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 Palomar

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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  • 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!
Palomar District Leadership Workshop
Tuesday, August 15, 2017
9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Templars Hall – Old Poway Park
14134 Midland Road, Poway
You don't want to miss this informative and entertaining workshop

Michael Biedenbender & Carvill Veech
Palomar District
Man & Woman of the Year

Meetings 2017-18

Fall Board & General Meeting
Monday, September 25, 2017
The Grand Tradition
220 Grand Tradition Way, Fallbrook
Host: Fallbrook Garden Club
  • 9:00 a.m. - Doors open for light refreshments.
  • 10:00 a.m. - Board-General Meeting/Lunch/Program
  • Program:  Guided horticultural tour of the Grand Tradition Gardens!
  • Cost: $30 (includes the docent led tour)
  • Watch this space for details
Winter Board & Annual Meeting
Monday,  February 26, 2018
Host:  Bonita Valley Garden Club
Summer Board Meeting
Monday, June 11, 2018
Host: Ramona Garden Club


Member Organizations

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


Penny Pines CGCI Donation Form  (Click on the "Donate" tab and select the form.  NOTE:  You can now donate to CGCI projects "online" via credit/debit card or your personal PayPay account)

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.