Moraga Garden Club

 

About Us

 

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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.

     

Recognizing the serious and rapid decline of Monarch butterflies, the Moraga Garden Club spearheaded a new and important project in 2021,: 

Working in tandem with and approval of the Town, the Garden Club built a Monarch Habitat and Demonstration Garden at Rancho Laguna Park in 2021.  The Garden includes both milkweed and native deer-tolerant plants that are supportive of monarchs, as well as other pollinators. The Garden was funded by local foundations and social organizations and by private donors

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—now called Gateway Garden—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 natural 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, Outdoor Supply Hardware 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.  barring Covid restrictions, otherwise held by Zoom.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.

Wildlife

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 Gateway Garden, a large central intersection in Town, a continuing project:

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

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Project for 2021

Moraga for Monarchs

For details and how you can be a contributor or volunteer:

Click the Butterfly

 
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2021-22 Programs

September 16        Incorporating Succulents into your Garden  

WILL INCLUDE PLANT SALE

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

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

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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            Ute Kelley, Barbara Chow

Treasurer                           Jessica Fleming

Recording Secretary           Elaine Lind          

Corresponding Secretary    Astrid Gehrke     

                    

Parliamentarian                 Penny Walwark

Publicity                           Linda U. Foley

 
 

 
Committee Chairs 
 

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Bridge

Christmas Luncheon

Commons

Gardeners Market Place

Garden Study

Hacienda Perennial Garden

Holy Trinity Center

Horticulture

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

Website

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 

Nancy Comprelli

Bobbie Preston

Marilyn Smith, Holly Hartz

Connie Couts

Marcia Fisherkeller

Judy Klopstock, Jan Trzesniewski

Jessica Fleming, Penny Walwark

Kerri Sayles, Laura McCauley, Diane Cunnane

Jan Trzesniewski

Linda U. Foley

How to Join

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To join:

Click on envelope below for down-loadable membership form.

 

Dues: are $50 annually. You will receive a roster and an electronic Newsletter.

 

                         

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

Barring Covid restrictions, we meet every third Thursday of the month, at the Holy Trinity Cultural Center at 1700 School Street in Moraga, September through May. These days, our Meetings are via Zoom.

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, successes and failures and enjoy some very good refreshments.

We engage in civic beautification of several areas in Moraga, including Rheem Triangle (Gateway Garden), and specific beds at the Commons, Library, and Hacienda de La Flores. Our latest Project is the Monarch Butterfly Habitat and Teaching Garden at 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.