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December 2016 Vol. 2017, Issue 4 Member of CGCI A Publication of Modesto Garden Club, Inc. Valley Lode District – Pacific Region Memorial Rose Garden By Beverly Schlegel Thank you to the dedicated Memorial Rose Garden volunteers during 2016. Volunteers were Linda Graves, Kathleen Holmberg, Margo Reese, Mary Lou Rice, Pat Williams, Cheryl Koff, Mary McNicholas, Karen Dahlberg, Gerry Yockey, Leah Meedom, Carolyn Pelligrini, Jill Fisk, and Heide Allen. Our big project for 2017 will be pruning of the roses on Monday, January 9, 2017, 9:00 AM. The Memorial Rose Garden is on West Orangeburg Avenue in Roosevelt Park near the Virginia Walking/Bike Path and tennis courts. Bring your pruning shears, gloves, rake, and broom. We need many volunteer helpers for this once a year pruning of the roses. Call Beverly, Elegant Holiday Luncheon Table Viewing Monday, Dec. 5th from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Del Rio Country Club 901 Stewart Rd., Modesto Viewing Tickets $10 Available at the Door Refreshments Served By Joyce Smith and Linda Pedego Elegant Holiday Table Viewing will be Monday, December 5th from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. The luncheon is Tuesday, December 6th from 10:30 a.m. with lunch at noon. Luncheon and Viewing is $35, but LUNCHEON TICKETS ARE SOLD OUT. If you have any questions regarding the viewing on December 5th or the Elegant Holiday Luncheon on December 6th please call Linda Pedego at 523-1420. Multimedia Celebrated a Special Birthday By Christina Yoshikawa We had a great time celebrating Dede’s 80th Birthday with a lunch at our MGC office. Virginia distracted Dede by luring her into the computer office while we set up the food.  All enjoyed lasagna, salad, rolls, drinks and a flan Bundt cake with ice cream.


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Page 2 Over the Garden Gate President’s Message By Dan Yockey Hi everyone, The month of November has been very busy with so many activities going on. The first weekend the club planted the downtown pots on I, J, and K Streets with completely new plantings. The remaining pots will be eventually removed and put in storage until the water situation eases. One of our best of the year programs featured Bob Bigham, floral designer to the stars. I hope you did not miss him. You know the holidays are here if you were able to take the bus trip to Lafayette Nursery I just don’t know how so many beautiful things can be put in one place. Two huge activities in December need your help and support. Linda Pedego and her committee have been working very hard to put on another fabulous event. Support them by purchasing Viewing Tickets for Monday, December 5th. Viewing tickets make a great hostess gift for holiday parties. Gerry Yockey and her committee also need your support by purchasing tickets to our annual Christmas Tour December 10th. This is a great event to get a group together and make a fun day. Just a reminder club elections will be next year if you would like to know more about open positions contact Jean Davis, Nominating Committee Chairman. Have a great Holiday Season! Yours in gardening, Dan Calendar of Upcoming Events • December 3 - Out of Town Tour, Sacred Heart Home Tour • December 10 - Holiday Home Tour, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. • December 5 - Elegant Holiday Table Viewing, Del Rio Country Club; 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. • December 6 – Elegant Holiday Luncheon, Del Rio Country Club, Modesto. Table viewing 10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Seating at 11:45 a.m. • December 29 - MGCI Board Meeting • January 12, 2017 - MGCI General Meeting, NEW LOCATION: TRINITY UNITED PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, 1600 CARVER RD. Hospitality: 10:00 a.m. – 11:20 Learn and Grow 10:15 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Over the Garden Gate Published 10 times a year, September-June, by the Modesto Garden Club, Inc. President: Dan Yockey. Contributing Writers: Pixie Kinser, Mary Lou Rice, Joyce Smith, Judy Spencer, Edie Westerman, Dan Yockey, Gerry Yockey, Copy / Text Editor, Mary Lou Rice, Advertisements, Fliers and Photos: Mary Lou Rice (209) 869-3584, Website: Email: email@ Office: 622-14th St., Modesto, CA 95354-2505, (Hours: Wed., 9 a.m.- Noon), Ph: (209) 529-7360


