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2019-2020 Programs

Please join us the 3rd Wednesday of each month, unless otherwise noted, from September through June at 9:45 am:
  9:45 - 10:30 Business Meeting
10:30 - 11:00 Social Time
11:00 - 12:00 Program
Program updates are posted on this webpage as details are finalized. We meet at St. Gregory's Episcopal Church in the Parish Hall, and we would love to see you there:
St. Gregory's Episcopal Church
6201 E. Willow St. (Willow & Palo Verde)
Long Beach, CA 90815
September 18, 2019
Celebrate 50 Years of El Dorado Nature Center, 1969 to 2019
Speaker Meaghan O'Neill, Department of Park, Recreation and Maring Community Services, Supervisor for El Dorado Park
September 25, 2019
Costa Verde District (CVD) General Meeting at South Coast Botanic Garden (SCBG) 9:30 AM $2 Fee
October 14, 2019 10-12:30 PM
Succulent Decorated Pumpkins Workshop
Bring clippers, glue gun and any special succulents from home
$10 worshop fee includes succulents and pumpkins
October 16, 2019
Beneficial Waterwise Plants for your Garden.
Speaker Sara Saxonberg, Master Gardener, South Coast Botanic Garden
November 20, 2019
Program TBD
December 18, 2019
Holiday Floral Arrangement Make and Take
Traditional Potluck Luncheon and Plant Raffle
January 15, 2020
Surfrider Foundation's "Ocean Friendly Gardens"
Speaker Kai Craig, Chairman of OFG for Long Beach Chapter of Surfrider Foundation and Whitney Redfield, Huntington Beach/Seal Beach Chapter
February 3 to 5, 2020
California Garden Clubs Inc (CGCI) Winter Board Meeting
Long Beach Queen Mary
February 19, 2020
Tool Time - Choosing and Caring for Our Garden Tools
Speaker Hilda Guytan, Los Angeles County Master Gardener
March 4, 2020
Costa Verde District General Meeting at South Coast Botanic Garden 9:30 AM  $2 Fee
March 25, 2020
What's New in Floral Design? plus Make and Take Spring Bouquet
Speaker: Gudy Kimmel, National Garden Club Floral Design Show Judge
April 15, 2020
Cancelled due to social distancing directives from LA County and Long Beach Health Authorities
May 20, 2020
Plants are My Passion Speaker Julie James, Herbalist and owner of Green Wisdom in Long Beach
June 3, 2020
Costa Verde District General Meeting at South Coast Botanic Garden 9:30 AM $5 Fee
June 17, 2020
Summer in Our Gardens

2018-2019 Programs

September 19, 2018
Growing Our World, Greening Our Communities Program by the National Garden Club
October 17, 2018
Planting Fall Vegetables (Speaker from Long Beach Armstrong)
November 14, 2018 (Note Date Change)
Create a Special Garden Room (Speaker: Connie Vadheim)
Costa Verde District (CVD) Holiday Meeting, South Coast Botanical Gardens (SCBG) Details/Date TBD
December 19, 2018
Annual Holiday Celebration & Potluck
We will be making rosemary wreaths for St. Gregory's Holiday Food Baskets 
January 16, 2019
January Gardening Tips and Transplanting Techniquies (Speaker Yvonne Savio)
Yvonne Savio will discuss what to do in the garden at this chilly time of year, answering questions and demonstrating transplanting techniques
We will be looking for Nominating Committee volunteers to select the 2019-2021 LBGC Officers
February 20, 2019
Horticulture Talk: Ferns (Speaker, Rose Robinson LBGC Life Member)
2019-2021 Nominating Committee introduced
Costa Verde District (CVD) Spring Meeting, South Coast Botanical Gardens (SCBG) March 6, 2019
March 20, 2019
Bees are Back: Just Plant and They Will Come
April 17, 2019
Spring Flower Basket Make and Take (Leader: Gudy Kimmel, Chair CVD CGCI)
Please bring a basket @8 inches in diameter
Nominees for 2019-2021 term presented
May 15, 2019
Penny Pines Program (Speaker: USFS Angeles National Forest representative)
Election of 2019-2021 LBGC Officiers
June 26, 2019  (Note Date Change)
Annual End of the Year Celebration Potluck
2019-2021 Officer Installation

