Palomar District

Welcome to Palomar District
of California Garden Clubs, Inc.
Director: Adele Kelly 
Theme:  "Plant America - One Member at a Time!"
      Publication:  Palomar Pruner 
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About Us

Executive Committee 2017-19
(L-R): George Speer, Parliamentarian; Barbara Weiler, Corresponding Secretary; Laura Crenshaw, Treasurer; Terri Schmidt, Recording Secretary;David Rylaarsdam, 2nd Assistant Director, Sharon Tooley, 1st Assistant Director;Adele Kelly, Director
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Affiliate Members (Palomar District only)
Coronado Floral Association
Master Gardener Assoc of San Diego
San Diego Floral Associaltion
San Diego Horticultural Society
Southwestern Judges Council
  • 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!
Michael Biedenbender & Carvill Veech
Palomar District
Man & Woman of the Year
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Meetings 2017-18

Fall Board & General Meeting
Monday, September 25, 2017
The Grand Tradition
220 Grand Tradition Way, Fallbrook
Host: Fallbrook Garden Club
Winter Board & Annual Meeting
Monday, February 26, 2018
Bonita Golf Course
5540 Sweetwater Road, Bonita, CA  91910
Host:  Bonita Valley Garden Club

WHO SHOULD ATTEND:  All district officers, district chairmen, all club presidents (or their designated representative), all club delegates.  Note:  Please share this information with all of your members who plan to attend.  An agenda will be distributed at a later date. 
WHO MAY ATTEND:  Any club member.
Summer Board Meeting
Monday, June 11, 2018
Host: Ramona Garden Club




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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.
Questions:  Contact Chairman, George Speer
30861 Saddleback Rd, Valley Center, CA  92082-3848
  • 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.
  • September 17, 2017:  9am-3pm - FREE Special Program"Fall - Holiday Show"  at  Shinoda Design Center. Matt Wood AIFD, Creative Director Winward International, gets your creative juices flowing with products off the shelves with permanent and fresh botanicals.
  • October 2, 2017: Robert Gordon, AIFD  Professor of Ornamental Horticulture A perennial favorite, Bob kicks off our 25th Anniversary  season with  designs: "Through the Years."
  • November 6, 2017:  Rene van Rems, AIFD world renowned designer and teacher. Don't miss this one.
  • December 4, 2017: Holiday Designs with Gudrun Kimmel returns. A NGC Master Judge, she is full of ideas for using unique plant materials.
  • January 8, 2018: New Designs from National Garden Clubs.  Education, Inspiration and Enjoyment – just in time for the Spring Flower Show Season.  Over 20 designs, arranged like a FS, to view and learn about as NGC Judges explain the ins and outs of each one. Also see innovative ways to display Horticultural specimens
  • February 5, 2018: “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.
  • March 5, 2018: Joyce Dean and Marilyn Hafermaltz, Creative Designers and NGC Flower Show Judges from the Palms to Pines District.  This tag team will get your creative juices flowing.
  • April 2, 2018: Noel Tribby, AIFD,  a Floral Designer, Special Events designer, Freelance designer and creates the end cap designs in San Diego and Santa Ana Shinoda Design Centers.  Always educational, entertaining and inspiring.
  • May 7, 2018: Camille Van Ast, Instructor Sogetso School of Ikebana.  Enjoy the simplicity, meaning and grace of her designs.  We are pleased that Camille could fit us in.  The Sogetso style is very much like NGC's creative Designs.

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