We loved Kren Rasmussen’s Autumn arrangements last October! Now, he will show us Christmas with pizzazz! Kren will leave you breathless as we watch him make arrangements as fast as he can talk. If you haven’t yet visited Bloomster’s, a fabulous florist and gift shop, you are in for a real treat. Bloomster’s is located at 5945 Almaden Expressway, San Jose -- in Old Almaden Plaza. They are open everyday except Sunday. Guests are welcome for this special program - fee is $10. Judy Hogan, Program Chair
AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT... we welcome Ken McCloud, who will discuss “Saving Endangered Flora and Fauna” based on his experience in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; where he tracked and caught smugglers of endangered flora and fauna during his 31 years as a special agent - including 10 years as a deep undercover agent who infiltrated smuggling cartels including wildlife, drugs and the child sex trade. Ken was the first (and so far only) agent to capture and convict Cycad and Orchid smugglers. After any new discovery of a plant, the next year all specimens will be GONE - taken by poachers and smugglers; the more endangered a plant or animal, the greater the value to poachers. As a herpetologist, Ken will discuss the endangered reptiles being smuggled in to the U.S. as well as warm blooded animals, too. Ken says his wife, Rose, has raised everything he confiscates as evidence in their home - from tiger, lion, leopard and jaguar cubs to Komodo dragons and Australian death adders with no mortalities. I have asked Rose to come listen to the talk - she is tiny in stature but tougher than she looks.
Since retirement, Ken has been active in the Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA as a major crimes investigator for over 6 years - he still participates in emergencies such as freeing a rattlesnake entwined in string. Currently, Ken works for Larry Ellison’s Pacific Animal Initiatives (PAI) at their Endangered and Imperiled Species Facility. He is active with Behring Global Educations Foundation (BGEF) designing new wildlife conservation educational museums in China and ten other countries. This is going to be GOOD! Guests are welcome to attend - fee is $5. Judy Hogan, Program Chair
An entertaining, educational and sensory delight awaits us with Ted Kipping’s talk on “Symphonies in Chartreuse”. Ted Kipping is well known in horticultural circles for the past 35 years and is a coveted speaker and expert in all things botanical. “Chartreuse, until recently has been the neglected and unwanted stepchild in the garden with it’s electric-acid shades shifting somewhere between yellow and green. However, horticulturally, we are now much more sophisticated in our appreciation of the different and unusual." “Symphonies in Chartreuse” is a visual celebration with music showing how adventurous gardeners have incorporated this amazing shade of green into their landscapes. Some hues are temporarily observed in the developmental stages of normal growth; others are distinctly in this color range throughout their splendid vegetal lives - found in trees, shrubs, bulbs, vines, annuals and perennials. Mr. Kipping studied Natural History at Columbia University, then went to work at Strybing Arboretum (now San Francisco Botanical Garden) in Golden Gate Park. There, he worked with a broad range of plants and his interest in trees and shrubs grew. In 1976 he started his own tree-trimming enterprise, Tree Shapers. He has studied in Japan to learn the art of Aesthetic Pruning and became known as the “go-to” person for pruning. An avid naturalist and member of numerous horticultural societies, his is also well known for his photography and “Family Potlucks” featuring visually beautiful programs with guest speakers from all over the globe. Guests are welcome to attend - fee is $5. Judy Hogan, Program Chair
Photo credit: http://www.westernhort.org/speakers_201604.html
What fun! We welcome Pete Veilleux of East Bay Wilds to speak on the “FAB FOUR: Buckwheat, Ceanothus, Manzanita and Sage” at our June meeting. Pete started a garden service in 2004 which morphed into East Bay Wilds - he began propagating native plants to use in his landscaping business and people began clamoring for the plants. Eat Bay Wilds specializes in the use of native-plant material for residential and commercial self-sustaining landscapes. Pete will bring some of the “fab four” plants to illustrate his talk and they will be available for sale after the meeting - cash or check only! He may also bring a few of East Bay Wilds’ own plant introductions. East Bay Wilds is located at 2777 Foothill Blvd in Oakland - if you’d like to visit, phone him @ 510-409-5858 to make an appt, as he is usually out in the field. In addition to plants, there are benches, planters, antiques, etc for sale at the nursery.
Guests are welcome to attend - fee is $5. Judy Hogan, Program Chair
PLANNEDPROGRAM/SPEAKER: What’s your favorite butterfly? Monarch, of course! Our May speaker, Eleanor Laney, spent February in Michoacan, Mexico, viewing millions of Monarch butterflies. She will discuss how we, as individuals, can HELP SAVE THE MONARCH BUTTERFLY as well as other pollinators in our gardens. She will bring some milkweed seed, the monarch’s preferred nectar, for us to plant in our gardens.
