagon Workshop This month’s workshop will be a Planted Wagon. Sign up at the May meeting to join the fun group at the Garden Club Office on May 18th from 10 a.m. until noon. By Lela Harrington


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Over the Garden Gate Page 7 Getting to Know You ~ Sheri McCoy Raised all her life in Modesto, Sheri graduated from Modesto High School in 1973, then attended MJC from 1973 - 1976. An aeronautics major, she loves to fly and sky dive as well as spend time on the ocean. She was married to Lawrence (Sonny) Rempfer for 20 years before he passed away. Their son, Erik, is married to Nicole. Sheri has two granddaughters, Taylor & Kinsley, and a new grandchild due in August. For the past 18 years she has been married to Steven J. McCoy. They have one son, Joel, attending Johansen High School. Sheri is currently serving as kitchen coordinator for Modesto Covenant Church and as president of the Ceres VFW Auxiliary. She is a past president for booster clubs at both Hughes Elementary and Glick. She and her husband were caregivers until end of life for her mother and father, as well as for her furst husband for the past 15 years. She has worked at all three bowling alleys here in town and helped open the original Roller King. She worked for over 20 years with two painting contractors. Sheri is a lifelong gardener, working alongside her dad who, she says, grew and raised a lot of what we ate to keep up with his twelve children. They made the front page of the Modesto Bee twice the year the third set of twins was born and again in 2003 when her mom passed away. She enjoys her crazy, busy garden, animals and schedule (most of the time). Forget-Me-Not-Spot By Edie Westerman Everything looks so alive and green during Spring. I love this time of year to get out in the garden, clean up the winter blahs, plant some new plants and watch the flowers bloom. I’m especially obsessed with my clematis right now which is budding out everywhere! May is a glorious time for gardens! The Birth Flower for May is the Lily of the Valley: The Lily of the Valley, a perennial plant, has small fragrant bellshaped flowers that bloom white. This flower symbolizes sweetness and humility. Happy birthday to all those born in May! In April, 42 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. Sympathy cards and thank you cards to memorial donors were also sent. Our sympathies to our MGC member Jessie West on the death of her husband. Also our sympathies go out to the friends and family of our member Carla Wyatt who passed away March 27th. Snack and Learn Please call or text me (Edie) at (209) 204-8053 to let me know of members By Judy Crisp who may need cards sent to them. You are also welcome to email me at Lorina Cajas, owner of ediejw@hotmail. Please note in the subject line “Modesto Garden Club” so I LORINAS EDIBLE GARDEN won’t miss your email. in Escalon will talk about herbs Until next month remember this excerpt from a Dutch proverb: If you want and what their uses are. She to be happy for a lifetime, plant a garden! began selling bunches of herbs at farmer’s markets. Lorinas Edible An Evening Under the Stars Garden has evolved into a home By Gerry Yockey based business selling herbs and We are very excited about a new fundraiser that we are going to have on the vegetable plants as well as other 21st of May.  Denniz and Brian Wistow have very kindly opened their beautiful products. home to an evening of music, great food and wine. It will start at 7 p.m. Check out the website at The tickets are $30 each, limited to 70 tickets. We will be selling them at or friend the office and if any are left they will be on sale at the May meeting. them on Facebook. Don’t miss this opportunity to have a fantastic night out.


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Page 8 Over the Garden Gate Return Service Requested 622 14th Street Modesto, CA 95354-2505 Snapshots of New Members Tea Planters and Groomers By Gerry Yockey I want to tip my shovel to all the girls and guys who have volunteered at the Modesto Garden office before the Spring Garden tour.  I will start off with Judy Crisp who always helps me in the kitchen.  Pat Williams, Dan Yockey, Beverley Schlegel, Josephine Parra, Joanne Meinhardt, Sharon Searls.  Doris Giomi, April Ford, Jean Seeley, Tina Gianipoulos, Pasty Keller, Rhonda Kluender, Judy Silber, Mary McNicholas and Mary Helen Alonzo.  Thank you all for giving your time and energy.  The yard has never looked so good...Thanks again!



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