“Back to our Roots – Restoring One Garden at a Time”
This will be the theme for Temecula Valley Garden Club (TVGC) this year. Our pollinators, the Birds, Bees and Butterflies…where have they all gone? With the emphasis on California’s drought and water conservation, people have rushed to remove their lawns and lush landscaping for a rock garden with few flowers. And the drought has taken its toll also, killing thousands of trees. With the trees, landscaping and flowers disappearing, the natural habitats for our pollinators are also disappearing resulting in the noticeable reduction of these beneficial populations. There is now a national movement emphasizing the restoration of these natural habitats, “One garden at a time”. California native plants, for example, are drought tolerant while providing the natural environment essential to a balanced ecosystem and can be introduced into any style landscape. This year we will focus our attention on how to restore and rebuild these habitats through our educational programs, garden workshops, trips and tours, and community projects. Jeanne Roberts, our 1st Vice President/Programs has planned programs including “Certified Earth Friendly Gardening”, “Butterflies”, “Owls”, “Growing Lavender”, “Integrated Pest Management”, “Using Pumice in the Landscape”, and “Landscaping with Native Plants”. Carol Hudson and Susan Puma have planned workshops so we can create beauty for our gardens. Karolyn Marr has scheduled tours to the Butterfly Farms in Vista, several well-known nurseries and public gardens, and the Lavender Fields to name a few. Also, we will visit Jacob’s House to view the results of our community project from last year and we will have another Home Tour this year.
Another important goal of TVGC is to provide Community Service related to education and charitable donations focusing on gardens. We will continue to support some projects from previous years such as the Grow It and Give It program, Southwest Botanical Gardens, Penny Pines, and our Scholarship program. In addition to these on-going projects, under the leadership of Susan Puma and Judy Sundermann, we will focus our Community projects to Youth Gardening this year. We will be working with Paloma School and Rancho Damacitas to help them establish their gardens and teach them the basics of gardening.
The culmination of the year is our Flower Show which is scheduled for April 29, 2017, at the Temecula Community Recreation Center (CRC). The theme this year will be “The Beauty and The Bounty”. All of the members of the club participate in this event, both in preparation for the main event and in submitting horticulture exhibits and floral designs. The Flower Show is presented using National Garden Club standards and guidelines and is a judged show. NGC judges will award ribbons to entries based on standardized criteria.
We are looking forward to an exciting and informative year. We want everyone to come together and work with us to meet the goals of the Temecula Valley Garden Club.
Debra Jones & Janice Rosner, Co-Presidents for 2016-2017
Last year’s message is still important:
With California facing the on-going drought and the emphasis on water conservation and drought tolerant gardens we thought that the Temecula Valley Garden Club’s (TVGC) theme this year should be “The Beauty of a Water Wise Garden.” Through our educational programs, garden workshops, and trips and tours, we will explore water wise gardening and the beauty it can bring to each of us. Our educational programs will also be dedicated to furthering the education of members and guests on floral design and horticulture to encourage their continued contributions to the TVGC’s Flower Show. Linda Powell, our 1st Vice President/Programs, has planned monthly programs featuring topics such as, “Under the Spell of Succulents,” “Soil-It’s a Living Organism,” “Table Settings and Floral Designs,” and “Cacti and Succulents-Staging for Success,” which cover key elements of Water Wise Gardening and provide ideas and knowledge needed to create exceptional Flower Show exhibits. Each of the programs will be provided by informative speakers covering all of these topics and more. Carol Guerard has planned garden workshops so that we can learn new skills and create beauty in our gardens and homes. Karolyn Marr has scheduled trips and tours to Myrtle Creek Botanical Gardens; Water Wise Botanical Gardens in Escondido; Tree of Life Nursery; Abraham Feltus’ Topiary Sculptures; and Huntington Library and Gardens in Pasadena.
The culmination of the year is our Flower Show, which is scheduled for April 16, 2016 at the Temecula Community Recreation Center (CRC). Our Flower Show Chairperson has selected “PEARLS OF WISDOM”, A Celebration of our 30th Flower Show, for the theme. All of the members of the club participate in this event, both in preparation for the big day under the leadership of Debra Jones and in submitting horticulture exhibits and floral designs. The Flower Show is presented using National Garden Club standards and guidelines and is a judged show: judges will award ribbons to entries based on standardized criteria.
Another important goal of TVGC is to provide community service related to education and charitable donations with a focus on gardens. Under the leadership of Susan Puma, we will continue to support some of the projects from previous years, such as the Grow It and Give It program, which began in 2009, Southwest Botanical Garden, and the scholarship program. In addition to our on-going projects, we will have a new community service project. This project will be for Jacob’s House in Temecula, where the Club will improve the entrance garden to the home with a new water wise landscape plan and purchase of plant materials to implement it.
We are looking forward to an exciting, informative year and working with all of our members to meet the goals of the Temecula Valley Garden Club.
Cheryl Torres and Chris Curtis, Co-Presidents