MGC February'17 Newsletter


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February 2017 Vol. 2017, Issue 6 Member of CGCI A Publication of Modesto Garden Club, Inc. Valley Lode District – Pacific Region Marvin Bort, Camellia Society President, Is February Speaker of the Month Marvin has been president of the Camellia Society of Modesto for the past several years. As president, he has helped the club organize its annual camellia show every March at the Gallo Administration Building. The Camellia Society show is considered one of the largest and best camellia shows in the U.S. Marvin is also involved in judging and exhibiting at the four other camellia shows in Northern California. Originally from Ohio, he moved to California in the late 60s. He taught music in Modesto’s Sylvan School District for over 30 years and still likes to substitute teach in the elementary grades since retiring. Marvin and his wife Barbara have two adult daughters and two beautiful granddaughters. Spring Garden Tour Highlights April By Gerry Yockey We have seven beautiful homes that will be on the Spring Garden Tour April 22nd.  We have had so many homeowners come forward wanting to be on the tour.  I have to say this will be one of our best tours.   Tickets will be on sale at the March meeting and they will still be $20 dollars. I am looking forward to seeing the Garden Club and the public buy tickets for this very important fundraiser.  I am relying on the members of the Garden Club to  volunteer to be docents, to help sell tickets and to help wherever needed. This will be my last year as chairperson of the Spring Garden Tour and your help will make this one my best!   If there is anyone who would like to be chairperson for the coming year, please notify Jean Davis.  I would like you to be on my committee so you can get the feel of how it works. At right, last year’s Spring Garden Tour was a great success for the Garden Club, both well-attended and full of delightful and beautiful garden surprises. 


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Over the Garden Gate Page 5 Getting to Know You: All About Mary McNicholas I was looking for a new way to volunteer locally, and joined the Modesto Garden Club in May, 2013, just prior to retiring after 42 years in health care. What inspired me to join was the fabulous Spring Garden Tour. Not only did I meet welcoming members who were docents, but realized this was a group that could help me with my gardening skills (or lack of skills!). I’ve never looked back and continue to have fun times with activities, tours, and meeting new people. I was born and raised in San Francisco. My college education started at San Francisco State, during the turbulent 1960s, and I graduated from San Diego State University in 1972. I moved to Madison, Wisconsin that fall to compete my dietetic internship at What inspired me to join was the fabulous Spring Garden Tour. Not only did I meet welcoming members who were docents, but realized this was a group that could help me with my gardening skills (or lack of skills!). I’ve never looked back and continue to have fun times with activities, tours, and meeting new people. UW’s Medical Center. I lived in Wisconsin for about seven years, then returned to San Francisco during the blizzards of 1979 (I don’t recommend moving between two incredible blizzards! Chicago, where I flew out of, was buried in snow up to the second floor of all homes.) Upon returning to the Bay Area, I worked as a clinical and administrative dietitian for several years. A job offer in Modesto to work as an outpatient clinical dietitian and later as a diabetes educator, brought me here in the fall of 1988. In the mid-1990s I returned to school full time at UC Davis School of Medicine, to become a physician’s assistant. That offered a variety of opportunities to work in family practice, women’s health (including prenatal care), endocrinology and emergency medicine. Lavender Library These were personally rewarding careers, but retirement is equally enjoyable (maybe even a little more!). I’m one of “Gerry’s By Joanie Campbell, Linda Masuda,  Irene Morimoto, Mabel Sugiura Gals and Guys” who garden at the MGC Office. I’ve helped Spring is on its way, time to renew our with the Downtown Pot Plantings, have taken several of Patté outdoor gardens. This spring you may want Williams’ wonderfully fun tours, helped with plantings at Modesto’s to restyle your indoor garden also.  Downtown Arch, just participated in the Christmas Wreath Igor Josifovic and Judith De Graff have Workshop, have been a docent at the Spring Garden Tours and a new book out: Urban Jungle, Living and local Home Christmas Tours. Currently I am on the MGC Board as Styling With Plants. The book is packed Recording Secretary. with green information for anyone who In addition to the Garden Club, I’m also active in my church, wants to bring more greens into their homes enjoy seasonal gardening as well as playing with my three year old and daily lives. This book offers many easy- pooch and have taken several trips (and have more planned). to-copy plant styling ideas for your home. The Modesto Garden Club is more than just about gardening. Some wonderful, gently used books It’s about being with friendly, fun loving people and contributing to have been donated to the library including: our community. I’m proud to be a member of our great organization Garden Stone, The Garden Floor, Roses for and encourage everyone to get involved with the smaller groups Dummies, Gardens Private and Personal, within our club including Budding Gardeners, planting groups, and Garden Retreats.  tours, workshops, and special events like our elegant luncheons. Come take a look at all these new Our Club offers us so much to do and many people to meet, while additions.  enjoying life in our diverse community. I love it!


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Page 6 622 14th Street Modesto, CA 95354-2505 Return Service Requested Over the Garden Gate Thank You From the Nominating Committee! We would like to thank those members at the January meeting who took the time to fill out our questionnaire regarding positions we are recruiting for. We were able to fill three positions. We are still looking for a Vice President of Fundraising. For you wonderful members who said you would serve in other capacities, a big THANKYOU. I will be passing those questionnaires on to the Vice President in charge of the appropriate area. Remember, the Fundraising position could be shared with another member, get a friend and serve together. Thank you again for your help. What a great Club! -- Jean Zing for your Roses This is the recipe for “steroids for your roses” which help to catapult your bushes to heights unimaginable. Gather the ingredients now for use in February or March and August 1/2 cup 12-12-12 1/2 cup Bone meal or Superphosphate 1/2 cup Ironite, Iron Plus, or Soil Sulfur 2T Epsom Salts 1 shovel full chicken manure.(sold in bags at the store not fresh) Mix the first four ingredients together and sprinkle around each rose. Spread a shovel of chicken manure around on top. Water well. Do not combine this recipe with systemic rose food. Animals seem to love to dig in it because of the Bone Meal. The systemic food is toxic. This regimen may seem labor intensive for the home gardener. However, I have done it yearly and found that it is quite simple once you have the measurements down. Try it! You’ll like it! NATURE is ever at work building and pulling down, creating and destroying, keeping everything whirling and flowing, allowing no rest but in rhythmical motion, chasing everything in endless song out of one beautiful form into another. - John Muir



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