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September 2016 Vol. 2017, Issue 1 Member of CGCI A Publication of Modesto Garden Club, Inc. Valley Lode District – Pacific Region Kathryn Aalto — September Speaker Kathryn Aalto is landscape designer, historian, lecturer and a New York Times Bestselling author. For the past twenty-five years, her focus has been on places where nature and culture intersect: teaching literature of nature and place, designing gardens, and writing about the natural world. Kathryn grew up in the San Joaquin Valley of California surrounded by peach, walnut and almond orchards. She was educated at the University of California at Berkeley, Western Washington University, the London College of Garden Design and the University of Bristol from which she received a Bachelor’s in English, a Master’s in English, a Diploma in Garden Design and a Master’s in Garden History. She is a member of the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment, the Garden History Society, the Garden Writers Association, the Garden Media Guild and the Society of Garden Designers (pre-registered). She is working on her third book. She moved to Devon in 2007 with her family and discovered walking on England’s ancient network of public footpaths, a fascinating landscape feature that works its way into much of her writing. NEW LOCATION FOR MONTHLY MEETINGS Trinity United Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall 1600 Carver Road, Modesto See Article on Page 3


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Page 2 Over the Garden Gate President’s Message By Dan Yockey Hi everyone, I hope everybody had a great summer. My family certainly did, camping at Pinecrest, condo at South Lake Tahoe, and camping again at Redwoods near Santa Cruz. Here we are starting another year at the Modesto Garden Club. This year is very important as it is an election year. You will be electing several high profile Vice Presidents as well as a new President. At this meeting I will be asking for volunteers to make up a nominating committee. If you are interested contact me. The big change this year is our move to a new facility. I think you will enjoy the amenities the Church has to offer. The move was necessitated by increases in the rental fee at One Church and other expenses increasing dramatically causing the Board to make this change. I ask for your patience as all new things take time to iron out the kinks and hopefully there won’t be many. I look forward to this my final year as your President.  I know it will be challenging but with your help we will have a great year. Yours in Gardening, Dan Calendar of Upcoming Events • September 6 - Office garden– 8:30 a.m.– Gerry’s Girls (and guys) Newcomers more than welcome! • September 20 - Office garden – 8:30 a.m.– Gerry’s Girls (and guys) Always looking for new help • SEPTEMBER 8 - MGC General Meeting — NEW LOCATION: TRINITY UNITED PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, 1600 CARVER RD.; Hospitality: 9:30 a.m. – 11:20; Vendors Faire in courtyard; Meeting and Program: 11:30 a.m.–1:15 p.m. Program: Kathryn Aalto; Cost: Non-members $10 each meeting • SEPTEMBER 10 - GARDEN TOUR ─ The Ripon Garden Club is sponsoring their annual September Stroll featuring 9 gardens, including the Ripon Community Garden. Tickets include a map to all locations and are available at various local nurseries. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., $20 adults, $10 children under 12. No strollers. For more information, call Deb at 531-4200 or visit the Ripon Garden home page. • September 13 - Hackers and Whackers 8:30 a.m. at the Sr. Center corner of Bodem and Scenic Drive • September 13 - Multimedia learn Photoshop Elements, help with MGC publications. MGC Office 9:30 a.m. to Noon • September 27 - Hackers and Whackers - 8:30 a.m. at the Sr. Center corner of Bodem and Scenic Drive • September 27 - Multimedia learn Photoshop Elements, help with MGC publications. MGC Office 9:30 a.m. to Noon • September 28 - Hands on Workshop: Decorating pumpkins, MGC Office, 9 a.m. Cost $20 • September 29 - MGC Board Meeting; MGC Office, 622 14th Street, Modesto, 9 a.m. 8:30 for light breakfast • October 13 - MGC General Meeting • October 15, 2016 - Evening Under the Moon, Cost: $25 - includes dinner. Purchase your tickets at the September or October meeting or Online at WELCOME TO ANOTHER YEAR OF MODESTO GARDEN CLUB ACTIVITIES!


