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.)

CGCI Palomar District Meetings

October 18-22, 2021
CGCI Fall Board Meeting, via Zoom

February 7-9, 2022
CGCI Winter Board Meeting, Van Nuys
Chairman: Rita Desilets

April 25-27, 2022
Pacific Region Annual Convention
Las Vegas, Nevada

June 6-10, 2022
CGCI Annual Convention
San Diego
Chairman: Sharon Tooley

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 Mira Mesa Presbyterian Church, 8081 Mira Mesa Blvd., San Diego, 92126.

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 
We are now able to process your credit card for any payment. Cash and checks still accepted. Mail to George Speer, 30861 Saddleback Rd, Valley Center, CA  92082.

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

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.  The San Diego location is closed permanently but the Santa Ana location is open.

October 4: Betty Patterson del Sol. Local college Floriculture instructor and manages the Floral area of the San Diego Fair. She leads off our season of celebrating the world of Floral Design. She has been teaching during the Pandemic. What has she learned? Learn, enjoy and be inspired.

November 1: Robert L. Gordon AIFD Ornamental Horticulture Professor and Garden Club member for many years; is joined by George Speer, NGC Master Judge to answer “What is the difference between Professional and Garden Club designs and can we keep our hands off the others’ style?”

December 6:  Susi Gillum, NGC Master Flower Show Judge, Highly sought after design demonstrator and workshop leader in the Northern California area.

January 3: “Shane Looper, Master NGC Judge Jumped at the chance to hit the Designing Trail, after serving as CGCI President for the last two years.

February 7: Here Comes the Crowd of Designers This maybe your chance to score a special, unusual or a “one of a kind” container or arrangement from one of the areas wonderful designers. They are looking to lower their inventory. Don’t miss this program.

March 7: Noel Tribby, Welcome Back AIFD floral designer, Nation-wide.special events and does the end-cap designs at Shinoda Center, Santa Ana. Always educational, entertaining and inspiring.

April 4: “FLOWER POWER” Our most popular Program. Watch as 4 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.

May 2: The “Grand Finale” is 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.