The Village Garden Club of La Jolla

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This Month's Meeting:

january 24, 2019

(open to guests - $15.00 fee)

“Garden to Table from Seed”

Speaker : Renee Shepherd



Renee Shepherd is widely regarded as a pioneering innovator in the introduction of international specialty vegetable and herb seeds to home gardeners. After receiving her PhD from the University of California, Santa Cruz and teaching in the Environmental Studies department there, she founded the mail order company, Shepherd’s Garden Seeds in 1983, which she ran until it was sold to White Flower Farms in 1988. She founded Renee’s Garden in 1998 to do what she likes best – offering seeds to give fellow gardeners access to the high-quality varieties. Renee’s Garden features her carefully selected choices of both Certified Organic and conventional seeds for exciting new, time-tested heirloom gourmet vegetables, culinary herbs, and cutting flowers. She sources from seed growers both large and small around the world, then trials them herself throughout the United States.

In 2015, Renee received the American Horticultural Society's Great American Gardener Paul Ecke Jr. Award for her "commitment to the highest standards of excellence in commercial horticulture and the betterment of gardening practices everywhere."

Special Interest Workshop

Learn all you want to know about the Care and Pruning of Roses

Presenter: Bob Kolb

Congregation Beth Israel
Workshop Fee $20.00 – Time: 12:00 pm

Bob Kolb has raised roses in Point Loma since 1971, starting with a small number of roses and growing to 115 in his current Sunset Cliffs garden. He is a Consulting Rosarian, a designation given by the American Rose Society after completing training and gaining experience. Bob is an active member of the San Diego Rose Society, serving on the board of directors for many years including two years as President. He volunteers in the Balboa Park Rose Garden Corps, a volunteer group that helps the city care for over 1700 roses in the park. Bob will share his experience growing roses in the San Diego coastal zone along with a hands-on demonstration of pruning techniques.

Refreshments will be provided.

Club Happenings and Information

Expressions in Arts & Flowers

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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.

Growing Edibles on the Coast

Winter Tomatoes

By Arthur Dawson


We hope you all will take time this month to again stop by our committee’s Ways and Means table.  You will find beribboned children’s gardening books, other garden and holiday themed items such as ornaments, aprons, gardening gloves, and tubes of hand cream.  All will be wonderful for holiday gift giving to grandchildren, teachers, friends, and neighbors.  Your purchases and generous donations support our civic project to fund the county’s schoolyard garden programs.

Our committee met mid-November to review the grants received from 23 of the county’s schools.  We are pleased to report that with your generosity we were able to provide funding for all schools requesting support.  The total sum distributed was $11,349, including 8 new schools not having ever previously applied, as well as 15 schools we have assisted in past years.  An additional $1,000 was allocated to the San Diego Unified School District’s “Garden to Café” Program.  Applauding our successful endeavor, we acknowledge our inability to meet the full amounts requested by many.  We hope your ongoing support will enable us to continue to increase participation and give more generously in our next grant cycle.  Following spring site visits to many of these schools, we look forward to sharing with our membership new photographs of the joy of the children working in their schoolyard gardens and the progress made in utilization of our funds.  We hope our club’s grantmaking gifts inspire many for a lifelong passion of gardening.


Bernardo Heights Middle School, Rancho Bernardo                         
Chaparral Elementary, Poway                                                               
Darnell Charter School, East San Diego                                               
Dewey Elementary, Point Loma                                                            
Emerald STEAM Magnet Middle School, El Cajon                               
Jonas Salk Elementary, Mira Mesa                                                       
Juarez Elementary, Kearny Mesa                                                          
Kate Sessions, Pacific Beach                                                                 
Kelly Elementary, Carlsbad                                                                    
Ocean Beach Elementary, Ocean Beach                                             
Olivenhain Pioneer Elementary, Carlsbad                                            
Pacific Beach Elementary, Pacific Beach                                        

Palmquist Elementary, Oceanside
Paloma Elementary, San Marcos
San Diego Cooperative Charter School, Linda Vista
San Diego Global Vision Academy, Normal Heights
Sherman Elementary, Barrio Logan
Silver Gate Elementary, Point Loma
St. Charles Borromeo Academy, Point Loma
St. Martin of Tours Academy, La Mesa
St. Patrick Catholic School, North Park
Torrey Pines Elementary, La Jolla
Valley Vista Elementary, Bonita

Learn More about the Schoolyard Gardening Grants Program