BEFORE COVID: The Placerville Garden Club meets the second Tuesday of each month, 10 a.m. to Noon at the Veterans Memorial Building, 130 Placerville Drive, Placerville, CA 95667. The Placerville Garden Club's Board strives to ensure that our meetings are inclusive, interesting, and informative; that our workshops provide new skills or dust off rusty ones; and that we promote community outreach opportunities, along with visits to private and public gardens. We also provide our members with information on fellow California Garden Clubs Inc. events and tours. Additions for this webpage should be sent to contact at least two weeks in advance of the event. Please note that submissions should emulate the above Club goals, and may be edited.  

Changes Due to COVID-19


While our monthly meetings at the Veterans Memorial Building continue to be on hold, we are now holding online Google and Zoom meetings and presentations.. See below for meeting info.

The Placerville Garden Club Board: (l to r) Event/Fundraiser Director Steph Gabler; Secretary Linda Martenot; Hospitality Director Kathie Nowka; President Diane Hernandez, Treasurer Marilyn Olson- Petersen; Vice President Susie King: Communications Director Donna Ayerst. 

PGC President's Update: January 29, 2021

Good Day,


We could probably all agree that it has been tough engaging in activities outside of our homes in a COVID environment.  Though the Placerville Garden Club (PGC) strives to keep things going, we could really use your support!  As we look forward to the new year, I ask that you read the recent newsletter from the Golden Foothills District Director, Nina Blonski.  She reminds us all of the importance of reaffirming our club's goals and that the success of a garden club is based on the efforts of many. As we plan this year's activities, limited as they may be, I hope you'll consider your role or the contribution you might make this year. 


And lastly, on this topic, I want to thank the Board members for their efforts.  It hasn't been easy.  I especially want to recognize our Treasurer, Marilyn Olson-Petersen, and our Communication Director, Donna Ayerst.  Marilyn has dealt with a huge set of tasks regarding club dues, insurance, taxes, CGCI paperwork, etc. She is the glue that keeps this club "legal". Ha. And Donna....though we haven't been able to meet in person, Donna has continued to keep everyone informed about PGC happenings.  If you haven't looked at the website in a while, I suggest you make a visit to the Both Marilyn and Donna's contributions have been many and they are so appreciated! Thank you, thank you, Marilyn and Donna!


Meeting: Tuesday, February 9, 2021, will be the next PGC meeting via Zoom. As usual, the call will begin at 10:00AM. Our speaker is El Dorado County Master Gardener, Kit Veerkamp. Kit's presentation will focus on prepping the soil and readying the garden for spring planting.  You will receive a separate invitation prior to the meeting.

FREE CGCI Calendars:  Looking for a calendar to note all of those garden tasks?  The PGC has 4 California Garden Club, Inc. (CGCI) calendars that are free to the first 4 people who respond to this email!  Let me know that you want one and I'll put it in the mail to you. Again, that's the first 4 people who request a calendar.

PGC Website: Communications Director, Donna Ayerst reminds us all of the treasure troves of information found on the PGC website.  She is currently working on building out the "Virtual Meeting Page" and asks that members send her pictures, videos, information, etc. that she can post. Here's the link. 


Garden Tours: The PGC has had a few members offer to share their gardens this year and so we are considering offering two tours-one in spring, likely May, and one in the summer, likely July.  The tours will follow COVID restrictions of social distancing, masks, etc.  The tours will only be open to members/families and will require members to sign up for a "tour time". Snowline Hospice has offered to partner with us on this project. Perhaps we can combine these with the sale of plants and garden art!  If you are interested in helping plan the tours, growing plants for sale, donating garden art, or share YOUR garden, let me know! Remember, you will never, never be "done" with your garden so please don't hesitate to share yours. Regardless of the size or state, everyone enjoys touring gardens and learning from each other.

PGC Quilt block.  If you follow the PGC on Facebook, then you probably have seen our request to design a quilt block that represents the club.  It should include our adopted bird, the Goldfinch and adopted flower, the California Poppy (see our submissions so far on the Placerville Garden Club Facebook page).


In closing, I wish you a happy, healthy year and look forward to working with you!


Best regards,

Diane Hernandez, President

Placerville Garden Club

PGC President's Update: January 7, 2021

Happy New Year! With the start of the year comes the anticipation of planning, preparing and planting the garden. To get the new year started, the Placerville Garden Club will host a video call next Tuesday, January 12th @ 10:00AM, so be sure to add it to your calendar! 


The topic will be container gardening. Our own member Lynn De Bie will share a unique approach to this using file cabinets. I'll also share my approach using stock tanks. If you are container gardening and could share some info or pics please let me know and we'll add you to the presentation. Otherwise, feel welcome to join in the conversation.  A separate invitation for the video call will be sent out later.


Here's hoping you can join us as we continue to do our best to stay connected. 


Take care and stay safe,

Diane Hernandez, President

Placerville Garden Club

PGC President's Update: December 19, 2020


Hello Garden Friends!

It's hard to believe that the holidays are upon us and 2020 will soon be in the rearview mirror, for which I am very happy! Here is a bit of information to close out the year:

  • We had a request from Kathleen Barco asking about a special "watermelon" knife (long, serrated,  watermelon colors)  that she left at a garden party at Don LaGrand's.  Apparently, Don gave it to a Placerville Garden Club (PGC) member to hand off to Kathleen, but she missed some meetings and wasn't able to connect.  If you know anything about the knife, please contact Kathleen. Her contact info can be found on the PGC website, "members only" page, or contact me.

