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May 2017 Vol. 2017, Issue 9 Member of CGCI A Publication of Modesto Garden Club, Inc. Valley Lode District – Pacific Region Annual Summer Luncheon - 2017 By Linda Pedego and Joyce Smith Another spectacular event coming up in June that you don’t want to miss! Luncheon Ticket Information Tickets to the Summer Luncheon to be held on June 8 at Del Rio Country Club went on sale at the April 13th general meeting. Ticket cost for the luncheon is $35. Remember… tickets to these outstanding events go fast so buy your ticket the as soon as you can. Cash, checks and credit card payments are accepted. Tickets will be sold on a FIRST COME-FIRST SERVED basis. After all seats have been sold, a waiting list will be started. Please call Linda Pedego for more information about ticket purchase(s) or to be added to the waiting list. May’s Creative Talent Show Taps Viewing Ticket Information Member Knowledge Table viewing only will be held on Wednesday, June 7, from 1 p.m. to 7 This month’s speakers are p.m. and table viewing also on Thursday, June 8, from 10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. members of the Modesto Garden Viewing tickets are $10 and are available at the May General meeting or at the Club! door the day of event. We call it a Creative Talent Spring Garden Tour By Gerry Yockey Show. Because Modesto Garden Club has so much gardening knowledge and talent in its I had a good reason to be so excited about Spring Garden Tour 2017. ranks, members will share their It turned out great!  expertise in various subjects. I have so many people to thank for its success.  I will start with the home Come prepared to learn owners.  Each of the homes were eclectic and so interesting.  You could tell just what the person sitting next to how much work they put into their places.  Then there were the docents. I can’t you can teach you! tell you how much I needed docents and every time the Garden Club has come through with volunteers.  Thank you. Deanna Clark selling the tickets at the office.  She is always there to help me.  Thank you. I really have to give a special thank you to Norene Dexter.  She spent hours putting info into the computer for the Spring Garden Club committee.  Thank you for going beyond what you normally do at the office. I want to mention Louise Nelson because for the past five years she has helped us get the quilt for the Spring Garden Tour Raffitunity.  I save the last for my committee.  The last five years as chairman has been fun and exciting. I have to thank everyone on my committee. They have done such a great job!!  Judy Crisp/ticket sales, Patté Williams/Docent Coordinator, Maree Hawkins/Publicity Consultant, Mary Lou Rice/Poster/signs, Judy Spencer/Tour Booklets, Dan Yockey/Refreshments, Pat Williams and Sharon Searls/Raffatunity.   I must thank Dan for supporting me throughout these last five years.  It has been a blast!


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Page 2 Over the Garden Gate President’s Message By Dan Yockey It seems like yesterday that I started this journey as president of the Modesto Garden Club. Almost five years and 39 meetings later I will be turning over the position of president to our new President Mary McNicholas. I have worked very closely with Mary as she has been our Recording Secretary. I have found her to be team player and pleasant to work with. I am sure she will continue the great work of the Garden Club. I want to thank Gerry Yockey and her Spring Garden Tour committee for a great job these past five years. I know this year’s tour will be successful as well. I also want to thank all the volunteers who gave their time and effort to make the tour one of the best in recent years. The fence around the perimeter of the office is complete. I think it looks great and I have had many complimentary comments from members. It was necessary to build the fence to stop the vandalism and destruction of the garden. Since the fence has gone up the garden has exploded with new growth and color and looks better than it has in some time. Stop by and look; I think you will be surprised. Yours in Gardening, Dan Calendar of Upcoming Events • May 1 -- Dues are Due for 2017-18 • May 2 – Planters and Groomers, Garden Club Office, 9 a.m. • May 9 -- Valley Lode Spring District Meeting • May 9 – Multimedia, Garden Club Office, 9:30 a.m. • May 9 -- Hackers and Whackers, Senior Center at 9:00 a.m. • May 25 – MGCI Board Meeting, Club Office, 9 a.m. to noon. • May 30 thru June 3 – CGCI Annual Convention, San Luis Obispo • June 7 – Summer Luncheon Table Viewing , Del Rio Country Club 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tickets, $10 • June 8 – Summer Luncheon Del Rio Country Club; Viewing 10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m., Luncheon Noon to 2 p.m. • May 11 -- Location: Trinity United Presbyterian Church, 1600 Carver Rd. Hospitality: 10:00 a.m. – 11:20 a.m. Learn and Grow: 10:15 a.m. to 11:20 a.m. Suzanne Breshears, Plants for a Season. General Meeting: 11:30 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. Installation of Officers for 2017/2019; Main speaker MGC Creative Talent Show -- Impressive Members and their Surprising Talents! • May 16 – Planters and Groomrs, Garden Club Office, 9 a.m. • May 16-21 – GC Convention, Richmond VA • May 20 – Exploring Fresno • May 23 – Multimedia at the Garden Club Office, 9:30 a.m. • June 29 – MGCI Board Meeting, Club Office, 9 a.m. to noon Lavender Library Joanie Campbell, Linda Masuda, Irene Morimoto, Mabel Sugiura The Lavender Library has grown and it is becoming difficult for us to physically transport so many books.  This summer we will try to cull out some of the books that have not circulated so we will be able to continue to purchase current topics for the Garden Club.  We would appreciate all borrowed books be returned to the May meeting to facilitate our work. Have a wonderful summer.   • May 23 – Hackers and Whackers, Senior Center at 9 a.m.


