Modesto Garden Club March '17 Newsletter


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March 2017 Vol. 2017, Issue 7 Member of CGCI A Publication of Modesto Garden Club, Inc. Valley Lode District – Pacific Region Barry Hoffer – “The Maple Guy” Barry Hoffer’s passion is Japanese Maples. He turned this passion into a business when he opened Maples for all Seasons, a nursery, specializing in Japanese Maples, based in Pleasanton. He regularly conducts classes as “The Maple Guy” teaching about gardening with Japanese Maples, the care and pruning of the delicate trees, as well as discussions on the four seasons of the Japanese Maple. Barry and his wife Sue Hoffer are arborists specializing in pruning these and other ornamental trees. They have learned and honed their craft from years of training including working with master pruners from Japan. We are fortunate to have Barry with us this month – you may find a Japanese Maple that is perfect for a location in your Garden. About Barry Hoffer and Sue Hoffer: • Arborists, specializing in Japanese Maples • Members of the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA,) Western Chapter • Expert Pruners • Barry also serves as president of the Northern California Japanese Maple Society, which is associated with the California Garden Clubs. Planters and Groomers By Gerry Yockey The weather has been wonderful as far as we need the rain.  Not so wonderful if you want to work at the office.  We worked only one Tuesday in January.  February I had to cancel again...rain.  The Garden Club office has been going through a difficult time.  The “Street People” have taken over most of the front yard.  The flowers that we planted in the side yard are dead because their sleeping bags have smothered the flowers. We are considering building a fence to keep the “Street People” out.  This may be our only answer to our vandalism problem.


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Page 2 President’s Message By Dan Yockey I want to thank everyone who helped Jean Davis and her committee with this year’s nominations. It looks like all positions have been filled and will be announced at the March meeting with elections to take place at the April meeting. Spring Tour ticket sales will start with the March meeting. Get your friends together for a fun filled tour of some of the best homes we have had on tour for some time. Tickets are still $20.00 and are available at several locations as well as on line at Modesto Garden Please save the date for this year’s President’s Thank You Luncheon: April 3, 2017. I have secured Del Rio Country Club for this year’s event. Please call the office and sign up with Deanna Clark. We have 60 openings available so sign up early. This will be my last President’s Thank You Luncheon and I know it will be spectacular. Looking forward to the balance of our Club year. Over the Garden Gate Yours in Gardening Dan Calendar of Upcoming Events • March 7 – Planters and Groomers, Garden Club Office, 9 a.m. • April 5 - Out of Town Tour: San Francisco Flower and Garden Show, $55. • March 9 – MGCI General Meeting Location: TRINITY UNITED PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, 1600 CARVER RD., MODESTO Hospitality: 10 a.m. – 11:20 a.m. Learn and Grow 10:15 a..m. to 11:20 a.m. Ali Stambaugh from Westurf Nursery talks about Container Planting, General Meeting: 11:30 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. Main Speaker - Barry Hoffer on Japanese Maples. • April 13 - MGCI General Meeting • April 22 - SPRING GARDEN TOUR Be a docent! • March 14 -– Hackers and Whackers, Senior Center at 9 a.m. • March 14 – Multimedia, Garden Club Office at 9:30 a.m. • March 21 -- Planters and Groomers, Garden Club Office, 9 a.m. • March 22—Hands on Workshop, Garden Angel, 10 a.m. • March 28 – Hackers and Whackers, Senior Center at 9 a.m. • March 28 – Multimedia at the Garden Club Office, 9:30 a.m. • March 30–MGCI Board Meeting, Garden Club Office from 9 a.m. - noon. • April 5 – New Members Tea


