Sharon Howard

Salvia expert Sharon Howard

Sharon Howard, Livermore Amador Valley Garden Club’s (LAVGC) own salvia expert, will share her vast knowledge with members and guests at the Thurs., Dec.12, 6:30 p.m. club meeting. The meeting takes place at Alisal Elementary School multipurpose room, Pleasanton, 1454 Santa Rita Road. Visitors are welcome.

Sharon joined the club 25 years ago after arriving in Livermore from the Chicago area. Sharon always had a passion for gardening, preserving her summer fruits and vegetables for her winter table. Arriving in Livermore, she found the local plants, flowers and grow conditions completely foreign to her. She joined LAVGC and soon became one of the featured gardeners with a garden the envy of many. Sharon became fascinated with salvias and now has over 20 species. She will share photos and information to provide attendees the basics of successful gardening with salvias.

Salvia, commonly called sage, has more than 900 species distributed around the world. Salvias may be evergreen or deciduous, shrubs, perennials, biennials or annuals. Salvias are a great selection for many gardens. Salvia is easy to care for with many species thriving in our growing conditions. Selected salvias offer months of colorful, tube-shaped flowers, attracting hummingbirds and bees.

LAVGC offers members the opportunity to participate in many ongoing community service projects. The club supports a variety of programs educating members in garden related skills. Several programs pursue areas of special interest such as garden tours and flower arranging. The Club meets from September through May, on the second Thursday night of each month.

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