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President's Message | JULY 2016

Great Turnout for potluck

We had a great turnout at our Summer Potluck. Despite the heat, we managed to keep cool thanks to Steve Hendrickson and his crew who put up tents and rented the worlds largest swamp cooler. The food was delicious and along with lots of ice and an assortment of cold beverages, we had a lot of fun. Thank you Steve and a big thank you to Celia and Bob Selders for providing your awesome backyard and setting up tables and chairs. Also thank you to Leslie Servin, our Hospitality Chairman, for all the festive tableware. The Curious Container competition was also a big hit with lots of interesting and clever entries(pictures to follow). Thanks to everyone who participated and also for helping set up and clean up.

I hope you’re enjoying your summer. It’s been too hot for me to get much done in the garden unless it’s at 6:00 in the morning which doesn’t happen too often. We did find a very large tomato hornworm on one of our tomato plants which Paul promptly disposed of. Now if we can just find the critter/critters who are stealing the tomatoes. Gary, our cat, is on the job. Stay cool.


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
July 25
August 22
September 26

Board Meetings
​August 2
September 6
October 4

Propagation Workshop

We are done with propagation until the fall.
Check back later for the fall propagation schedule.

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

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July 25th general meeting
Troy McGregor, Nursery Manager, Ruth Bancroft Garden

A native of Australia. Troy is a specialist in Proteacea (aka. Protea, Leucospermum, Banksia, Hakeas etc.). These big blooming and tough plants are well suited to our summer dry climate.

Troy has been with the Ruth Bancroft Garden for about four years and has trialed many plants for their suitability for local gardens. The Garden is a brutal environment He is also a licensed landscape contractor, experienced in irrigation and soils. His combination of skillsets will help you develop a climate appropriate garden with exciting plants. Prior to his work at RBG, Troy spent three years as board member and then Nursery Manager and Volunteer Coordinator at Markham Arboretum in Concord, CA. At Markham.

Troy’s educational background is in graphic design and landscape design and he has over 15 years of experience initiating and troubleshooting programs during periods of transition. His past projects include an online nursery, Gondwana Flora, specializing in Mediterranean climate plants, Propagation and Education Coordinator for Carquinez Regional Environmental Education Center, and almost 10 years in the Australian Defense Force.

We look forward to hearing Troy discuss bulletproof plants and history of The Ruth Bancroft Garden. A PowerPoint presentation will be included. Questions are encouraged. Visitors are also welcome to attend. In addition, Troy will bring plants that will be available for sale after his talk and he’ll conduct a raffle, with the winner receiving a plant!    

Helen Wheeler, Vice President, Programs

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