The Village Garden Club of La Jolla

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This Month's Meeting:

may 23, 2019

(members only)

“Trendsetters: Today’s Hottest Looks in Floral Design”

Speaker: Renee Tucci

Floral Design

Renee Tucci began her involvement in the floral industry while she was an undergraduate at Delaware Valley University, where she earned a BS in Ornamental Horticulture in 2004. She has been on winning floral teams at the Philadelphia Flower Show since 2005 and spent the past two years leading the execution of the florals for the Central Feature Exhibit garden. In 2016 she was inducted into the American Institute of Floral Designers, and her resume includes assisting the White House floral team. In 2017, she joined the Continuing Education department at Bucks County Community College and is teaching floral design classes there as part of their CFD program. In 2018, Renee was accepted into the Professional Floral Communicators International. Renee is always on the look-out for the latest styles, colors, and designs. By combining interesting containers, accenting textiles, and bountiful botanicals, her program will teach popular new techniques in floral design.

She is the manager of Special Events at Valley Forge Flowers in Wayne, Pennsylvania, and Boca Blooms in Boca Grande, Florida.

Club Happenings and Information

Growing Edibles on the Coast

Buttercup squash

By Arthur Dawson

May Luncheon

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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 now 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.


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