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October 2016 Vol. 2017, Issue 2 Member of CGCI A Publication of Modesto Garden Club, Inc. Valley Lode District – Pacific Region Claudia Rodriguez and Gwen Bauer Share Speaker Stage This Month Claudia has been working at Duarte Nursery since she moved here in 2007. She works with Modesto’s Poinsettia Lady, Anita Duarte. She is involved with organizing tours, fundraisers, orders, customer service and supply orders for the holiday season, starting as soon as January. Gwen and her husband opened Floralicioius Designs on Maple Ave in downtown Manteca in 2008. They created beautiful weddings and events throughout Northern California. After their daughter was born they opened a floral design studio at their home in Escalon. It has been amazing, she has been able to focus on the family and still be available to her brides. Bylaw Change Proposed for October Meeting Vote It is proposed that a change to the Bylaws be voted on by the General Membership at the October 13th General Meeting. The underlined text represents the changes. Proposed Bylaw Amendment Article V Current Wording Officers Gwen Bauer Section1. The elected Officers of the Club shall be President, who shall be a member of the Board of Directors for a minimum of one year, Vice Presidents (number shall be determined by the Board of Directors), Recording Secretary, and Treasurer. The appointed Officers of the Club shall be the Parliamentarian, Corresponding Secretary and Historian. Proposed Change Section 1. The elected Officers of the Club shall be President, who shall serve as a member on the Board of Directors for a minimum of six months (an exception may be made by the Executive committee), Vice Presidents (number shall be determined by the Board of Directors), Recording Secretary and Treasurer. The appointed Officers of the Club shall be the Parliamentarian, Corresponding Secretary and Historian. The Modesto Garden Club was honored to have the Ceres Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) perform a flag presentation at the beginning of our general meeting in September.


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Page 2 Hi everyone, President’s Message By Dan Yockey When you read this message we will have had our first meeting at our new venue. It is my hope that all of you enjoyed the meeting and were pleased with the location. The Vendors Fair was a great success we had at least 16 participants this year. The club has many outstanding events coming up this fall. Cindy Ott and her committee are working hard to make our first “Under the Moon” a huge success. It sounds like a lot of fun, if you haven’t purchased your ticket yet they will be on sale at the October meeting. Coming soon Patté Williams bus tours, workshops, Christmas Luncheon, and Christmas Tour. Several board member positions are now available including President. Jean Davis is chairman of the nominating committee. See your October meeting agenda for a complete list. Yours in gardening, Dan Over the Garden Gate Calendar of Upcoming Events • October 4 - Office garden – 8:30 a.m., Gerry’s Girls (and guys). Newcomers more than welcome! • October 5 - New Member Tea, MGC Office, 10 a.m. to Noon. • October 11 - Valley Lode District Meeting, Ceres Garden Club. • October 11 - Hackers and Whackers, 8:30 a.m. at the Senior Citizen Center corner of Bodem and Scenic, Modesto. • October 11 - Multimedia learn Photoshop Elements, help with MGC publications. MGC Office, 9:30 a.m. to Noon. • October 13 - MGC General Meeting NEW LOCATION: TRINITY UNITED PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, 1600 CARVER RD. Hospitality: 10 – 11:20 a.m.; Learn and Grow, 10:15 to 11 a.m., Trina Duncan; Meeting and Program, 11:30 a.m. - 1:15 p.m. Program: Claudia Rodriguez, Duarte Nursery, and Gwen Bauer, Floralicious Design. Cost: Non-members $10 each meeting • October 15, 2016 - Evening Under the Moon, Cost: $25 - includes dinner Purchase your tickets at the October meeting or Online at • October 19 - Hands on Workshop: 10 a.m. to noon, Modesto Garden Club Office, Praying Hands for succulents. • October 22 - Out of Town Tour, Yosemite National Park, leaves Park and Ride at 7:30 a.m. Cost $50.00 • October 25 - Hackers and Whackers: 8:30 a.m. at the Senior Citizens Center, corner of Bodem and Scenic, Modesto. • October 25 - Multimedia learn Photoshop Elements, help with MGC publications. MGC Office, 9:30 a.m. to Noon. • October 27 - MGC Board Meeting at MGC Office, 622 14th Street, Modesto, 9 a.m. 8:30 for light breakfast. • November 10 - MGC General Meeting . DON’T FORGET - ALL MONTHLY GENERAL MEETINGS ARE HELD IN OUR NEW LOCATION: TRINITY UNITED PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, 1600 CARVER RD. IN MODESTO • October 18 - Office garden – 8:30 a.m., Gerry’s Girls (and guys). Always looking for new help.


