President's Updates

PGC President's Update: November 18, 2021

Good Evening,

The Placerville Garden Club (PGC) has a number of things in the works and you might want to join in!




The California Garden Club Inc. (CGCI) 2022 Awards Program is open.  Previously, the PGC took home awards for our website, container gardening, creative ways to raise funds, gardener of the year, etc. The CGCI offers lots of ways to participate in the awards program including photography, garden design, social media, growing vegetables, landscaping, gardening for pollinators, container gardening, etc. You can learn more about the awards program including due dates at  I hope you'll consider applying!

PGC President's Update: October 7, 2021

PGC Meetings:

Fall is finally here and the temperatures are headed down. Best of all, we are back to in-person meetings at the VFW Hall! The next meeting will be on Tuesday, October 12 at 10:00 AM. We are fortunate that  Master Gardener, Cindy Young will be the speaker. Cindy is an expert in growing vegetables and composting, including composting with worms. She may even discuss planting cover crops! Bring your questions. We'll also share the results of the recent Survey Monkey and discuss your suggestions. Lastly, please see the recent edition of the Golden Gardens eNewsIt is filled with lots of information you can use now. It is found on the password-protected Members-Only page (to obtain the password, send a message via Contact on the above menu bar).


Member Open Garden Tour:


Wednesday, July 21, 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM. SAVE THE DATE. Member Garden Tour. Diane Hernandez. Yep, it's my turn to open my garden! ​Feel free to bring a guest. There is a lot of shade in the morning, but you might want a hat later. Few stairs, mostly level ground. Drinks and snacks provided. The PGC Honor Stand will also be selling crafts and hopefully veggies! Proceeds go to the PGC.

PGC Member Dues:

​Lastly, if you've forgotten to pay dues, you may pay at the meeting or mail a check to PGC, 2957 Carson Road, Placerville, CA, 95667. $15 individual or $20 household. You can't beat that!  Only 2021-2022 members will receive future notifications, emails, etc.

Thank you, thank you for helping the PGC continue this year!



Diane Hernandez, President

Placerville Garden Club

PGC President's Update: June 25, 2021

CGCI Awards Season 2020


Presenting the newly-installed 2021 Placerville Garden Club Board: (rear l to r) Debra Nattress, Events/Fundraising; Veronica Salter, Co-Vice President; Diane Hernandez, President; Susie King, Secretary; Anne Bettencourt, Co-Chair Treasurer; (front l to r) Co-Chair Treasurer, Linda Magee; Donna Ayerst, Communications Director; and Patty Schwartz, Co-Vice President.

On June 25, the Placerville Garden Club's newly-installed Board met at President Diane Hernandez's beautiful home and gardens to introduce ourselves to one another and to discuss future meetings and events. The meeting also provided an opportunity to look back and thank the outgoing members of the Board (Steph Gabler, Marilyn Petersen-Olson, Linda Martenot, and Kathie Nowka for the incredible job they did by volunteering to help establish the Placerville Garden Club. The new Board will be challenged to create a robust program that will continue to appeal to old and new members alike.

PGC President's Update: May 6, 2021

Dues for 2021-2022 have again been reduced: Individuals: $15 and Household: $20. Dues can be paid at the next meeting or you may mail a check to Placerville Garden Club, 2957 Carson Road, Placerville, CA. 95667

Best regards,

Diane Hernandez, President

Placerville Garden Club


PGC President's Update: April 5, 2021

Good Morning Members!


As you know, COVID made for a difficult year. The good news is that El Dorado County is in the Red Tier, which means we can reconvene in-person meetings! The Veterans Memorial Building where we meet has invited clubs back. The occupancy capacity is at 50%, which means approximately 50  members may attend (We're currently at 61 members.)  The VFW Council recommends but does not mandate face masks and social distancing. We may have snacks, but no meals.  Lastly, they ask us to clean up after ourselves and disinfect. With that said, the Placerville Garden Club is returning to in-person meetings at the VFW Hall, 130 Placerville Drive, Placerville beginning with the April meeting.  


Please note the following "SAVE the DATES"


PGC Meetings:

  • Tuesday, April 13, @ 10:00 AM. Topic- Get together/Catching up, how has your garden fared this year?

