TVGC Projects

Civic Beautification

Temecula Valley Garden Club seeks opportunities to provide environmental landscape design and education.  In past years we did projects such as coordinating the the garden restoration project for the entrance garden at Jacob’s House, 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.

This project was led by our community service chairperson Susan Puma.  Our community partners helped to remove their old, overgrown landscaping and replace it with lush, water wise plants, trees and landscape materials and a new irrigation system.  Click on Jacob’s House to see photos and videos of the planting by Waterwise Botanicals.

In 2019-20, we are seeking to plant trees in public areas that need them. The TVGC has selected the City of Murrieta to receive the first tree. The chairperson is Faye Wons. 

On October 9, 2019, Temecula Valley Garden Club donated a Coastal Live Oak to the City of Murrieta. Members of the Garden Club were on hand, with George Moring and Park Maintenance Personnel, to plant the tree. Faye / Whitey Wons worked with the City of Murrieta to place the tree for the Garden Club. Quercus agrifolia, the California live oak or coast live oak, is a highly variable, often shrubby evergreen oak tree, a type of live oak, native to the California.

The 36 inch box required some heavy equipment and a large hole, prepared by the Parks Maintenance Personnel from the City of Murrieta.

Community Service

The Club will continue its community service projects in the 2019-2020 program year.  One of these is the Grow It and Give It program which we began in 2009.  Members donate excess produce from their gardens or bring canned and packaged food to our monthly meetings.  All donations are delivered to a local food pantry to help those in need.  

In addition to our ongoing projects, this year we will continue to focus on Youth Gardening projects.  Our goal is to help establish sustainable gardens and teach wise gardening practices to local youth groups, to yield a harvest of produce, and to provide a healthy habitat for our pollinators.

One of the new major projects the club will focus on this year is the publication of a series of booklets for local residents providing gardening information specific to the Temecula Valley. The first booklet will be a guide to selecting the best trees for residential planting. Other booklets will be on topics such as using native plants in  landscape design, selecting low maintenance and drought tolerant plants suitable for our area, and how to create a healthy garden wildlife habitat. The committee member leading the project is Ruth Lozano.


Conservation and the Environment

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 donations collected at our monthly meetings 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.  The chairperson is Valerie Berry. 

If you would like to donate $68.00 for a "Plantation", please download the form attached to this page (scroll down to the bottom of this light green section), complete the form and bring it to a meeting or mail it to the address on the form.

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



Monthly meeting programs, guided field tours, and workshops are activities that increase the knowledge of our members.  These activities are planned by our TVGC members.  The chairpersons are Susan Cline and Susan Corey (Programs), Lesley Gjedde and Marlene Voll (Trips and Tours), and Master Gardeners Christine Curtis and Janice Rosner have planned Educational Workshops for members and the public.

Our Club website and Facebook page offer a wealth of information, including articles and links to other sites.  Members and visitors can find information on upcoming events, all aspects of horticulture, floral design, conservation and the environment.  The website administrator is Patricia Boyd, and Jeanne Roberts is our Facebook Administrator. 

At our monthly meetings we have a Master Gardener’s table where members can find answers to their gardening questions.  Members are encouraged to attend educational programs and conferences sponsored by CGCI and other organizations.

See the Workshops page for a list of Educational Workshops open to the public, as well as fun Craft Workshops.

Floral Design

Members are encouraged to attend the Floral Design Forums presented by CGCI Palomar District.  The meetings are held at the Shinoda Design Center in San Diego.  Members and designers exhibit their designs and creativity.  The CGCI chairperson is Alma Lyon.  We have also incorporated floral design into workshops for members to prepare them for entering floral designs at the accredited Flower Show.


Flower and Plant Show

The TVGC Flower Show will be Saturday, May 2, 2020, at the Temecula Community Recreation Center.  Our Flower Show Committee has selected the theme Beauty in the eye of the beholder...a Gardener’s VISION”.  You can catch a “Glimpse” of the masterful creations and imaginations of club members and public alike. For your “viewing” pleasure. TVGC follows the gold standard for Flower Shows, to ensure the very best presentation of design, horticulture, botanical art, and educational exhibits possible. National Garden Club accredited judges carefully select winners whose entries best represent their category. Be sure to “look ” around the opportunity drawing and plant sale for something special to take home.

