MGC June'16 Newsletter


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June 2016 Vol. 2016, Issue 10 Member of CGCI A Publication of Modesto Garden Club, Inc. Valley Lode District – Pacific Region Modesto Garden Club Scholarship Winners • Mark Borges is a senior at Hughson High School where he holds the class rank of number 1. His transcript not only shows all A’s his coursework shows a continuing level of difficulty and involvement in leadership. He will be attending Cal Poly San Luis Obispo next year with a major in Environmental Science and a minor in Sustainable Agriculture. He plans to blend two majors (Environmental Science and Agriculture) and focus on bridging the gap between conventional and sustainable Pictured above, left to right, are Modesto Garden Club Scholarship Recipients agriculture. His mission is to make the ways we produce our food more efficient to feed out Mark Borges, Julia Predmore, Grant Doerkson and D’Angelo McGee. growing population. He has been involved in a garden project at Hughson Elementary School that has grown from a few vegetable plots to a full garden and greenhouse operation that supports over 485 students. He says, “The garden project sparked a passion within me to continue educating students, adults, and young children about the importance of agriculture in our society to insure a healthy future for many generations to follow.” • Brent Dragomanovich is a freshman at Modesto Junior College majoring in Environmental Science. He plans a career as an environmental scientist/hydrologist. He will transfer to Fresno State next year after only one year at MJC due to his amazing performance on AP exams. This young man is on the past track with plans for a master’s degree in water resource management. He hopes to work to create solutions for environmental problems, especially those concerning water. He has had a backyard garden for the past 6 years and has practiced techniques for using less water. He was able to abide by the water restrictions guidelines and pleased that his garden was successful. • Julia Predmore is currently a student at MJC planning to transfer to Cal Poly with a major in Ag Business. After completing this degree she would like to join the Peace Corps Master’s International Program through UC Davis in Horticulture and Agronomy. She would like to educate others and improve agriculture in developing countries. She would also like to cultivate exotic plants and grow her own food. She has been employed by the Conservation Corps and been involved in some restoration projects by planting native species and also removing invasive species. She writes: “School has personally been a struggle. I never had a clear direction of what I wanted to do or what to be involved with. I was born in Modesto, but I grew up in Phoenix Arizona for most of my academic career. As a result, I was unable to be involved with FFA or 4H, as the state of Arizona did not offer these programs. When I did move back to my family farm in Modesto in 2012, it was through an event that the Modesto Garden Club hosted that re-sparked my love of agriculture all over again.” • Alexander Pena is a senior at Oakdale high school planning to attend Cal-Poly San Luis Obispo majoring in Plant Science. Alex ranks in the top 3% of his class and holds an impressive transcript showing a strong performance in math, science, speech, and varsity baseball and football. Alex has a goal to one day help California progress and further advance its agricultural efficiency. He has been involved in an internship program with mid-Valley Agricultural Services working Continued on page 6


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Page 2 Over the Garden Gate President’s Message Hi everyone, Well, here we are at the end of another Garden Club year. There are so many members and volunteers I wish to thank for all of their hard work and dedication. Thank you to all of those who participated in our meetings this year. I think we had a great year. Thank you for Spring Tour volunteers including the tour committee, docents, homeowners, and ticket purchasers. Thank you all of the table setters, raffle workers, raffle donors, and ticket purchasers at both luncheons. Thank you downtown pot planters, Flower Clock planters, everyone connected with our maintenance of the office, the Senior Center, and all of the Gardens we maintain. You are Members of a fantastic organization recognized by your community for all of your hard work and dedication. A special thank you to Brian and Denniz Wistow for so graciously putting on our special fundraiser at their beautiful home. It was a fantastic evening. I look forward to this summer spending time with my family and I hope you all do as well. And a special thank you to Mary Lou Rice who stepped in and helped whenever and wherever necessary to keep this year running smoothly. Let’s keep making it fun. Yours in gardening, Dan By Dan Yockey Have a wonderful Summer and Remember… By Mary Lou Rice This will be the last Newsletter for the 2015/2016 year. We hope you all have a wonderful summer. Don’t forget to send in your dues so you are included in the 2016/2017 Yearbook. You might also want to check out your printed information in this Yearbook to be sure everything is current. If you need any changes made please send them to Shirley LaBass, Membership Chairman. Weeds continue to grow and plants need deadheading so some groups will continue to work through the summer months. If you feel like checking in on a Tuesday, there are groups out there working in the morning. The Hackers and Whackers are at the Senior Center on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month and Gerry’s Girls are at the MGC Office on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays. You are welcome to come by the MGC Office on any Wednesday morning between 9 a.m. and Noon to visit and enjoy the garden. We will see you all in September! Entrance to the Private Garden Tour, an MGC specialty.


