Palomar District/CGCI/NGC

This page contains information for the district, state, and national organizations. Note that if there is any change to these schedules, the info here may not be correct.  It would be wise to check their websites.  (Links are located in the footer of every page.)

Note:  All Events for Spring of 2020 are Cancelled

CGCI Palomar District Meetings


September 30-October 3:  CGCI Fall Board Meeting 
Red Lion Inn, Redding, CA 
Host:  Cascade District 

September 18-20:  NGC Fall Board Meeting

October 14, Palomar District Fall Meeting
Casa Del Prado Room 104, Balboa Park, San Diego
Host: Chula Vista Garden Club


January 20-21, 2020:  Gardening School Course 1  
Sponsor: Chula Vista Garden Club, Chula Vista 
Chairman:  Michael Biedenbender

January 22-23, 2020:  Gardening School Course 2 
Sponsor: by Chula Vista Garden Club, Chula Vista 
Chairman:  Michael Biedenbender

February 3-6:  CGCI Winter Board Meeting 
Host:  Costa Verde District

February 17, 2020:  Palomar District Winter Membership Meeting 
Host: San Carlos Garden Club 
St. Dunstan's Episcopal Church Community Room 
6556 Park Ridge Blvd. San Diego, CA 92120 
9:30 am  Doors Open   10:00 am Meeting begins 12 noon Lunch is served 
Cost:  $25.00  reservation deadline Feb. 10th

Program:  "Earthquakes in San Diego" -- Presented by Dr. Pat Abbott, PHD, a world renown geologist, earthquake expert and author.  

WHO SHOULD ATTEND:  All district officers and chairman, all club presidents (or their designated representative) and all club delegates.  All club members are invited to attend.

April 27-30:  Pacific Region Convention 
Silverton, OR

April 30-May 2: PRGC Post Convention Tour

May 11-16:  NGC Convention 
Milwaukee, WI

May 25-26:  Judges Council Flower Show (at the Convention)

May 26-30: CGCI Convention 
Co-Hosts:  Santa Clara Valley & Bay Ocean Districts 
Embassy Suites, South San Francisco

July 13-14, 2020:  Gardening School Course 3 
Sponsor: Chula Vista Garden Club, Chula Vista 
Chairman:  Michael Biedenbender

July 15-16, 2020:  Gardening School Course 4 
Sponsor: Chula Vista Garden Club, Chula Vista 
Chairman:  Michael Biedenbender


TBA:  CGCI Fall Board Meeting 
Host:  Sacramento River Valley District

CGCI Floral Design Forum Calendar  (Schedule subject to change)

The forum meets the first Monday of each month from October – May at 12:00 pm at Shinoda Design Center, 7170 Miramar Road, San Diego, CA 92121-2316

Fees: $70 for all 8 programs season pass (save $50 off non-member session tickets)
Or $12 per session for NGC/CGCI members. Or $15 per session for 

Objective: To bring the finest floral designers to San Diego County; promote appreciation of floral art forms; develop skills in critiquing floral art; improve individual skills for in home floral decorating; learn skills for flower show exhibition; encourage members to enter flower shows and promote floral arts in the community. The forum is open to anyone interested in floral design.

Questions:  Contact Chairman, George Speer, 30861 Saddleback Rd, Valley Center, CA  92082-3848


September 15, 2019 -FREE Special "Christmas Show” at Shinoda Design Center, San Diego. Sunday, 10 AM to 3 PM.
Watch while Kevin Ylvisaker, AIFD, PFCI, Smithers Oasis floral products design director creates fresh and silk designs to get your creative plans flowing with products off the shelves. Notice: FREE

October 7, 2019 - The Family Proteaceae by the Resendiz Bros. Protea Growers.
Designer, cut flowers, arrangements and plants. Learn, enjoy and take home.

November 4, 2019 - Robert L. Gordon AIFD, Ornamental Horticulture Professor and Garden Club member for many years; is joined by George Speer, NGC Master Judge to answer "Are there still differences between Professional and Garden Club designs?"

December 2, 2019 - Rene van Rems, AIFD, Dutch born designer, author and educator. He is the world-renowned ambassador of the floral industry.
Rene presents European Holiday Designing. He will entertain, educate and inspire. Don't miss this one. Register to reserve your seat, they are limited.

January 6, 2020 - "How'd they do that?" Special Educational Program featuring wonderful NGC Judges/teachers, demonstrating the ins and outs of design mechanics, backgrounds, underlayments, containers/non-containers, etc. Start the year off right. 

February 3, 2020 - Dale Rekus from Point Loma Garden Club, a competitive designer (SD Fair's Top Ten) with an eye for being his own man with style. New to our stage. 

March 2, 2020 - “FLOWER POWER” Our most popular program. Watch as 5 local college student designers race against the clock to complete a Surprise Package design from material, container and theme. Then, like a 3 ring circus, they show a “signature design,” a “round robin” and then a “wrap up” design. 

Note:  All Events for Spring of 2020 are Cancelled

April 6, 2020 - Mitsuko Takeya, Master Instructor O'Hara School of Ikebana. Enjoy the simplicity, meaning and grace of her designs. We are pleased that Mitsuko could fit us in between her many classes.

May 4, 2020 - The "Grand Finale" is to be determined.

Reminder, that California Garden Club Inc. members are able to shop at Shinoda Design Center with a pass obtained by your club President. You will have to pay sales tax at the time of purchase. Applications available at their web site.