The Village Garden Club of La Jolla

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This Month's Meeting:

april 25, 2019

(open to guests - $15.00 fee)

“Harnessing the Power of Plants to Fight Climate Change”

SpeakerS: Joanne Chory and Scientists from the renowned Salk Institute Plant Biology Laboratory

Plant Biology

The Salk Institute Plant Biology Laboratory is ranked the number one research organization for plant biology in the world based on the number of influential papers published. Joanne Chory, PhD, professor and director of the plant molecular and cellular biology laboratory, says, “Plants are the foundation for all human life on earth, providing food, fiber, medications, building materials, and the oxygen we breathe. We have to better understand how plants grow if we are going to feed 12 billion people by 2100, provide alternatives to fossil fuel, and understand the impact human activity is having on our environment.”

Plant Science research is more important now than ever before to help meet not only the demands of a rapidly growing human population but also the disruptions of climate change. How plants grow and adapt to different environments is critical due to the major impact global warming is having on soils everywhere. Salk plant scientists are passionately dedicated to finding paths to a more sustainable and healthier future.

Special Interest Workshop

Ikebana – the Ancient Japanese Art of Flower Arranging

Presenter: Jackie Zhang
Open to Guests
Workshop Fee $25.00 – Time 12:00 p.m. BRING YOUR OWN SHEARS/PRUNERS

Anyone signing up for this workshop is in for a real treat. Jackie is a top-ranked Ikebana master and the president and leading teacher for the San Diego Sakura Chapter of the Ohara School in both classical and contemporary design forms. She teaches and conducts numerous demonstrations, workshops, and exhibitions locally and internationally. Everyone attending will leave with their own Ikebana flower arrangement.

Refreshments will be provided.

Club Happenings and Information

2019-2020 Membership Forms

Online Registration (Membership Renewal Only)

Membership Renewal Forms PDF(includes Committee Choice Form)

Print and Mail In or Drop off at our March or April Meeting

New Member Application PDF (includes Committee Choice Form)

Print and Mail In or Drop off at our March or April Meeting

Committee Choice Form

Committee Descriptions

Growing Edibles on the Coast

Phalaenopsis orchids

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