November 2017 News

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Civic Garden Club of San Carlos-Nov 2017


Greetings Members:

Halloween has come and gone and the holiday season is already here. Store windows are beginning to show their Christmas wares reminding us that gifts for Uncle Henry and Aunt Grace should be in the mail soon. Remember the old days when the best thing about Thanksgiving was that Christmas giving was soon to follow. So we “gardeners” will be thinking about those bright Christmas flowers—violas, pansies, primrose and cyclamen — providing cheer during rainy, cool December days.

And speaking of cheer, remember to calendar our holiday luncheon on December 15. The meal will be catered by Bianchini’s with entertainment provided by Csardas Gypsy Ensemble.

And in the holiday spirit, Edythe Miller has See’s candy for sale. A $2.00 donation will be made to the Club for each box purchased.

Our November luncheon will feature Hans Brough as speaker. His presentation will be “An Introduction to the World of Succulents”.

Also, get ready for our annual plant sale on April 28, 2018. We need your excess garden plants, pots, tools, and anything that may be useful to someone else. Our potting party to prepare for the sale is scheduled for January 24 from 9 to 11am at the Casa.

See you all at our November holiday lunch.


June 2017 News

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Civic Garden Club of San Carlos-Jun 2017

Message from the President

Dear Members:

I want to thank all of you for your support during the past two years that I have served as your President. Next year I will serve as Vice President with the responsibilities of Editor of our Newsletter and Program Chairman. We will be installing Board Members for offices that are available for the next fiscal year at our June 16, 2017 General Meeting and picnic to be held at Twin Pines Park in Belmont. This will be our last meeting before our summer break. See details in the newsletter. Please come and enjoy the day with us.

Our Club will be starting up again in September and I am in the process of securing speakers for the September — June dates.

Our Potting Party at Casa to pot approximately 70 hanging baskets for Laurel Street was a big success. Bill Barrons set up planting stations and volunteers completed the project in record time. The plants looked great and will be hung on Laurel in the near future. See pictures in the newsletter.

I hope to see you at the June meeting and picnic.


May 2017 News

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Civic Garden Club of San Carlos-May 2017

Message from the President

Dear Members:

Spring is here! The additional water we received last fall and winter have caused our yards to look very lush and healthy. Gardening time is definitely here and now that we have warmer weather, it is a joy to get out and enjoy our yards.

Our members will be voting on Board Members for offices that are available for the next fiscal year at our May 19, 2017 General Meeting. Membership dues of $40.00 for next year are due and payable now. Please send checks to our P.O. Box 954, San Carlos, CA 94070-0954.

Our Spring Plant Sale on April 22 had a good turnout and we were able to net $1019. Thank you to all members who worked or contributed plants for our sale. Quite a few customers asked when we were planning on having the next one!

Our tour of Filoli led by Tom Davids was very enjoyable despite the rain and we had a large turnout. The grounds were outstanding and the flower beds were in full bloom. We also toured part of the mansion. See the pictures taken by Renate at Filoli in the newsletter.

Our next tour is May 9 when we tour the San Mateo Park Japanese Garden, then stroll over to the Rose Garden and Fairy Garden. If you have not had an opportunity to sign up and would like to join us, you are welcome to do so. Please email or call me so that I have a more accurate count of how many members will attend. I hope to see you there.

See you at the May meeting.


April 2017 News

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Civic Garden Club of San Carlos-April 2017

Message from the President

Dear Members:

Our Nominating Committee will announce candidates for offices that are available for the next fiscal year at our April General Meeting. Nominations can also be made from the floor.

Don’t forget our Spring Plant Sale on April 22. Bring your plants for the sale to our general meeting on April 21 or call Tom for pickup.

Our tour of Ladera Garden and Gifts with a no-host lunch following at Waterdog Tavern was enjoyed by all who attended. The nursery has an abundance of plants in excellent condition just ready for you to plant in your garden, patio, balcony or to display inside your living quarters. If you were unable to attend this tour you may want to visit the nursery on your own. The plants are arranged in a very attractive manner. See the pictures taken at the nursery in the newsletter taken by Renate.