This Standard Flower Show features horticulture, floral and table designs, youth gardening, and photography exhibits.  It provides the community a gift from the Garden Club showing all the exhibitions with an emphasis on conservation of our natural resources, as well as showing what grows successfully here in the Temecula Valley.  The Flower Show chairperson is Sheri Whitton.  For more detail and entry forms, go to the Flower Show page.


Youth Gardening

For the past several years, TVGC has assisted local schools in the development and planting of vegetable gardens and education related to plants and floral design.  The children learn a love of gardening and knowledge about food sources.  Many children have exhibited floral designs and other garden related projects at the Flower Show.  This year’s community service projects will focus on educating our youth to grow and maintain sustainable gardens and create a natural habitat for years to come.  The chairperson is Judy Sundermann.

Judy is leading workshops at Rancho Damacitas.  For more information go to the Rancho Damacitas page.

In fall of 2017, Judy and her committee began working with the second-grade classes twice a month at E. Hale Curran Elementary School in Murrieta.
Go to our Facebook page and search for pics of some of our projects:

"Our project at E. Hale Curran Elementary School has been a great experience for all our volunteers. We introduced very eager second grade students to many aspects of gardening, including growing plants from seeds and cuttings, floral design, and starting a vegetable and butterfly garden. In return we got lots of hugs and smiles. I want to thank all the members for their support, ideas and help with supplies -soup cans, beads, pine cones, dried rose petals, dried flowers, etc. Because of your help we were able to provide educational projects that were also fun."  --Judy Sundermann - Committee Chair

September 2018 Update:  "The kids are back in school!!! We will begin our school visits in late September at the 
Susan LaVorgna Elementary School in Winchester in a before school program. We will be meeting with the students there once a week and helping the students revive the school garden that’s been neglected many years."

October 2018 Update: "We will be working with 24 kids in a before school program at Vintage Hills Elementary in Temecula.   We will have PTA parents helping us."

December 2018 Update:  "Our projects at the elementary schools are going very well. We installed sixteen ollas to help with the watering at E. Hale Curran and planted our winter crop. At LaVorgna Elementary we have planted three of the beds with vegetables and are preparing a bed for several varieties of Iris. Vintage Hills has been great to work with. We have support from their PTA for tools and materials and have planted three of the beds. Rabbits have been a problem but new fencing should be in shortly. It is really great to see the interest of the students at all the schools. Our projects have been successful because of all the help from club members. In October we used over 800 succulent cuttings for the 250 pumpkin cans the children made."

April 2019 Update:  "We try to do the same projects with all three schools. We are seeing the fruits of their labor.  Broccoli, Kale and Chinese Cabbage are thriving.  Pea vines have flowers and onions are sprinkled throughout.  New plantings include strawberries, carrots, radishes, tomatoes, zucchini, and sunflowers. The children are learning about growing plants from seeds, cuttings, and division, and about seasonal vegetables and flowers. 

September 2019 Update:  The students are back in school and we will start our garden programs in late September. Our committee began preparing materials for our lessons at our first workshop in July. We prepared cans for the dried floral design project and the Halloween themed cans that will be planted with succulents.

February 2020 Update:  January has been a great month for school gardens. The rain and mild weather has nurtured the winter vegetables and flowers that have been planted at La Vorgna Elementary and E. Hale Curran Elementary. We should have a good harvest of onions, radishes, carrots, spinach, cauliflower, lettuce, swiss chard, kale and peas in the near future. The students also planted sweet peas, pansies, pinks, sunflowers and snapdragons to attract pollinators to the gardens.

Please continue to save Progresso soup cans, 16oz and the small cat food cans. For the floral design lessons we need dried materials, such as Lily of the Nile, Statice, Baby’s Breath and the pods from the Fortnight Lily.

Volunteers are needed to help with these educational and fun youth activities.



For a number of years, the Club has offered a scholarship to students studying in fields related to horticulture and other areas consistent with the goals of TVGC.  The scholarship is presented to the chosen recipient at our May general meeting.  The chairpersons are Chris Curtis and Janice Rosner.


NGC and CGCI Products

The following is a list of products available to purchase through the websites of the state and national organizations: 

National Gardener Magazine 
Handbook for Flower Show
Creative Flower Arranging
Outlines of Period Floral Arrangement
Creative Floral Design – Step by Step
Essence of Creativity
Stewards of the Land – A Survey of Landscape
Architecture and Design in America

Patricia Boyd,
Mar 3, 2018, 11:00 PM
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