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January 2017 Vol. 2017, Issue 5 Member of CGCI A Publication of Modesto Garden Club, Inc. Valley Lode District – Pacific Region About PlantRight PlantRight was founded in 2005 to address the ongoing sale of invasive garden plants in California in an environmentally sound and economically viable manner. PlantRight brings together leaders from the nursey industry, environmental advocates, academics, and landscape professionals to find cost-effective ways to stop the sale of invasive plants. As PlantRight continues to build support, key components of its strategy include: • Engaging nursery leaders to voluntarily remove known invasive plants from their inventories and replace them with non-invasive alternatives, through our Nursery Retail Partnerships. • Preventing the introduction of new invasive plants by designing, testing and deploying an easy-to-administer Plant Risk Evaluation (PRE) tool to screen new plants for their invasive properties. • Conducting an annual survey of nurseries in California to track the sale of invasive plants and inform the annual updates to our list of priority invasive plants. • Communicating our impact to accelerate interest on the part of additional plant growers and retailers to participate in the PlantRight program. Stephanie Falzone Project Manager Stephanie grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and joined PlantRight in 2016. She received a B.S. in Environmental Science with a minor in Conservation Biology from UCLA before working as an outdoor educator in Ohio for two years. Stephanie has also worked in Vermont mapping invasive plants and completed an internship with Students and Teachers Restoring a Watershed (STRAW), a project of Point Blue Conservation Science. While working with STRAW she became very familiar with California’s native plants and spent a lot of time removing invasive species by hand. Before joining PlantRight, she earned a master’s degree from the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management at UCSB. She also has an ever-growing collection of succulents, cacti, and other weird and wonderful plants. 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. Start the New Year Right! By Sharon Searls Happy New Year to all. If you would like to join a Budding Gardeners group, for fun and friendship, contact Sharon Searls @ 529-0406. PLA N TO BE PA RT OF MODESTO GA RDEN CLUB A CTIVITIES IN 2017


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Page 2 Over the Garden Gate President’s Message By Dan Yockey Fabulous, beautiful, outstanding, and the best yet; these were the comments this past week at both the Elegant Holiday Luncheon and the Annual Christmas Tour. Those who attended were treated to some of the best table settings and homes decorated for Christmas. I want to thank all the volunteers and committee chairman who made these events possible. The Garden Club is fortunate to have so many talented and dedicated members who love to show off their talents. January starts the last half of our Garden Club year. We must help our nominating committee headed by Jean Davis to fill several important vacancies on our Board of Directors. Jean will give an overview of openings at our January meeting. I know there a lot of members who are capable of executing the jobs. Please, just say “YES”. Time still seems to fly by, five more meetings and my term as president will end. I want everyone to know what a joy and pleasure it has been representing the Club. I know I will miss the involvement but it is time for new ideas and new passion in directing the club in the future. Gerry and I want to wish everyone a very Happy and Prosperous New Year. Yours in gardening, Dan Calendar of Upcoming Events • January 9, 2017 -Memorial Rose Garden Pruning, Main Speaker, Plant Right – Stephanie Falzone – 9 a.m. Bring your tools and gloves. Invasive and non-invasive plants in California. • January 12 - MGCI General Meeting Location: TRINITY UNITED PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, 1600 CARVER RD. Hospitality: 10 a.m. – 11:20 a.m. Learn and Grow 10:15 a.m. to 11 a.m. Martin Hildebrandt – Composting from your garden. Meeting: 11:30 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. • January 26 - MGCI Board Meeting–9:00 a.m. MGC Office • January 29 – February 1–CGCI Winter Board Meeting • February 9 – MGCI General Meeting. Our Club Needs You! We have an election coming up in April 2017. I have • Recording Secretary: Records minutes of General listed below those positions which need to be filled: Meetings as well as all Board Meetings. • President: Dan Yockey has done a wonderful job, serving our Club for the past five years. He is moving into a position as co-leader with his wife Gerry to serve as V.P. Civic Affairs. Being President is a very rewarding position and you have the help of a very supportive Board of Directors: • V.P. Facilities: This position is responsible for the setup of Board meetings, the maintenance of our office and grounds. • V.P. Fundraising: Responsible for Spring Garden Tour (our main fundraiser). The past two years we have also raised considerable funds by having a Holiday Home Tour. DO NOT FREAK OUT-----All of these positions have sub-committees and several volunteers who have served for several years on these committees and are helpful to the incoming Officer. Please call me or a member of the Nominating Committee for more information on any of these open positions. We can answer any question as we have all served our Club for many years and in several of the positions. Jean Davis─404-4023 Cheryl Carmichael─527-4079 Rhonda Kluender─529-5984 Deanna Clark─523-0123 Please consider serving, Thanks, Jean Davis


