From Our 2018 - 2019 Programs
The May meeting was the club’s last activity together before the summer break. After a pot luck luncheon, members visited with friends new and old. Former SRGC Presidents were honored, and the outgoing officers were thanked for their service. The new officers for the upcoming year were installed.
At the March meeting, Lea Goode-Harris, spoke about “Labyrinths in the Garden.” She talked about the history of labyrinths and showed us photos of her installations of the Santa Rosa Labyrinth, the SNOOPY™ Labyrinth at the Charles M. Schultz Museum. She showed us many beautiful labyrinths built with a wide variety of construction techniques and natural materials.
Also at the March meeting, we celebrated the 70th Anniversary of the Santa Rosa Garden Club with hats and cake!
In February, we heard about "Bugs in Our Gardens". The talk focused on the typical insects we find in Sonoma County and what they mean to our gardens. Some are pests, some are beneficials, and some are just doing their jobs in the environment, neither helping nor hurting our gardening efforts. Some are pests at one life stage and beautiful additions to gardens in another. The talk was given by Diane Kenworthy, with input from Anne Lowings, Laura Southworth, and Kathleen Fitzgerald-Orr. These ladies are all Master Gardeners with advanced training in Integrated Pest Management. They are also insect experts.
In January, Sandy Metzger showed us how, with a little sanding, paint, glue and screws, you can turn a found item into a unique piece of art for your garden. Her PowerPoint presentation showed a whole host of different types of second hand items and their wonderful transformations.
For our December Holiday Party, the Bethlehem Tower Choir under the direction of Gloriann Lindberg performed for us as we enjoyed our lunch from Chloe's Cafe and snacked on the wonderful gingerbread and rice crispy men and women. Members brought samples of their beautiful crafts for display. Wonderful centerpiece houses were auctioned off, and many wonderful prizes were given out at the raffle. It was a festive day to celebrate the holiday season with friends.
From Our 2017 - 2018 Programs
In April, Jani Weaver, of Garden Weaver Design, a manager of The Nursery at Emerisa Gardens, and a Sonoma County Master Gardener, spoke to us about conifers and their use in our gardens. She literally brought a truckload of plants with her as examples, and showed us how to pair up the conifers with other plants in the garden. It was a new look at conifers for all of us.
For our March program, Mary Frost, a past president of the Santa Rosa Garden Club, presented tips to keep container gardens healthy and thriving. Additional information can be found on her web site: www.thegardeningtutor.net
The November presentation was a talk by Diane Kenworthy and Kathleen Fitzgerald-Orr on Healthy Gardens, and focused on the best sustainable practices for home gardeners to prevent and solve garden problems.
Our October meeting gave us a chance to catch up with each other, wrap our arms around each other, and practice the fellowship of gardening after the horrific events of the prior several weeks.
For our September meeting, Veronica Bowers, Director of California Native Songbird Care & Conservation (NSCC), presented a slide show on songbirds and garden choices which allow them to thrive. With careful native plant choices, our gardens can be a haven for native birds too as well as a recharge station for migratory birds and a nesting area for overwintering birds. For more information on her organization, visit nativesongbirdcare.org