GUEST SPEAKER, ​Barbara norkus

President of the Mount Diablo Rose Society and 1st VP of Membership for Diablo Women’s Garden Club

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President's Message | february 2017

What drought?

As I slosh around in our soggy mess of a garden I realize there isn’t much I can do outside these days. There’s no shortage of weeds to pull but the ground is so wet, I’m staying off til things dry out. I’ll spend my time with some garden books, and catalogs and think of Spring and warm, sunny days.

And speaking of Spring, we’re still in the planning stages of members’ garden tours. I know many of you have wonderful gardens and hope you’ll consider sharing them with other members by participating. It’s always fun and inspirational too. We’re thinking April, again, think Spring and warm,sunny days. It’ll be casual, after Saturday work mornings, so contact me if you’re interested.

Don’t forget we’ve started our Saturday workshops 10-12 at Wolfe Ranch. We can always use more hands and somehow, Steve, our Plant Manager, turns off the rain and so far we’ve had really pleasant workdays. Join us if you can.


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
February 27
March 27
April 24

Board Meetings
March 7
April 4
May 2

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

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Our February Speaker is Barbara Norkus, President of the Mount Diablo Rose Society and 1st VP of Membership for Diablo Women’s Garden Club. Barbara’s presentation is a music video called Chelsea Flower Show 2016. She highlights in it all the gardens, big and small, sculptures, and The Great Pavilion with all its wondrous exhibits showing the best of the best in vegetables, flowers, roses, carnivorous plants, newly discovered plants, and the latest chrysanthemum, Princess Charlotte. Also included in the video is the history of the show with vintage photos of the Royal Family. This Chelsea was special because it celebrated the Queen’s 90th birthday. There were 5,000 red poppies in front of the Royal Pensioners’ Hospital. By the end, you will feel as if you’d been to the show!

Barbara was awarded Master Consulting Rosarian by the American Rose Society in 2016. She loves to travel and garden. In addition, she owns her own real estate company. She’s planning a trip to England in June to attend the first flower show sponsored by the RHS at Chatsworth House.

We hope you can come and enjoy this beautiful presentation. Barbara is a wealth of knowledge about roses and will gladly answer questions.

Helen Wheeler, Vice President, Programs