The Village Garden Club of La Jolla

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This Month's Meeting:

september 27, 2018


“The Gardens of Brécy; A Lasting Landscape”

SPEAKER: Eric T. Haskell, PhD
garden history


The Chateau of Brécy is located in France near the Normandy coast. Although designed by an unknown architect, its gardens have been compared to those of Versailles. They were extensively renovated and reopened in the 1990s. Our speaker, Eric Haskell, has produced a definitive book on the gardens.

Eric Haskell received his PhD in French Literature from the University of California, Irvine, and is Professor Emeritus of French Studies and Interdisciplinary Inquiry, and Director Emeritus of the Clark Humanities Museum of Scripps College. His publications in English and in French cover a wide range of topics from garden history to 19th century poetry. He is a frequent guest lecturer, having delivered over 550 public lectures and scholarly papers both nationally and internationally, at venues ranging from the J. Paul Getty Museum to New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art and from Harvard University to the University of Paris. In 2000, he was the keynote speaker for the Millennium Meeting of Garden Clubs of America. Two of France’s highest honors have been bestowed upon Dr. Haskell – Knight of the Order of Arts & Letters and Knight of the Order of Academic Palms (the most prestigious honor for academics in France). At Scripps College he teaches a course entitled “Sites of Seduction: Aesthetic Contexts of the French Garden.”

Club Happenings and Information

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 not yet 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.

What is Your Favorite Thing About Our Club?

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?"

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.

Please look for our table at the September meeting! 

-Robin Vandever, Chair

By Popular Demand!

Here is Lois Stanton's Recipe for Sesame Cheese Wafers

Learn More about the Schoolyard Gardening Grants Program