Our monthly programs include conservation, floral design, horticulture, landscape design, civic beauty, garden therapy and environmental responsibility. We also have a special event in May to meet our scholarship winners, civic beauty winners and Smokey Bear/Woodsey Owl Poster Contest winners.

September 13  
Floral Workshop: "Up, Up and Away" - Carole Kyle will create an abstract design reflecting our club president's theme using fresh or dried materials.

Conservation: "Know the Flow" - A representative of Heal the Bay will present a program designed to increase our "water literacy." Our speaker will discuss the history and future of the origin of our water plus the challenges and solutions for the future of our local water.

Decorated Tea Table
with a blue/white theme

October 11
Floral Workshop: "Giving Thanks" - Evelyn Warrington will create a design using fresh or dry plant material for a Thanksgiving design.

Program:  Floral Design: "Getting Ready for the Garden Club Tea" - Carole Kyle, floral designer and club member, will demonstrate floral designs for a tea centerpiece. There will be many ideas and suggestions for table designs to use at our annual tea/fundraiser later in the month. Carole studied 2-1/2 years in England and was one of the first trained and certified floral designers. She taught floral design for 10 years in Liverpool adult education classes. Kris Gaulrapp, also a club member, will present and discuss table setting ideas for the annual fall garden club tea. Carole and Kris will inform and entertain us with many stories and laughter.

October 28 
Fundraiser:  Annual Fundraiser Tea with plant sale, bake sale, collectibles sale, assorted gift baskets, luncheon and a magician to entertain members and guests. The monies raised will be used to fund our annual scholarships, and monetary support for Theodore Payne Foundation, CSUN Botanical Garden, Conejo Valley Botanic Garden, The Mountains Restoration Trust, CGCI Reforestation Fund and the Campo de Cahuenga native plant garden project.

November 8
Floral Design:   "Deck the Halls" - Janet Gies, club member, will give us a lesson on design ideas for the coming holidays.

Program: Garden Therapy: "Work Safely in Your Garden" - we will hear a presentation by a Physical Therapist and an Occupational Therapist discussing how to work in our gardens without hurting our back or our hands. Nancy Zippler, physical therapist and a club member, has been a physical therapist for 30 years and has worked in orthopedic out patient clinics. She will be discussing body mechanics such as stooping and getting up from a kneeling position safely. Mary Ann Prag, occupational therapist will demonstrate hand movements and ways to use hand tools correctly.

Last year's speaker from Malibu Forestry Unit

December 13 
Holiday Party: Members enjoy a holiday party to share good food, visit with fellow club members and bring food for a local food pantry and gently used clothing for the homeless.

January 8, 2017
Wreath Presentation at Campo de Cahuenga Commemorative Civic Celebration
3919 Lankershim Blvd. (Park at the Universal City Metro Station.)
A member makes a fresh plant material wreath for the ceremony.

January 10
Floral WorkShop: "Hearts and Flowers" - Pat Tjosaas, a club member, will demonstrate a design for Valentine's Day.

Program: Horticulture - "Collecting Seeds" - Ernesto Sandoval is the seed collections manager at UC Davis Botanical Conservatory in the Plant Biology department. His talk will cover how his department collects seeds and how it might apply to those of us interested in starting our own plants from seed.

February 14  
Floral Workshop: "All Green" - Evelyn Warrington, club member, will demonstrate a design using all green plant materials.

Program: Environmental Responsibility -- "Plants that Attract Birds, Bees and Butterflies" - Kim Bowers has been an Armstrong Garden Center employee for four years and has been a certified Ventura County Master Gardener for seven years. She had always worked in offices and decided to pursue her dream (mid-life crisis!) of working with plants four years ago. She has always been interested in plants, from hunting ferns in the creeks of Thousand Oaks as a child, to recently visiting the Cambridge University Botanical Gardens in June. For her, no vacation would be complete unless she could visit some gardens!

March 14 
Floral Workshop:  "Duo Design" - Jean Crail, a club member will demonstrate a design with two different sides.

Program: Landscape/Arbor Day -- "Planting the Right Tree" - Mike Gallagher is a certified arborist with 35 years of experience at Kelly's Tree Service here in the Valley. His presentation will cover choosing the "right tree" for your property to avoid some of the pitfalls if you make the wrong choice.

April 11 
Floral Workshop:  "Tussy Mussy, the Language of Flowers" -- Karol Fruendenberg will use spring flowers to demonstrate how to make a tussy mussy.

Program: Civic Beauty" - "All You Need to Know about Irises" - Loren Zeldin has been a member of the Iris Society for 42 years. Long time teacher of history and a librarian at a local high school, he is considered an expert on growing the amazing selection of not only irises, but a huge variety of plants in his half acre garden in Reseda. Loren will demonstrate the correct way to plant an iris rhizome.

May 9 
Floral Workshop: "Basic Line Arrangement" -- Carole Kyle will give a lesson on creating a basic line design using only three flowers.

Program:"Awards/Scholarships" - Presentation of Scholarship Awards, Smokey Bear/Woodsey Owl Poster Contest Awards and Civic Beauty Awards. Scholarship recipients will talk about their educational plans. The Smokey Bear/Woodsey Owl Poster Contest Awards will be presented to local students in grades 1 through 5 and the posters will be displayed. The Civic Beauty Awards will also be presented and photographs of the winning entries will be on display.

June 13 
Annual Club Luncheon, Convention Report, Achievement Book, and Traditional Parade of Hats. Click here to view a photo-story of our June Luncheon.