Palomar District

Welcome to Palomar District
of California Garden Clubs, Inc.
Director: George Speer 
Theme:  "Join a garden club - Come for the Knowledge, Stay for the Friendships"
      Publication:  Palomar Pruner 
Come join the fun!

About Palomar

Executive Committee 2015-17
(L-R): Sharon Tooley, Recording Secretary; Laura Crenshaw, Parliamentarian;
George Speer, Director; Adele Kelly, 1st Assistant Director;
Ruth Myers, Treasurer and Lynn Paine, 2nd Assistant Director. 
Not shown: Bob Sangster, Corresponding Secretary

Sharon Tooley - Woman of the Year
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  • One of 28 geographical divisions in the CGCI family and, with 26 clubs and over 2000 members in San Diego and southern Riverside Counties, the largest district in the state. 
  • Our objective is to implement the aims and purposes of NGC and CGCI and to coordinate and promote the interests of Garden Clubs and Affiliates in the District. 
  • District meetings and events are an excellent way to meet gardening colleagues and share information and experiences. 
  • Any club dedicated to promoting the interests of gardening is welcome!
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Congratulations to the 2017-2019 Executive Committee
L to R: George Speer, Parliamentarian; Barbara Weiler, Corresponding Sec; Laura Crenshaw, Treasurer; Teri Schmidt, Recording Sec; David Rylaarsdam, Second Asst; Sharon Tooley, First Asst; Adele Kelly, Director;  and  CGCI President Sue Bennett.


Meetings 2016-17

Fall Board Meeting
Monday, September 26, 2016
St. Dunstans Episcopal Church
6556 Park Ridge Blvd, San Diego, CA 92120
Host: San Carlos Garden Club
  • 9:30 a.m. - Doors open for light refreshments.
  • 10:00 a.m. - Board Meeting/Lunch/Program
  • Program:  Mike Lee, Public Relations Outreach and Conservation Dept. of San Diego County Water Authority. He will discuss the Claude "Bud" Lewis Carlsbad desalination plant and the significance for our region, the long history of developing the project, the first months of operation, how it operates, and what the project means for the future.
  • Information & Registration/reservation Form
  • Minutes: Summer Board Meeting
Winter Board & Annual Meeting
Monday, February 27, 2017
Living Coast Discovery Center
1000 Gunpowder Point Drive, Chula Vista, 91910
Host:  Chula Vista Garden Club
10:00am - Board Meeting
11:00am - Annual Meeting
Noon: Lunch (catered Mexican theme)
Program: Laura Eubanks “Tapestry”...a new and dynamic look at succulents in the landscape
Special Guest:  Sue Bennett, CGCI President
Highlight: A self-guided tour of the
Living Coast Discovery Center is included
Summer Board Meeting
Monday, June 5, 2017
The Winn Room at The Coronado Public Library
640 Orange Ave, Coronado, CA 92118
Host: Bridge & Bay Garden Club
10:00am - Board Meeting
This is a "transition" from the current board to the 2017-19 board
Awards from the 2017 CGCI Convention will be presented
Noon: Lunch (catered by Panera Bread Company)
Program: Gary Bulman - Roses
Cost: $22
Checks payable to Bridge & Bay Garden Club
Mail to Vicky Northover, 3630 Arizona Street, San Diego CA 92104-4014
Note:  Your check is your reservation
Deadline:  May 26
Note:  Minutes from the 2017 Winter Board meeting and the proposed budget for 2017-18 will be sent separately

  • ALL district officers and district chairmen
  • ALL club presidents (or their designated representative)  Please SHARE this information with ALL of your members who plan to attend.
  • ANY club member

Member Organizations

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Affiliate Members (Palomar District only)
Coronado Floral Association
Master Gardeners of San Diego County
San Diego Horticulture Society


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Floral Design Forum

Floral Design Forum
Shinoda Design Center,
7170 Miramar Road, San Diego
1st Monday - October-May,12:30 p.m.
  • Objectives:  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.
  • Fees:  Choose $70/all 8 program season pass (save $50 off non-member session tickets) or $12/ session for NGC/CGCI members  or $15/ session for non-members
  • 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 are available at their web site.
2016-17 Schedule
September 18:  9am-3pm - FREE Special Program"Fall - Holiday Show"  at  Shinoda Design Center. Watch while a special creative designer gets your creative juices flowing with products off the shelves-permanent and fresh botanicals. 
October 3: Robert Gordon, AIFD  Professor of Ornamental Horticulture A perennial favorite, Bob kicks off our "Celebrate-the Art Form" season with  designs featuring  the latest trends.
November 7: Susan Standerfer, AIFD currently travels to China as designer and teacher. Don't miss this one
December 5:  Holiday Designs of National Garden Clubs.  Education, Inspiration and Enjoyment – just in time for the Holiday Season.  Over 20 designs to view and learn about as NGC Judges explain the ins and outs of each one.
January 9:  "How'd they do that?"  Special Educational Program featuring 3 wonderful teachers, Pauline Sechi, George Speer and Carvill Veech demonstating the ins and outs of Design Mechanics, Backgrounds, under-layments, containers/non-containers, etc  Start the year off right.
February 6:  Adele Kelly, Creative Designer NGC Flower Show Judge, New to our stage but not to Floral Design.  Adele commonly best in class, section and show.  Get ready for the FS season.
March 6: “FLOWER POWER” Our most popular Program.  Watch as 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.
April 3: 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.
May 1: Tom Simmons, AIFD,CFD, CCF Floral Designer, Special Events, classes. Has Chaired AIFD Symposiums and is highly sought after for demonstrations, classes, events and council.