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Over the Garden Gate Page 3 Garden of the Month Boulders and Extra Wide Sidewalks Create a Dramatic Garden By Judy Spencer The garden of Kerry Jo Walker, located at 3901 Ruisdael has been selected as the May Garden of the Month by the Modesto Garden Club. The owner wanted a drought tolerant garden that also looked beautiful and welcoming. She used huge boulders to anchor different planting beds. Some boulders are long and low, creating sitting spots, and others are tall and vertical, giving a bit of a Stonehenge look. Dry bed stream beds, meandering through the yard, complement the boulders. Kerry also wanted the entry to look welcoming, so she designed extra wide sidewalks, which meander through the garden. The plants have low water requirements, but they also have beautiful blooms, and interesting textures and colors. Plants include a variety of grasses and sedges, fountain grass, pittosporum, fringe flower, maples, and rhaphiolepis. Seasonal color is provided by pansies. If you think that drought tolerant means dry and boring, think again. Drought tolerant offers color, texture, and beauty. Forget-Me-Not-Spot By Edie Westerman May has arrived! I have enjoyed the spring so far and I hope you have too. My kafra lilies were exceptionally beautiful this year and I can’t believe how big my fuchsias have gotten. I love this time of year!! Enjoy your May because soon it will be hot! Happy birthday to all those born in May! Enjoy your birthday month!     In April, 42 birthday cards were sent out.  Vendor thank you’s were sent out to all of our generous businesses that donate to our raffatunity. 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: “The world’s favorite season is the spring. All things seem possible in May.” ~ Edwin Way Teale Over the Garden Gate Published 10 times a year, September-June, by the Modesto Garden Club, Inc. President: Dan Yockey Contributing Writers this month: Dot Jones, Pixie Kinser, Linda Pedego, 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: 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 Colorful Spring Outfits Make April’s Meeting A Feast For The Eyes


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Over the Garden Gate Page 5 Dan Yockey is busy as usual at the April meeting, as he readies to turn over the responsibilities of the presidency to Mary McNicholas in May. “It seems like yesterday that I started this journey as president of the Modesto Garden Club. Almost five years and 39 meetings later . . .”


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Page 6 Over the Garden Gate A Private Garden Tour Homeowners Ila and Bill Reinheimer, pictured at right, invited Garden Club members to view their beautiful home and gardens. Hackers and Whackers By Pixie Kinser Unfortunately, we have to be reminded of life’s unexpected experiences! Last month one of our members (Hackers and Whackers) car was broken into while working at the Senior Center. A purse was taken, window broken and coupled with frustration; “It was not a good day!” It did prompt a review of some “good reminders” among our volunteers. Leave the valuables (i.e. purse) at home and/or only bring what is important. Also, the group recommended keeping everything “out of view.” They are good reminders and hopefully, There will be no more “unexpected experiences.” I received news that the Senior Center will be undergoing some much needed upgrades. The replacement of the outside grease trap will be happening in the next couple of months. Unfortunately, it is in the area that is fully planted. We have begun to designate locations for several of the plants to be moved but will have to “wait and see” for most. The Senior Center and the city’s garden crew are keeping us informed of their timetable. We will be ready. Let’s end with some good news. The Hackers and Whackers are going on a day trip! The members of our team will be joining our Garden Club friends on the bus trip to Fresno to explore the Underground Gardens, Japanese Tea Garden and Chaffee Zoo. See you there!


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Over the Garden Gate Page 7 Getting to know you ~ Virginia Costa By Dot Jones Virginia has been a member of the Modesto Garden Club for forty years. She says that she has really enjoyed all the friends she has made over the past years and all the fun activities she has had with the club. So many memories, such as, when the club bought our dismal looking cottage from the city and marveled how it was transformed into the “Beatrice Potter” looking place that it is now. She entered in a contest to name the new newsletter, but lost out to what is “Over the Garden Gate”. Born and raised on a cattle ranch in Montana, she still misses the open spaces and riding horses. After her family moved to California and working for nine years as a telephone operator she met her husband and moved to Modesto from Fresno and started a family. She has two daughters that are in Cambria, Ca. and in Nevada. She has enjoyed quilting as a hobby and has been a member of the Crossroad group of quilters. She has also enjoyed traveling all over the world with her husband as Planted Wagon Workshop • When: May 24 • Cost: $35.00 • Where: MGC Office • Time: 10:00 a.m. Please mark on your check which workshop you are paying for.  You may pay at the General Meeting or mail check to the Garden Club office. 622 14th Street, Modesto, CA he traveled for business. At present, she and her husband live at Standiford Place in Modesto and she helps keep up the flower boxes furnished by the Modesto Garden Club. 95354.


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Page 8 Return Service Requested Over the Garden Gate 622 14th Street Modesto, CA 95354-2505 San Francisco Flower Show A Modesto Garden Club Out-of-Town Tour Planters and Groomers By Gerry Yockey I have to say that the Modesto Garden Club office never looked sooo good.  The flowers that we planted in April really showed their stuff!  I was so proud of the work that the ladies and guys did.  We received so many comments during the Spring Garden tour.  Sorry for going on so much about how nice everything looked, but I cannot help myself! It looked fabulous!! The fence really helped.  I did not think that building a fence would make such a difference, but it did.  Good choice. Now we are just relaxing before we have to plant new flowers, and do more weeding, etc.  I really want to thank the following volunteers:  Pat Williams, Judy Crisp, Dan Yockey, Jerry Frad, Sharon Searls, Jean Seeley, Doris Giomi, April Ford, JoAnne Meinhardt, Mary McNicholas, Josephine Parra, Beverly Schlegel, Judy Silber, Rhonda Kluender.  I don’t know what I would do without them!  I also have to thank everyone for coming down and visiting the office and being so supportive of the club by buying tickets.... Thank you everyone.



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