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The Garden Club of Santa Barbara
March 2015
 Along East Valley Road, Montecito

General Meeting

Monday, April 6, 2015

9am Refreshments / 9:45am Meeting


Speaker: Scott Daigre 

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden

Blaksley Library 


Our speaker, Scott Diagre, is a self described "tomatomaniac" and owner of Powerplant Garden Design in Ojai. Each Spring he hosts a series of garden events celebrating the tomato called Tomatomania.Included are a wide variety of seedlings for sale together with Scott's expert advice about each variety plus his tips on how to grow them. Seedlings will be for sale after our meeting.

Potluck Tomato Lunch following the presentation.

Club Calendar 

March 11, Projects Committee Meeting
March 12, Cancer Center Floral Workshop
March 19, Fairview Gardens Tour
March 26, Programs Committee meeting
March 27, San Marcos Growers Tour
March 30, Board Meeting
April 6, General meeting
April 13, GCA's website workshop
April 13 and 20, Ikebana Workshops
April 13, Botanic Garden Coastal Scrub presentation
April 16, Hope Awards Dinner
May 18, Baylor Chapman's workshop

See below for times and locations.


Message from Norma Jean

When I attended the President’s Council in January, I was given a booklet on the history of conservation in the Garden Club of America 1913-2013.  What surprised me was how active our national organization has been since its inception in the field of conservation.  I found that not only was Marily Magid the Nation Chairman of conservation from 1998-2000 but her name was mentioned in other contexts because of her continuous involvement in issues related to conservation.  Ladeen Miller was our zone representative for conservation at one time.  She has also been active in other national organizations which promote the preservation of seeds and wild flowers.  Tisha Ford, our current conservation chairman, has this copy of our history which is available to any of you who wish to read it.  Having this information made me so proud to be a member of our club and its affiliation with a national group whose longstanding concern has been the preservation of our environment

Board Meeting

Board Meeting is March 30, 9am at Jocelyne Meeker’s.

Communication Committee

The Communications Committee will have a workshop on how to navigate GCA's website on Monday, April 13, 9:30 to 11:00 am. Location TBD. If you did not sign up and would like to attend, please contact Jocelyne or Teri,

Conservation Committee

A few spaces available for the Tour of Fairview Garden Thursday, March 19 at 10 am

If you have not signed up, email

Michael Pollan, the author of Omnivore’s Dilemma and many other books regarding the environmental impacts and the anthropology of our food choices, will be in Santa Barbara… April 30 at the Granada Theater.  Group rates are not available, but there are still plenty of seats.  

It is purely coincidental that we are discussing Michael Pollan’s Omnivore’s Dilemma at the same time that the county of Santa Barbara is mobilizing with regard to our food choices. Attached is an opportunity to hear about the Food Action Plan for Santa Barbara County.

Floral Design Committee

*Cancer Center Floral Arranging Workshop

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Two volunteers are needed to help Susanne McEwen conduct a very fun and informal floral arranging worksho[ at the Cancer Center on Pueblo.  Plan to meet Susanne there around 9:30, bring your floral clippers, and the workshop will be over by 11:00.

If you would like to spend a couple of hours helping other lovely ladies improve their floral arranging skills, then this very rewarding opportunity is for YOU!  Please let Susanne know as soon as possible if you can come.

*Ikebana Workshop

There are only a few spots remaining for the Ikebana Workshop to held at the J Collection Showroom, 4189 Carpinteria Avenue, Unit 7 in Carpinteria.  Cost is $39 and you can pay at the door.  All supplies will be provided but be sure to bring a pair of floral clippers.  Contact Betsy Coates to reserve your spot.

Monday, April 13, 10 am - noon. Two spots open

Monday, April 20, 10 am -noon. Three spots open

****Floral Arranging Tip of the Month****

April Riessen told me that her favorite flower show, Bouquets to Art,  will be held at the de Young Museum in San Francisco from Tuesday, April 14 through Sunday, April 19.  Prominent floral designers from around the world will create arrangements that pay tribute to and draw inspitation from the works in the de Young's permanent collections.  This is definitely an event not to be missed if you want to further your knowledge about floral design.  Go and be inspired and educated by the very best of the best floral designers.  For more information and to reserve your ticket on line, go to

Horticulture Committee

Friday, March 27, 10:30 am.  
San Marcos Growers Tour and Luncheon. Wait List.


Monday, April 13, 10:30 am.
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden.
 Powerpoint presentation on Coast Scrub of Baja California


Monday, May 18, 10 am.      
Baylor Chapman's "100 Plant Recipes" workshop.

Book included, containers, two arrangements. $100

Programs Committee

Programs Committee meeting will be held on Thursday, March 26th at 9am at Cynthia Nolen's home, 2030 Birnam Wood Drive.

We will plan the 2015/16 year…..bring your ideas for speakers and venues.

Please RSVP to Lynn @

Projects Committee

 Projects Committee meeting.
Wednesday, March 11th at 9:30 am. 
At the home of Vicky Strickland

 Our garden Club will be honored with the Santa Barbara Education Foundation's Hope Award. We receive this award for our continued support of the green schools projects through Explore Ecology. The Awards dinner will be April 16th at the SB Historical Museum. We are getting a table together and if you would be interested in attending please contact either Norma Jean or Vicky Strickland. How nice that our special club is being honored.

Visiting Gardens

The Visiting Gardens Committee is planning a club trip to Seattle, The Emerald City,  June 7 -11, 2015.  An email will be sent out later this month to all members who have signed up for the Seattle Trip with details, price, airline information and  the hotel booking link.

We would also like to remind you to look at the GCA eNews that just came out and read about the exciting upcoming GCA trips. The latest addition is The Splendor of Cuba, November 6-13, 2015.

Other GCA trips include Newport, R.I, June 18-23, 2015;  Mississippi, Natchez & The Old South, April 10-15, 2016;  Enchanting Tuscany, Villas & Gardens, May 3-13, 2016.

If you are interested in any of these incredible GCA trips, please request information at: . Please include your name,address, telephone number & GCA club, and the exact trip you are interested in.

Sally Fairbanks

Centennial Committee

The Centennial Committee appreciates your help in identifying members whose contributions to our Club are worthy of recognition in our Noticias written history.

Suggested criteria for member recognition in Noticias:

1.  Person is or was a GCSB member in good standing.

2.  Member is living or deceased.

3.  Member held a position on a GCA or zone committee, or was an honorary member of a committee.

4.  Member was a recipient or a national, zone, or club medal/award in the field of horticulture, conservation, garden history, or floral design.

5.  Member has made specific &/or significant contributions to our club, zone, GCA &/or our community through GCSB affiliation.

In suggesting members, please note their accomplishments and why you feel they are worthy of recognition in our club's written history.  Please submit names to Alice, Jane, Shirley Ann or Monica by March 15th.  (Include your name.)

Thank you for helping to remember those who should be recognized!  Your understanding is appreciated if we are not able to acknowledge every name submitted.

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