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Over the Garden Gate Page 3 New Location for General Meetings We are pleased to announce that we have a new meeting place. Beginning September 8th we will be gathering at Trinity United Presbyterian Church. Located at 1600 Carver Road, one block south of Briggsmore Avenue. Hospitality, Raffatunity, Check-in, and the Lavender Library along with Workshops, ticket sales and Membership will be located in the Fellowship Hall. Hospitality will begin at 10 a.m. and continue until 11:20 a.m. and all of you are invited to bring your favorite sandwiches, cookies and cakes. • Learn to Grow will replace Snack and Learn and will be held in the Sanctuary from 10:15 a.m. until 11 a.m. Learn to Grow will have local speakers and demonstrations along with some video programs. • The General Meeting will begin at 11:30 a.m. in the Sanctuary, with the main Speaker beginning around Noon and continuing until approximately 1:15 p.m. • There is parking on both sides of the church with entry to the courtyard. • Please follow the balloons to find your way. • Board members will be posted to answer any questions you may have. Check the street map and Trinity layout on the front page. Forget-Me-Not-Spot By Edie Westerman Welcome to another year with the Modesto Garden Club. I hope you all had the best summer ever! I know the warm days are still around, but as the summer months wind down many of us start looking forward to the beauty of Autumn. I can’t wait for all the glorious colors of Autumn! I’m ready, are you? Happy birthday to all those born in September! The birthday flower for September is the Aster. Asters are like little starbursts and bring the celebratory spirit to the September birthdays. The Greek word for star is how this plant was named since the flower head resembles a star. The Aster is said to symbolize love, faith, wisdom and color. They bloom in pink, red, white, lilac and mauve. In June, 36 birthday cards were sent out, July 41 birthday cards were sent out and August 58 birthday cards were sent out. Many thank you cards were sent out for donations received over the summer as well. Vendor’s Faire 2016 - Sept. 8 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 time remember: There will be a Vendor’s Faire at our September 8th General Meeting. The venue will be in the courtyard of our new meeting place, Trinity United Presbyterian Church, located at 1600 Carver Road (just south of Briggsmore Avenue). Various local businesses will join us, showing us the latest items in their stores. Be sure to “Plant dreams, pull weeds and grow a happy life.” join us at 9:30 a.m. Over the Garden Gate Published 10 times a year, September-June, by the Modesto Garden Club, Inc. President: Dan Yockey. Contributing Writers this month: Lela Harrington, Pixie Kinser, Cindy Ott, Edie Westerman, 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, 529-7360 (Wed., 9 a.m.-Noon) Email: Modesto, CA. 95354-2505


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Page 6 Evening Under the Moon My name is Cindy Ott.  I am the VP of Education and Chairperson of the monthly raffle.  I made an announcement last year that I thought it would be nice to have a dinner party with MGC members and their favorite person(s).  When I addressed this at one of the general meetings I received positive feedback.     Based on the positive response we will hold our 1st Annual “Evening Under the Moon” dinner party and moon viewing on October 15, 2016.   We are selling tickets for the event at only $25 per person.  I hope all of you will take advantage of this new event and come out to enjoy a nice a dinner, nice company and the beautiful moon.  This is not a fundraiser, but a fun evening out with other MGC members.   Questions?  Please call Cindy at 209-522-3412 or call/text 209-614-7219.  You may also call Dede Eaton at 209-575-4225 or call/ text her at 209-495-3334 and you may call/text Edie Westerman at 209204-8053 after 5:00 p.m.   Please help us make this a great event.  We will start selling tickets at the September meeting and also online at the Modesto Garden Club website. Buy your tickets early before they run out!  Only 250 will be available.  Remember you can bring you spouse, friends and family, adults only.  This will be an event you don’t want to miss.  Over the Garden Gate The Stanislaus County Fair Entry Floriculture By Gerry Yockey The Modesto Garden Club entry won second place in the open division, large 10’x20’ exhibit.  This year the theme was “The Good Ole Days”.  Our exhibit was designed and built by the members of the Planters and Groomers who donated many of the items used in the exhibit.  We decided to have a 1950’s Day in the Park for a young boy, fishing and having a picnic.  The path through the park extended into the future in the painting by me. The members of the Planters and Groomers had such a great time planning and working together that they want to do it again next year. The members who joined in the contest:  Pat Williams, Judy Crisp, Jean Seeley, Joanne Meinhardt, Sharon Searls, Josephine Parra, Mary Helen Alonzo, Mary McNicholas, Judy Silber, Dan Yockey and Me.  To make it even nicer, we received $200 dollars for second place.


