The Village Garden Club of La Jolla

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This Months Meeting

MaY 28, 2015 
(members only)

“Dancing with the Stars" 


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Nicholas Staddon, Director of New Plants for Monrovia, has a passion for people plants and animals. "Were all joined at the hip" he says. Traveling not only in the United States but other parts of the world in search for great plants for American gardens. It really is a labor of love, so many plants to choose from. Working with Plant Explorers, breeders and gardeners in his search for the very best new plants sometimes it's hard to pick out the very best performers that will do well in our gardens. Follow him to the Chelsea Flower Show; see the wild and desolate terrain where some of the serious plant exploration takes place. Get a good look at the new trends in gardening and last but not least Nicholas will present a dazzling array of some of the new and recent introductions coming from Monrovia that will make a great dancing partner in your garden. A not to be missed presentation!

  Nicholas Staddon, Director of New Plants for Monrovia, has been a Monrovia Craftsman for over 25 years. Working with breeders, hybridizers, and professional Plant Explorers, he scours the globe for new creations and discoveries in the plant world. Nicholas is also sought out as a resource and guest for television and radio gardening shows across the United States. Nicholas works closely with professional Garden Writers and Monrovia’s customers, providing information on plants both old and new – sharing his views on garden trends.  Nicholas has created a series of informative ‘Plant Savvy’ videos that can be found on line.

 Born in England, Nicholas attended Otley Agricultural College where he received his degree in Agricultural Science. Before joining Monrovia, he managed garden centers in Albuquerque and Santa Fe, New Mexico. He says of New Mexico, "One of the most beautiful places in the world—the vistas will move your heart and the gardening will break it." Nicholas now resides in California and continues to be consumed with a passion for plants and animals. He travels extensively for Monrovia in his quest for great new and notable plants for American gardeners.

 Nicholas is proud to be professionally affiliated with the Royal Horticulture Society, the California Association of Nurserymen, The American Nursery and Landscape Association. He is an Advisor to the Sunset Magazine, on the Board of Advisors to Mount San Antonio College, Agricultural and Horticultural Sciences, the National Arboretum, Washington DC, and Cal-HIP, California Horticultural Invasives Prevention. A voluntary partnership, to help gardeners and the horticultural industry to proactively address the problem of invasive plants in the trade.


Expressions in Art & Flowers

Special Thanks to everyone for our successful Expressions in Art & Flowers events!

 Please scroll down and view all of our many Thank You flyers and sections below that lists all of the sponsors, donors, committee members, artists. floral designers and volunteers that were so instrumental to the success of these two wonderful  events. 

Thanks for another GREAT YEAR Everyone!
Chairman:  Margie Smith-Haas
Co-Chairman:  Mary McSweeney
Advisors:  Leah Higgins & Nancy Rinehart

 See you next year!

Printing generously donated by North Shores Printery

Printing generously donated by North Shores Printery

Please support all of our sponsors and donors listed in the color flyers below.

Some of their websites and links are as follows:

North Shore Printery
he Sporting Club of San Diego
San Diego Camarada
Armstrong Garden Centers
Bristol Farms Fine Foods
Leah Higgins Art
Medicine Mind, Mindfulness-Based Biofeedback
Caffé Archidiacono
Platinum Party Rentals
Bridget’s Blooms
Aaron Brothers Art &Framing – La Jolla
Jimmy Patton, Guitarist                  
Newslettter Link:
Hair Expo Salon  TBA
La Jolla Kayak
Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar
Manhattan La Jolla
Green Gardens Nursery
Wax Me Boutique
The Shores Restaurant
C. Kumlin Design
Seasons 52
Verdes El Ranchero

Karl Strauss Brewing Co.
Balanced & Bright Bone Broth

Thank You to the Artists:

Gail Adams, Alicia Amberg, Barbara Asman, Marilyn Barrett, Alida Bracker, Britta Brice, Scottie Brown, Sally Bucko, Ann Craig, Sue Driscoll, Karen Eckhart, Elma Garcia, Alice Gregory, Margaret Herrick, Leah Higgins, Patricia Jasper Clark, Rose Lee Josephson, Faye Kitchel, Alma Lazar, Roz Levenson, Mary Mansfield, Lisa Marks, Paula McColl, Mary McSweeney, Joan Ogelsby, Marilyn Olson, Patricia O’Neil Gill, Dot Renshaw, Charlene Rights, Annette Ritchie-Buis, Dori Robbins, Tammy Schwab, Laura Starr, Barbara Starkey, Jim Stelluti, Pat Tilton, Paula Todd, Robin Vandever, and Ann Webster.      

 Thank You to the Floral Designers:

Barbara Alcorn, Lynlee Austell-Slayter, Beverly Boynton, Connie Brown, Herminia Burger, Lou Campbell, Dorothy Carroll, Sandy Coler, Lacey Colmore, Terry Cooper, Patsy Crayton, Giana Crispell, Barbara Doren, Mary Ann Driscoll, Dorothy Elwell, Elma Garcia, Ann Glazener, Gayle Gould, Alice Harmon, Norma Hildalgo-Del Rio, Jan Holst, Dina Johns, Donna Koziol, Alma Lazar, Louise Marino, Shabnam Miglani, Susan Oliver, Marilyn Olson, Pam Palisoul, Annette Ritchie-Buis, Kathleen Shawl Parkes, Barbara Starkey, Suzanne Thomas, Melesse Traylor, Nell Waltz, Sharrie Woods, and Jackie Zhang.

THANK YOU . . . .
Printing Program, Flyers, Signs and Posters: 
North Shores Printery,

Preview Night Music
San Diego Camarada, Professional Chamber Music Group

Music for Morning Event:
Jimmy Patton, Guitarist and Recording Artist, Newsletter: (see our website)

Floral Arrangement for the Refreshment Table –  Chip Burns

Donated Floral Arrangements and Use of beautiful Nursery Potted Plants: 

Bloomers -, Bridget’s Blooms -, Balanced & Bright Bone Broth, Green Gardens Nursery, Armstrong Garden Centers – Morena Blvd.

Mistress of Ceremonies:  Susan Oliver

Historic Slideshow:  Margie Smith-Haas

Refreshments Steering Committee:
Judy Allen, Mary McSweeney, Terry Cooper, Faye Kitchel, Shiela Fleet, Sue Pruett, Nancy Sillman, Bev Frederick Springer, and Aline Walker

Silent Auction & Opportunity Drawing Committee:
Leah Higgins, Kathy Ingledew & Carole Orr

Decorations Committee:
Alicia Amberg, Elaine Butz, & Raquel Moscona

Program, Flyers, Post Cards:  Carol Peeler & Margie Smith-Haas

Marge Palmer, Lisa Bartzokas, Mary Anne Brown, Sally Bucko, Judy Chance, Sandy Coler, Sue Driscoll, Janie Foster, Diane Holmes, Pat Miller and her staff.

 Publicizing our Events throughout the year
“Spindrifter” – Diane Bell & Lynn Jahn, VGCLJ Website – Sara Hoffelt,  EBlasts – Kitty Spence

And Many More Who Helped in many ways and any we may have failed to list:

Rudy Vaca (Video Producer/Audio Visual), Henry Vaca (Assistant)
Sally Fuller, Dodie Williams and many club volunteers who helped us in Registration/Sign In
Carol Yates, Torrey Pines Christian Church Operations Coordinator

Apologies for our error to member, Dina Johns whose name did not appear in the program with Jackie Zhang for their lovely floral interpretation of #20 Paula McColl’s painting “Geisel Library.” 

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