You are welcome to attend our monthly General Meeting as a guest up to 2 times during the year. After 2 guest attendances, you will be encouraged to join the club. Come a little early to meet our members and socialize.
MiraCosta Horticulture Club Guest Speaker, 2016 - 2017
September 10, 2016 Workshop: Plants the Repel Insects - Our member Betty Huston will speak about plants that repel insects, notably mosquitoes. She will bring representative plants. Program: Jeff Moore, owner of Solana Succulents, will speak about his latest book "Aloes and Agaves in Cultivation". He will bring copies for sale and signing as well as plants. He has owned and operated Solana Suculents for 24 years and has created many award-winning gardens, including 'under sea' ones.
Starting Time: 12:30 Noon Workshop Starting Time: 1:15 p.m. Business Meeting and Program Location: MiraCosta College Student Union, Atzlan Rooms A & B (2nd floor)
October 1, 2016 Annual Food Drive: Our donations benefit the students at MiraCosta College. Workshop: Battling Ground Squirrels - Our member Marilyn Wilson will lead a lively discussion about what works and what does not work. We have our own expert on this subject. Program: Dr. Gary Bender, Emeritus UC Farm Advisor will talk about his high density avocado planting trial in San Diego. Dr. Bender specialized in subtropical horticulture, avocados and canopy management. He has taught classes for Master Gardeners and at the Miracosta Horticulture Dept.
ovember 5, 2016 Workshop: Propagation - Our member Carol Fehner will discuss and demonstrate the different ways to propagate plants. Program: Linda Nickerson, owner of Elk Creek Dragon Fruit Farm in Fallbrook will present "Everything you wanted to know about Dragon Fruit (Pitahaya)". She will bring an assortment of fruit and plant cuttings to show and offer for sale.
December 3, 2016 Holiday pot luck and Chinese raffle at noon.
January 14, 2017 Workshop: Driftwood and Succulents - Our members Sue McDonell and Barbara Premo will demonstrate how to make attractive centerpieces. Program: Mel Resendiz, owner of Resendiz Brothers Protea Growers in Fallbrook will present "The Wonderful World of Proteacae". His business was established in 1999 and is one of the largest in California of Australian and South African floral products. He plants over 200 varieties of plants that are shipped throughout the US and Canada.
February 4, 2017 Workshop: Our member Dennis Pillien will lead. Program: Our member and past President Shelley Grossman will present how and why to add worm composting to your garden activities. For many years Shelley helped schools set up worm bins and educate about the benefits keeping worms. March 4, 2017 Workshop: Tillandsias (air plants), share your knowledge - members Sue McDonell and Tandy Pfost will lead a discussion about growing and enjoying these unusual plants. Program: John Bagnasco will present "Brave New Vegetable World" which will focus on recent innovations as well as discoveries in vegetables. John has been in the horticulture industry for over 40 years and is a co-host of "Garden Life Radio", a Southern California #1 radio source of gardening for over 15 years.
April 1, 2017 Workshop: Everything there is to know about Epiplylums - Our member Nell McChesney will bring flowering examples and share information on how to grow them successfully. Program:Fred Clark is owner and General Manager of Sunset Valley Orchids in Vista, will present "The Flower Fields of Carlsbad". This is a lively presentation with amazing pictures and thorough review of orchid plant culture. Fred started Sunset Valley Orchids in 1995, a boutique nursery dedicated to excellent service and breeding of quality plants.
May 2017-There is no meeting in May. We will all be working at our annual Plant Sale to raise money for MiraCosta College student scholarships. Time and place to be determined.
June 3, 2017 Annual End of the Year Potluck at Noon-This is the day we get together and survey ourselves to make our dreams and wishes known for programs and workshops for our next year. We also honor the club member selected as Member of the Year and install a new Board. If possible we also like to have several of our scholarship winners with us to share their plans. Of course, we all eat the wonderful potluck dishes that members have brought.
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