February 2018 News

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Message from the Vice President

Dear Members:

February is here and spring is just around the corner and our fall planted bulbs are coming up and will be blooming soon.

We are having exceptionally warm weather this week and it couldn’t have come at a better time. Our Planting Party on January 24 got off to a great start with a large member attendance to help with the task. Bill Barrons and Tom Davids had The Color Spot set up for us and we hit the ground running.

The seed selection contained both vegetables and annuals and in no time at all we had planted all the seeds and transplanted annuals that had been grown at The Color Spot to larger containers.

Our Plant Sale will be held on Sunday, April 29 and we are expecting a good turnout with many repeat customers.

We have two holidays this month, Valentine’s Day, February 14 and Presidents’ Day celebrating birthdays of past presidents George Washington and Abraham Lincoln on February 19.

Our speaker for our February 16 meeting is Lenka Glassner and she will be demonstrating Egg Decorating Moravian Style. This will be a very interesting presentation and just in time for Easter.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Cupid is the most famous Valentine symbol, who is known as a mischievous, winged child whose arrows signify desires and emotions of love. Cupid aims those arrows at Gods and humans, causing them to fall deeply in love. In ancient Greece he was known as Eros, the young son of Aphrodite, the goddess of love and beauty. To the Romans he was Cupid and his mother was Venus.


January 2018 News

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Civic Garden Club of San Carlos-Jan 2018


Greetings Members and HAPPY NEW YEAR

It’s that time again. We say good bye to 2017 and ring in 2018 with lots of hope and promise.

2017 was a good year for the Club. We are growing in number as ideas for community involvement and member development take hold.

In 2018 we expect our annual April plant sale to be bigger and better than ever, surpassing the $1000 we made last year. Members have been very supportive by contributing garden items they no longer need–plants, pots, and tools. So set your donation aside but if possible hold on to it until mid-April since our storage space is limited. If you are in a rush to get rid of your excess, let me know and I’ll make arrangements for pick-up.

Our educational program is in high gear with Joyce assembling a wide range of interesting and relevant programs scheduled each month at our members meeting. Check this newsletter for the list of programs between now and June. And, by the way, give Joyce a big thank you for preparing our newsletter each month. An awesome task.

Our financial picture is very bright after expensing a portion of our reserves to maintain and improve our Casa. Thanks to David for spending countless hours with financial duties and on property maintenance and with renters. Check this month’s newsletter for web site and email access to our rental program. Bear in mind that we would not be able to maintain our Casa without a steady flow of rental income. For an update on member use of the Casa, see the next page of the newsletter for details.

And, thanks to the other officers and directors for services performed–Nancy and Dolores for secretarial duties; Alice for coordinating membership; Olga and Barry for house duties and Edythe for keeping us on the straight and narrow.

And finally, it’s party time. On May 20 we have our annual wine and cheese party and on August 8, the Chamber of Commerce mixer.

So, here is 2018. Let’s make it a great year.


December 2017 News

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Civic Garden Club of San Carlos-Dec 2017


Greetings Members:

Seems like only yesterday that we were celebrating the holidays of 2016. And, here we are at the first of December 2017, ready to do it all over again. Do you sometimes wonder what you can do to make this season a little special? Here are a few ideas:

…Cut trees are nice, but how about a live tree in a proper pot that you can nurture year after year and make it a part of your holiday tradition? I must admit that I’ve never been successful in this but it you make it a family (or neighborhood) project you might be able to keep the tradition alive.

…Flowers are always part of the mix. Poinsettias, pansies and violas, bacopa and alyssum; and cyclamen galore. Pots here and there will brighten your holiday presentation.

…Have a neighborhood party. But start early before someone beats you to it. You can serve the drinks and the neighbors bring cookies and appetizers. And, you might start with a walk on the 1900 block of Eucalyptus Street right here in San Carlos …one of the Peninsula’s premier holiday light shows.

..And then there’s the music. Concerts up and down the Peninsula. When is the last time you sat through the entire Messiah? This could be your year to get reacquainted.

…Finally, the annual “Night of Holiday Lights” right here in San Carlos is not to be missed. Even though we missed it for this year (the show was Dec. 1) put it on your calendar for the first Friday of December, 2018. Laurel St. is closed from San Carlos Ave. to Olive. There is music, snow flurries, amusement rides, and family fun for everyone.

So, have a Merry Christmas a wonderful holiday season no matter how you celebrate, and don’t forget our Club celebration at the Casa on Dec. 15.

See you there.

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.



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