Temecula Valley Garden Club Programs for 2018/2019

September 11, 2018

Program:  Skyhunters Raptor Rehabilitation Center

Speaker:  Nancy Conney

Nancy Conney has devoted the past 25 years to the care and preservation of raptors who have become ill, injured or orphaned. She spent 10 years with Project Wildlife before forming Skyhunters Raptor Rehabilitation and Education in 1996. Skyhunters, a 501 (c)3 non-profit organization, operates with a volunteer staff and is funded primarily through donations and its Community Outreach programs.

October 9, 2018

Program:  The Tree Whisperer

Speaker:  Gary Walker

Gary Walker, aka, the Tree Whisperer, has been passionately involved with Nature, and in particular trees, all his life.  A personal friend and student of Dr. Alex Shigo, the world's preeminent arborist, Gary has been featured in both print and digital media and had his own radio show on trees and gardens. His web site is: 

November 13, 2018

Program:  Protea Growers

Speaker:  Mel Resendiz 

In early 1977, Ismael ("Mel") Resendiz and his brothers Porfirio, Raul and Ramon immigrated to California and began their careers in the floral industry.  Since much of their background had been in farming in various parts of Mexico, it was natural for the brothers to pursue farming opportunities.  Mel took a temporary position working as a farmhand at Zorro Protea Farms in the hills east of Rancho Santa Fe and soon realized his passion for flowers and plants - particularly South African and Australian varieties.

"Resendiz Brothers Protea Growers LLC was etablished in 1999 with a passion for growing exotic flowers and a commitment to providing customers with the highest quality products and service. With decades of farming experience in California's ideal Mediterranean climate, we delight in growing spectacular flowers for customers who demand unique and creative floral options. What began as a business focused on proteas has grown into a "boutique" - type flower farm offering a vast selection of the most distinctive American Grown flowers. In addition to proteas, we now cultivate more than 350 varieties of flowers and foliages, and our selection continues to grow!"

There are links to several videos here:

December 11, 2018

Program:  Holiday Entertainment and Potluck Luncheon, also Craft and Bake Sale


January 8, 2019

Program:  Curator of Horticulture San Diego Zoo Safari Park

Speaker:  Linda Post

Not only is the San Diego Zoo Safari Park one of the top wildlife breeding and conservation facilities in the world, it is also a world-renowned botanical garden. The Safari Park’s horticulture department cares for 1,750,000 plant specimens spanning 1,800 acres.  San Diego Zoo Global is working to conserve not only endangered animals, but endangered plants as well.

February 12, 2019

Program:  Time to Start Preparing for Our Flower Show

Speaker:  Presented by the Flower Show Committee

March 12, 2019

Program:  Monarch  Butterflies

Speaker:  Susie Vanderlip

Love Monarch Butterflies? So does Susie Vanderlip, Monarch Butterfly Citizen Scientist! She will share with us “Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Monarch Butterflies!”. You will be entertained by her enthusiasm and her beautiful photos, intriguing video and amusing anecdotes about Monarch life cycle AND how to attract them to YOUR garden this spring and summer!

April 9, 2019

Program:  Beekeeping      Speaker:  Chris Cullen
(This is a last minute change.  Our scheduled speaker listed below needed to cancel.)

Program:  Landscape Designer

Speaker:  Linda McDonald

This is Linda's plan ....                                                      for this property

Linda McDonald has lived in Temecula for over 30 years now, and is a past member of both the TV Garden Club and Temecula Rose Society, now a Landscape Designer after receiving her certificate in Landscape Architecture ten years ago from Mira Costa College. Although somewhat of an expert on drought tolerant plants, her expertise encompasses many types of plants from roses and herbs to edibles and ornamentals.  I am “big” on organic gardening, bringing in beneficial insects, planting “butterfly” gardens and believe in gardening WITH nature. Everything Linda will mention is adapted to our climate zone.

May 14, 2019

Program:  Fire Resistant Landscaping and Preparedness

Speaker:  Rebecca Levers

Rebecca Levers - Becky, a UCCE Riverside Master Gardener and California Native Plant Society member will share her knowledge of fire-resistant landscaping and how to keep your home safe during our prolonged fire season here in California. Steps to prepare your family, pets and home for evacuation will also be discussed.

June 11, 2019

Program:  Recognition of TVGC outgoing officers and Installation of TVGC incoming officers.  End of year buffet luncheon.
“ The Year in Review” video presentation created by Bob Boyd.

