The annual plant sale of the Livermore-Amador Valley Garden Club will be held at the parking lot of Amador Valley High School from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 6. The school is located at 1155 Santa Rita Road in Pleasanton.
“What is unique about our plant sale is that these are tried-and-true plants donated from our members’ gardens,” said Bill Tallon, co-chair of the event. “These are plants that do well in our climate. Besides bargain prices, you can get free advice from our members volunteering at the sale.”
Visitors will find sections marked with edible plants, ornamentals (for both shade and sun), roses, succulents, shrubs, and some trees. “Our members start several months in advance, planting or re-potting some of their favorite plants from their gardens to donate to the sale,” noted Daniel McCright, event co-chair. “Since the garden club has over 200 members, we get quite a variety of plants for buyers to choose from.”
“Another unusual feature of the plant sale is ‘Maudie’s Boutique,’” said Lois Barber, club co-president. “This is a booth that offers recycled ‘yard art and garden treasures.’ Look here for gardening implements, plant pots, and more.”
Club members volunteer for potting parties at homes that have dozens of plants to donate. Recently, a dozen volunteers who call themselves “Hearty Potters” went to the home of Don and Judy Person in Pleasanton to transplant nearly 100 plants for the sale. “We are always grateful to those with abundant gardens who donate plants,” said Dolores Bengtson, co-president of the club. Nancy Harrigton has set aside 200 plants to donate from her garden. Michelle Tallon experimented with starting plants from seed, inside her home greenhouse on a heated surface.
“The Plant Sale is our major fund-raiser, which helps us carry out several community service projects during the year. For example, in March, club volunteers provide programs about Arbor Day for every second-grade student in Pleasanton’s public schools,” said Bengtson.
Throughout the year, members care for the Rose Garden in Livermore and the Sensory Garden at Centennial Park in Pleasanton. In conjunction with Alden Lane Nursery, they replenish the planters along First Street in Livermore. Club members grow edible plants at Eden Garden in Livermore, most of harvest being donated to neighbors in need. They also have helped maintain a garden at Camp Arroyo in Livermore, which serves students for outdoor education and provides camp experience for children with serious diseases. Free packets of seeds are available at both the Pleasanton and Livermore libraries, in order to encourage people to discover the joy of gardening. Proceeds from the plant sale help fund all of these projects.
Livermore-Amador Valley Garden Club meets at 7:00 p.m. on the second Thursdays of September through May at Alisal Elementary School’s multi-purpose room, located at 1454 Santa Rita Road. Membership applications – at a reduced fee! – will be available at the plant sale.
For further information, visit the garden club’s website at www.lavgc.org.