Moraga Garden Club

 

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.

     

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.

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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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Executive Board 2022-23

President                           Bobbie Preston

 

1st VPs Programs                Louise Severy, Cheri Rohrer, Laura McCauley

2nd VP Hospitality             Tracey Silva                    

 

3rd VPs Membership          Ute Kelley, Barbara Chow, Karin Biasotti

Treasurers                          Jessica Fleming, Sandy Hart

Recording Secretary           Nancy Kornfield      

Corresponding Secretary/  Marilyn Smith, Linda U Foley     

    Communications                   

 

Parliamentarian                 Janice Lieu

 
 

  2022-23 Programs

All meetings are held at the Holy Trinity Cultural Center, 1700 School Street, Moraga

Meetings begin at 9:30 a.m. with social time. 10:00 a.m. Program with speaker

 

September 15                  Tour & Talk on Monarch Garden in Year 2

Bobbie Preston, MGC President and Co-Founder of the Monarch Garden

 Following the General Meeting bring your lunch and meet at Rancho Laguna Park

October 20  Water Works: Sustainable Water Features for People, Plants & Pollinators

  Cynthia Brian, Goddess Gardener & Columnist for Lamorinda Weekly

 

November 17     Solving Garden Design Problems and Ideas for Awkward Spaces

Katie Creighton, Garden Designer

December 8                        Outdoor Holiday-Themed Planter Pots

Shawna Anderson, Nursery Professional at Orchard Nursery

and Owner of Thrillers, Spiller and Fillers

Program at Holy Trinity Cultural Center followed by Christmas Luncheon

at La Finestra Restaurant, Moraga—Advance reservations required

 

2023

January 19                 Berkeley's Unexplored Treaure: UC Botanical Garden

Dr. Lewis Feldman, Ph.D. 

Director, UC Botanical Garden

February 16                                Healthy Soil, Healthy Plants

Mike Corby, UC Master Gardener

March 16                       Loving our Trees: Best Practices for Tree Care

Dorothy Abeyta, Arborist 

                       

April 20                                             SALAD LUNCHEON          

 Creative Floral Designs for the Home

Ganch Nese

Owner of Floral Arts Florist, Lafayette

May 18                              LOCAL GARDEN TOURS (members only)

and Installation of New Officers

 Following the garden tours, BYO lunch to the Moraga Hacienda Garden

 

 
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:

  Maintenance:

  Fountain:

  Signage:

  Planning:

  Propagation:

  Gopher control:

 

Newsletter Editor

Newsletter Mailing

 

Penny Pines

Plant Pick-up

Gateeway Garden

Salad Luncheon

Urns on Country Club Dr

Elaine Lind

Hollace Gertmenian, Meridel Moulton

Janice Lieu, Jessica Fleming

Tory Courtney

Ree Hardy

Rena Munson, Ute Kelley, Gisela Volkmer

Sue Hanes

Marilyn Smith

Jan Wiggins

Carolyn Westhoff 

Nancy Comprelli

 

 

Denice Spindler

Jessica Fleming, Bobbie Preston

Bobbie Preston

Jessica Fleming, Bobbie Preston

Sue Anderson

Jamie Frankenfield

Holly Hartz

Marilyn Smith

Marcia Fisherkeller

Lucille Zammitti

Mary Artist-Holden/Elizabeth Lee

Laura McCauley

Jan Trzesniewski

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.