Dr. Mark Brunell

Dr. Mark Brunell speaks on Nov. 14.

The Livermore Amador Valley Garden Club presents featured speaker Dr. Mark Brunell at their meeting on Thursday, Nov. 14, at 7 p.m. Visitors are welcome.

Brunell will speak about “California Native Plants in the Home Garden,” giving attendees the opportunity to learn about California native plants and providing knowledge to help assist with selecting varieties most suited to local garden conditions. The presentation will cover diversity, selection and cultural requirements of native plants for garden use.

Brunell is associate professor of biological sciences at the University of the Pacific. His formal training is in botany. He is past-president of the California Botanical Society and the Alameda County Master Gardeners advisory board. He lives in Livermore where he maintains a food garden, giving him firsthand knowledge of the challenges of local soils and climate.

The Livermore Amador Valley Garden Club (LAVGC) meets in the multi-purpose room of Alisal Elementary School, 1454 Santa Rita Rd., Pleasanton, on the second Thursday of each month, September through May, at 7 p.m.

Additionally, in Livermore on the fourth Monday of the month, the club hosts a luncheon meeting, featuring “how to” and “hands on” garden-related topics.

Meeting separately on a variety of days with varying times are special interest groups, such as Floral Design, Garden Tours, and Edible Gardening.

Club members are proud to support community-service projects, such as: Arbor Day, a partnership with Alden Lane Nursery providing Pleasanton second-grade students an informational program on the value of trees; Camp Arroyo Garden, supplying labor in the organic garden that serves children attending this environmental facility; and Seed Share, offering free seed packets to the public in the Pleasanton and Livermore libraries.

To learn more, visit www.lavgc.org