2018-2019Committee Information

Field Trips

Susan Starr

Kathy Gold, Francis Spath, Deidre Swansen

We have some wonderful field trips this year. Please join us as we visit beautiful gardens, make new friends, and expand our gardening skills.


Join us on our first trip, November 6, 2018, to meet some very Special Plants. We’ll begin the day with a private tour of the San Diego Botanic Garden, including access to their newly opened Conservatory with its extraordinary collection of rare tropical species planted on hanging chandeliers. Then we’ll travel to Fallbrook to visit Resendiz Brothers Protea Growers, known for their vast collection of some of the most distinctive flowers in the United States. After a tour of the nursery and the fascinating cut flower production facility, Resendiz will teach us how to make a protea wreath to take home as a souvenir of a wonderful day. Luxury Bus.


On February 13, 2019, our theme is Farm to Table. We’ll start our day at Dickinson Farm in National City, a small plot, urban farm organically growing heirloom fruits, vegetables, and herbs. After our tour of the farm, we’ll harvest and prepare our own lunch. Then we travel back to central San Diego for a fascinating tour (with tastes!) of Specialty Produce, a wholesale distributor of gourmet and hard-to-find produce. Time and weather permitting, we’ll end our day with a tour of one of San Diego’s most beautiful private gardens in Mission Hills. Carpool.


In March of 2019 (date to be announced), we are planning a Day with the Natives. We begin at the garden of San Diego’s best known Native Plant expert, then travel to San Clemente to visit Casa Romantica, the former bluff side home of Ole Hanson, the founder of San Clemente, for a docent-led tour of the striking Spanish Colonial revival house and charming seaside gardens. Our final stop is at Tree of Life Nursery (TOLN) in nearby San Juan Capistrano, a 40-acre oasis of California native plants that is more 29 FIELD TRIPS (cont.) of a botanical garden than a nursery. On our private tour, we’ll learn more about natives and about the steps TOLN and others are taking to preserve these important elements of California’s landscape. Luxury Bus.


In late April of 2019 (date to be announced), our final field trip of the year will take us to Leo Carrillo Ranch in Carlsbad. There we will have a tour of the original house and stables, the beautifully landscaped grounds, and perhaps meet some mating peacocks. After a picnic lunch, we’ll attend a workshop at Andersons La Costa Nursery. Carpool.

  • Watch your Spindrifter for more trip details and pricing.

  • Sign-ups for our November and February trips will be open at the first monthly meeting in September.

  • A non-refundable deposit is required to secure your place


Club Reservation and Cancellation Policy: 

We understand that the need to cancel sometimes happens; however, due to the fixed costs incurred in field trips, we cannot guarantee a refund.  We urge members to find a substitute to take their place.  The club can assist by sending an e-blast to the membership, but the responsibility for finding a substitute lies with the individual member.

Holiday Pantry and Bake Sale

Chair: Linda Morse

It’s never too early to start planning for the annual Holiday Pantry Sale that takes place at the December meeting. Every year, our members generously donate their talents to provide a wide variety of beautifully packaged sweet and savory items for sale. Your generous support of this event has raised thousands of dollars to support our many programs. What is your specialty?


Eva Richmann
Sharon Patel
Allison McGee

The Horticulture Committee promotes a finer understanding of plants and gardening by offering tables each month for garden club members to display plants/plant cuttings. Most months will also feature a special display of useful information, tools, and/or techniques for successful gardening. Native plants will be an ongoing theme this year to encourage biodiversity, ecological balance, and healthy wildlife in our gardens. Please join us by bringing clippings or plants from your garden (native or not!) and/or stop by to see what others have brought to share!

KEEP YOUR KEYS next to your CLIPPERS and bring your monthly favorites! We provide the written labels! We are excited to see what you bring to share!

Please note, there will be no Horticulture tables in March due to Expressions in Art and Flowers.

Magazine Library

Gaynor Pates
Becky Dembitsky

This upcoming year we will be setting up for six different months during our calendar year. The magazines will be more seasonal and easier to select. We will still offer many varieties such as Flowers, Birds and Blooms, Horticultural, and a variety of wonderful British garden magazines.

Please sort through your magazines and consider donating to the Library so others may enjoy. We would also appreciate receiving magazines that have large sections dedicated to gardens and plants.

We look forward to greeting one and all this coming year.