  • In order to provide a bit of holiday cheer, we added some cyclamen and decorations to the planters that the club installed at the Veteran's Memorial Hall. The Veteran's Council prefers to wait until the pandemic is behind us before holding a dedication ceremony for the installation of the Blue Star Memorial marker.

  • The PGC Farm Stand closed in early November and I can report that we made approximately $400 in October. The proceeds were handed over to Marilyn, PGC Treasurer to deposit into our account.  Again, thank you to those who donated produce, flowers, and crafts!  Those crafts that did not sell, are being held in hopes of selling them next year when we are finally able to hold our plant/garden art sale.

  • Looking to the future, we plan on holding a video conference for the first garden club meeting of the 2021 year, which is Tuesday, January 12, 2021.  More info to come. Also, the PGC plans to host two garden tours, one in spring (early May?) and one in summer (July?).  I am letting you know now in case you are willing to host a tour and need some time to plan.  If you are interested in hosting a tour of your garden, please let me know.

  • Thank you to Steph Gabler, Director Fundraising/Events for leading the Facebook challenges over the past couple of months! It was great to see the things folks entered. If you are on Facebook, check out our Facebook page.  

    Happy Holidays,
    Diane Hernandez


Home Grown Habitat: Enhancing Habitat One Yard at a Time
Zoom Meeting Nov. 17, 7 p.m., Presented by CNPS Chair Kit Veerkamp


The El Dorado Chapter of California Native Plant Society is pleased to host Kit Veerkamp, our own Horticulture Chair, on Tues., Nov. 17 at 7 p.m. (the week BEFORE Thanksgiving).

You will learn why and how to go about selecting the right native plants for your new or existing garden. Native plants are a cornerstone of biological diversity on which native animals depend. The ecological armageddon we have brought on through habitat fragmentation is reversible by restoring nature to our own gardens, corporate landscapes, and municipal spaces to provide the connectivity through which animals can move, be sustained, and reproduce. It will be our efforts as individuals that determine whether we will succeed or not. We can do this one garden at a time.

This presentation is open to the public and free of charge. You do not need to download the free Zoom software app (you can connect using your browser via the Zoom website) but we recommend you utilize it for the best result. And, because Kit’s talk will contain many beautiful photos, we suggest you watch on a computer, but you can also join on a phone or tablet.


To join the Nov. 17, 7 p.m. meeting, click on this link Out of respect for the speaker, during the talk please keep your microphone muted, video off, and avoid using the chat feature. We will invite questions at the end. Unfortunately, we will likely not be able to address individual technical difficulties during the talk, but please email if you experience difficulties so that we can address them for next time. 

PGC Google Groups Event on Nov. 10: Guest Speaker Masoud Mousavi on Beekeeping

Hello Everyone!


Isn't this a fantastic time of year? Trees turning, the morning air is cool and crisp, the smell of apple pie baking, and the garden is quieting down in preparation for sleep. 



  • Placerville Garden Club Virtual Meeting

  • Tuesday, November 10,10:00 AM to Noon​ on Google Groups

  • Our speaker will be Beekeeper, Masoud Mousavi. Come learn how to turn your garden into a  special place for pollinators!

  • Don't forget to RSVP to 


Lastly, I found out this weekend that the PGC was selected in the lottery to decorate a Christmas Tree along Highway 50! More info to come.


Diane Hernandez, President

Placerville Garden Club

Thanks to Masoud Mousavi for a fascinating program on beekeeping! Fifteen members of the Placerville Garden Club joined this in-depth presentation, which covered everything you need to know to establish a beehive. 

In-Person Meeting Held at El Dorado County Fairgrounds on Oct. 13    

SEE MORE HERE   AND HERE (at General Meeting Minutes)

Meetings / Events: Calling All Members! The PGC Farm Stand Needs You!

PGC EVENT: New This Year: The PGC Carson Hill Farm Stand

From PGC President Diane Hernandez: Well, it's done and Apple Hill is getting busy! Thanks to my husband Rick for his patience, help, and hard work building the stand. It will be installed at the end of our driveway (2957 Carson Road, Apple Hill)  and open Friday-Sunday through October. The plan is to sell flower bouquets, pumpkins, produce, lavender products (soap, sachets), fall crafts, etc. The proceeds will help support the PGC!  We could really use members' help to fill those baskets/containers by donating flowers (for example...zinnias, sunflowers, dahlias, greenery, etc.) for bouquets, produce, pumpkins, garden-related crafts, etc. Or, do you sew and want to make garden-related masks to sell? Any other ideas? Can you help? Please reply to



OTHER: How Climate Change May Affect the Plants in Your Garden


The New York Times published an article on how warmer winters in some areas will result in the plant hardiness zone chart to be revised. The chart helps gardeners determine which plants will survive to overwinter in their area. This spring, many of us have noticed that some plants--particularly annuals--managed to survive winter, while others blossomed earlier. READ THE ARTICLE HERE

OTHER: El Dorado County's Dead Tree Removal Program


While you may not need the sort of equipment seen in the adjacent photo, you may qualify for this important program. The criteria require that dead and dying trees must be: 1) greater than 10 inches in diameter and 20 feet in height; 2) must be within 300 feet of, and pose a structural threat to, the residence; and 3) must also be reasonably accessible by equipment or machinery. Seniors 60 and above are eligible, dependent on income. For more information SEE HERE.

OTHER: Make the Pledge to Compost


Timothy Engle, a Supervising Health Specialist with El Dorado County, spoke on the value of composting organic material in the home. The County invites you to take the pledge to compost your organic materials and to get you started, they are offering a free home compost bin (quantities limited). To make the pledge to compost and to get your bin, please SEE HERE