Moraga Garden Club
Update on Project 

Moraga for Monarchs

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About Us


about us . . .

The idea for the Moraga Garden Club was germinated by several transplanted women around a kitchen table in 1970.


A non-profit organization, MGC has been a resource for all levels of garden enthusiasts ever since. Our focus is to create and maintain visual beauty throughout Moraga, to contribute to civic participation and conservation, and education.


This year, recognizing the serious and rapid decline of Monarch butterflies, the Moraga Garden Club has spearheaded a new and important project:  Moraga for Monarchs

Working in tandem with and approved by the Town, the project is estimated to cost $35,000.  We are thankful for the support of donors, business affiliates and volunteers. We are excited and shovel ready now.

In addition,  MGC takes care of various areas of  Town i.e. sections of the Commons, the Perennial Garden at the Hacienda de la Flores, a large triangle intersecting Rheem Blvd and Moraga Rd, the Library urn and four others on Country Club Dr. We also provide monthly floral arrangements to the Library and decorate their Christmas Critter tree with handmade ornaments. In addition, we contribute to reforestation and Arbor Day.


Our monthly general meetings feature prominent speakers who are experts in gardening, flower arranging, composting, organic and edible landscaping, authors, photographers and more, Our themed Spring Luncheon fundraiser brings out the best in creativity and our Christmas Luncheon at Diablo Country Club— featuring a prominent floral designer—is always a super hit.

We promote and support McDonnell and Orchard Nurseries.

General Meetings are held every third Thursday of the month excepting summer at the Holy Trinity Cultural Center on 1700 School Street at 9:30.  They are free and open to the Public.

For further information contact the webmaster Linda Foley

Moraga Garden Club is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.  Donations are tax deductible.  Our federal tax identification number is 86-1162099.  The mailing address is PO Box 6062, Moraga, CA 94570-6062.


See what we do. . .

Restoring historic urns in 2020: 

Chair Julie Stagg, assisted by Master Gardener Jessica Fleming, Rena Munson, Jane Magnani, Penny Walwark and Town personnel

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Developing a Perennial Garden at the historic Hacienda de las Flores—an ongoing project:

Team: Chair Rena Munson, Ute Kelley and Gisela Volkmer 


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Redesigning a large central intersection in Town in 2020, a continuing project:

in conjunction with Kiwanis and support of the Town. Chairs: Darlene Haffner and Jessica Fleming

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Our new project for 2021

Moraga for Monarchs

For details and how you can be a contributor:

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2021-22 Programs

September 16        

  Incorporating Succulents into your Garden  


Cricket Riley, Landscape Designer

Ruth Bancroft Garden & Nursery

October 21     

Protecting our Gardens During Drought

Suzanne Bontempo

Horticulturalist & Environmental Educator


November 18   

Garden Like the World Depends on It

Pamela Berstler, CEO

Green Gardens Group

December 9    Holiday Arrangements & Home Floral Décor

Jeanne Walker, Owner

Fringe Flower Company

A Zoom Presentation in lieu of the annual Luncheon

which is cancelled this year due to Covid concerns

January 20         

The Curious World of Seaweed

—an altogether different flora—

Josie Iselin

Photographer, Author & Environmentalist

February 17               

Good Bug – Bad Bug

John Fike, Master Gardener

March 17           Gardening through a Child’s Eyes

                   Kate Verhoef, School Gardens Educator


April 21                   SALAD LUNCHEON          


Floral Arrangements from your Garden   

Jill Appenzeller, Floral Designer

May 19                LOCAL GARDEN TOURS (members only)

and Installation of New Officers

Following the garden tours, BYO lunch to

the Monarch Habitat Garden, Rancho Laguna Park


Executive Board 2021-22

President                           Janice Lieu


1st VPs Programs                Gillian Gray, Sandra Jamieson, Louise Severy

2nd VPs Hospitality             Tracey Silva, Lucille Zammitti                      


3rd VP Membership            Jane Magnani, Ute Kelley, Barbara Chow

Treasurer                           Jessica Fleming

Recording Secretary           Elaine Lind          

Corresponding Secretary    Astrid Gehrke     


Parliamentarian                 Penny Walwark

Social Media/Publicity       Linda U. Foley


Committee Chairs 


Christmas Luncheon


Gardeners Market Place

Garden Study

Hacienda Perennial Garden

Holy Trinity Center


Library Interior

Library Urn/Exterior

Moraga Liaison

Moraga for Monarchs

Newsletter Editor

Newsletter Mailing

Penny Pines

Plant Pick-up


Rheem Triangle

Salad Luncheon

Urns on Country Club Dr


Elaine Lind

Hollace Gertmenian, Meridel Moulton

Connie Couts, Arun Saha

Martina Alexander, Astrid Gehrke

Mardi Potts, Rena Munson

Rena Munson, Ute Kelley, Gisela Volkmer

Sue Hanes

Marilyn Smith

Jan Wiggins

Carolyn Westhoff, John Vollmer 

Nancy Comprelli

Bobbie Preston

Marilyn Smith, Holly Hartz

Connie Couts

Marcia Fisherkeller

Judy Klopstock, Jan Trzesniewski

Linda U. Foley

Jessica Fleming, Penny Walwark

Kerri Sayles, Laura McCauley, Diane Cunnane

Jan Trzesniewski

Linda U. Foley

How to Join


To join, fill out a form provided at the General Meeting or ask to have one sent to you.


Dues are $45 annually. You will receive a roster and an electronic Newsletter.



Contact Membership Chair:

Jane Magnani 925-283-4563.

You are welcome to be our guest twice at any one of our General Meetings, but expect you to join thereafter.

We meet every third Thursday of the month, at the Holy Trinity Cultural Center at 1700 School Street in Moraga, September through May.

We begin at 9:30 with refreshments.

Each Meeting features a speaker of note. The Meeting is free and open to the Public.

The Programs for the year are listed separately on this site.

We operate September through June, culminating with a tour of three of our members gardens and box luncheon.

Our Garden Study group meets throughout the year at a member's home. It is an informal, informative meeting of dirt gardeners who exchange information, success and failures and enjoy some very good refreshments.

We engage in civic beautification of several areas in Moraga, including Rheem Triangle, and specific beds at the Commons, Library, and Hacienda de La Flores. Our newest Project is to build a Habitat and Teaching Garden for Monarchs in Rancho Laguna Park..

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Moraga Garden Club is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.  Donations welcome and are tax deductible.  Our federal tax identification number is 86-1162099.  The mailing address is PO Box 6062, Moraga, CA 94570-6062.