Palomar District

Welcome to Palomar District
of California Garden Clubs, Inc.
Director: Lynne Batchelor 
Theme:   CGCI = Create, Garden, Connect, Inform
      Publication:  Palomar Pruner 
Come join the fun!

About Palomar

Executive Committee 2013-15
Laura Crenshaw, Adele Kelly, Lynne Batchelor,
Barbara Weiler, Joan Patten, Pam Jessup, Starr Rausch
September 21-23, 2015
Flower Show School - Course 1
Sponsored by Southwest Judges Council
San Diego Botanic Garden, Encinitas
  • One of 28 geographical divisions in the CGCI family and, with 22 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!
Congratulations to the newly elected Executive Committe 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
(They will officially assume their duties at the June 2015 meeting)

Meetings 2014-15

Summer Board Meeting
Monday, June 29, 2015
Host: Master Gardener Association of San Diego
El Prado Building, #101, Balboa Park,San Diego Ca  92101
10 a.m.  Board meeting
Noon: Lunch-Box lunch, catered by Waters Fine Foods.  
Program: Presentation of landscape design and development in the park by Nancy Carter, a retired professor from USD and past president of the San Diego Floral Association.
Special Private tour: Led by Kim Duclo, a Park Ranger.  Kim will be entertaining us with wondrous and humor filled anecdotes about the Prado’s historical buildings.  We will even get an insider’s look at the famous Lath House.
Cost:  $30

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.
  • Oct. 6, 2014 Robert Gordon, AIFD  Professor of Ornamental Horticulture A perennial favorite, Bob kicks off the season with  Sculptural  Designs using the latest color trends.
  • November 3, 2014 – Two time winner of CGCI Designer of the year:  Janet Switzer brings her talent, innovation and passion to the stage, plus her experience at WAFA Ireland this year.
  • December 1, 2014 George Speer, NGC Judge and Floral Designer who plays both sides of the aisle. He enjoys teaching, “playing” with flowers and decorating for the holidays. Get inspired!
  • January 5, 2015  Designs of National Garden Clubs.  Education, Inspiration and Enjoyment – just in time for the flower shows season.  Over 20 designs to view and learn about as NGC Judges explain the ins and outs of each one.
  • February 2, 2015  Mitsuko Takeya, Instructor in the Sogetso School of Ikebana. Enjoy the simplicity, meaning and grace of the Ikebana school.
  • March 2, 2015 “FLOWER POWER” Our most popular Program.  Watch as local 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 6, 2015 Noel Tribby, AIFD  Just in time for Spring and Flower Shows, he masters the use of flowers, containers and inspires.  All the materials, etc. will be a part of the raffle.
  • May 4, 2015 Gudrun Kimmel, NGC Master Judge, Designer and Teacher, she brings the new look “downward thrust” or “Cascading” and she’ll show how to use fruits and vegetables with your flowers.

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