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Over the Garden Gate Page 3 Edibles and Herbs Reclaim Front Garden By Judy Spencer The garden of Laurie and Dave Willoughby, 3404 Norton Avenue, has been selected as the December Garden of the Month, by the Modesto Garden Club. Laurie and Dave are both avid gardeners, but the back yard pool didn’t leave enough gardening room. So they tore up the traditional front yard and installed 9 raised planter beds, made of stone with a smooth paver top, perfect for weeding and planting or just for sitting and enjoying the garden. The four planting beds making up the outside edges are taller than the five in the middle, which is good visual appeal with the different heights. Each planter bed has its own drip system, and each bed is its own microclimate, with compatible plants that change to meet the seasons. The spaces/paths between the planter beds are decomposed granite. Throughout the year there will be a least 75 different herbs and vegetables planted, harvested, and re-planted for a new season. Almost everything is edible, including some of the flowers (nasturtium, marigolds, and violas). Sometimes Laurie just wants some color and plants something non-edible. One of the planter beds features lemon grass – gorgeous – they use it in Thai cooking. The planters also have some small trees: figs (a spring fig and a winter fig), lemons, limes, persimmon, Seville orange, Bay Laurel (Laurus nobilis) aka Mediterranean laurel (use this for cooking – do not use California Bay Laurel). Laurie puts together her own Herbs de Provence and grows all the herbs necessary, including savory, rosemary, thyme, oregano, basil, marjoram and fennel. Laurie loves Mexican cooking and grows some items just for that purpose – epazote, Seville oranges, and cilantro. During this past summer and early fall the garden has had tomatoes, tomatillos, lettuces, late chard, numerous herbs, chives, parsley, pumpkins, sage, ginger, lemon grass, horseradish, rhubarb, savory, patty pan and crookneck squash, several varieties of basil, lemon balm, lemon verbena. There are still pumpkins growing between the beds and one pumpkin has been promised to a neighborhood child who visits regularly to check on its growth. There is a small section of the yard dedicated to plants that attract and nourish butterflies and hummingbirds. There is a tiny front patio, perfect to sit and enjoy watching the garden. To give it some privacy there are two avocados (a spring variety and a winter variety), in the process of becoming an espalier privacy fence. The photographs show the garden as the fall plants are just finishing up. Many of those plants will be removed and replaced with winter plantings of chard, kale, violas, pansies and lettuces. Several bushes of blueberries which provide all they can eat, as well as feeding a neighborhood flock of hungry birds. The garden has been a conversation piece for the neighborhood. Neighbors drop by to ask planting advice or just to comment on the beauty of the garden. While I was interviewing Laurie a new neighbor came by and introduced herself and wanted to talk about the garden. The front also includes a flagpole with an American flag and a Marine flag. Both sides of the family have a long history with the Marines, so this honors family history.


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Page 4 Over the Garden Gate Garden of the Month Could Use Your Help By Judy Spencer This is easy - anytime you see a garden that has potential to be Garden of the Month, just send me a text with the address. That’s all I need. I would like to build up a nice list of potential places, hopefully from many areas of Modesto. Pretty gardens are always wonderful, but I’m also interested in gardens where a problem has been solved, like a difficult corner lot, or a switch to drought tolerant plantings, or a design that reclaims some use of the front yard. It’s that simple - just text me an address. My number is 524-8436. In advance, I am so thankful for your help, because I really don’t like spending hours driving around Modesto.


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Over the Garden Gate Page 5 Changing Season in Yosemite National Park Gloriously Greets Modesto Garden Club Visitors Planters and Groomers By Gerry Yockey I love this time of year... except for the leaves and the heavy fog.  The Modesto Garden office has many leaves and little patience from me.   There is not much to do except rake leaves and have coffee.  The flowers are doing well.  We are getting ready to go to Pat Williams house and have lunch.  She volunteered to have us over for lunch and she always does such a nice job.  I hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday and hope to see you soon.


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Page 6 Over the Garden Gate Modesto Garden Club Keeps a Downtown Landmark in Bloom Landscaping the Clock


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Page 8 Return Service Requested Over the Garden Gate 622 14th Street Modesto, CA 95354-2505 Planting Downtown Pots By Gerry Yockey We could not have asked for a better day to plant the pots.  It was 70 degrees and hardly any wind.  There were twenty volunteers waiting patiently for instructions on how to plant the flowers.  We had Mary Lou Rice, Virginia White Scoble and husband Tony and Christina Yoshikawa who took many pictures.  I had Judy Crisp in the kitchen making soup and French bread.  We planted snapdragons and pansy’s and alyssum.  On J Street we planted Prairie Fire grass in the center.  We thought we had one hundred pots but we have one hundred fifteen pots. We ran out of flowers and had to plant more after we ordered more.  It was a very long week.  I want to thank all who came to help plant.  I am so proud of the Garden Club members and how they dug in and planted so many flowers.  I want to thank Pat Williams for coming back Sunday and helping me plant the rest of the flowers.  And I want to thank Josie Parra and Mary Helen Alonzo for doing K Street all by themselves.  And of course, Dan Yockey for putting up with me.  And for being such a trooper!  He helped a lot. And I want to mention Cheryl Carmichael for all her help over the years.  Now I know what she went through.  So much work!  Again, Thanks everyone. Hackers and Whackers and The Secret Garden By Pixie Kinser THE SECRET GARDEN! Let’s take a walk down memory lane!!! Modesto Garden Club Past President (1995-1999) Mrs. Van (Renee’) Newell in honor of their 10th wedding anniversary dedicated a fountain for the Secret Garden. In May, 1990 the Modesto Senior Center celebrated the opening of the Secret Garden. The Modesto Garden Club and other Modesto organizations were involved in the project. According to the staff at the Senior Center, it still remains a secret with occasional weddings and special events happening in the Garden. The last month we (Wackers & Hackers) have been spending some wonderful times in the Secret Garden. So much of our days are filled with other parts of the Senior Center, a walk down memory lane has been fun. Our time spent has been cleaning beds, pruning and deciding “our next move”! Karleen Ashby, the creative one of our group, went home and made #3 perfect stepping stones for the Garden. Thank you Karleen! We wrapped up a very busy Oct. /Nov. and had lunch at my home in which I prepared some of my favorite family recipes. Thank you to all the Wackers & Hackers who join me monthly at the Modesto Senior Center. As a reminder, we are always welcoming new members. Please contact Pixie Kinser, 578-4338 or just join us on the 2nd & 4th Tuesday from 8:30 -10:30 am. Modesto Senior Center, 211 Bodem St.



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