2017-2018 Programs

September 20, 2017
Club member Lynda DeWitt will share her passion for aeroponics tower gardens, growing plants without soil.
October 11 Costa Verde District (CVD) Meeting, South Coast Botanic Gardens (SCBG) Classroom B10-12
"Everything is Coming Up Roses." (Social Time 9:30AM, Business 10AM, Program 11AM)
October 18, 2017
Birds in our gardens: identify feathered visitors and provide food water and habitat
October 27 & 28, 2017 CGCI Tri-Refresher Workshop
Reimagining the Existing Garden
LBGC is hosting a workshop for National Garden Club consultants to renew their certificates in the areas of Environmental Studies, Landscape Design and Gardening Study. Two days of lectures will cover uses of a garden, how to define a vision for your garden, organizing a strategy for achieving your goals, materials used in landscape design, among other topics 
Instructors from the Theodore Payne Foundation, Long Beach City College, Association of Professional Landscape Designers, the National Garden Clubs, Inc. and CSU Dominguez Hills
LBGC members and the public are welcome to attend.
November 15, 2017
Design, Installation and Maintenance of Indoor Plants
Kathy Arnold, president of Tropicare, an interior landscaping company
December 6, 2017 Costa Verde District (CVD) Meeting, South Coast Botanic Gardens (SCBG)
"Holiday Celebration and Fashion Show" (10AM - 1 PM) Bring a dish for the potluck and $5 facility fee.  Meet at St. Gregory's at 9:20 to carpool 
December 13, 2017  NOTE DATE CHANGE
Garden Therapy, an important project of the National Garden Club
Martha Smyser, California Garden Club Executive Board Member
We will be making garden gifts to be delivered to local assisted living homes
Holiday Celebration & Potluck
January 17, 2018
Jorge Ochoa, Department Chair of Horticulture at Long Beach City College
February 21, 2018
Much ado about orchids, Gary Putnam VP of the Long Beach Amateur Orchid Society
(LBAOS Annual Orchid Auction to be held at St. Gregory's Episcopal Church, March 12, 2018 6:00 PM for more information contact:
March 7, 2018 Costa Verde District (CVD) Meeting, South Coast Botanical Gardens (SCBG) Classroom B10-12
"Clivias" (Social Time 9:30AM, Business 10AM, Program 11AM)
March 21, 2018
A Chef’s Garden
This will be a 1 hour presentation beginning at 10:45 a.m.
April 18, 2018
Member’s Gardens Tour & Potluck Lunch
The LBGC General Meeting will be held at St. Gregory's at 9:45 followed by a tour of member gardens and a potluck lunch at the final garden on the tour.
May 16, 2018
English Gardening in LA (
Yvonne Savio, retired LA Master Gardener Coordinator UC Davis Cooperative Extension, will share her experiences in England, presenting techniques to use in Southern California, including Cottage Gardening and organic sustainable gardening.
May 30, 2018 Costa Verde District (CVD) Meeting, South Coast Botanical Gardens (SCBG) Classroom B10-12
(Social Time 9:30AM, Business 10AM, Program 11AM)
June 6, 2018 Costa Verde District (CVD) Meeting, South Coast Botanical Gardens (SCBG) Classroom B10-12
(Social Time 9:30AM, Business 10AM, Program 11AM)
June 20, 2018
Growing Heirloom Tomatoes
Wendy Ferguson, Tomato Babies
Program will be followed by Officer Installation & End of the Year Celebration Potluck

2016-2017 Programs

September 21, 2016
Topic: Successful Gardening with Native Plants
Erika Olemann, El Dorado Nature Center naturalist
October 19, 2016
Topic: Garden Soils
Elaine Tubinis, Landscaper
November 16, 2016
Topic: Composting for the Curious yet Cautious
December 14, 2016 NOTE DATE CHANGE
Holiday Celebration/Potluck
January 18, 2017
Topic: Wild Flora and Fauna of Griffith Park
Jorge Ochoa,Department Chair of Horticulture at Long Beach City College
February 15, 2017
Topic: Native California Plants and Uses
Connie Vadheim, Adjunct Professor of Biology emeritus,
California State University Dominguez Hills & Head Gardener, Mother Nature’s Backyard
March 15, 2017
Topic: Spring is Blooming: Floral Design
Gudy Kimmel, CGCI Flower Show Schools Director & CVD District Director
April 19, 2017
Topic: Irises
Derry Gerald, Orange County Master Gardener
May 17, 2017
Gathering of Gardens LBGC non-judged Horticultural Event
June 21, 2017       
Officer Installation & End of Program Year Celebration/Potluck

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