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Over the Garden Gate Page 7 Modesto Garden Club Out-of-Town Tour 2016-2017 Something New, Something Old… 2016 October 22 Yosemite National Park- $50.00 Come and experience the sights of the world’s most beautiful park. From waterfalls to massive rock formations, to viewing nature at her best. (My favorite part is sitting on a rock and letting my feet soak in the crystal water…) November 12 Breakfast at 7:00 a.m. Depart at 7:30 a.m. from Park & Ride Return at 6:30 p.m. Lafayette, Orchard Nursery shopping for Christmas - $40.00 2017 April 5 May 20 San Francisco Flower & Garden Show- $55.00 Exploring Fresno… janz Café, Underground Gardens, Japanese Tea Garden and Zoo ******************************************* Mark Your Trip(s) ************************************** For more information, call Patté Williams at 505-3526 Name____________________________________________Guest_________________________________ Address__________________________________________Phone_______________ Yosemite $50.00 Layfette $40.00 Flower & Garden Show $55.00 Fresno $50.00 NO REFUNDS!! Amount paid________________ Make checks payable to: Modesto Garden Club. Send to: Patté Williams, c/o Modesto Garden Club, 622 14th St, Modesto CA 95352- 4343 Hands on Workshop−Decorate a Pumpkin By Lela Harrington and Carol Paxia • What: Decorate a Pumpkin • Who: Garden Club Members • When: Wednesday, September 28, 2016 • Where: Modesto Garden Club Office, 622-14th St. Modesto • Cost: $20.00 - Non-refundable if unable to attend. Bring your own pumpkin and a board to take it home. Please call of availability before sending check to: Modesto Garden Club, 622 14th St. Modesto, CA 953542505 Your check confirms you reservation in the class. Reservations or questions: Lela Harrington (209)380-8050 or Carol Paxia (209)575-0887.


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Page 8 Return Service Requested Over the Garden Gate 622 14th Street Modesto, CA 95354-2505 Membership Yearbooks Available Sept. 8 By Shirley LaBass Membership Yearbooks will be available for pick up at the September 8, 2016 and October 13, 2016 meetings. If you unable to pick you Yearbook at either of the meetings listed, they will be available at the Office, 622 – 14th Street, Modesto, CA on Wednesday between 9:00 am and noon. Hope to see you at the September or October meeting. Hackers and Whackers By Pixie Kinser It’s been hot! The Hackers and Whackers met the challenge and have been meeting twice a month at the Modesto Senior Center. We did change our time to meet, so as to “beat the heat”. Thank you to my team! We had extra help the end of July. Thank you to Dan & Gerry Yockey along with Pat Williams for joining us. The extra help was needed so we could complete a clean-up along the Scenic side of the Senior Center. The battle between the bind weed and Vinca has been an ongoing challenge. We are making progress! Other successes have been the Jujube Tree. The location is perfect and the tree is doing well with lots of fruit. We replaced the Pansies with Zinnias at the front entrance of the Senior Center and along Bodem St. So far the Zinnias are looking great and give us the color we needed for both locations. A new addition this year is the ground cover Thyme. The team is very pleased and the Thyme is a perfect companion for the Zinnias.  Our successes do not go unnoticed! The Senior Center is very busy the mornings we are working and every so often a senior will stop to visit. They always thank us for the work we do. Even if you like working in the dirt the “Thank You” will always keep you coming back. Please join us on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays from 8:00-10:30 am at the Senior Citizen Center, 211 Bodem. Contact Pixie Kinser at 578-4338 for information. Planters and Groomers By Gerry Yockey Boy, has it been a hot summer or not?   Working in the yard at the Garden Club office has been very warm.  We started at 8:00 a.m. in the morning cleaning up the debris in the yard.   Dead heading the zinnias, cleaning up the foxgloves; we’ve been trimming the crepe myrtles and trimming hedges.  After the lawn is cut, I have to say that it does look rather nice. Pixie called and said she would like us to come and help her out at the Senior Center the following Tuesday.  Dan and Pat Williams and I went the following Tuesday.  We had a great time!  Pixie has done a wonderful job in taking care of the center. I want to thank the following for volunteering this summer: Doris Giomi, April Ford, Jean Seeley, Judy Crisp, Joanne Meinhardt, Pat Williams, Dan Yockey, Sharon Searls, Judy Silber, Beverly Schlegel, Josephine Parra, Mary Helen Alonzo, Rhonda Kluender and Mary McNicholas.  I thank you all.



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