Monthly Meetings are designed to educate by providing interesting and diversified programs. Our programs run the gamut from guest speakers on all aspects of gardening, landscaping ideas, horticulture, perennial gardens, etc. to members sharing their own expertise, to special socializing times, such as our June Potluck Luncheon and December Holiday Party.
Hands-On Workshops that feature the How-To's on Gardening Projects are usually scheduled on the same day as our monthly meetings. These are projects that members would like to try, but would like to see a demonstration on how to do them first. In the past, we've learned about pruning roses and fruit trees, created wreaths out of succulents and other plant materials, built birdhouses, made greeting cards out of dried flowers, made hanging baskets, built a wooden cart to hold potted plants, and made mosaic tile stepping stones, to name but a few creations.
Floral Designer's Workshops are offered November January, February and March at 10 a.m., usually on every fourth Tuesday of those months. Expert floral designers are available to demonstrate the techniques of award-winning designs suitable for a flower show or to complement the beauty of your home. It's a hands-on opportunity for beginners to more advanced students who share a passion for this art form. For scheduling details on the workshops, call Jo Anne Stoll at 760-742-0271.
Floral Design Forums, a California Garden Club, Inc., Palomar District program, are scheduled on the first Monday of the month from October through May at the Shinoda Design Center, 7170 Miramar Road, San Diego. These forums featurie some of the finest designers anywhere, some from as far away as Montana, even Great Britain.
Tours of Members Gardens and Other Field Trips are very special occasions. A planned visit to enjoy a Member's Garden is really a delight. Members visit our own perennial and drought tolerant gardens at Adams Park, especially at our Arbor Day Celebration in March. Valley Center has vastly different soils, so you might find cacti on one member's property, California natives on another member's land, and a old-fashioned perennial garden on someone else's place. As member Lee Bathgate's late husband Jim Bathgate once wrote, "It's tough to know how to treat plants in different areas. On our five acres, soils range from loose alluvial through several grades of decomposed granite to rocky pegmatite and red clay."