Temecula Valley Garden Club

TVGC Activities for December 2023

Tuesday, December 12, 2023, 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

General Membership Meeting
Temecula Community Recreation Center

30875 Rancho Vista Rd, Temecula, CA 92592

PROGRAM: Diana Drummey will be creating holiday floral designs, 

which will be raffled off to our members.

To learn more about Diana, go to the Programs/Speakers page. 

We will also have selected items for sale from the Holiday Boutique.

Potluck lunch!

Note:  We have a temporary venue change starting in January. 

The Temecula Community Recreation Center (CRC) will be having some construction done on the floor. 

Don’t worry - it will be done in time for us to have the Flower Show at the CRC in May. 

However, we must move our monthly meetings beginning in January to a new location.

The city has found us another venue which is the Temecula Community Center (TCC). 

Therefore, our January through June monthly meetings will be at the TCC.

The address is:

Temecula Community Center

28816 Pujol Street

Temecula, CA 92590

Kate Ensign will be handling the Grow It and Give It program and be delivering our donations each month

to the Murrieta United Methodist Church Food Pantry. 

So, please check your pantry for any extra canned or packaged food and bring it to the meeting.

Or bring any excess produce from your garden.

Guests are always Welcome

Trips and Tours 

Chairperson:  RONNA KIVISTO

Tuesday, December 19, 2023

Rodger’s Gardens in Newport Beach

We are thinking of renting a van to take us. 

The cost will be $25.00 per person which includes the rental and gas.

The van can only hold 15 people so there will be a signup

sheet at our October meeting. The first 15 people who

sign up and pay will secure a spot in the van.

The van is full, but a couple people will drive their cars
and take passengers.  Or you can drive yourself.

 We hope you will join us.  

Please let Ronna know, as lunch will be available in their restaurant.

Go to the Trips and Tours page for more info.

CGCI Floral Design Forum

December 4, 2023 Betty Patterson del Sol, instructor leader in SD Fair comes to share Winter Design ideas.

January 8, 2024 Jon Martinez, Professional, lead designer  Pacific Events. Creative learning.
Don’t miss his fast paced, ever changing ideas.

For more details, go to the Palomar District page.

Let Ruth Lozano know if you want to attend.

Cookbooks are for sale.

Recipes provided by TVGC members.

This loose leaf bound book contains a collection of “tried and true” recipes
first compiled in 2006. They range from appetizers, beverages,
soups, salads, sides, main dishes, desserts, cookies and candy.
Plus the book cleverly incorporates a handy cook book stand stored inside on the binder rings.

Members can purchase cookbooks from Carol Guerard.
Cookbooks are for sale to the public in Old Town Temecula at
Temecula Olive Oil Company, 28653 Old Town Front Street.

If you wish to join TVGC, go to the Membership page and download the application form.


The first of TVGC’s Gardening Booklets is available for sale for $5 each. 

The booklet lists trees that grow readily in the Temecula Valley, along with beautiful color photos,

and much information about each species and a location where you can see a real tree of each variety. 

The second booklet on Shrubs for our area is available for $6 each.

These beautiful booklets make great gifts.

 Tree Care

This is from a past Master Gardener Workshop.  This and more can be found at:


June 11, 2022 

Speaker: John Huddleston, Owner, Precision Tree Experts

Trees are valuable! Did you know that a healthy and well-placed tree with a good structure could be worth tens of thousands of dollars...sometimes hundreds of thousands?! And think about the wildlife, aesthetics, and shade trees bring to the landscape. According to the study, the right amount of tree cover can lower summer daytime temperatures by as much as 10 degrees Fahrenheit. Let's discuss how to keep our trees healthy in this drought period and beyond.

Workshop Handouts: Practical guide to tree trimming | Waterwise tree care

Workshop Replay 


Riverside County Master Gardeners

Here is the link to their website, which contains a huge amount of information and links to other resources:


They also have a Facebook page:   https://www.facebook.com/ucmgriversidecounty/ 

The West County Events e-Blast is published monthly by the UC Master Gardeners of Riverside County.
Articles highlight upcoming events of Master Gardener Volunteers throughout the western and southern areas of Riverside County.

Great info on MG Training Classes AND Home Gardening Basics

Click on the following link to take you to the archives,
and if you are interested, you can register to receive the e-Blast monthly via your email:


The Master Gardener e-Blast and website includes information on websites and videos of interest to gardeners,
and garden tips for the current month

Classes, workshops, schedule of Master Gardeners at Farmers' Markets, and more.

