About Us

 

Purpose:

logosThe objective of this organization shall be to cultivate beauty through good gardening; to study and be educated in growing plants, trees and flowers; to be educated in our wildlife, birds, butterflies, bees, etc.; to encourage the protection and conservation of our natural resources; to support youth groups; and to promote the objectives of the National Garden Clubs Inc. Pacific Region and California Garden Clubs, Inc. (CGCI).

Membership Dues:

Annual dues are paid at the July meeting.  The current dues are $30 annually.  Dues include membership in the Bay Ocean District, CGCI, and liability insurance for our meetings and events.  The club currently has about 35 members.

Meetings:

Monthly meetings are held the second Wednesday of each month from 7 pm to 9pm, except for July (vacation month). The format of the meeting is to have a speaker or discussion the first hour, break for refreshments, and business meeting following.

The Installation of officers is held at the April meeting with a pot-luck dinner. A social, pot-luck lunch is usually held in July at a member’s home and garden. December is the club’s holiday party; this past year it was held at a local restaurant.

Board of Directors and Officers:

The Board consists of the elected officers and past president. Board meetings are held approximately every two months, or upon special request.

The elected officers consist of:  President, up to 4 Vice Presidents (Membership duties shall be the responsibility of one of the VP’s), Recording Secretary, Corresponding Secretary, and Treasurer.  The election of officers takes place at the March meeting, with positions assumed May 1st.

Committees:

Club members are asked to volunteer for various committees; these currently consist of Hospitality, Publicity, Nominations, Philanthropic, and Newsletter.  One PGC member is asked to be the Chairperson of each committee.

Newsletter:

A monthly newsletter is published and distributed by email or standard mail.  In addition to the President’s Message, the newsletter includes details of upcoming meetings with speaker information, dates of local garden events, and articles of general garden interest.  Any member may submit information.

Past Speakers:

Several times a year, PGC has guest speakers to help educate our members and provide information about various gardening topics of interest.  A few highlights follow.

2012-2013:

Margo Bors – member of the SF Native Plant Society, Yerba Buena Branch
Tom Bressan – owner of The Urban Gardener (irrigation systems)
Jack McKinnon – The Garden Coach, previously worked at Sunset Magazine, writes articles for Coast Views magazine, gave pruning demonstration
Clare Splan – author of California Fruit and Vegetable Gardening

2011-2012:

Linton Bowie – soil composition
Fred Bove – pollinators in the garden
Richard Baxter – bee keeping
Laurie Kiet – gardening and cooking with lavender
Price Sheppy – National Park Conservancy

In addition, we encourage our own members to share their expertise in whatever garden area is their specialty.  We have had round table discussions on creating a sacred space in one’s garden, growing fuchsias, what judges look for in floral design at garden shows, growing exotic plants, and general question and answer sessions.  Other activities have included making a holiday wreath and centerpiece, making succulent dish gardens, and creating a garden journal.

Current, Future and Past Activities:

 Annual Garden Tour:

PGC has been holding a tour of gardens in Pacifica, usually on a Saturday in June from 11 am to 4 pm.  The tour generally includes 4-6 gardens plus 2 bonus gardens, the Pacifica Community Garden and Liberty Garden.  Tickets are $20, with a booklet provided that includes a brief description of each garden with the address and a map.  In addition, a plant sale and raffle are held.  The starting point is the Mildred Owens Performance Center. 1220 Linda Mar Boulevard.

The event is a fundraiser for PGC. The money raised is distributed to various non-profit organizations that meet certain criteria, primarily supporting an interest in gardening. Past donations have gone to: the Pacifica Resource Center, the Pacifica Libraries, Mission Blue Butterfly.

All club members help with this event; this could be locating gardens, distributing flyers and other forms of publicity, or helping on the day of the event.

Earth Day:

In the past several years, the club has had a booth set up for this event (held in April each year) at Linda Mar State Beach to give information about PGC.  Earth Day 2015 is Saturday, April 18th. Look for our booth!

Fog Fest:

PCG has participated in the Pacifica Fog Fest held each September.  Several members walk in the parade held on a Saturday morning.  This fun event helps to promote awareness of our club in the community.

New Member Tea:

A past president of PGC hosted a tea at her home to get acquainted with our new members. It was a relaxing afternoon of conversation and sharing interests.

Penny Pines:

A donation is collected each month (small change given by club members) to help with restoration of various National Forests in California.

Sanchez Art Center:

The club helps maintain the fuchsia garden planted adjacent to the Mildred Owens Concert Hall. This flower garden was planted a few years ago and is flourishing. The fuchsia is the flower of Pacifica and does well in our foggy, cool climate.

10th anniversary of PGC:

In 2006, in celebration of the 10th anniversary of PGC, the members took a bus trip to Sonoma/Napa and visited a nursery in Fremont, as well as the gardens at Kendall-Jackson Winery (with some wine tasting) and the gardens and art exhibits at Cornerstone Winery. We look forward to a special event in 2016 for our 20th anniversary!