March 2016



MEETING PLACE: Tuesday, March 22, 2016
Los Altos Lutheran Church
LUNCHEON BEGINS: 11:45 a.m. -- bring your salads 11:15 to 11:30
PLANNED PROGRAM: 1:30 P.M. and don’t forget to pay your dues for 2016-2017 . . .

PLANNED PROGRAM: We are beyond thrilled to welcome back Matt Wood, AIFD, PFCI, who will “Make it Pretty with Permanent Botanicals.” Matt continues the tradition of Southern graciousness, naturalness and abundance from the garden (and faux garden) while employing the latest trends to make his designs unique. He is a fabulous floral designer who has as much fun making the arrangements as we do watching and listening to him. Oh, boy, this is going to be good! This month’s program was developed by Judy Hogan and JoAnne Connelly. Visitors are welcome to attend. There is a $10 fee for guests.

SALAD LUNCHEON: Our Salad Luncheon is always our most popular meeting. Bring your special salad to serve at least six between 11:15 and 11:30. Please remember to bring your plate, silverware and coffee cup. If you are bringing a guest, remember a plate etc. for him/her – there is a fee of $10 for each guest. MEMBERS WITH MARCH BIRTHDAYS, PLEASE BRING LOTS OF COOKIES/DESSERTS – you don’t have to bring a salad unless you want to do so. If you haven’t signed up to attend the luncheon, or are bringing additional guests, call Marguerite Appling or Joy Stewart. If you have signed up but find you won’t be able to attend after all, let Marguerite or Joy know.

FLOWER ARRANGEMENTS: No flower arrangements this month. Carol Press

JOINING THE GARDEN CLUB: We always welcome new members to the Garden Club of Los Altos. New members may join at the March meeting (for the year beginning April 1) after paying their guest fee of $10 for the March meeting

MEMBERSHIP DUES: Nancy Brubaker (our new membership chair) will have a table set up at the March meeting for collecting dues from renewing members. If you would prefer to pay your membership dues by mail instead of paying at the meeting, starting now, please send your $25 check ($40 for a family membership), payable to Garden Club of Los Altos, to Membership Chairman Nancy Brubaker, to renew your membership for 2016-2017. Thanks. Please pay your dues as early as possible – we want everyone to get in the directory this year!

2016 SCHOLARSHIP: We made a net $188 from the Garden Treasures sale at the February meeting. Liana Cauz, Scholarship Chairman.

FEBRUARY FERTILIZER SALE: We made a net $204 at our February Fertilizer Sale. We have some left that we will sell at the April Plant Sale. Thanks, Pat Ley

HISTORY MUSEUM GARDEN HELPERS: We are working on Thursdays, from 9-11. If you would like to join us, please call Ellie Moll , and I will add you to my email list to be notified of our work plans. We chat as we work and quite often we learn something new from one another.

ALONG THE GARDEN PATH is where we have strolled together these past two years, and it has been my delight to serve as Club president. You have been wonderful companions as we have enjoyed many garden-related activities at meetings and as we have volunteered to promote civic beauty in our community. One of our favorite meetings is just around the corner – the March Salad Luncheon. This is such a joyous occasion to be with friends and new acquaintances while partaking of our delicious salads and desserts. Please join me in thanking the Hospitality team of Marguerite Appling, Joy Stewart, Miriam Pedrotti and Lenora Cruse for their dedication to graciously serving members for many years! I look forward to seeing you March 22. Betty Ward

NEW OFFICERS: The following officers were nominated and approved by a vote of the members present at the February meeting. The newly elected officers will be installed at the Garden Club of Los Altos March meeting. President: Pat Ley Vice President/Programs: Judy Hogan Treasurer: Barbara Capron Recording Secretary: Marilyn Mc Alpine Corresponding Secretary: Susan Trost

PLANT SALE, APRIL MEETING: April Plant Sale sign-ups will be available at the March luncheon. This is a good way to meet members and get a good look at the plants as they arrive. Also, take a look at your perennials as it is a good time to divide them for the plant sale. What a good start they are getting with all this rain. This is such a fun fund-raising event which we have twice a year. Any questions, call Susan Moss

SPRING PLANT EXCHANGE: The Spring Plant Exchange will be held Saturday, April 30, at Hillview Community Center from 10 a.m. to noon. We will have sign ups at the March meeting for members to help at the exchange. Betty Lee and Liz Calhoon

MEMBERS GARDEN TOUR: The Spring Members’ Garden Tour is scheduled for Thursday, May 26th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. We have some lovely gardens to tour. Tickets will be sold at the April and May meetings for $15 each. Tickets bought on the day of the tour will be $20. Volunteers are needed on tour days at each garden for 2 ½ hour shifts. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Sue Becker or Kris Gulesserian. Thanks.

APRIL BOARD MEETING: The April Board Meeting on Monday, April 4, 2016, at 2 p.m. will be hosted by Kris Gulesserian, Ellie Moll and Chris Gilbrech at Kris’ home. Please call Kris, Ellie, or Chris if you will not be able to attend.


 PAT LEY’S ART AT THE LOS ALTOS MAIN LIBRARY – THE MONTH OF MARCH. The Los Altos Main Public Library on San Antonio Road has an “Art Wall” on which is displayed the art works of local residents. This display is changed monthly. During March the art on the wall will be framed oil-on-canvas landscape paintings by Pat Ley. All are for sale.

SAN FRANCISCO FLOWER AND GARDEN SHOW: March 16 – 20, 2016 at the San Mateo Event Center, Saratoga Drive, San Mateo. Hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tickets may be ordered online through their website or bought early (at a discount!) at different nurseries - including Summer Winds

11TH ANNUAL TOWER CHAPEL TULIP EXHIBITION: Friday, March 18 – Sunday, March 20, 2016, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. This exhibition showcases spectacular floral arrangements that feature tulips and are created by Bay Area florists, garden clubs and college floral design classes. Visit any time between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. during the three-day event. Each day at 2 p.m., you are invited to enjoy a special floral arrangement demonstration. The address is 5000 Piedmont Avenue, Oakland CA 94611

BOUQUETS TO ART at the deYoung Museum, Golden Gate Park, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, San Francisco, with Exhibition viewing hours: Tuesday, April 5 – Sunday, April 10. For more information and to purchase tickets: or (1-415) 750-3504.

GOING NATIVE GARDEN TOUR - Get ideas for water-wise gardens and learn how to attract birds and butterflies. Some gardens have talks, and some have plants for sale. Saturday, April 9, for northern gardens (Sunnyvale to San Mateo) and Sunday, April 10, for southern gardens (Cupertino to Morgan Hill). Both days are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free, but register at

SPRING GARDEN MARKET presented by Master Gardeners of Santa Clara County will be held on Saturday, April 16, this year at History San Jose, 1650 Senter Road San Jose, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be many varieties of tomatoes, peppers, ornamentals and herbs for sale, many that are not available locally. Arrive early for the best selection! Look at the website for a list and description of all the varieties available. Throughout the day Master Gardeners will give talks on garden topics. There will be a Green Elephant Sale with reasonably-priced garden-related items. Vendors will be selling all types of plants and tools and garden-related items. Bring cash or check only!!! For more information, go to

GAMBLE GARDEN SPRING TOUR - Friday, April 29, and Saturday, April 30, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tour private Palo Alto gardens; marketplace and plant sale. Tickets and information: (650) 329-1356 or

CALIFORNIA NATIVE PLANT SOCIETY (CNPS) Native plant sale is Saturday, April 30, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. at Hidden Villa Preserve, 26870 Moody Road, Los Altos Hills. More information at Parking is free