President's Message | September 2014

Travel Gardening

Summer is winding down and most of us are putting away our suitcases and picking up our rakes in anticipation of Autumn. Our travels now memories and photos to be stored away. I’ve been fortunate to be able to tag along when my husband travels on business, which has allowed me to visit some wonderful gardens around the world. In the last few years I have been able to visit the botanical gardens in Lund, Sweden (originally planted in 1682), the Chihuly Gardens in Seattle (wonderful blown glass incorporated into the landscape), and the International Rose Test Garden in Portland, Oregon.

​  Gardens are everywhere and have been incorporated into our everyday activities. Did you know there are gardens we can visit at AT&T Park behind centerfield and on many rooftops in San Francisco? If you were able to go with us on our last field trip you saw the gardens at Sunset Publishing and the Gamble Gardens just down the road. There are gardens everywhere, but one of my favorites is out my back door. I can stroll out whenever I like; pull a weed, plant something new, or just sit and enjoy the view (a glass of wine or cup of coffee an added plus). 

  I hope you were able to see the gardens where you traveled this summer. Even if it was just the neighbor’s as you walked down the street. We’ll be doing more “travel gardening” on our upcoming field trips and I hope you can join us. Until then, head out the back door and visit your garden. 

September 22, General meeting

Kathy Echols, Seeds: Creating, Collecting, Celebrating Your Success

Kathy was not only a graduate of the Diablo Valley Ornamental Horticultural Program, she returned to teach Plant Propagation, Plant Production, Greenhouse and Nursery Practices, and New Plant Introductions for over twenty years. 

  Kathy explained how to create a hybrid rose and challenged the club to experiment. If you accept the challenge let us know and we'll post photos of your creations.

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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

Our first propagation workshop of the 2014 Fall season is Saturday, September 20, 10 am to Noon, rain or shine at Mel's Greenhouse. See LOCATIONSfor more information.

General Meetings
October 27
Our speaker will be announced soon. Thanks to Marlys Carlisle, Richard Arp and Ginger Guider for refreshments
November 24

Board Meetings

October 7
November 4


2014 Holiday Potluck
December 15
Brentwood Community Center

2015 Annual-Perennial Plant Sale

May 9, 2015 | Wolfe Ranch


This fine looking bench is located in Veteran’s Park in Brentwood and was paid for by funds from the Delta Informal Gardeners. There will soon be a tree planted behind the bench also paid for by DIG. The DIG Board members felt that making the donations for the bench and tree was a great way to share our purpose: “To encourage interest in gardening through education and beautification of our community.”


Golden Gate Park, CANCELLED

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, beginning September 20, 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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