SPREADING THE JOY OF GARDENS, Septemeber Issue, Neighbor’s Newspaper

September brings the first hints of fall to the Temecula Valley:  a cool morning to enjoy before the warm winds begin to blow, yellow edged   leaves that announce the beginning of fall colors, fat pumpkins lying heavy in the patch soaking in the last of the summer’s sun.  It is in the garden that we can best observe and most enjoy the changing seasons.

September is also the beginning of the program year for the Temecula Valley Garden Club (TVGC) and quite appropriately the theme for this year is “Spreading the Joy of Gardens.”  Inspired by this theme the club will plan its programs and events to encourage members to explore the process of creating and maintaining gardens, enjoy the beauty of nature, and use the products of their gardens such as flowers, fruits and vegetables to enrich their lives.  “We will also discuss conservation of our natural resources, particularly water, and ways to help our gardens flourish,” added co-presidents Cheryl Torres and Chris Curtis.

Established in 1981, the TVGC is organized and operated exclusively for charitable and educational purposes. The objectives of the club are to encourage interest in all phases of home gardening, to promote better horticultural practices and conservation of natural resources, and to aid community organizations whenever possible.

The activities and events planned for this year will certainly ensure that the TVGC meets its objectives.  Linda Powell, 1st Vice President in charge of programs has engaged a number of informative speakers for the club’s monthly meetings.  Be sure to check the Community Calendar each month to discover the topic to be presented.  Meetings are held the second Tuesday of each month (except National Holidays) beginning at 9:30 a.m. at the Community Recreation Center, 30875 Rancho Vista Rd., Temecula.  Visitors are always welcome.

In addition to monthly meeting programs the TVGC has planned many garden workshops to inspire creativity in members and help them learn new skills.  Workshop leaders Carol Guerard and Patti Ritter revealed that projects include an outdoor succulent wall decoration, a charming hanging bird feeder, as well as a creative terra cotta pot planter and other projects.  The workshops are held usually in private homes where those attending have an opportunity not only to create something of beauty for their own home or garden, but also to become better acquainted with other members and make new friendships.

Included again in the program this year are the ever-popular TVGC Trips and Tours.  Several delightful excursions have been organized by TVGC members Jeanne Lish and Sue Hanson to encourage members and visitors to explore and enjoy gardens and nurseries developed by others. Among the places to be visited are the olive groves and oil production area of the Temecula Olive Oil Company, Myrtle Creek Nursery, and Carlsbad Flower Fields during the height of the Ranunculus bloom season.  Each of these trips will most certainly spread the joy of the gardens visited.

It is evident that the TVGC programs and activities provide much useful information, creative outlets and opportunities for meaningful social engagement for members and guests.  But more than all this, the club provides an opportunity for local residents who share an interest in gardening to come together and appropriately serve the community.  Some of the continuing projects in which the club actively participates are Petals for Patients (Hospice), development of the Southwest Botanical Garden, youth projects and scholarship program.

The culmination of the TVGC’s program year is the annual Flower Show, scheduled for May 9, 2015. The show is open to all amateur gardeners and floral designers in the community. Chairperson of the event Debra Jones points out that it is an opportunity for local gardeners to present their best horticultural exhibits and for designers to display their most creative floral designs. The Flower Show is presented according to National Garden Club standards and guidelines.  Exhibits are evaluated on standardized criteria by accredited judges and awards based upon merit. The Flower Show is a great opportunity for the entire community to see what grows best in the Temecula Valley and experience the joy of gardens.

The Temecula Valley Garden Club is looking forward to an exciting, informative year.  If you are interested in attending a meeting or participating in their activities please visit their club web site at: or call 951-677-6390 for more information.


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