2017/18 Year

September 2017


Program:  Penny Pines U.S. Forest Service

Speaker:  Jason Sieg

Where do our Penny Pines donations go?  U.S. Forest Service Agent will present information on this worthy cause.

Our club members continue to generously support the Penny Pines Reforestation Program to maintain existing tree stands and improve wildlife habitat or replant burned or otherwise damaged forests in the Cleveland National Forest and other areas.  This is done through monthly donations and gifts to honor special people and in memory of loved ones.  We have received awards from CGCI for our generous donations and the number of plantations purchased in a calendar year.  

Plantations are important for watershed protection, soil stabilization, shade for recreation areas, and scenic beauty. For more details, go to 

U.S. Forest Service:



October 2017

Program:  Specialty Coffee:  A New Crop for Temecula Valley

Speaker:  Linda Mullins 

Linda Mullins is the owner of the first Temecula Coffee Farm.  They planted 800 coffee plants in October 2015 and hope to have their first crop of beans in the summer of 2018.  Linda will tell their journey to that first cup of coffee.


November 2017 

Program:  Pacific Crest Trail

Speaker:  Al O’Neal

Al O’Neal will present commentary and photos of his 2,658 mile route through some of the most beautiful natural landscapes of the American West along the Pacific Crest Trail.  Al’s journey was featured in the Korean Documentary, “Journey on Foot.”


December 2017


Program:  Holiday Entertainment and Luncheon

Member Pot Luck Luncheon and a celebration of the holiday spirit.


January 2018 

Program:  Temecula Berry Company

Speaker:  Farmer Mike Graesser

Mike is the son of Ray and Kathy Graesser, who began farming here in Temecula in 1977.  Ray and Kathy planted a 30 acre avocado grove on the west side of town and then started the blueberry farm in the late 1990’s.  Mike will present the Berry Company’s journey to success. 


February 2018

Program:  Flower Show Chairman

Speaker:  Susan Puma

Susan Puma will provide information on entering items into our flower show and the Flower Show and Plant Sale schedule.


March 2018

Program:  Creating a Backyard Wildlife Habitat   

Speaker:  Ann Platzer 

Ann is a Riverside County Master Gardener and will present a checklist of how to create a wildlife habitat in your own backyard.


April 2018 


Program:  Keys Creek Lavender Farm

Speaker:  Tristan 

Tristan will provide a presentation on the Keys Creek Lavender Farm. 


May 2018



Program:  Mountain Meadow Mushroom Farms, Inc.

Speaker:  David Barnes

David Barnes is a General Manager at Mountain Meadow Mushroom Farms, Inc. he will provide insight on how mushrooms are grown for commercial production. 


June 2018

Program:  Recognition of TVGC outgoing officers and Installation of TVGC incoming officers.  End of year buffet luncheon.


2016/17 Year
September 2016 Program: Certified Earth Friendly Garden 
Speaker: Dawn Standke 
Dawn Standke, a Master Gardener from San Diego Speakers Bureau, will present the checklist needed to have your garden Certified as Earth Friendly. She will provide the checklist and if you meet the criteria, she can certify your garden. She will sell signs you may put in your yard to let the community know you are certified. 
October 2016 Program: Butterfly Habitats 
Speaker: Pat Flannagan 
Pat Flannagan from Butterfly Farms in Vista, California, will provide information on butterflies and their habitats. 
November 2016 Program: Plants for Soap 
Speaker: Jeremy Pearson 
Jeremy Pearson, owner of The Land of Milk and Honey, will provide information on growing plants and keeping bees to make soap products he sells at the area Farmer’s Markets. He will be selling some of his creams and soaps before and after the meeting.
December 2016 Program: Holiday Entertainment and Luncheon 
Children's Choir and Member Pot Luck Luncheon and a celebration of the holiday spirit. 
January 2017 Program: Backyard Barn Owls 
Speaker: Bert Kersey 
Bert and Sharon Kersey from Backyard Barn Owls will provide information on owls and their habitat. They will bring an owl nesting box and a video to sell before and after the meeting. 
February 2017 Program: Flower Show Chairman 
Speaker: Debra Jones 
Debra Jones will provide information on entering items into our flower show and the Flower Show and Plant Sale schedule.
March 2017 Program:  Grapes, Vines, Drought, and the Ecosystem
Speaker: Greg Pennyroyal, Wilson Creek Winery 
Greg will provide information on growing grapes during drought, pests affecting vines and the ecosystem created.  