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Over the Garden Gate Page 3 Sophisticated House and Garden Colors Update Bungalow By Judy Spencer The garden of Ricardo Ontiveros and Hans Hauselmann, 224 W. Morris Avenue, has been selected as the January Garden of the Month by the Modesto Garden Club. The house and garden needed refreshing and updating when the current owner purchased it two years ago. The house was painted a deep intense color, “Balsamic Reduction.” The roof tiles were a brownblack color and it was difficult to find a house color that would go well with it. All the trim is white, there is a white awning over entry, and the front door is painted an eye-popping “Green Banana.” It’s daring to take on such bold colors, but this works. They only started work on the yard this summer! Part of the reason the house colors work is because of plant selection. Plants have been chosen for the colors of their foliage. Some are purply like the heuchera, and some are soft green like lamb’s ear, and some are lime colored and variegated. The yard had flagstones scattered around as paths and stepping stones. These were all dug up and repurposed as a front patio, surrounded by comfortable seating, reclaiming part of the front yard. There is only a small portion of the front that is green grass, but take another look – the ultimate water saver, artificial turf. A front fence was made from a kind of wire called horse panel. It is framed with wood, and makes a stunning casual fence. The owners designed a front gate to complement the fence. Germanders are planted along the fence, and they provide color from their purple flowers and they act as an informal and rustic hedge. A final note of color are the Mexican beach pebbles used between the pavers of the walkway. The dark bluish-gray color of the pebbles complements the house, and adds another splash of complementary color. Here’s a tip for making a welcoming entry – make the entry sidewalk wide. The walkway was made the same width as the porch, and the design and measurements are quite pleasing. Thanks to Club President Dan Yockey for spotting this colorful yard. Over the Garden Gate Published 10 times a year, September-June, by the Modesto Garden Club, Inc. President: Dan Yockey Contributing Writers this month: Jean Davis, Shirley LaBass, Pixie Kinser, Mary Lou Rice, Sharon Searls, 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 mlour@ Website: Email: Office: 622-14th Street Modesto, CA. 95354-2505 209 529-7360 (open Wednesdays, 9 a.m.-noon) 2016/2017 Yearbooks By Shirley LaBass If you have not picked up your Yearbook, please stop by the Membership table and pick up yours. Your Membership card is in the book. Happy New Year! See you at the January 12th meeting. Wishing All Our Members aVery Happy New Year! Let’s Welcome 2017!


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Page 4 Deck the Halls, Holiday Home Tour a Success By Gerry Yockey It started off the day raining and finished the day by raining.  The Christmas cheer was in abundance throughout the day.  Everyone was happy to be a part of the tour and the rain did not stop anyone. I want to give special thanks to the volunteers who were the docents.  They showed up and did not complain of the rain, nor the two hours that they had to stay at the homes.  The Christmas Tour committee thanks each of you for making the tour successful.  Deanna Clark, thank you for selling tickets at the Garden Club office.  You never complain.  Thank you!  The Docents who helped Dan Yockey out with the cookies, cakes, etc. Thanks. I do not have enough space to thank each one of the members who baked cookies, cakes, such a variety of goodies! There were so many good comments about the homemade desserts.  Thanks! And I want to conclude by thanking the homeowners.  If it wasn’t for them we would not have a tour.  They are Linda Pedego, Janice Vella, Marty & Bill at the House In The Middle and Cheri Merenda.  They did a beautiful job!  Thank you. One last comment.  Thank you Garden Club members for supporting this Fundraiser.  Thank you All. Over the Garden Gate


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Over the Garden Gate Page 5 Happy New Year   By Linda Pedego & Joyce Smith The Luncheon Committee would like to take this opportunity to say a heartfelt “Thank You!” to all the volunteers and hostesses for their hard work in making 2016 Elegant Holiday Luncheon in December a success. The viewing was a HUGE success with 239 viewers on Monday and 285+ luncheon guests on Tuesday. It was the largest attendance we have ever experienced! All of it wouldn’t have been possible without the assistance of countless people who help prepare ahead of time, work during the event itself, and help with a multitude of tasks. Committee members and volunteers worked hard to prepare printed materials, publicize the event, make reservations, sell viewing tickets, collect raffle prizes, sell raffle tickets, provide refreshments, take pictures, act as docents, and act as our wonderful cart jockeys. Thank you to each and every one of you for helping to make both event days possible.   And we especially want to thank all of the hostesses who provided us with an opportunity to see their beautiful tables during the Elegant Luncheon. We always say that it can’t get any better but it does each time! It is “no small task” for a hostess to put their table together and to make it as interesting and captivating as they do year after year.  This event would not have been a success without your involvement!      The Luncheon Committee appreciates your gift of time, energy and enthusiastic support and wishes all Modesto Garden Club members a wonderful 2017. Holiday Luncheon