Master Gardener Workshops

Western Municipal Water District partners with the University of California, Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources, 

University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) Master Gardener Program of Riverside County

 to host FREE monthly workshops that focus on gardening and efficient outdoor water use.

Workshops are hosted on the second Saturday of each month.  

Many of the past presentations can be replayed from the website:

March 10, 2023

Speaker: Kathy Steckman

Home Composting — Build a five-star hotel for your worms!

For a replay of this workshop, click on this link:  https://youtu.be/6ciBwfO_cA4 

Vermicompost has a number of benefits. 

Learn the ins and outs of home composting and what an enormous difference it can make in your own home garden. 

Healthy soil holds more water than a nutrient deficient soil. 

This is an easy money and water-saving practice available to all. 

Learn how to create and maintain your own five-star hotel for worms and many other beneficial bugs.


Saturday, Nov. 11, 2023 | 10 a.m.

Speaker: Linda Powell


Succulents are among the easiest plants to grow in our challenging Inland Empire.
Their needs are undemanding and once met will reward you with exciting colors, shapes and textures not found in other plant species. 

In our Saturday workshop, we will explore these tough and tolerant survivors. 

You will learn what succulents are and how and why you should plant them.

 In addition, ideas to grow succulents in your landscape as well as using the plants in decorative container gardens will be covered. 

Many popular succulents that grow well in Riverside County will be discussed.

Register for this Workshop 

Upcoming in-person Workshops:

Upcoming Events at Temecula Valley Rose Society


TVRS Monthly Member Program

Date:  Third Thursday of the Month,      Time: 10:00 a.m.

Place: Temecula Library, Community Room, 30600 Pauba Rd., Temecula

(note:  there may be an occasional change)

Refreshments and socializing start at 10am and our program will start at 10:30 a.m. 

Guests are welcome!

Please check out our Newsletter at our website for more information about this month's Member Meeting
and for monthly tips and features on roses, as well as
Frank Brines’, Master Consulting Rosarian, monthly column, ”Rose Care FUNdamentals”
at https://www.temeculavalleyrosesociety.org/

Rose Haven Heritage Garden 30th Anniversary

Offering an Opportunity for you to “Help Us Grow Our Garden”

In 2020 the Temecula Valley Rose Society kicked off a fundraising campaign to support our 3-year

master plan for renovations, improvements and new features to the Garden. We are excited to

announce a significant new addition, the Boos Courtyard Labyrinth, which will include a 24’ walking

labyrinth encircled with 220 commemorative engraved Donor Bricks. This is an outstanding

opportunity for members of our community to join the “Help Us Grow Our Garden” campaign,

be recognized as a donor, and become a permanent part of this enchanting Garden.

Order Online: www.thatsmybrick.com/temeculars

Families in the Garden will continue their third Saturday of the month programs.

(hiatus during June, July, and August)

Families in the Garden programs are held at Rose Haven garden at

30592 Jedediah Smith Rd in Temecula in the Tree of Life garden area.

@ 9:30-10:30am

Any questions or additional info: Alicia R. Cline at 951-234-2218



https://www.facebook.com/temecula.rosesociety  (I don't know why they have 2 FB pages.)

To view the "2022-23 Year in Review" Photo Presentation by Bob Boyd, go to


To view the "2021-22 Year in Review" Photo Presentation by Bob Boyd, go to


For 2020-21, the COVID pandemic curtailed most in-person gatherings.

As things began to open up... on May 11, 2021, three TVGC members opened their Gardens for a tour.

Here is a  link to some video taken by Bob Boyd that day: 


At our End of Year meeting in June 2021, (via Zoom), members were shown 

'A Virtual Flower Show' prepared by Susan Puma and Bob Boyd, 

featuring 150 beautiful photos submitted by TVGC members of their plants 

growing in their own gardens. 

You can view the Flower Show on You Tube at any time by clicking this link: 


To view the "2018-19 Year in Review" Photo Presentation by Bob Boyd, go to


To view the "2017-18 Year in Review" Photo Presentation by Bob Boyd, go to


To view the "2016-17 Year in Review" Photo Presentation by Bob Boyd, go to


To view photos of the Flower Show and Sale, go to


Introducing New Invitation Card

for members to hand out to prospective new members

"a convenient tool to spread our seeds, cultivate our passion, and grow our membership"