Both time and location will change for the June meeting of the Livermore-Amador Valley Garden Club. Because it is the final meeting until September, the Thursday, June 13, event will begin with a potluck dinner, starting at 6:30 p.m. in the Robert Livermore Community Center, located at 4444 East Avenue in Livermore. Participants are asked to bring either a sweet or a savory dish to serve eight people.

After the potluck dinner, guest speaker Jennifer de Graaf will speak on “Fire Here?! A Primer for Understanding Our Own Risks and Opportunities.” A landscape architect and lifetime gardener, de Graaf has found that it is best to challenge both her students and her clients to understand how things work, rather than just telling them what to do.

This approach has led her to the goal of helping people understand the reasoning behind the “defensible zone,” how fires move, why the recommendations we often read can be misleading, and what we all can realistically do about it. She emphasizes that everyone can do something, regardless of how much land they steward, or where they live. She will be discussing typical fire behavior, the synergies (and sometimes tension) between fire and the environment, plus how we can select and care for plants to make them as low-risk as possible.

Starting again next autumn, the garden club will meet the second Thursday of each month, September through May, at Alisal School. These meetings start at 7:00 p.m., and visitors are welcome. Visit the website, , for more information.