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
Developing a Perennial Garden at the historic Hacienda de las Flores—an ongoing project:
Team: Chair Rena Munson, Ute Kelley and Gisela Volkmer
click here for more photos
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
Our new project for 2021
Moraga for Monarchs
For details and how you can be a contributor:
Click the Butterfly
Incorporating Succulents into your Garden
WILL INCLUDE PLANT SALE
Cricket Riley, Landscape Designer
Ruth Bancroft Garden & Nursery
Protecting our Gardens During Drought
Horticulturalist & Environmental Educator
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
The Curious World of Seaweed
—an altogether different flora—
Photographer, Author & Environmentalist
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
Gardeners Market Place
Hacienda Perennial Garden
Holy Trinity Center
Moraga for Monarchs
Urns on Country Club Dr
Hollace Gertmenian, Meridel Moulton
Connie Couts, Arun Saha
Martina Alexander, Astrid Gehrke
Mardi Potts, Rena Munson
Rena Munson, Ute Kelley, Gisela Volkmer
Carolyn Westhoff, John Vollmer
Marilyn Smith, Holly Hartz
Judy Klopstock, Jan Trzesniewski
Linda U. Foley
Jessica Fleming, Penny Walwark
Kerri Sayles, Laura McCauley, Diane Cunnane
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..