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The Garden Club of Santa Barbara
February 2015

General Meeting

Monday, March 2nd 
9 am Refreshments   9:45 am Meeting

Location: Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History 
Fleischmann Auditorium 

Our Speaker, Joan Easton Lentz is an author, teacher and research assistant at the Santa Barbara Museum of History. Her presentation will inform us about the incredible diversity of our Santa Barbara Region. Born and raised in this area, she has explored and studied this diversity since childhood. 

Joan views our our Region as one of the richest ecological hotspots on the planet. Her presentation will introduce us to these many habitats, defining their particular plant and animal life. Her most recent book, "A Naturalists Guide to the Santa Barbara Region" will be available in the Museum's Book Store, as will all three of her books covering the birds of our region. Please visit her website for an enjoyable preview.

Club Calendar 

February 13:  Conservation meeting at Tisha Ford’s to discuss the book, An Omnivore’s Dilemma, by Michael Pollan.  Meeting at 9:30 am

February 23:  Board Meeting at Susanne Tobey’s; coffee 9 am, meeting 9:30 am

February 25:  Floral Design 101 with Margy Pengilly and Susan Seidel at Montecito Covenant Church beginning at 9:30 am

March 2:  General Meeting at The Museum of Natural History; coffee 9 am, meeting 9:45 am;  Speaker Joan Lentz

March 2:  Centennial Committee meets immediately following the General Meeting.


Message from Norma Jean

As most of you are aware by now the Garden Club of Santa Barbara is being honored with a Hope Award from the Santa Barbara Education Foundation.  The event is to take place on Thursday April 16 from 5:30-8:30 pm at the Santa Barbara Historical Museum.  The keynote speaker will be William Adams, Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities.  We think it is important to have a good representation from our club so please contact me if you are interested in attending with me and other members.

Recently I attended a President’s Council meeting in Pasadena which also included all of the zone representative in Zone XII.  It is most interesting to compare notes on programs, projects, fundraising, communications and the annual meeting taking place in San Francisco in 2018.  I am very proud of what our garden club accomplishes in so many areas.  We have excellent committee chair people who keep us focused on what is important.  My thanks to all of you for making my job not only easier but also most enjoyable.   

Message from Laura Kuhn

All members need to review the information in the current GCA Bulletin, or on the GCA web site, in regards to The Founder's Fund project candidates.

We will vote at the March General Meeting, as each Club gets ONE vote, sent by Norma Jean to the GCA Founder's Fund Committee.

The winner will receive $30,000 with each runner up receiving $7,500.

These worthy projects deserve our time and attention with each given thoughtful consideration.

Conservation Committee

Conservation Committee BookClub
Friday, February 13, 9:30 am
We will discuss 
The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan

At the home of Tisha Ford
Please RSVP:


With water conservation at the top of our agenda, we are focusing our tip for this month on ornamental grasses which need less water to be effective ground covers. The committee is also recommending that the club members read The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan. The book is a discussion of where food comes from and the application of this knowledge to environmental concerns as well as health concerns. 

Grasses are an important segment of this discussion. Grasses in the food chain are grown to be fed to animals which are highly adapted to turning this food into products that we enjoy. Animals which eat grass produce meat which is more nutritious than animal feed.

Floral Design Committee

The Floral Design 101 Workshop will be held on Wednesday, February 25th at Montecito Covenant Church located at 671 Cold Spring Road.  Participants should plan to be there and ready to arrange by 9:30 a.m.  More details will be forthcoming via email.

* Two workshops focused on the Sogetsu School of Ikebana will be offered by Geri Servl at the JCollertor showroom and warehouse located at 4189 Carpinteria Avenue, Unit 7, in Carpinteria on Monday, April 13 and on Monday, April 20. The two-hour workshops will be held from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 and the cost, which includes all materials, is $39.00 per person. Go to to learn more about this exciting resource

If you are interested, contact Betsy Coates at with the date you prefer to attend. Each class Is limited to 12 people. Please make your check out to Geri Servi and bring it to the workshop. At this time, there are two spots available for the April13th class and four spots available for the April 20th class. 

*In May, The Floral Design Committee and the Horticulture Committee will be co chairing a workshop for twenty-five people presented by Baylor Chapman. author of The Plant Recipe Book. The details of when and where this workshop will be taking place are still being sorted out and will be announced once they are confirmed. 

"The Pasadena Garden Club is having their triennial fund raiser, Doorways and Dining, on Wednesday, May 6. Twenty GCSB members have expressed interest in going to this event that will showcase five beautiful homes and gardens. Dining areas will be imaginatively transformed with flower creations done by Pasadena Garden Club members. If you are interested in joining the fun, please email Betsy Coates. Due to the large response, estimates are being obtained to hire a small shuttle bus to take our members there. Ticket price to the event is $100. Lunch and shuttle bus expense will be additional. Stay tuned...details will be sorted out soon.

 *** Flower Arranging Tip of the Month ***

Check out the FLORINT.ORG website where you will be learn about and he inspired by photos of gorgeous, creative and innovative floral arrangements.

Horticulture Committee

In March, at a date to be announced, we will tour San Marcos Growers to view drought tolerant and low water usage plants. Co-sponsored with the Conservation Committee.

April 14  A presentation on The Maritime Succulent Scrub Region, Northwest Baja by Jim Riley and Dr. Sula Vanderplank at 10 am at The Botanic Garden.  What plants might Santa Barbara Coast have and had without  development?  Why is it necessary to preserve land in Baja? This is a free event open to all club members.  Co-sponsored with the Conservation Committee.

In May a Workshop with Baylor Chapman, author of The Plant Recipe Book: 100 Arrangements for Any Home In Any Season.  Create a large and small arrangement with live plants lasting many months. Book included. Cost and date TBA.  Co-sponsored with the Floral Design Committee.

Visiting Gardens

The Visiting Gardens Committee is planning a club trip to beautiful Seattle, The Emerald City,  June 7 -11, 2015.  This will be a wonderful occasion to view some of the loveliest gardens in the Pacific Northwest. Details and cost will be sent out soon. Please send me an email if you would like to add your name to our "interest list." 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.

This Spring we will also have 2 local "Open Days" of our members' gardens. This will be a great opportunity to see how we are adapting our gardens to the current drought.

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

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