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

CONGRATULATIONS:  Roy Wilburn & Sandy Duncan
Palomar District Man & Woman of the Year
  • 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!

March 21-23, 2016
Flower Show School - Course 2
Sponsored by Southwest Judges Council
San Diego Botanic Garden, Encinitas
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Meetings 2015-16

Fall Board & General Membership Meeting
Monday, September 28, 2015
Vista Valley Country Club
Host:  Vista Garden Club
10:00am - Board Meeting
11:00am - General Meeting
Noon - Lunch & Program
Debra Lee Baldwin:  Landscaping with Succulents
Winter Board & Annual Meeting
Monday, February 22, 2016
Rancho Bernardo Swim & Tennis Club
16955 Bernardo Oaks Drive, San Diego
Host:  Bernardo Gardeners
10:00am - Board Meeting
10:45am - Annual Meeting
Noon - Lunch:  Salad Bar & Dessert $20
Program:  Michelle Mellano Keeler, Vice President of Corporate Affairs Mellano Company, supplier of fresh flowers from around the world and Southern California.  Michelle will speak about local production, the needs of the industry and how it relates to the prosperity of California.
Doors open at 9am for light refreshments and sales table purchases.
Reservation deadline:  February 17, 2016

Directions to Rancho Bernardo Swim & Tennis Club

  • From I-15 north or south exit Rancho Bernardo Road
  • Go East for about one mile, then turn left (traffic light) onto Bernardo Oaks Drive.  The Club is on the east corner of Rancho Bernardo Road and Bernardo Oaks Drive. 


Summer Board Meeting
Monday, June 27, 2016
Host:  Dos Valles Garden Club
Details to follow

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.
2015-16 Schedule
September 20:  9am-3pm - FREE Special Program
"Fall - Holiday Show"  at  Shinoda Design Center
Watch while three NGC Flower Show Judges /creative designers get your creative juices flowing with products off the shelves-permanent and fresh botanicals.  Pauline Sechi, George Speer & Carvill Veech
October 5: 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 2: 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.
December 7:  Very Special Designer, Susan Standerfer AIFD, traveler and teacher. Don't miss this one
January 4:  Gerard Toh, AIFD,CFD, CCF Floral Designer, Floral Stylist Art Director and many more titles and accomplishments.  Highly sought after for demonstrations, classes, events and council.  Start the year off right.
February 1: Pauline Sechi, Creative Designer NGC Flower Show Judge, CGCI Floral Design Education Chair, and always presents an outstanding design.
March 7: Jackie Zhang, Master Instructor O'Hara School of Ikebana.  Enjoy the simplicity, meaning and grace of her designs.  We are pleased that Jackie could fit us in.
April 4: Gloria Aminian and Monica Lewis:  The Bakersfield  Mother and Daughter Team of very creative NGC Flower Show Judges.  How much alike or different are their styles.
May 2: “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.

Member Organizations

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