The West Valley Garden Club members complete many beneficial projects.

There are many opportunities for a variety of activities for members to participate in during the year.

Community Projects

  • Contribute funds for California State University, Northridge Botanical Garden and Conejo Botanic Garden
  • Provide a wreath each year for the Campo de Cahuenga Commemoration celebrating the signing of the treaty to make California a part of the United States.
    We also donate money to help maintain the native plant garden at the site .
  • Celebrate Arbor Day by planting a tree at Orcutt Ranch or other public site with an appropriate ceremony Click here to view an Arbor Day photo-story.
  • Award four $1000.00 scholarships to local horticultural students at Canoga Park High School, Pierce Jr. College, California State University, Northridge and West Valley Occupational Center. Click here to view a photo-story about our Fall Fundraiser.
  • Provide civic beauty awards to a local business and two homeowners
  • Assist with the annual January rose pruning of the 400 rose bushes at Orcutt Ranch Horticultural Park. Dedicated members show up to prune the roses rain or shine.

  • In April the rose garden is aglow with the colors of the roses. This past year our club donated money to purchase a small tiller for the Orcutt grounds maintenance crew.

Conservation Projects

  • Promote the use of California native plants and give a yearly donation to The Theodore Payne Foundation to help their propagation and preservation of California native flora
  • Provide funds for the Penny Pines Conservation Program and for the Expanded Reforestation and Restoration Fund. Our club donates money to Penny Pines to honor of club members. In the 2015-2016 club year we won two state awards for our donations.
  • Educate members on types of local birds and butterflies and encourage them to provide water and sanctuary. Several members participate in the yearly Great Backyard Birdcount. Members learn more about birds through our programs and articles in our newsletter.
  • Collect aluminum containers to provide funds for the Penny Pines program

  • Members create educational table displays for our meetings. This display shows how to obtain and use rainwater collectors.

Horticulture Projects

  • Hold workshops by our Master Judge of Flower Show Judges Council, Evelyn Warrington on floral design prior to regular meetings. Click here to view a Floral Design photo-story.
  • Our horticulture chairman gives a report at the meetings, members bring unique specimens to display and discuss, horticulture tips are provided in each edition of our newsletter and can be found on this website.

  • Tours are held each year to a noteworthy private garden, botanic garden, a horticultural event or a historical site

Tour of Japanese Garden

Members viewing plants in a residential garden.

Youth Projects

  • Promote Smokey Bear Poster Contest in local schools, we are the proud sponsor of the 2010-2011 National Grand Prize Winner, the 2014-2015 National Grand Prize Winner and 2015-2016 National Winner in the 4th grade category. Our committee members distribute contest information to local elementary schools and judge the entries for submission to the state contest. This past year we had four winners at the state level.

    Children's posters for the CGCI Smokey Bear/Woodsley Owl Poster Contest

    This Smokey Bear poster won National First Place for fourth grade entries. Spencer at District Meeting with District Director Rita Desilets and California State President Sue Bennett.

  • Members prepared and served lunch for about 100 students at the Sylmar High School Annual FFA competition in January. We also purchased a $175 table at their scholarship fundraiser and purchase plants the students propagate at their school nursery.