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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.
2017 Potting-up and preparation for this year's plant sale will begin soon. Please watch your Weeder for the 2017 schedule.
2017 Annual-Perennial Plant Sale
May 13, 2017 | Wolfe Ranch
A very Happy New Year. You must have been doing your rain dances as we are off to a nice, wet January so far. We’ll be starting up our Saturday workshops soon and we have a lot to do to get ready for our Plant Sale in May. Our last sale was such a great success and I’m looking forward to our next one. I’ve missed our Saturdays working together and hope to see you there. We’re already off to such a great start with an abundance of plants started.
Our Plant sales are so successful and with all of you DIGgers hard work, we are not only able to provide our community with a fantastic assortment of affordable plants, we’re also able to support our community in other ways as well. Last year we were able to make donations to the Brentwood Regional Community Chest, Veterans Memorial Building Fund, Hope House, The Food Bank, and various schools. We continue to give a scholarship to a local high school student each year and we also contribute to local school gardens.
It is very gratifying to be able to do these things as well as educate ourselves with great speakers every month, meet great new people and have fun as well. So put on your rain boots and join us when our Saturday workshops start up later this month. Hope to see you there.
Our guest speaker is Patrice Hanlon, Master Gardener, and columnist for the San Jose Mercury News authoring a twice-monthly column, The Garden Coach. Patrice will give a presentation on wildlife habitat/pollinator gardens. Her varied background includes 14 years as garden director for The Gardens at Heather Farm, overseeing plant design, maintenance, propagation of materials for sales and gardens, and developing educational and outreach programs for adults and students. She received her degree in horticulture and also worked for East Bay Regional Park District’s botanical garden in the early 90’s. While there, she developed and facilitated garden and watershed programs for the Aquatic Outreach Institute.
Patrice currently works as a horticultural consultant for the City of Walnut Creek and is the volunteer coordinator and educator for Civic Park’s native pollinator garden, as well as an educator for their program called Watershed Watchers.
Additionally, she works with The Bay Friendly Coalition, and Our Water Our World; non-profits funded by the county and state clean water programs with the mission of educating landscape professionals and the public about ways to maintain landscapes that reduce or eliminate chemicals and pollutants that end up in the watershed due to gardening practices.
As part of her own personal love of education for those who are challenged or in need of a healing space, she develops and teaches therapeutic programs - Seeds of Success, for adults on the Autism spectrum and Thyme in the Garden, a program designed to help people facing life-threatening or chronic cancer through connection with the natural world fostering relaxation, a sense of well-being and connection with others.
I’m sure you’ll enjoy meeting our exciting guest speaker, Patrice Hanlon, gaining from her knowledge and viewing her presentation. You’re sure to come away with lots of great ideas for your own garden. Visitors are always welcome.
Helen Wheeler, Vice President, Programs
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