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.  www.jacobshousetemecula.org

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.


Community Service

The Club will continue its community service projects in the 2017-2018 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.

  

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 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.  The chairperson is Barbara Hayes. 

Plantations are important for watershed protection, soil stabilization, shade for recreation areas, and scenic beauty. For more details, go to http://californiagardenclubs.com/pennypines 

 

Education

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 Jeanne Roberts (Programs), Karolyn Marr (Trips and Tours) and Mona Modica (Workshops).

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.

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.


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 Flower Show.

 

Flower and Plant Show

The TVGC Flower Show will be Saturday, April 14, 2018, at the Temecula Community Recreation Center.  Our Flower Show Committee has selected “Songs of the Garden” for the theme.  This Standard Flower Show is judged by National Garden Club accredited judges and 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 Committee is Susan Puma, Cheryl Torres, Carol Guerard, Ann Mousner, and 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 once a week at Rancho Damacitas, a group home for foster children.  For more information go to the Rancho Damacitas page.

In fall of 2017, Judy and her committee will begin working with the second-grade classes twice a month at E. Hale Curran Elementary School in Murrieta.

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

 

Scholarships

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 chairperson is Alma Lyon.

 

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