April 2017 Program: Pumice Products for Soil 
Speaker: Lexi Petelski 
Lexi Petelski, Co-Owner of General Pumice Products, will talk about pumice and how it improves growability of soils, saves water, acts as an aeration system, retains moisture and holds nutrients at the root zone of plants. Their products are available for purchase online at 
May 2017 Program: Growing and Using Lavender 
Speaker: Jack and Carrie Bauer 
Jack and Carrie from Sycamore Lavender Farm will provide information on how to grow and use lavender in the Temecula Valley.
June 2017 Program: Recognition of TVGC outgoing officers and Installation of TVGC incoming officers. End of year buffet luncheon.

2015/16 Year 
September 8, 2015   Jacob's House, a Home Away from Home -Linda Mejia Jacob's House is an independent hospital hospitality house in Temecula that provides temporary housing for family members who live outside the community and who have a loved one hospitalized nearby, suffering a traumatic medical life event or crisis. Linda will share her own and other stories that ultimately inspired her commitment to this valuable community resource. Our club has committed to providing assistance for development of the water-wise garden project at Jacob's House. 
October 13, 2015   Under the Spell of Succulents -Jeff Moore Looking to save water? Hoping to create beauty? Wanting ease of cultivation? Look no more…the incredible world of succulents is about to be presented to you. Jeff Moore, owner of Solana Succulents and author of "Under the Spell of Succulents", will take you on a journey, sharing his love and knowledge of these diverse and fascinating plants. Jeff will have his book available to sell and sign for you as well as plants from his Solana Beach nursery. 
November 10, 2015   Soil - It's a Living Organism -Gisele Schoniger So many of our yards here in Temecula Valley have been scraped, compressed and otherwise compromised. Gisele Schoniger, Organic Gardening educator for Kellogg's Garden Products, will speak on how the use of compost and organic matter and mulching will help to maximize and conserve water use along with a wealth of other very practical ways to improve on our gardening practices to bring our soil back to life! She will also bring various samples for us to try in our own gardens. 
December 8, 2015   Holiday Entertainment and Luncheon Pot Luck Luncheon and a celebration of the holiday spirit
January 12, 2016   Table Settings and Flower Arrangements 101 -Debra Jones Debra, our Flower Show Chairwoman, will present basics of design. We all committed to participation in our flower show when we voted to have one this year. Debra will take away the hesitation we sometimes feel when we attempt something new and help us channel our talents into beautiful entries for our gift to the community. 
February 9, 2016  Herbs - a Culinary Adventure -Jean Weiss Herbs may have ancient roots but they are not a thing of the past. As more people travel the world, enjoy ethnic and regional foods and watch TV cooking shows, a huge resurgence of interest in diverse culinary herbs has occurred. Jean Weiss, reference librarian for the University of California at Riverside, a long time volunteer at UCR Botanic Gardens and lifetime Master Gardener, will share her knowledge and love of the beauty and power of herbs. 
March 8, 2016   Cacti and Succulents - Staging for Success -Debra Jones and Linda Powell Debra Jones will share some tips to help you prepare your plants for the upcoming April Flower Show. Attractive containers, proper grooming, and healthy plants all contribute to a winning combination. Linda Powell will show some of the interesting tools of the trade to groom and present to the best advantage. 
April 12, 2016   Fairy Gardens - a Little World of Enchantment -Vanessa Andrade Magic toadstools... Pixie dust... Elves and Fairies hiding in the woodland glen... Such is the enchanted world of Fairy Gardens. Vanessa Andrade, owner of Garden Moonlight, will help you create your own special, secret garden filled with magic! Let your imagination run wild!!! 
May 10, 2016   Create a Butterfly Friendly Container Garden -Susan Cline Plants can serve multiple purposes in your garden. They can give us beauty as well as provide a home and nourishment to birds, bees and butterflies… and many are water efficient as well!!! TVGC member Susan Cline is a UCCE Master Gardener with a special interest in butterfly friendly landscapes. She will create a container garden that not only is butterfly friendly, but will explain the basics of host and nectar plants. Also on this day will the presentation of our annual scholarship to a deserving student. 
June 14, 2016  Recognition of TVGC outgoing officers and installation of TVGC incoming officers, as well as the End-of-year luncheon buffet