January 2016


WEB SITE: www.gardencluboflosaltos.org

MEETING PLACE: Tuesday, January 26, 2016
Los Altos Lutheran Church
460 S. El Monte Avenue, Los Altos
PROGRAM: 1:30 p.m.

PLANNED PROGRAM: Our Garden Club program on January 26th will be “The Revolving Wheel: California’s Changing View of Gardens, from 1800 to Present Day”

Our presenter will be Pat Knight, one of our members, who is well known for her expertise in gardening and her intellectual approach to its various aspects. This program fits perfectly with the Club’s current emphasis on drought awareness and our need to rethink our gardens to keep them alive and beautiful in a changing climate.

Visitors are welcome to attend the program. The guest fee is $5.

HOSPITALITY: January birthdays, please remember your cookies or fruit/veggie plate. November and December birthdays --- you may want to bring your cookies to this meeting. Remember to be green – bring your own mug. Marguerite Appling

FLOWER ARRANGEMENTS: For the January meeting, since there is almost nothing blooming in our gardens, have fun designing a bouquet with an interesting form using evergreens, seed pods, dried berries, and unusual branches. To accent the creation, use flowers from TJ’s or other grocery stores if you think it would add to your creation. Or you can design something to your own liking.

New flower arrangers get up your courage and be a presenter. Please remember to write your name on the sign-up sheet by the stage. Carol Press

NOW’S YOUR CHANCE! Do you have ideas for improving the Garden Club? Is there a “tweak” you would like to see? Are you bored vacationing and shopping (hah!)? Now’s your chance to do a good deed AND express yourself. We need a new president, a vice-president/program chairman, recording secretary (maybe), membership chairman, web master, hospitality chairman and a new scholarship chairman. It’s a new year – try something new – volunteer with the Garden Club! Contact Liz Calhoon, Liana Cauz or Linda Freed.

CONTRUCTION HAS FINISHED AT CHURCH – we can enter our usual doors again.

SEMPERVIRENS FUND: The Garden Club has helped plant 3 new seedling redwoods with the Sempervirens Fund at Big Basin Redwoods State Park. We used the proceeds from our October Tea “pass the basket” collection. Thanks so much for you generosity. Linda Caprini

Welcome to our new member: Tatiana Azarenok

I am delighted to wish all of you a very Happy New Year! Winter has already brought cloudy and rainy days with rainbows and glorious sunrises and sunsets as well as many sunny, crystal clear, frosty mornings! Hopefully, our gardens will begin to thrive again as more rain arrives in the coming months. Here are a few quotes to begin the New Year: “To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow” – Audrey Hepburn; “Where flowers bloom so does hope” – Lady Bird Johnson; “Earth laughs in flowers” – Ralph Waldo Emerson; and “we can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses” – Abraham Lincoln. I look forward to seeing everyone at our first meeting in 2016 on Tuesday, January 26th! Betty Ward

FEBRUARY BOARD MEETING: The February Board meeting will be at 2:00 p.m., February 1, at Priscilla Sturm’s house. Co-hosts are Judy Hogan and Joy Stewart. Please call Priscilla, Judy or Joy if you will not be able to attend.

FERTILIZER SALE: We will have a fertilizer sale in February. Details will be in the February newsletter. Pat Ley.

FEBRURY GARDEN TREASURES SALE: In February, we will once more have our Garden Treasures Sale to benefit our 2016 Scholarship. Do you have a New Year’s resolution to dispose of some possessions? We want “gardeny” items -- books, vases, linens, etc.

UPCOMING EVENTS: DeAnza Rhododendron Society Meeting, January 20, 2016, at Hillview Community Center, 97 Hillview Avenue, Room 12, Los Altos at 7:00 p.m. will have Japanese Maple expert Arnie Cornez demonstrate pruning and shaping Japanese Maples. He will show how to use various tools to train the growth and enhance the beauty of these elegant trees. Arnie Cornez teaches at the Foothill College Horticultural Department, is a docent at Hakone Gardens in Saratoga and does pruning for Gamble Gardens in Palo Alto. FREE