The Village Garden Club of La Jolla

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This Months Meeting:

 FEbruary 23, 2017

(open to guests - $15 fee)

 “Wonders from Down Under"

Speaker: Joe Walker
horticulture/drought tolerant plants


Joe and Julie Walker are owners of Obra Verde Growers, a nursery and cut flower distributor in Valley Center. They began in the rugged foothills more than 30 years ago, growing a few varieties of waxflower that were already being commercially grown in the area. Sensing the need for a propagator of waxflower and other interesting cultivars, Obra Verde seized the opportunity. Today they offer over 100 varieties of Australian, New Zealand, and South African cut flowers, cut foliage, plant plugs, and container plants.

As propagators, Obra Verde Growers has an exclusive agreement with the Western Australian Government and the University of Western Australia at Perth to release and market the newest and best hybrids of waxflower developed in their research station. These varieties are only available in North America from Obra Verde. They also field test plantings from other countries for their adaptability to our region.

As growers, they harvest most of the filler flowers for the American floral industry. Over 100 varieties are shipped from Obra Verde throughout the United States year round.

Joe will discuss many of the varieties of leucadendron, leucospernum, waxflowers, banksia, and other drought tolerant plants they grow and offer for sale, as well as the best practices for their care.


Club Happenings and Information


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