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Page 6 Over the Garden Gate Getting to Know You ~ Romy Mueller My name is Romy Mueller, one of ten children, born and raised in Western Pennsylvania near Pittsburgh. My early years on a farm planted the seeds for gardening most of my life. I met my husband in Germany while we were both doing volunteer work for our church. We had our first date in Damascus, Jordan and knew we would marry one day. So in June, 1957 we were married and look forward to celebrating 60 years in June 2017. My husband, Harold, and I have two sons who are married to lovely women. Our eldest son, Tim lives in New Zealand with his wife, Marley. Our second son, Steve, lives in Modesto with his wife, Sara and their twin sons, T.J. and John (my grandsons will be 25 in November). Most of my career has been in the secretarial field, which has been very enjoyable. In my late 50s I had the opportunity to pursue a dream of being a flight attendant with a major airline. What fun that was as I flew all over the US, Mexico and Canada being based in San Francisco. Since retirement, we have enjoyed traveling to South America, New Zealand, Puerto Rico and Australia. With our families scattered over the U.S. we have been to many of the states. What a beautiful country this is. I joined the Modesto Garden Club in 2004 mainly to learn about gardening here in the Central Valley. When the drought hit the 3rd year, we decided to remove lawns and try cacti and succulents. It has been a fun project but lots of work. We like the results and in the spring, with great anticipation each day, checked for the latest flower bud that had opened on one or more of our cacti. You are welcome to drive by and take a look. (No blooms now) With a few exceptions all are in pots with a drip irrigation system. The lectures/speakers and the Learn & Grow sessions of the club, are usually quite helpful each month as we go through the seasons. It is good to be able to share dividing plants so that others in the club will enjoy them (and make a little $$ also). Hackers and Whackers By Pixie Kinser At the end of 2016, the Hackers and Whackers were busy! Last month it was clean up, deadheading, weeding and planting. The zinnias were replaced with another favorite, pansies. In the process we were able to remove the beds of leafs BUT this was just the beginning. There will be a lot of “leaf raking going on” the next couple of months. So far we have had some warm days which have been perfect for gardening and getting the beds ready for winter. Happy New Year! Thank you to my team of Whackers & Hackers! We welcome our new members that have joined us at the Senior Center. Contact for information Pixie Kinser, 578-4338 or join us on the 2nd & 4th Tuesday from 8:30-10:30 am, Modesto Senior Center, 211 Bodem St., Modesto. “Anyone who thinks gardening begins in the spring and ends in the fall is missing the best part of the whole year; for gardening begins in January with the dream” Barbara Winkler.


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Over the Garden Gate Page 7 Lavender Library By Joanie Campbell, Linda Masuda, Irene Morimoto, Mabel Sugiura The library is welcoming 2017 with some beautiful new books!   • FORAGED FLOWERS by Louesa Roebuck and Sarah Lonsdale “Louesa Roebuck is an artist and floral designer who divides her time between the San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles.  She has created flora installations from foraged and gleaned materials for high -end clients  like Vivienne Westwood, John Baldessari, and Alice Waters.” • JAPANESE IKEBANA FOR EVERY SEASON by Rie Imai and Yuji Ueno “The true meaning of Ikebana - the traditional Japanese art of flower arrangement—is to take a few beautiful flowers and plants and tastefully present them in very simple containers to enhance home decor. The 53 elegant arrangements featured in Japanese Ikebana for Every Season are perfect for special occasions - Mother’s Day, Valentine’s Day, birthday, anniversary - or any event that calls for a flower bouquet.” • LATE BLOOMER, How to Garden with Comfort. Ease and Simplicity in the Second Half of Life, by Jan Coppola Bills “There are times in a gardener’s life when what we want to do and what we can do are at odds. Our knees and backs may be complaining, our energy isn’t what it was – yet our desire to get our hands in the dirt is as strong as ever. Or maybe we’ve downsized to a much smaller outdoor space that doesn’t look promising at all. What to do? In Late Bloomer, garden designer Jan Coppola Bills shows us how to successfully rethink our approach to gardening as we age. The author is a second-half-of-life gardener who helps her many friends and clients achieve easy care, low cost, eco-friendly, simple and beautiful gardens. It’s all about maintaining a joyful, healthful connection with the soil – but without the toil.” • GARDENISTA, The Definitive Guide to Stylish Outdoor Spaces, by Michelle Slatalla “Our homes’ outdoor spaces can—and should—be as welcoming and carefully considered as our living rooms; when treated as extensions of our homes, these spaces enrich our lives immeasurably. That was the guiding principle when, under the direction of editor in chief Michelle Slatalla (whose New York Times style columns were weekly must-reads for a decade), the team behind launched sister site Like Remodelista, Gardenista caters to an older, more established audience (75 percent of readers are over the age of 35) and is known for its sophisticated, well-edited aesthetic.” ENJOY! Forget-Me-Not-Spot By Edie Westerman Happy New Year! It’s hard to believe that another year has come and gone. I wish you all a very happy New Year and may 2017 be the best ever! Happy birthday to all those born in January! Enjoy your birthday month!      In December, 38 birthday cards were sent out.  I would like to let you know about our member, Bea McKenna, who passed away at the age of 97. She joined our club in 1997 and was active as a greeter at the meetings. Please keep her family and friends in your thoughts. Also, member Sharon Krediet was in an accident while walking and has multiple injuries. If you would like to offer to volunteer to sit with her for an hour please contact her niece, Christina Fortuny, at 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: “What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.” John Steinbeck


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