The Village Garden Club of La Jolla

Thank you for visiting The Village Garden Club of La Jolla website, our online home to help keep members informed of current events of the club. Check back often to see what is happening each month, to learn of special garden tours and to see new photos.

This Months Meeting:

 march 23, 2017

(open to guests - $15 fee)


Speaker: Alethea Harampolis & Stefani Bittner
garden harvest & floral design

Alethea Harampolis is known as one half of Studio Choo, a highly lauded floral design company in San Francisco. Stefani Bittner has been the owner of Homestead Design Collective. Today they are business partners and in February 2017, they will publish Harvest, Unexpected Projects Using 47 Extraordinary Gardening Plants. The book is filled with recipes for organic pantry staples, fragrances, beverages, cocktails, beauty products, and of course floral arrangements.

Alethea is the co-author of two best selling books, The Flower Recipe Book and The Wreath Recipe Book.  

Stefani spoke to us last year, discussing her co-authored book, The Beautiful Edible Garden. As part of our field trip to the Bay Area, we visited her home in Lafayette. Since then she has overseen the design and installation of the new Sunset Test Gardens. She continues as a San Francisco Bay Area landscape designer creating aesthetically designed, organic, edible gardens.

Together Alethea and Stefani will demonstrate the multiple ways we can enjoy the fruits of our labor in the garden!

Club Happenings and Information


Learn More about the Schoolyard Gardening Grants Program

2017 Expressions in Art & Flowers


Entry acceptance begins Thursday January 26, 2017 at 9am at the VGCLJ Monthly Meeting


Volunteer Opportunity!

If so, you can be among 1,000 volunteers who will collect 18,000 samples of soil and aquatic sediment from across the state through a new University of California program called CALeDNA that intends to revolutionize conservation in California by the end of this year.

Volunteers who sign up on the program’s website will receive training, a sample collection kit and a phone app to guide them. The program’s scientific team hopes about half of the participants will deploy the kits on hikes in any of the 39 UC natural reserves, and that the other half will sample broadly across California’s stunning and fragile ecosystems. CALeDNA will hold several “BioBlitz” events; the first will be held on Feb. 8 at Northern California’s Pillar Point near Half Moon Bay.”   

Read more about this wonderful opportunity here!

Save the Date!

Members’ Garden Tour Thursday, April 13,2017

This year’s VGCLJ Members Garden Tour will be held on Thursday, April 13,2017. We’ll be visiting our members’ gardens in East County. Our East County members have truly taken maximum advantage of their microclimate. The expansive gardens on this year’s tour feature everything from orchards and chickens to beautiful roses, gorgeous water-wise plantings, and lovely cutting gardens. This is a tour you won’t want to miss. So mark your calendar now. We’ll be selling tickets at the March and April meetings.
-Susan Starr
Chair, 2017 Member Garden Tour

In Memoriam

Dorothy Carroll
"The Jacaranda Lady"
April 17, 1931 - January 11, 2016