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 the Moraga Garden Center, 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 and Barbara Chow (not shown)
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
September 17 Cynthia Brian, the Goddess Gardener
Tips, Tricks and Tonics
October 15 Dave Winnaker, Fire Chief
November 19 Shawn Anderson, Orchard Nursery
December 10 Laurel Ann Winzler, Laurel Designs
Christmas Luncheon Home for the Holidays
January 21 Pete Chergal, Aesthetic Pruner and Arborist
Pruning of Japanese Maples & Wisteria
February 18 Terry Smith and Tora Rocha
Founders of Pollinator Posse
March 18 Deborah Dietz, Dahlia Society of California
Fall About Dahlias
April 15 Darwin Harrison, Floral Florist
Salad Luncheon A Time for New Beginnings
May 20 Garden Tour (virtual)
Installation of New Officers
Executive Board 2020-21
President Penny Walwark
1st VPs Programs Karin Biasotti, Lorraine Bowen
2nd VPs Hospitality Jan Wiggins, Tracey Silva,
3rd VP Membership Jane Magnani, Ute Kelley
Treasurer Jessica Fleming
Recording Secretary Janice Lieu
Corresponding Secretary Marcia Fisherkeller
Parliamentarian Roberta Klaproth
Social Media/Publicity Linda U. Foley
Committee Chairs & Beautification Projects
Gardeners Market Place
Hacienda Perennial Garden
Holy Trinity Ctr.
Urns on Country Club Dr
Moraga for Monarchs
Martina Alexander, Sharon Galliani
Hollace Gertmenian, Meridel Moulton
Rena Munson, Mardi Potts
Rena Munson, Ute Kelley, Gisela Volkmer
Judy Klopstock, Jan Trzesniewski
Linda U. Foley
Lorraine Bowen, Kerri Sayles
Connie Couts, Arun Saha
Darlene Haffner, Jessica Fleming
Bobbie Preston, Julie Stagg
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.
Barring the current Covid restrictions, we usually meet every third Thursday of the month, at the Holy Trinity Cultural Center at 1700 School St. in Moraga.
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 La Flores. Our newest Project is to build a Habitat and Teaching Garden for Monarchs.