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Over the Garden Gate Page 3 Garden of the Month: Good Bones By Jean Seeley Over fifty years ago Russell and Charlotte Peck were thrilled to find one remaining lot in the Sherwood Forest subdivision to design and build their dream home. Located at 405 King Richard Lane, they utilized the services of a landscape architect who designed their yard to include a lawn, masonry and wrought iron privacy wall, private garden, angled walkway, pond, statue, and beautiful trees as their skeletal base. Mrs. Peck wanted a yard that would have something with “good bones” and have something blooming year round which is just how the landscape has performed through the years. There have been three major overhauls since the initial installation. After 40 years, the huge trees that marked the side perimeters began dropping large limbs and were removed due to possible danger. Rather than chance more trees, Crepe Myrtles and roses were used to replace the trees. Minor updates, changing annuals, have routinely taken place as well as replacing any poorly performing flowers or shrubs. Mrs. Peck’s favorite flower is a beautiful yellow flower from a Hawaiian Ginger plant she was given as a “start” from a friend that vacationed in Hawaii. This was many years ago when the Department of Agriculture regulations were not as stringent. It still blooms every year and always reminds her of her friend. In the spring, there were hundreds of bulbs flowering to include tulips, daffodils, freesias and flowering shrubs. Now that the warmer weather is here there are daisies, Irises, day lilies, Gerber daisies of many colors, arctotis, pansies, trailing verbena, and armere are just a few of the flowers blooming. Several types of flowering shrubs and ground covers such as alyssum and lavender are also in bloom and home to many bees and butterflies. Both the Sago Palm and Weeping Blue Atlas Cedar trees are original. The Cedar is close to the privacy wall and trails inside the private garden area. Through the wrought iron portion of the gate you can see the peaceful private garden with a brick walkway meandering among azaleas, camellias, purple pansies, a peach tree and other plants as well as a pond (hoping to get water this summer), statue and more flowering plants. The living room is relaxing and a beautiful place to entertain guests while looking out onto this colorful mature garden. The drought has not caused too much havoc with the exception of a dry pond for a few years and the loss of a few older roses. With the two day a week watering allowed, everything else has survived and some thrived. This home is well worth a drive by and shows that if you have good bones, you still look great and current fifty years later. 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 President’s Luncheon The luncheon is a special thank you to all the volunteers and helpers who made this year a complete success! School Gardens Update By Pat Logan The schools are upgrading their school gardens by adding compost and fertilizer to enrich the soil in the raised beds, removing the winter vegetables, and planting seeds and veggie starts for the spring and summer crops. These dedicated teachers have infused gardening into their curriculum and the students are “blossoming” along with the plants. The educational benefits include social science, math, language arts, and nutrition. The nutrition component of the garden includes introducing students to new vegetables, transforming each student’s nutritional habits from fast foods to delicious vegetables fresh from the garden. Students are excited about eating vegetables from the school garden and ask for them at home as well. Outdoor classrooms emerge when students participate in experiential learning opportunities in the garden. Students also develop a sense of pride in their school and their school garden. Mark Twain Jr. High School garden is shown at left. Christine Yashikawa, Modesto Garden Club Volunteer of the Month