  • Tuesday, May 11, 10:00 AM. Topic-Greg Gayton, Green Acres, What's new in plants and what you might be doing in May.

  • Tuesday, June 8, 10:00 AM. Speaker: Jay Chopp, Pollock Pines Fire Safe Council;
    Install new officers/directors;
    Board luncheon following meeting is planned.


Member Open Garden Tours*:

  • Wednesday, May 5, Gail Butler

  • Wednesday, May 12,   Susan King

  • Wednesday, June 23, Carolyn Havicon, Bluestone Meadow Lavender Farm

  • Wednesday, July 22, Diane Hernandez

  • *More information to come.


Reduced Dues:


The dues for the 2021-2022 year have again been reduced. Individuals: $15 and Household: $20. Dues can be paid at the April or May meetings or you may mail a check to Placerville Garden Club, 2957 Carson Road, Placerville, CA. 95667.


Seeking Nominations for PGC Board Positions:


As outlined in the Placerville Garden Club (PGC) Bylaws, the club is required to collect nominations for the offices of the President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer that will lead the membership from July 1, 2021-June 30, 2023. The timeline is as such:

  • February-contact members regarding nominations.

  • March/April-nominate members to the membership. 

  • May-elect officers. 

  • June-install officers.

  • July 1-officers begin their new roles.  

To see the list of officers and the responsibilities of each office CLICK HERE.  The role of Vice President is being shared between two people-Vice President, Programs, and Vice President, Liaison. Please note that this email regards only the nomination of officers. The current Board will work directly with the new officers to help them get established. The remaining (current) Board positions of Director of Communications, Director of Hospitality, and Director of Special Events/Fundraising will be addressed at a later date. Won't you consider being an officer or director?


Offers by Members:

Maria Brugger has Walla Walla onion sets available. $3 a bunch (50 onion plants). I grew these onions last year and they are sweet and delicious! Email Maria at to place an order. 


Debbie Shaw has 20 tomato cages and 180 canning jars free to a good home.  Email Debbie at


Whew! lots of information. We are so excited to begin meeting in person again and hope that you'll join us!


Best regards,

Diane Hernandez, President

Placerville Garden Club

PGC President's Update: March 8, 2021

Good morning,


Well, we have good news! El Dorado County has moved from the most restricted purple tier to the red tier, which means we may resume indoor meetings with some caveats. I heard from the Veterans Memorial Hall Building Manager that we may return to meeting indoors at 50% (50 member capacity). Clubs using the facilities will be required to clean and disinfect after meetings. They also recommend social distancing and wearing masks. Therefore, we'll celebrate our anniversary at the VFW Hall in April!  More info on that meeting to come.


Reminder-tomorrow's Zoom video call (Tuesday, March 9th @ 10:00 AM), will be presented by EDC Master Gardener and Rosarian, Eve Keener. She'll share tips on growing, pruning, and maintaining roses. Check the email that I sent on March 2nd for the Zoom link. I hope you'll join us.


I recently sent information regarding nominations for PGC officers. Nominations take place in March/ April, members vote in May, and officers are installed in June.  Please consider nominating yourself or someone else. You can rest assured you'll have plenty of help and if you'd like to sit in on a Board meeting to get a sense of how we operate, let me know.  


I'll call this "Veronica's Project" as she is the lead on this task.  If you read her email requesting help, you saw that the VFW  grounds are in need of some care.  We can help by cleaning and sprucing up the area!  The date is Tuesday, March 16th, 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM or so. Bring some gloves and any tools you think might be useful.  Any amount of time you can offer would be greatly appreciated.  Oh, and you might let Veronica know you're coming if you haven't already. Her email address is 


With spring within our sights, we plan to host some informal garden tours in May and July. In fact, we have a few about your garden?  Email us at for more information or to offer your garden.


Lastly, member Maria Brugger has a fantastic offer for members.  She and a neighbor are ordering Walla Walla onion sets from Washington and they should arrive in late March. There should be about 30 or so bundles available at $5-$6 a bundle. There are about 50 onion starts in each bundle. If you've ever eaten Walla Walla onions, you know how sweet and delicious they are!  Please contact Maria at if you'd like to order some.  They'll go to the first folks who contact her!


Best regards,

Diane Hernandez, President

Placerville Garden Club

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