Meetings / Events / Other

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. 

Meetings / Events Changes Due to Covid-19
While our monthly meetings are on hold while California's Stay-at-Home Order remains in place, you can still share your ideas, photos, videos, questions, and tips through the PGC's Virtual Meeting webpage. Hope to "See you there." 

Dear Placerville Garden Club Members,


I hope this email finds you well...and at home. 

The Placerville Garden Club Board met via video conference last week and as you have likely guessed, several things have been canceled. First, the "field trip" to Annie's Annuals scheduled for tomorrow is canceled and an email regarding that trip went out on March 19th to those who signed up.


Also, the Tuesday, April 14th garden club meeting is canceled. At the direction of Governor Newsom to "shelter in place", we will suspend all meetings for the time being. 

Regarding annual dues, we await direction from the CGCI. The PGC Treasurer will pass the information on to our members.


The Board also agreed to cancel the Garden Extravaganza scheduled for Saturday, June 6th. With the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 and the necessary advanced planning needed, we made the difficult decision to cancel. Like you, we are very disappointed, but please know how much we appreciate your help in making preparations and crafts and growing plants. Who knows? Perhaps we can regroup and hold the Garden Extravaganza in the fall!


These are extraordinary and trying times and the Board appreciates your understanding and support. Perhaps in the absence of our meeting, we can support our community in other ways. To that end, I've been asked to share the attachment from the Medical Supply Drive coordinated with the Marshall Hospital Foundation CLICK HERE.


Stay well, stay safe...


Best regards,

Diane Hernandez,  President

Placerville Garden Club

PGC MEETING: BEE Talk on April 14; Deadline for PGC Dues

Masoud Mousavi will share his knowledge and fascination with bees. For more than three years, Masoud has enjoyed this important hobby as the bee population continues to be threatened. Garden Sale projects will continue during the second hour. REMINDER: PGC Fiscal Year 2020-2021 Annual Dues must be paid by the May 12 meeting. A full-year individual membership is $25 or $35 for a household. Half-year begins in November at the rates of $13 for individual and $18 for a household.


EVENT: PGC Garden Sale Extravaganza on June 6


Mark your calendars for what is sure to be a fantastic event: the Placerville Garden Club's first Garden Sale Extravaganza Fundraiser on Saturday, June 6, from 9 a.m. to    1.p.m. Plants for sale, garden-themed craft vendors, children's activities, and garden information booths. The event will take place at the VFW Hall's parking lot. Proceeds will go towards purchasing a Blue Star Memorial and other PGC community projects. Return to this page for further information as we get closer to June. 


EVENT: Find a UCCE Master Gardener Training Program           
The Corona Virus Pandemic has impacted these programs. For more information SEE HERE


If gardening is your passion, you may not want to miss the next opportunity to learn more. The current El Dorado and Amador Counties UCCE Master Gardener Training began in January. The 15-weeks long course covers botany, soil, plant pathology, and much, much more. You may be the ideal candidate to become a UCCE Master Gardener. For more information and dates for the next Master Gardener Training Program. SEE HERE. For the UCCE Calendar SEE HERE.





OTHER: The Svalbard Global Seed Vault: A Climate Change Plan B


The Svalbard Global Seed Vault holds the seeds of many tens of thousands of varieties of essential food crops such as beans, wheat, and rice. In total, the vault now holds seeds of more than 4000 plant species. These seed samples are duplicates of seed sample stores in national, regional and international gene banks. To learn more about this amazing Norwegian program, please see this video

OTHER: Folsom Garden Club's Annual Scholarship Program


Since 2005, the Folsom Garden Club has distributed more than $71,500 to 51 deserving students. To apply, please see the following:

Applicants must be college level, a California resident and one of the following:

  • A resident (permanent home address) of Sacramento, Yolo, El Dorado or Placer County.

  • A temporary resident in Sacramento, Yolo, El Dorado or Placer County while attending college or university.

  • Applicants must be enrolled in one of the designated horticulture majors as outlined in the Application materials.


Please see the following forms for full requirements: FGC Scholar Eligibility Flyer       FGC Scholar Eligibility Application

OTHER: Stinkwort Spreading in El Dorado County!


Mt. Democrat, Nov. 20, 2019: Stinkwort is spreading in El Dorado County, threatening some of the region’s most precious reserves and plant life.

The invasive weed is “on a mission to take over every inch of the earth’s surface,” according to Debra Ayres, a retired University of California Davis, plant scientist and a member of the El Dorado County chapter of the California Native Plant Society.       READ MORE HERE.

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


On May 24, 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


During PGC's May 2019 meeting, 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