President's Message | October 2014

An Inchoate Garden

The dictionary defines inchoate (in’ko-at) as “lacking order” or “not yet completed.” What a perfect description of our garden (and sometimes our family). There seems to be no rhyme or reason as to why things are planted where they are. We never seem to finish a project before we change the plan. The worms now live in my side yard in their “condos” (I really wanted a potting bench there), a hot tub sits where we used to grow tomatoes (I’m good with that), and a dogwood will soon take the place of a dead apricot (the whole isn’t getting any bigger on it’s own). In the middle of building a trellis, Chris re-engineered it and we had to go buy more wood – and it still isn’t finished. While it sounds a little messy, it is really just evolving as our family adjusts in size. When we moved in we had two teenagers living at home and now it’s just the two of us with visits from our daughter, her husband and our two grandsons, and our son and soon to be daughter-in-law. Whether your garden is orderly or informal it’s still a place to reflect and enjoy the day. So get out there and smell the roses or engage in weed therapy and enjoy your garden. 

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Important Dates

We meet on the fourth Monday of each month, 7:30 pm at the Brentwood Community Methodist Church,
809 Second Street in Brentwood.

Board Meetings are held on the first Tuesday, (after the first Monday),
of each month in the Fireside Room.

Propagation Workshop

Join us for 2014 Fall Propagation, Saturdays, 
10 am to Noon, rain or shine at Mel's Greenhouse. See
LOCATIONSfor more information.

General Meetings
October 27
Our speaker will be Robin Mayoff, East Bay Landscape Photographer. Thanks to
Beverly Tucker, Carole Hendrickson,
​Chris Artz and Pat Moore  for refreshments

November 24

Board Meetings

November 4


2014 Holiday Potluck
December 15
Brentwood Community Center

2015 Annual-Perennial Plant Sale

May 9, 2015 | Wolfe Ranch


Robin Mayoff, East Bay Landscape Photography: Backyard and Beyond

Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, photographer Robin Mayoff has been living in East Contra Costa county with his wife since 1995. Landscapes, trains, old signs,bridges, and abandoned buildings have been his most recent focus. Robin’s photography has been published by the East Bay Regional Park District, Bay Nature, Bay Area Open Space Council, California Department of Fish and Wildlife and Contra Costa Water District. You can find his work in galleries across East Contra Costa County. Come see these beautiful images of Contra Costa County. Robin will be offering 2015 Calendars and Greeting Cards for purchase. You can preview some of Robin’s work at and


Boonie Lang's Japanese Garden, Sunday, November 15, 2014

Refer to your July Weeder or contact Martin Tucker for more information


Mel's Greenhouse, 25685 Marsh Creek Road

Join us Saturday mornings, rain or shine, 10 am to Noon, for propagation and camaraderie. If you’ve never done plant propagation before, there will be plenty of veterans on hand to give you instructions. Click here for maps and locations. 


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