The Village Garden Club of La Jolla

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This Month's Meeting:

 february 22, 2018


“Bringing the Garden Indoors”

SPEAKER: John Marshall Watson


Throughout his career, John Marshall Watson’s work has graced the covers of, and been frequently featured in, Architectural Digest, House Beautiful, House and Garden, Veranda, and the New York Times.  He has also been featured in Metropolitan Homes, the Chicago Tribune, and the list continues.  He is a regular design columnist for the Southampton Press, received Traditional Homes’ “Designer of the Year” award, and is on Luxe’s Gold List.

Classic style is Marshall’s hallmark but his work always showcases a touch of the unexpected.  With an international client base (including Southern California!) his passion for researching and delving into each culture has expanded his ability to be site-specific and locally attuned.  He has designed a number of furniture collections and, most recently, an outdoor rug collection.

A native of Kansas City, Marshall now resides in Manhattan and weekends in the Hamptons.  He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Stanford University and founded his design firm, Marshall Watson Interiors, in 1986.

Club Happenings and Information



After our September club meeting, Bonnie requested a joint meeting with the management of both the Temple and Ace Parking, and explained the problems our members experienced and how this was impacting our club.

Both Lesley Mills, the Executive Director at the Temple and John Morgan of Ace Parking Management, were very receptive and supportive in looking for solutions to our parking needs.  However, the reality is that spaces in the parking structure are leased out to surrounding businesses who now fill their spaces every day.

CBI has just 106 spaces in the parking structure. They have always made all their spaces available to us. Last month the plan to park cars straight with the help of the valet parking service was somehow not carried out.  Despite this, we did not need the services of the valet parking to park in the aisles – since many of you carpooled or parked on the street.    Since valet parking is a costly service we will try without it this month, and depending on the outcome we will re-evaluate.

So we hope you will repeat last month’s experience. 

The parking spaces under the solar panels on the right as you drive in will be reserved for the speaker and for car poolers.

Although our club has not been successful with car pooling, a modified carpool idea would be for 2 or 3 friends to team up and follow each other -  2 cars would park on the street, or at the Judicial Street public parking structure (There is a public parking garage at One Judicial Center.) The third car ferries them to the Temple, and parks in the reserved carpool spaces.

In addition we are welcome to park in the exterior CBI spaces in their lot, once the Nursery School children have arrived.

Eventually it is hoped we will be able to make some arrangement with the Westfield Mall.  CBI is reaching out to them, but so far they have had no response.

The only entrance to CBI is from Golden Haven Drive.  Do not enter from Towne Center Drive.

We know that parking has been a continuous problem.  Please give us feedback on what works for you.  We appreciate your support as we work on solutions.

Penelope and Bonnie

Meet the Masters 2018!


Expressions in Art & Flowers 2018!

Information and Registration

Members’ art pieces will be on display at the February meeting for selection by you, the club’s floral designers.  Sign up to enter your floral creation in the Expressions in Art and Flowers show next month!

Learn More about the Schoolyard Gardening Grants Program