Sue Kalish
Maureen McMahon

Gardening, friendship, and shopping! The Market Place Committee presents “Trowels and Treasures,” a carefully selected themed collection of garden-related “must haves” for you or for a special gift. We hope to entice and surprise you each month with themes that include Get Started in the Garden, For the Birds, Vintage, and Picnic in Provence.

Watch for monthly updates in The Spindrifter so you won't miss out on what’s coming next.

Master Gardener Table

Chair: Karen White

One of the least-known treasure troves of information in San Diego County is that over 300 Master Gardeners provide home gardening and pest control information throughout the county; free to the public. Master Gardeners are volunteers trained and supervised by the University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE).

Master Gardeners and club members will once again be available to answer your garden and plant questions. While promoting conservation we will show you how to save water, help the environment, use integrated pest management, and watch your garden grow.

Please stop by our table to take advantage of our free handouts and bring your garden questions.

Master Gardener Hotline: M-F 9:00-3:00; (858) 822-6910

Visit our website

Sign-up for our newsletter and learn about special events, solving problems, earth-friendly gardens, and what to do in the garden this month.

Member Garden Tours

Elaine Bradbury
Gayle Eales


Gardens, locations, and dates to be announced.

Our Favorite Things

Chair:  Robin Vandever

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?"

  • Is it a recipe you’d love to have?

  • Was it one of our speakers?

  • Did you find something at the Horticulture table?

  • Or something else?

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.


Photography Consultant:
Marge Palmer

Lisa Bartzakas , Dianne Holmes, Jill Holmes, Allison McGee

Our photography committee is composed of garden club members who enjoy photography and enhancing their skills in editing and composition while documenting happenings in the garden club. The photographs have been utilized by members for publicity purposes, to publish history books, for use in Spindrifter articles, slide shows, print brochures, invitations, and for the enjoyment of our members. 

In order to ensure efficiency and reduce the work load, each major committee will work with a photographer who will be assigned to them.  If you have not been assigned a photographer, please contact a Photography Consultant.  It will be the committee chair’s responsibility to communicate with their photographer regarding their needs in a timely fashion.  If the photographer is unable to assist you, your photographer will help you find a replacement.

Photo Sharing

Our new photo website www.vgclj.smugmug.com will also enable club members to share and show photographs with the garden club community.  They will be just for fun.  Keep a lookout for your photo sharing opportunity or contact one of the Photography Captains with your creative ideas.


Gardeners' Exchange

Clara Blenis
Suzanne Thomas

 The Garden Exchange Table is a wonderful opportunity for members to share their bounty and pick up fun and lovely treasures for free. Members bring garden items they would like to share and/or no longer use, such as seeds, bulbs, cuttings, extra plants, decorative items, pots, baskets, and other garden essentials and nonessentials. It is helpful when the plants and cuttings are labeled. We welcome contributions and look forward to seeing everybody at our ever-changing, interesting Garden Exchange Table. Except for March, our table will be available at every monthly meeting, from September to May.

Meet the Masters

Meet the Masters takes place when we have a speaker of particular interest and name recognition. Last year, too late to include in the 2017-2018 yearbook, we were able to engage Alice Waters, founder of Chez Panisse Restaurant in Berkeley as our speaker. The hugely successful luncheon event, chaired by Sheryl Lester, took place February 26th at The Prado Restaurant, Balboa Park.

Alice Waters has particular relevance to our Schoolyard Garden Grants Program. Her Edible Schoolyard Project, founded in 1994, has inspired and promoted schools nationally and internationally to teach children how to grow and eat healthy food.

Members’ suggestions for future speakers are welcome

From the Treasurer:

FISCAL YEAR JULY 1, 2018 THRU JUNE 30, 2019  

Your 2018-2019 Treasury Team consists of:

Cindy Lococo as Treasurer
Dori McCue as Auditor

It is our hope that the Treasurer Packet consisting of written accounting procedures/guidelines along with applicable forms will ensure a timely matching of income and expenses to generate accurate reporting for committees and the Club. The Treasurer Packet can be found on-line at our website, VGCLJ.com, under the Treasurer link on our Member's Only webpage. Please take a moment to download, review, and make necessary copies.

Thank you for your support! If you have any questions or concerns don’t hesitate to contact us.

VGCLJ Treasury Team,

Cindy Lococo, Treasurer