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Over the Garden Gate Page 3 A Modern Forest Retreat By Judy Spencer The garden of Nancy and Michael Speltz, 2604 Marlboro Place, has been selected as the March Garden of the Month by the Modesto Garden Club. The yard is minimalist, featuring shrubs and trees, decorative rocks and bark. A huge Deodar cedar is the centerpiece of the front yard, and the ground cover is low growing juniper. A metal planter features a Monterey pine. The minimalist garden is a good match for the contemporary house. An extra wide staggered walkway leads to the entry, which is highlighted by a double door with a stunning design of glass and metal. Forget-Me-Not-Spot By Edie Westerman It seems like the holidays were just here and now it’s March already. Spring comes this month and the excitement of the beautiful Spring flowers! Happy birthday to all those born in March! Enjoy your birthday month! In February, 30 birthday cards were sent out.  I would like to let you know about our member, Elaine Broersma, who was recently hospitalized at Memorial Hospital, as of this writing. Please keep her in your thoughts. Our sympathies go out to our members Patté Williams and Dede Heisinger who both lost their brothers in January. Also, member Jeanie Emery passed away, sister of our member Judy Yost. We extend our deepest sympathies to Judy as well as family and friends of Jeanie. 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: “If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant.” – Anne Bradstreet Learn and Grow Ali Stambaugh from Westurf Nursery will be our March speaker for Learn and Grow. She will share ideas for container gardening and will do a demonstration planting. The Learn and Grow session takes place from 10:15 to 11:20 a.m., prior to the General Meeting at 11:30 a.m. Hands on Workshop By Lela Harrington and Carol Paxia What: Garden Angel Where: Garden Club Office When: March 22, Cost: $15 - Please mark on your check which workshop you are paying for. Over the Garden Gate Published 10 times a year, September-June, by the Modesto Garden Club, Inc. President: Dan Yockey Contributing Writers this month: Pixie Kinser, Mary Lou Rice, 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: Office: 622-14th Street Modesto, CA. 95354-2505 Email: 209 529-7360 (open Wednesdays, 9 a.m.-noon)


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Page 4 Over the Garden Gate Valentine Red Abounds in February All it takes are a few hearts, elaborate hats and a lot of red to make the February General Meeting feel like a celebration of St. Valentine’s Day. Everyone takes part in the fun!


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Over the Garden Gate Page 5 Hackers and Whackers By Pixie Kinser  The sun came out and we jumped on the opportunity to do some “clean up.” It didn’t take long to tackle the worst par. The wind brought down lots of branches but overall, easy to clean up. We happily report the Carolina Jasmine is in bloom and the Jujube tree loves the location. The pansies survived the wet weather and some are in bloom with more to follow as the sun brings out the best. The vinca is beginning to bloom! If you look closely you can see the tiny blue flowers. Those beginning signs of spring are in the air everywhere you look!  OK!  It’s not always work!  We wrapped up a busy morning and decided to try the new doughnut and gelato shop on Needham and 15th Street. It was a nice break and a great place to enjoy a hot drink and a doughnut (or two)! It’s time to recognize my team!! I could not do this without you! THANK YOU ALL!!!!! Karleen Ashby, Jo Ann Bledsoe, Carol Dean, Gail Hendrickson, Cheryl Koff, Denise Gruen, Mary Alice Metzler, Judy Mc Kinney and Ann Saalwaechter. Bonnie Moffet, a new Garden Club member is going to join us. In closing, please join us the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays, 8:3010:30 a.m., Modesto Senior Center, 211 Bodem St. Contact Pixie Kinser 578-4238 for more information. Volunteer of the Month - Modesto Garden Club President Dan Yockey announces the February Volunteer of the Month Christina Yoshikawa.  Getting to Know You--Virginia White-Scoble I joined the Modesto Garden Club, in 2001, the year I retired from teaching visual arts at the Oakdale public schools. At one of my first garden club meetings, I noticed Dede, who was then president, running the meeting and trying to take pictures too. Since I love to take pictures, I immediately volunteered to photograph the meetings and some other events. About a year later, Dede started the Multimedia group, of which I have enjoyed being an active member ever since. I have been producing most of the garden club reality shows for a few years. I am an artist, and have been exhibiting my watercolors, acrylics, and photographs in Modesto and the central valley for many years. My subjects have been some of the most significant historical buildings, and architectural landmarks in the area such as, the Modesto Arch, McHenry Mansion, and Gallo Center for the Arts, to name a few. Preserved in paint are the Strand Theatre, Covell Hotel, and vanished country farms and landscapes. I grew up in Sacramento and since childhood have been a gardener. When I was about 10, I remember walking to the corner feed and seed store to buy bedding plants. I spent my entire allowance, of fifty cents, to buy and plant a bed of pansies in the back yard. I still have pansies in my garden here in Modesto. I have two adult sons, and four grandchildren. I am married to Tony Scoble, who is from London, England. Since our marriage, the second time around, we have traveled extensively to England, to visit family, and many countries in Europe, Asia, Africa, and South America. I have photographed many interesting places in the world, and as a hobby, have been having fun producing my own DVD travel videos. Several watercolors have been the result of my world travels. Over the years, many Modesto Garden Club members have become my good friends. I enjoy being a part of this group of hard working, dedicated, fun loving people called the Modesto Garden Club.


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