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Over the Garden Gate Page 5 Wild Flower Budding Gardeners By Judy Crisp Mona Santos and Mary Carson planned an outing for the Wild Flower Budding garden group.  We were invited to Mona’s home in the country for lunch where we sat outside around the pool area and enjoyed the lovely garden and food.  Then we drove down the street a half mile to a neighbor who puts together hanging baskets for Morris Nursery.   Here we all got to make our own basket or a garden bowl.  It was so much fun getting our hands in the dirt and wet moss.  We picked out the plants that we wanted to make our baskets.  Beth, the owner had all kinds of flowers to pick from.  Then we got to take them home. Beth then invited us all to sit in her patio for a glass of iced tea and popcorn.  It was a wonderful day Members in our group are: Mona Santos, Mary Carson, Arlene Robbins, Judy Silber, Gerry Yockey, Doris Giomi, April Ford, Deanna Clark, Linda Pedego, Suzanne Roth and Patsy Keller.    Forget-Me-Not-Spot By Edie Westerman The warmer months are upon us. Many of my Spring flowers are fading, but the roses this year are fabulous! They started early and haven’t disappointed. Enjoy your summer! Speaking of roses, the Birth Flower for June is the Rose. Roses are the most popular flowers in the world and although all roses symbolize beauty, love and appreciation, the color of the flower petals have very specific meanings. Red: Romantic love; Pink: Admiration and grace; Dark Pink: Gratitude and appreciation; Light Pink: Sweetness and innocence; White: Purity, friendship and reverence; Yellow: Friendship and caring; Yellow with red tips: Falling in love; Orange; Passion; Burgundy: Beauty; Black: Death and farewell. Happy birthday to all those born in June! In May, 29 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. Thank you cards were also sent to It’s all about the those who sent monetary donations Downtown Pots for this crew of to the club. dedicated Modesto Please call or text me (Edie) at Garden Club (209) 204-8053 to let me know of volunteers. They members who may need cards sent plant, replant and to them. You are also welcome take care of the pots to email me at ediejw@hotmail. to provide an area Please note in the subject line of color and beauty “Modesto Garden Club” so I won’t for anyone visiting miss your email. downtown Modesto! Until next time remember this Chinese proverb: “Life begins the day you start a garden.”


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Page 6 Over the Garden Gate Return Service Requested 622 14th Street Modesto, CA 95354-2505 Workshop Snapshots Modesto Garden Club Scholarship Winners Continued from page 1 on Saturdays. He has already been offered a full-time job for the summer before he goes to college. Alex feels strong ties to the community where he was raised and hopes to be able to come back to the community and support agricultural farmers in growing their food supply. Grant currently a senior at Turlock High School. He will attend Cal Poly San Luis next year with a major of Bio Resource and Agriculture Engineering. He plans a master’s degree in agricultural science with a Specialization in Irrigation. He would ultimately like to return to the central valley and obtain a job with a local irrigation district as an agricultural engineer with the focus on irrigation technologies and water conservation. He has been actively involved in a myriad of FFA activities and received numerous awards. While in high school he has also working 15-20 hours per week on a local Angus beef ranch. He has responsibilities with the animals as well as managing the allotted water for the ranch in the summer. Grant indicated in his application that his parents have divorced and he lives with a single mom. He will have to take out student loans to attend college. The scholarship will help. The Paul Spencer Memorial Award Winner, D’Angelo La Priest McGee, is a 5th year senior at Elliott Education Center. He plans to attend MJC next year with a major in Botany with an ultimate career goal of becoming a molecular and cellular biologist. He writes:” Understanding how life works, from reproduction to genetic engineering will provide tremendous and critical information towards my quest for success. Food medicine, gardening, and even fragrance are all potential outlets to the study of plants.” D’Angelo is the first of 4 boys on both his mother and father’s side who will be attending college. He is hoping that his success might spark some enlightenment into his older siblings and encourage them to reach for the stars. Whether he is able to help feed people or even heal them, he would find great satisfaction in achieving either task.



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