Visitors are welcome to attend - fee is $5. Judy Hogan, Program Chair
”Trees for Difficult Situations”: Am I the only one who has had trees die of Oak Root Fungus? Am I the only one who has planted a tree in what turned out to be the supremely wrong spot? Will the tree grow where I want it to grow it? These and other questions will be answered by certified arborist Kevin Raftery at our April Meeting. Kevin will cover types of trees to plant in 5 problem areas - and will bring actual samples. A long-time arborist in the area, Kevin has taught at Foothill College and leads occasional “tree walks” in Palo Alto. He knew “Trees of Los Altos” before there was a book. Guests are welcome for this program - fee is $5 for non-members. Judy Hogan, Program Chair
”Floral Design for an Exuberant Spring” is the topic for our March program. We welcome Steven Brown, AIFD, Chair of the Environmental Horticulture & Floristry Department at City College of San Francisco and 3 of their star floral design students. We will learn what’s new and new again in arranging flowers. Don’t miss this wonderful treat!
Guests are welcome for this program - fee is $10. Judy Hogan, Program Chair
How to Choose Containers and What to Plant in Them! Laura Nagle will instruct us on how to do just that! She is the owner of Every Bloomin’ Thing, a container gardening service that that creates seasonal displays for residences and businesses. A Master Gardener since 2008, she completed the Landscape Architecture certificate program through UC Berkeley in 2006. Laura has also taught classes on growing vegetables, drought tolerant gardening and garden design for homeowners. She has been an avid gardener for over 25 years with a particular interest in almost anything that has flowers.
Guests are welcome for this program - fee is $5. Judy Hogan, Program Chair
SO, what’s good about GLOBAL WARMING? Rod Hogan, a Master Gardener in Douglas County, Nevada will answer this question. His growing season is now 100 days; no longer 90 days that has been the norm for years. He became interested in the local advantages and changes that are occurring due to the changing climate. His study of what is happening in the Lake Tahoe area makes for an entertaining view of what is/can be disastrous elsewhere, is actually beneficial locally. Rod likes to take a different perspective on what “everybody” thinks - there is always another angle that is being ignored. Guests are welcome for this program - fee is $5. Judy Hogan, Program Chair
Come and watch Kren Rasmussen from Bloomster's, create some unique holiday arrangements at the October Tea Meeting. Kren's designs go from whimsical to romantic to Holy Cow! If you haven't yet visited Bloomster's, a fabulous florist and gift shop, you are in for a real treat. Guests are welcome for this special program - fee is $10. Program developed by Judy Hogan.
Photo credit: https://www.facebook.com/bloomsters/photos
This month's speaker, Toni Gattone, has a motto: “YOU CAN GARDEN FOR LIFE!” When the Loma Prieta earthquake hit in 1989, Toni decided to leave the corporate world behind and begin her home-based business, Toni Gattone & Associates, specializing in selling tools and garden accessories to retail garden centers throughout California. Toni became a Marin Master Gardener in 2011. She was asked to be the their Public Seminars co-chair for 2 years; soon after she began presenting seminars to gardeners, garden clubs, senior groups and nurseries. “You Can Garden for Life” is her favorite passion to share with gardeners everywhere. Program developed by Judy Hogan; visitors are welcome - fee is $5.
Photo credit: http://tonigattone.com
Arts and Crafts Show
Presented by our own members. Join us before the meeting (12:15 -12:45 PM) for nibbles and converse with the Artists. You will hear a short presentation from each participant, then you will have a chance to view their art and chat with the artists at their tables. The show will end at 3:00 PM. Program was developed by Linda Caprini. Visitors are welcome to attend with a guest fee of $5.
We welcome Laura Balaoro, presenting “Gardening with Succulents in Santa Clara County”. Laura will cover many topics: where and how to plant succulents in the garden; sun and light exposure; heat and frost tolerance; common pests and pathogens; propagation methods. She will bring in samples of succulents to show species that do well in shade/indoors as well as specimens that do well in full sun. These samples will comprise our Plant Give-a-way a`er the meeting!! Laura is an avid gardener and Landscape Designer in San Jose, California as well as a certified Master Gardener. One of her greatest passions is spending time consulting and coaching her clients to find success in their own gardens.
Program was developed by Liz Calhoon. Visitors are welcome to attend - fee is $5.
Photo credit: http://laurabalaoro.com/
BONSAI FOR BEGINNERS! We are delighted to welcome Gordon Deeg, of the Kusamura Bonsai Club of Palo Alto, to discuss the general principles of growing bonsai AND to show us how to go from a potted juniper from a local nursery to a baby bonsai! Gordon will donate the new bonsai to our plant giveaway. Judy Hogan
Visitors are welcome to attend - fee is $5.
Photo credit http://www.7x7.com/
"Flower Portraits in the Romantic Style"
Martin Johnson Heade
Connor Lausen, will present paintings of the mid-1800’s to the end of the century by Martin Johnson Heade(1819-1904).
