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President's Message | april 2017

DIG's plant sale is almost here

DIG’S ANNUAL PLANT SALE is almost here, Saturday, May 13 8:30-1:30. Our growing grounds are looking spectacular. We have such an assortment of wonderful plants including beautiful CA natives, many, many succulents, tropicals, annuals, perennials, vegetables and wonderful dish gardens. Many of us have been hard at work putting this all together. But we still have lots to do to get ready for this sale.  I hope you’ll come out, not only to get a preview of what is here, but to also lend a hand as we finalize things for the sale.  When you see what we’ve accomplished you’ll be amazed and I hope you’ll want to join us.  We have lots of fun and it is very gratifying.

There are still jobs to fill for the sale, plus we ask everyone who can to bring cookies to the sale to pass out to our customers.  It’s a fun day and our customers always have a great time as do we DIGgers.  This is a big job and we need everyone’s participation.  And who knows, you’re likely to find the very plant you’ve been looking for for your own garden.  Did I mention salvias, trees, groundcovers, tomatoes, chrysanthemums, thymes. Download the sale flyer here.

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.

General Meetings
March 27
April 24
May 22

Board Meetings
April 4
May 2
June 6

Propagation Workshop

2017 Potting-up and preparation for this year's plant sale has begun. Please watch your Weeder for the 2017 schedule.

2017 Annual-Perennial Plant Sale
May 13, 2017
Wolfe Ranch

Order dig apparel

Look great and be recognized as a Club Member

Pat will be accepting orders for personalized items at every DIG meeting. Download the order form here.



On Pests and Diseases in Roses


Download this month's Weeder

Our speaker at this month’s meeting on April 24, is Joe Truskot. He will give a PowerPoint presentation on Pests and Diseases in Roses, as well as lots of other handy tips on pruning and maintaining beautiful roses.  Joe has won numerous awards from the American Rose Society for his articles on America’s National Flower and helped hundreds of individuals improve their ability to grow roses through his informative presentations and effective writing in The Bay Rose, the Monterey Bay Rose Society’s monthly newsletter.  Most recently, he was named Outstanding Consulting Rosarian for 2016 in the NCNH District of the American Rose Society. He’s grown more than 500 different varieties of roses over the years. He is the author of the Central Coast Rose Manual: Creating a Personal Rose Garden, now in its second printing, and available through Amazon. He has grown roses since 1986. However, it was his purchase of a house and yard in Salinas, California, in 1992, that set him on his quest to build the perfect rose garden.

Professionally, he is the features editor at The Salinas Californian, the oldest continuously publishing newspaper in California. He writes stories about food, dining, the arts, animals, people of note, and, of course, gardening. For six years, he hosted a Classical Music program on Central Coast Public Radio. For 20 years, he was the executive director of the Monterey Symphony. He was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Iran in the 1970s and graduated from the School for International Training in Brattleboro, Vermont and Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. He was born and raised in Lorain, Ohio. In addition to music and roses, he is an accomplished writer, potter, and quilt top maker. He lives in Salinas in the middle of his roses with two cats, Buddy and Frederick.

We hope you’ll join us on April 24 to learn how you can create your own personal rose garden. Visitors are always welcome.


Helen Wheeler, Vice President, Programs