PGC News


Placerville Garden Club Presents the Blue Star Memorial Plaque to VFW  


On May 29, 2021, the Placerville Garden Club presented a Blue Star Memorial Plaque to the VFW Post 2680. The Blue Star Memorial Program honors servicemen and women who have served, are serving or will be serving in the armed services of the United States.


The Blue Star Memorial Marker Program was established in1944 at the end of World War II and honors all who serve in the US Armed Forces; past, present, and future. In 1945, the National Council of State Garden Clubs (now National Garden Clubs, Inc.) adopted the program started in New Jersey and began a Blue Star Highway system, which covers thousands of miles across the Continental United States, Alaska, and Hawaii. A large metal Blue Star Memorial Highway Marker was placed at appropriate locations along the way. Memorial Markers and By-Way Markers are placed at locations such as national cemeteries, parks, veteran's facilities and gardens.


Placerville Garden Club Contributes to Christmas Tree Lane 

Each November, the Placerville section of the U.S. 50 Highway is transformed into Chrismas Tree Lane. Local groups, including the Placerville Garden Club, purchase a tree to decorate. For more on the history of Christmas Tree Lane, SEE HERE.

Nov. 21: Members of the Placerville Garden Club decorate the beautiful, locally-grown Christmas tree on Hwy. 50's Christmas Tree Lane.


U.S. Hwy 50 courses through Placerville, CA as a major east-west route of the U.S. Highway system, stretching 3,073 miles (4,946 km) from Interstate 80 (I-80) in West Sacramento, California, to Maryland Route 528 (MD 528) in Ocean City, Maryland, on the Atlantic Ocean.


The PGC Facebook Challenge

Placerville Garden Club members can win a $20 gift card to Green Acres by entering the Facebook Challenge. Contestants must provide a photo of an unusual item used as a plant container.  Check out the PGC's Facebook page for the next Facebook Challenge--You could be the Winner!

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December 19, 2020: Congrats to Tammie Manochio, the winner of our final Facebook challenge to “Create a Wreath.” Tammie receives a gift card to Green Acres Nursery. Thank you to all who have entered and voted in our challenges. Merry Christmas!


November 20, 2020: Judy Hobbs was the winner of our November Facebook Challenge: Best Flower Photo. Judy receives a gift card to El Dorado Nursery.
Check out the PGC's Facebook page for the next Facebook Challenge.


October 25, 2020: Leann Stewart wins the October Facebook Challenge for Fall Yard / Porch Decor. Leann receives a gift card to El Dorado Nursery.
Check out the PGC's Facebook page for the next Facebook Challenge.


September 25, 2020: Pauline Atkins is the winner of this month's Facebook Challenge! Congratulations to Pauline! Check out the PGC's Facebook page for the next Facebook Challenge


July 25, 2020: Placerville Garden Club Member, Ann Melchiori, is the winner of the PGC'S FIRST Facebook Challenge Contest (and a $20 gift card to Green Acres). Contestants were asked to provide a photo of an unusual item used as a plant container. One has to wonder what Ann has on her feet now that her boots are used for succulents!!! Congratulations Ann! Check out the PGC's Facebook page for the next Facebook Challenge.

New This Year: The PGC Carson Rd. Farm Stand!


Sept. 21, 2020: 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

CGCI Awards Season 2020


Each year, the California Garden Clubs Inc. invites members of garden clubs from around the state to enter their Awards Competitions. Some CGCI winners have gone on to win awards in the National Garden Clubs Inc. competitions (see below). While the list of Awards is daunting, don't let that stop you from entering. Deadlines are rapidly approaching!

Placerville Garden Club Wins First Place: Twice!


June 1, 2020: From PGC President Diane Hernandez: Congratulations to the Placerville Garden Club and especially Donna Ayerst, Communications Director! PGC received a FIRST PLACE AWARD for a Website design from the California Garden Club, Inc.'s annual Awards Competition. The PGC also received a $50 check. Thanks to Donna for her insight, perseverance, and hard work. Congrats to all of the CGCI winners! 

UPDATE: Congratulations are once again in order as the Placerville Garden Club has won FIRST PLACE for Website design in the National Garden Clubs, Inc. Awards Competition! You may recall that we placed first place in the California Garden Clubs, Inc. last month. All of this is of course, due to the skill and hard work of our Communications Director, Donna Ayerst. 


A comment by an NGC judge read, "Beautiful site. Very easy to navigate and attractive to the public. If I were curious about what this club offered, a visit to their site and I would want to know more or even join! Links and videos are attractive to visitors. Great #1 site for this category." Another fantastic job...thanks to Donna!