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The Garden Club of Santa Barbara
May 2015

General Meeting

Monday, May 4, 2015

9am Refreshments/9:45 Meeting

Location: Rose Story Farm

5950 Casitas Pass Road, Carpenteria

Speaker: Mike Shoup, The Texas Rose Rustler and owner of The Antique Rose Emporium Nursery.

Mike's nursery specializes in  hundreds of antique rose varieties, with many dating back to the 1800's. Mike knew if they could survive disease, heat, drought and insects on their own for all those years, they must be tough. He views these old garden roses as having engaging personalities, plus all the attributes of a carefree, generally disease resistant, landscape plant. The flowers have a broad diversity of colors and forms, and are described in his new book, Empress of the Garden. This book will be for sale at the meeting.

As an added treat after the meeting, Box Lunches @ $15 each will be available for members wishing to visit the Farm's growing fields and have further discussions with Mike. 

Club Calendar

April 13 and 20, Ikebana Workshops
April 15, Centennial Committee
April 16, Hope Awards Dinner
April 22, Lady Buds
April 27, Board Meeting at Jane Buchanan's
May 4, General Meeting
May 6, Trip to Pasadena
May 11, GGA's website workshop
May 13, Botanic Garden Coastal Scrub presentation
May 18, Baylor Chapman's workshop
June 7-11, Seattle Trip
See below for times and locations.


Message from Norma Jean

    Did Scott Daigre convince you into becoming a “tomatomanica”?  What an enthusiastic and informative speaker we had at the Botanic Garden last Monday.  If that wasn’t enough, the tomato tasting surpassed all expectations for we foodies.  Thank you to Judy Getto and Lynn Shafer for arranging this program and luncheon that was so well done.

     At the meeting I touched on the importance of communicating with our chairs of committees when you are unable to attend an event.  Each one of them tries their best to organize field trips, workshops and site visits so that each of us has an opportunity to enjoy and learn in our field of interest.  I certainly appreciate all that they do as it has made my job so much easier.

     Our Finance Committee met on April 9th and I think we covered a lot of ground.  I want to thank Jane Buchanan, Dorothy Gardner, Marianne Sprague and Susanne Tobey for their time and effort to clarify our goals and to plan for our future.   

Club Dues 

2015-2016 Dues are payable by May 1.  Dues of $190.00 are the same for Active, Sustainer, and Provisional.  Please make checks payable to Garden Club of Santa Barbara and mail to P.O. Box 5773, Santa Barbara, CA 93150.  Please note ANY CHANGES (email, phone numbers, cell phone number, etc) in your roster information and include with your check.  

Conservation Committee

Michael Pollan, the author of Omnivore’s Dilemna  and other books, is coming to the Granada Theater on Thursday, April 30 at 8pm.  Don’t miss this fascinating speaker.

Thank you to Leslie Power and Sally Fairbanks for an engaging presentation of their experience at NAL in Washington DC.

Floral Design Committee

There are still a few spots available for both Ikebana workshops. 
Please let Betsy know if you would like to attend.

Ikebana Workshop I

Monday, April 13, 10:00-12:00 pm.

J Collector Showroom and Warehouse
4189 Carpinteria Ave., Unit 7,Carpinteria

$39 payable by check or credit card upon arrival for workshop

Ikebana Workshop II

Monday, April 20

Same information as above


If you have signed up to attend a workshop and cannot attend, you must cancel by the Wednesday preceding the Monday workshop or find someone to take your place.  Otherwise, you will be asked to pay $39 for the cost of materials. 


Floral Arrangements for the Hope Award event at the Santa Barbara Historical Museum

Thursday, April 16  9:30 am

One more volunteer is needed to do table arrangements for this event.  We will meet at the Santa Barbara Historical Museum at 9:30 am to do the arrangements.  Please let Betsy know if you are available to help.


Bus Trip to Pasadena Garden Club Fundraiser
"Doorways and Dining"

Thursday, May 6, 8:15 am - 6:00 pm.

Ticket cost including lunch:  $135

Cost of bus:  The cost depends on how many people want to go to Pasadena by bus but it is estimated that it will cost approximately $50/person.  

The invitation and response card for this event has been scanned and emailed to all GCSB members.  If you would like to attend, you need to print off the scanned response card, fill it out and send it with your check to:

Leelee Doughty
1225 Rancheros Road 
Pasadena,CA  91103


Be sure to indicate on the response card that you are a part of the GCSB group.

The deadline to mail your response card to Leelee and inform Betsy that you will be riding on the bus is Wednesday, April 23.  The cost for the bus, once known, can be paid for by check made out to Santa Barbara Air Bus


 Lady Buds will meet at Nancy Read's house on April 22nd at 9:30 am

Horticulture Committee

Please read new Real Dirt online on the GCA website.  An article about California Sycamores and Woodside Atherton Partner for Plants project planting natives to attract bees and pollinating insects.


 Presentation by Jim Riley and Sula Vanderplank Ph.D.  on Coastal Marine plants of Channel Islands and Northern Baja.

Monday, May 13, 3 pm.

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden Library  

Friends and spouses welcome.  Free Event.   Wine and Cheese reception following.


Workshop with Baylor Chapman, Author of The Plant Recipe Book

Monday, May 18   9:45 a.m. 

Covenant Church Social Hall

Cost:  $100 includes all materials including containers and book

Participants send check asap made out to GCSB to Robin Martin, 343 Ridgecrest  Dr. S.B. 93108


  Baylor's Website:

Projects Committee

 The Project Committee and Board approved these 4 Proposals to be voted on at the May meeting of the Garden Club.

   Explore Ecology...Continuation of garden component of the Environment Education School Program $5228. We have supported them since 2003.

   Family School (Los Olivos) establish a Ethnobotany garden..a hands-on- project for their students $550.

   Lotusland..Irrigation improvement project..drought friendly $1742. We have supported them since 2005.

   Santa Ynez Botanical Garden..for propagation and education programs to build 4 propagation tables(2 ADA accessible) $1500. We have supported since 2013.

   If you have any questions feel free to call Vicky Strickland or any of her committee.

Visiting Gardens

Sue McKinley's Garden

A heartfelt "Thank you" to our members who opened, not only their gardens but their homes, and for their hospitality and generosity in hosting the almost 80 members of the Houston Garden Club this week. They wandered in rain and sunshine through the gardens of Dorothy Gardner, Dorothy Roberts, Sue McKinley, Jocelyn Meeker, Betsy Loranger, Cynthia Nolen, Mary Hampson & Esther Glover. Bravo !

The ladies from Houston had a wonderful time visiting and were amazed at the variety and imagination of each garden, and the adaptations that have been made due to the drought.

And many thanks, also, to the Visiting Gardens Committee members who helped welcome the group and answer thoughtful questions about the gardens:  Sarah Heatwole, Melissa Dvorak, Lida Blue and Beth Leddy.


Please remember to send your checks in to me this week for our trip to Seattle, June 7-11.

If you have any questions regarding the hotel and air, please contact me.

Centennial Committee
   "The Centennial Committee will meet Wednesday, April 15th at 10:30 am at the Community Partners Center, 11 East Carrillo St."
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