Our next tour is to Filoli Gardens on April 6. This is one of our most popular tours.

Our program for our April Meeting will be provided by Claire Sebald. By popular demand she will be demonstrating flower arranging.

See you at the April meeting.


March 2017 News

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March 2017 Newsletter

Message from the president

Dear Members:

I notice a few days ago that a few of my tulip plants had disappeared. The following day one more was gone. Apparently squirrels got into my planters and snacked on the bulbs. I was very disappointed because I had brought the tulip bulbs back from Holland, and it was no easy task getting the bulbs through customs even though the package of bulbs had an official looking stamp stating “Certification of approval for importing to the United States.” I mentioned the missing bulbs to Marco, one of the owners of Ladera Nursery and he had heard that putting plastic forks around the bulbs works. The next morning the forks were on the ground and more bulbs were missing. We are going to make a cage out of chicken wire and see if that works.

Please mark your calendar for upcoming events. Sign up for the tour of Ladera Garden and Gifts with a no-host lunch following at Waterdog Tavern scheduled for March 29 at our March Meeting and you can also sign up for the April 6 tour of Filoli Gardens at this meeting. The Central Park Japanese Gardens Tour has been rescheduled for May 9.

Don’t forget to wear green on St. Patrick’s Day on March 17.

Have you ever wondered what Penny Pines is all about? See this pamphlet.

Our program for our March Meeting will be provided by Rex Castell speaking on the subject “Orchid Care for Everyone”.”

See you at the March meeting.



January 2017 News

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January 2017 Newsletter

Message from the president

Happy New Year Dear Members!

Our annual Plant Sale is scheduled for April 22. Don’t forget to save your plants and start saving cuttings for this sale.

Please take note of the “Dates to Remember” section on this page and mark your calendar with dates set for upcoming events. Dates are now set for our Planting Party on January 23, Central Park Japanese Garden on February 7, and our annual Plant Sale on April 22. We will announce more events and dates as they become available.

Everyone attending our Holiday Luncheon was having a good time. Thanks to all of our club members who helped make our Holiday Luncheon so enjoyable. See pictures taken by Renate during the setup and luncheon starting on page 3.

Our speaker for our January 20th Meeting is Daniel Yansura, President of the San Francisco Fern Society. I heard him speak at a Bay Ocean District Meeting recently, and I was so impressed with his presentation that I asked him to speak at one of our meetings. I am sure you will enjoy his presentation.

See you at the January meeting.


November 2016 News

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Civic Garden Club of San Carlos, Nov. 2016

Message from the President

Dear Members:

Mid-October brought a nice, much needed two-day rain spell to our area. It never ceases to amaze me how the flowers and shrubs respond immediately to the addition of rain water. The day after a good shower or rain all the flowers look great with their faces washed and the tree branches seem to spring back after being covered with dust from our long term drought. Let’s hope that this winter will bring the much needed rain to our area and snow in the mountains. Our outdoor planting season coming to a close. But, we can still plant bulbs. Do you have your spring flowering bulbs planted?

It is time to make plans for the Thanksgiving Holiday and share the day with family and friends. We have so much to be thankful for.

We have a wonderful selection of garden tours in the planning stages for this Club year. We hope to have all of the dates set by the end of this calendar year. Plan to attend the tours and be inspired by the creative gardens that we are planning to view.

We had an impressive turnout for our Wine and Cheese Tasting Fund Raiser and cleared $2278. Thank you Club Members for donating your time and energy to making this event a success. There was a nice selection of wine, appetizers and due to the generosity of donors, our raffle tables were overflowing with raffle prizes.

Plans are being made for our holiday party which will be held on December 16, 2016 at our lovely Casa de Flores. A catered holiday buffet meal is planned with Turkey and all the trimmings. Tickets are available for purchase for $20.00 and must be bought in advance to allow for the proper amount of meals being ordered. We will have the Czardas Gypsy Violinist playing again this year for your listening pleasure. Don’t forget to sign up.

I hope to see you at our November Meeting.


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