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Over the Garden Gate Page 3 Craftsman House and Drought Tolerant Garden Are Good Pairing By Judy Spencer The garden of Bryan Roering and Karen Greengard, 402 Elmwood Avenue, has been selected as the October Garden of the Month, by the Modesto Garden Club. The house is a Craftsman bungalow, built in 1927. The house has been renovated, and is now a California Contemporary Craftsman Bungalow, with stucco and pillars supporting the front porch. Bryan and Karen are newcomers to Modesto. They fell in love with this neighborhood and searched until they found their dream home. The yard had good bones, including two large olive trees which anchor dry stream beds and several large decorative boulders. The garden continues to evolve as new plants are added, and there is talk of removing some plants that haven’t quite met expectations. The front walkway is made up of large slate pavers with separation between, so there is room for water to permeate the soil. A front courtyard has been added, with a wisteria arbor, to create a private outdoor space – a good example of reclaiming the front yard. It makes a private dining area and it is a secure outdoor space for the dog. The yard features a variety of plants with low water requirements, including viburnum, Asian jasmine, rosemary, pyrcantha, flax, little ollies, crepe myrtle and star jasmine. Corner lots can be difficult, but the problem here has been solved by having a side yard that looks like a front yard with an eye-catching turquoise door. The neighborhood has an alley painted (with permission) by graffiti artists, a memorial to Bryan’s dad and a “Little Free Library” in a neighbor’s yard. There are sidewalk strips in both the front and side of the house. Sidewalk strips are such a charming part of this neighborhood but they are difficult to landscape. There are a number of plants being tried for effectiveness, and only time will tell which plants will work. While you are in the neighborhood, be sure to look in the alley behind Bryan and Karen’s house. The registered nonprofit group, Gospel Graffiti, led by street artist Fasm, have permission to paint the alley sides of the buildings. A group of street artists regularly changes the paintings, and there is currently a section that is a memorial for Bryan’s dad Another interesting sight on the block is a “Little Free Library” in the yard of a neighbor. Look for the little free library on a post in the front yard – kind of like a big bird house. People are free to take books from the library and to leave books in return; Over the Garden Gate Published 10 times a year, September-June, by the Modesto Garden Club, Inc. President: Dan Yockey. Contributing Writers this month: Cindy Ott, Joyce Smith, Judy Spencer, Mable Sugiura, 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 4 Over the Garden Gate Modesto Garden Club Launches a New Year In a New Meeting Venue September Meeting at Trinity United Presbytering Church As Fall approaches, it’s time to begin thinking about the year in terms of a new Modesto Garden Club season. The September meeting successfully launched us into a new year and venue at Trinity United Presbyterian Church. Member yearbooks were handed out and will be available at the MGC Office on Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to noon.


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Over the Garden Gate Vendors Fair Features Plethora of Pleasantries for MGC Members Page 5


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Page 6 Getting to Know You – Dot Jones By Dot Jones Dot was born on Mother’s Day and raised in Nashville, Tennessee, the youngest of 12 children. After high school she worked as coordinator of the Midnight Jamboree radio program and manager of the Ernest Tubb Music Shop (even though country music wasn’t her music of choice). She married and moved to California in 1965 and became mother to her daughter Julie and son Joey. She worked as a registered nurse for over thirty years and belonged to “People to People” organization that traveled and visited hospitals in China, Washington DC and Italy. Was on the Planning Commission of the city of Patterson, Ca. for three years and after retiring from nursing has been a volunteer for the Gallo Center of the Arts in Modesto and joined the Modesto Garden Club in 2012. She enjoys her participation with Multimedia and was chosen as Historian in 2014. Over the Garden Gate Elegant Holiday Luncheon By Joyce Smith & Linda Pedego December 5 & 6, 2016 ~~~~ Del Rio Country Club   We are again planning for the Elegant Holiday Table Viewing and Luncheon that will be held on Monday and Tuesday, December 5 & 6.  This spectacular event is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the season, have lunch with your friends, buy raffle tickets for awesome prizes, and to see a multitude of creative ideas you might use to set your own holiday table!  We have been touching base with hostesses who have already committed to setting a table and talking with others who might be interested.  If you have already committed to do a table in December, please call Linda Pedego at 523-1420 to confirm and update your information.   We will be distributing hostess packets to confirmed table hostesses at our October 13th general meeting. Please remember stop by and pick up your packet.Stay tuned for more information in next month’s newsletter. Thank You To Karen Dyrseth For a Wonderful 2016/2017 Yearbook By Mary Lou Rice Thank you, Karen, for a great job on the Yearbook. It is our guide throughout the year and helps keep us connected. It is a huge project that must be completed at the last minute as information doesn’t become available until close to the deadline. Beautiful job. Books are available at the MGC Office on Wednesday’s from 9 to noon and will also be available at the October meeting. The cost of mailing Yearbooks to members has become prohibitive so if you want a copy mailed to you please send a check for $5 to Modesto Garden Club, 622 14th St, Modesto, CA 95354-2505.


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Page 8 Return Service Requested Over the Garden Gate 622 14th Street Modesto, CA 95354-2505 Forget-Me-Not-Spot By Edie Westerman Autumn is coming soon. This is such a beautiful time of year with all the trees changing colors with all the reds, oranges, browns and yellows. I love the Fall colors in nature and in decorating! Enjoy the beauty of Fall and the cooler days ahead. Happy birthday to all those born in October! The birthday flower for October is the Marigold. The marigold symbolizes warmth, winning grace, protection, comfort and healing. This flower exemplifies elegance and devotion. In September 46 birthday cards were sent out.  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 Please note in the subject line “Modesto Garden Club” so I won’t miss your email.   Until next time remember: “Autumn paints in colors that summer has never seen.” Bevery Schlegel is the Volunteer of the Month, pictured above with President Dan Yockey. Apple Blossom Budding Gardeners visit California Landscape Supply. Join a Budding Gardeners Group TODAY! Lavender Library Joanie Campbell   Linda Masuda   Irene Morimoto   Mabel Sugiura We hope you have had a wonderful summer and are ready to explore all the wonderful books available in the Lavender Library.  We feature books about all aspects of gardening suitable for beginning and experienced gardeners; so come take a look, Members may check out any number of books for a one month period.  Just put your name, a phone number or email address on the library card and you will get a return reminder just before the next meeting. If there is a gardening book you feel would be an addition to the library, let us know.  



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