Field Trips for 2017-2018

Co- Chairs:
Susie Dentt
Kathy Rains

At this time, we have plans for two trips outlined below.  Full details, with pricing will appear in the club newsletter, The Spindrifter, and on our website:  Be sure to watch for updates and further announcements.

Our Fall Trip will be on October 24th.  The trip will consist of visiting Roger’s Gardens; the Sherman Library; lunch/tea at McCharles House and Gardens in Tustin; then to The Potting Shed in Old Town Orange for a workshop and shopping.  We will travel by luxury bus with a likely pick up at 7:00 am and returning at 7:00 pm.

The trip will be limited to 36 people.  Reservations for the October field trip must be accompanied by payment in full.

Our Spring Trip:

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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?

Horticulture 2017-2018
Show & Share Table & Special Exhibits

MaryAnne Brown
Eva Richmann
Leisa Wilson

HORTICULTURE strives to promote education and appreciation of gardening through horticultural displays and information.  Our display tables provide a platform for all members to actively participate.  Please bring what you love from your garden to display at our Show & Share tables.  Throughout the year ‘native plants’ will be an ongoing theme to encourage biodiversity and ecological balance in our gardens.

September 14:  Show and Share Table
     Special Exhibit:  How to Sharpen and Oil Garden Tools by Jim Stelluti and Leisa Wilson

October 26:  Show and Share Table
     Special Exhibit:  Variegated and Bronze Plants for the Garden by Horticulture Committee

November 30:  Show and Share Table
     Special Exhibit: Decorating with Natural Elements – Garden Art by Devon Hedding and Louise Buckley

December 14:  Show and Share Table
     Special Exhibit:  Holiday Swags by Leisa Wilson & Committee

January 25:  Show and Share Table
     Special Exhibit: Gardening with Herbs by Bonnie Manion and Sheryl Lester

February 22:  Show and Share Table
     Special Exhibit:   New & Unusual Plants from the Nursery by Helen Dawson and Joanne Bright

March 22:  Expressions in Art and Flowers ~ No Horticulture Exhibits

April 26:  Show and Share Table
     Special Exhibit:  The Kumeyaay - San Diego’s Indigenous People and Native Plants by Lani Freymiller

May 24: Show and Share Table
     Special Exhibit:  Botanical Art by Eva Richman and Committee


Magazine Library

Chair: Gaynor Pates

Last year we quietly started up the Garden Magazine Library.  After a year, it seems that members do enjoy sharing their magazines, which offers all of us the opportunity to read timeless, informative articles on flowers, plants, and garden design.  We offer many varieties including British Gardens, Garden Design, Flowers, Country Gardens, Horticultural, Succulents, and Sunset, to name a few.

We always look forward to receiving those magazines that members have read but now linger on bookshelves or in corners.  Consider sharing yours!

Master Gardener Table 2017-2018

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).

Please stop by to take advantage of our free handouts and publications, or to answer your gardening questions. You may also call the MG Hotline M-F 9:00-3:00 at 858-822-6910.

Member Garden Tours 2017-2018

Priscilla Moxley

Zonia Buton


Gardens, locations, and dates to be announced.


Photography Captains:
Lisa Bartzakas
Dianne Holmes
Marge Palmer

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 Captain.  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 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.


Plant Exchange

Linda Bienhoff
Clara Blenis
Suzanne Thomas

 The Plant 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 Plant Exchange Table.  With the exception of December and March, our table will be available at every monthly meeting, from September to May.

From the Treasurer:

FISCAL YEAR JULY 1, 2017 THRU JUNE 30, 2018  

Your 2017-2018 Treasury Team consists of:

Cindy Lococo as Treasurer
Barbara Doren  as Accounts Receivable/responsible for bank deposits received through our Club post office box.

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,, 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