The Village Garden Club of La Jolla

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This Month's Meeting:

OCTOBER 25, 2018


“Be Your Own Designer – Secrets from the Pros”

SPEAKER: Susan Morrison


Susan Morrison’s latest book, The Less is More Garden, focuses on the small to average backyard. She suggests strategies for creating spaciousness as well as suggestions for high performing, problem-solving plants. She was coauthor with a past VGCLJ guest speaker, Rebecca Sweet, of Garden Up! Smart Vertical Gardening for Small and Large Spaces. In reviewing The Less is More Garden, the editor of Fine Gardening magazine says it is “written by a real, down-in-the-trenches designer who is as concerned with practicality as she is with beauty.” Susan’s landscape design business, Creative Exteriors, is in the San Francisco East Bay. Her designs have been featured in various publications, including the San Francisco Chronicle, Cottages and Bungalows, and Fine Gardening, where she also contributes articles on design and plant selection.

Susan holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from UC Santa Barbara and an MBA from the Anderson Graduate School of Management at UC Riverside. A Contra Costa Master Gardener since 2004, she has lent her time and talent to non-profits such as St. Vincent Children of Kibera and the Gardens at Heather Farms. She also sits on the advisory committee for Rescape California.

OCTOBER’S Special Interest Workshop

Holistic Health Care in your Garden

Presenter: Gisele Schoniger
Workshop fee: $20 – Time: 12:00 pm

At the core of every great garden is how we care for our soil – what we feed our gardens and how we maximize our efforts in the garden by using organic practices. Ms. Schoniger will inspire us with small changes that garner big rewards to your garden soil.

Refreshments will be provided.

Club Happenings and Information

Important Meeting and Parking Information!


The valet parking service will again help us park more efficiently in the parking structure; and a certain number of spaces will be marked handicapped under the solar panels. However, because we have more members than the number of parking spaces available to Congregation Beth Israel, parking may remain a challenge.

As before, our options are:

  • Street parking;

  • Park at UTC, near Towne Centre Drive – they are not yet charging for parking; or

  • Carpool. If a person took just one other member, we would halve the number of spaces needed.

Entry to the Social Hall

We have been notified that for security reasons, the Service Entrance may now only be used by those with set-up material, such as Ways & Means or Horticulture, where a cart will be needed.

All others, including those bringing refreshments, posters, or plant cuttings must use the Main Entrance, or use the stairs in the parking structure and enter by the gate.

What is Your Favorite Thing About Our Club?

A new VGCLJ book is in the works! It will include recipes, together with members’ thoughts and comments, celebrating all facets of VGCLJ. Our committee will be asking members: "What are your favorite things about VGCLJ?"

The book will be published and available for sale during our 2019/2020 year. The collection of recipes in 2011 sold out quickly and generously supported the Club’s many programs. Each entry you share will earn you a chance at winning a free book! We look forward to hearing from all of you.

Please look for our table at the September meeting! 

-Robin Vandever, Chair

Growing Edibles on the Coast

By Arthur Dawson

Lima Beans

Learn More about the Schoolyard Gardening Grants Program

Expressions in Arts & Flowers

By Popular Demand!

Here is Lois Stanton's Recipe for Sesame Cheese Wafers