Garden Club – February 2012

The guest speaker at our January meeting held the attendees transfixed as he described the inorganic farm he has created at a golf course, selling fresh veggies to the Montage, Chapman University, the Claremont Colleges, and individual customers.

It’s Officer Election Time: The Garden Club’s next meeting will be held at noon on Monday, February 20 in the Shores ClubHouse. Nominations and election for the offices of president, vice-president, treasurer, secretary and membership chair will be held. All Club members are urged to attend. In addition, a Garden Workshop will take place during which members will exchange gardening tips and ideas, and do’s and don’ts.

Field Trip: Lastly members, can sign up for a tour to Descanso Gardens. The cost for the bus and tour is expected to be in the $25-$30 range. Lunch is available on the grounds. Developed by E. Manchester Boddy, publisher of the one-time LA News, as his family rancho, including a 22 room mansion, the 150 acre botanical park is now operated by the Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation. Descanso Gardens boasts the nation’s largest collection of camellia plants, receiving an award of Excellence by the International Camellia Society. If you enjoy Japanese gardens, Descanso’s five acre garden will sooth your senses. If roses are your thing, Descanso has more than 3,000 of them. Other beautiful sections include the Lilac Garden, the Iris Garden, and hundreds of huge coastal live oaks.

Need Help? How are you pruning roses and fruit trees? Armstrong Garden Centers offer free Saturday morning classes on how to do it correctly. No pre-registration is required. Find out particulars at There are two stores in our area: in San Juan Capistrano on Del Obispo, and in Laguna Niguel on Golden Lantern.


Glossary of Gardening Terms:

Seed Packet: An expensive envelope with a pretty picture containing 99.9% air.

Vigorous Grower: A plant with a demented compulsion to take over the neighborhood.

Hoeing: A manual method of severing roots from stems of newly planted flowers and vegetables.

“You can bury a lot of troubles digging in the dirt.” – Anon

-Morry Meadow