Orchids and hummingbirds were often included in his charming and dreamy style of painting.
Some outdoor scenes of his landscapes in New England and Florida have also been described as similar to the Hudson River Style.
MATT WOOD, AIDF
Make it Pretty with Permanent Botanicals
Matt Wood is a past president of the American Institute of Floral Designers and long-time professional floral design instructor and consultant to many companies in the floral industry.
Matt Wood was raised in a small town in Mississippi and has been inspired by the lush natural scenery of America’s Southern states. His personal mission has long been to bring the field of permanent botanicals into a new light. He is an exceptional designer and his sense of color and texture, breathe life into the permanent botanicals he spends so much of his time creating in factories around the world.
You can grow all the varieties you really want by starting your own vegetable seeds. You may want to buy new vegetable varieties or disease-resistant plants but can’t find them in the garden center!
Different methods of starting your own seeds will be covered as well as soil, light, water, plant nutrition, diseases and insects that can affect your seedling germination and growth.
This program was developed by Betty Ward.
Guests are welcome. Fee $5.00
It was with an optimistic spirit that Edwin Gamble, a son of the co~founder of Proctor & Gamble, led his family from their Kentucky farm to California.
In 1902 they established a new home in Palo Alto near Stanford University. Elizabeth, one of the four children, after living in the family home her entire life, left the house and garden to the City of Palo Alto.
In 1985 a group of energized citizens convinced the city to allow them to spearhead the revitalization of the property as a public garden with a horticultural and educational mission.
Their optimism and hard work paid off; and now, thirty years later, 'Gamble Garden: Landscape of Optimism' celebrates the value of this community centerpiece, a model for urban residential space.
Susan Woodman and Jane Stocklin will chronicle the family journey, the development of a successful non-profit, and the publication of the book "Gamble Garden: Landscape of Optimism".
Susan Woodman will be available to sign books after the program. The book (hardcover, 200 photographs, 136 pages, 8 1/2 x 11) sells for $40 + tax. All proceeds benefit the Gamble Garden. Payment is accepted through cash, check, or credit card.
Patricia Knight is member of the Garden Club of Los Altos. She was born in England and has a degree in English and European History. She emigrated to Massachusetts with her husband in 1960. Always a keen gardener she gained a landscape certificate in Boston. She is also a long time member of the San Francisco Ceramic Circle and the Western Horticultural Society. She is a fan of new technology and is the webmaster for both WHS and the Garden Club of Los Altos
Her plant interests include Mediterrean climate plants and the drought resistant plants of Australia and South Africa. Having drawn a spray of blackberries to pass her art exam at Oxford at the age of 16 she came to understand the challenge of botanical drawing and the attention to detail it entails.
In her talk she will review the role of botany in the 18th century. The outcome of explorations and the part played by North America will be discussed as well as the work of the great scientists, Carl Linneaus and Georg Oeder.
The changing landscape of the great estates, the research at botanical centers such as the Chelsea Physic Garden, and the popular interest in horticulture led to books illustrated with botanical prints by Georg Ehret and to the Botanical magazine published by William Curtis. As a result botanical decoration became fashionable and this will be illustrated with examples from Meissen, Chelsea, Derby, the Royal Danish porcelain factory and on the profusion of botanical wares seen in the 18th and early 19th centuries.
Mellisa Lyssand is the owner of The Botanist, a floral shop on State Street in Los Altos.
She organizes flower arranging workshops and has an array of interesting plants.
You can follow her on facebook under The Botanist.
Her style is is organic and natural, and she like letting the flowers speak for themselves
This talk will be presented by Toby Goldberg of the Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society. She will explain how to create a healthy habitat to attract birds, and give us some hints on how to identify them.
Toby became a bird watcher while earning her Bachelors degree in Biology at Stanford, and then continued her studies for a Master's degree in Ecology at U.C Santa Barbara. She has been at the Audubon Society since 2006, and frequently talks to gardeners about how to attract birds to their gardens, along with leading field trips for school children and adult groups, organizing volunteers at the Audubon Society, and editing a bi-monthly newsletter.
This Program was organized by Liz Calhoon.
Kathleen will bring along some of her favorite tools for pruning
I worked and eventually managed a retail nursery for ten years before starting my own business almost four years ago. One of my responsibilities as manager was ordering all the plants, at first I would take the availability list and go through it looking up every plant I didn't know in the Sunset Western Garden book. It really forced me to become knowledgeable about plants I wasn't familiar with. I was also taking a plant I.D. class at the time so I would order plants we were studying that week.
My business name is "Kathleen Putnam Horticultural Service" specializing in organic edibles, although I also do ornamentals for some clients. I don't have a favorite tree, each situation is so different. There are some individual trees I love though. One of my clients has the most beautiful arbutus. I also love coming upon an old abandoned fruit orchard and seeing how well the trees are doing.