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October's General Meeting, October 9th, 2014

The Art of Real Food: Joanne Neft and Laura Kenny

Once again, Joanne Neft will be shopping at our Modesto Farmers Market and cooking on stage for our general meeting program on October 9. This time Joanne will be joined by Laura Kenny, co-author of their cookbook, The Art of Real Food.

They hope to expose Modesto Garden Club members to the seasonal treasures of the Modesto Farmers Market by indentifying lesser known fruits and vegetables and providing ways to prepare them. For Joanne and Laura, getting involved in the grassroots dialogue about food is an important cause. They emphasize getting quality food from local sources. Why is it important to talk about what we're fueling our bodies with? “It’s because the people talking included your sister, your friend’s mother, and your neighbor,” Joanne says, “and given the nation’s increasing dependence on experts to tell us what to eat, who is talking – we, the people – is especially significant. You see, the trouble with experts is they don’t often agree, and at worst, they lead to decisions that are equally contradictory.”

The pleasure of the farmer’s market goes beyond the food it offers. It’s about the community it fosters. It’s a place where you build relationships with and respect for the people who grow your food. Enjoying the seasons never tasted so good. Join us for October's general meeting! $10 at the door for guests. We welcome you!


vendorfair2014 Fall Vendor's Fair, October 9th

Don't forget about the 2014 Fall Vendor's Fair. Please arrive early before the General Meeting to take advantage of this fun shopping experience! While you're there, sign up for tours, put your name in the hat for Rafatunity prizes, sign up for a MGC civic opportunity and check out books from the Lavender Library.


Check us out on YouTube--

The Modesto Garden Club is excited to have a YouTube page! Monthly 'Reality Shows' highlight all of the events, activities and special moments shared by members. These Reality Shows are compiled by our own talented Multi Media group and are shown at the monthly general meetings. Click on the link below to check out our newly formed MGC YouTube channel, where you'll find Modesto Garden Club Office Tours, reality shows and much, much more.


Watch MGC Videos on Modesto Garden Club's YouTube Channel

October Garden of the Month: 3 x 3 Gardening


In October, Modesto Garden Club wants to give Garden of the Month status to tiny little raised gardens, planted in therapeutic garden boxes. The Club has therapeutic garden boxes at 17 different elder care centers in Modesto. A therapeutic garden box is a raised planter, set at a height to accommodate gardeners who are seated or those who can’ t bend down.  Club volunteers work with activity directors and residents to keep boxes  bright and blooming.

Residents love to look, smell and touch the plants. Many of the residents have planted flowers they have received on Valentine’s Day, Christmas and Mother’s Day. They take pride in watching their gifts grow.

JoeHall1At Evergreen, resident Joe Hall loves to watch what lives in the boxes. Using his camera he has documented the lives of spiders, ladybugs and praying mantises. He has been photographing a wolf spider for the last year. Because the boxes are elevated he is able to get great close ups.

Residents can just enjoy looking at the seasonal plantings, or they can participate by keeping the box tidy by deadheading flowers, or they can water the plants. The boxes allow elder residents to participate in maintaining and enjoying a tiny space garden. The boxes are also enjoyed by non-gardeners who enjoy seeing the beautiful blooms.3x3-2     

When you visit one of our local elder care centers, take your loved one on a stroll outside and see if you can find one of these charming tiny gardens. If you want to construct your own 3 X 3 tiny garden box, visit the Modesto Garden Club website at Check under Education, Therapeutic Gardening, and see instructions for “Constructing a Garden Box.”





Visit the Modesto Garden Club Office

For the past 90 years, the Modesto Garden Club has been an important link to the beautification of our city. We are the largest club in California with a current membership of 548. We are members of National Garden Clubs, Inc., Pacific Region; California Garden Clubs, Inc.; and Valley Lode District.

If you love gardening, or just want to learn more, Join the Club

For more information, click on Newsletters above and read current or past newsletters.

Drop by the Garden Club office at 622 14th Street, Modesto to view the beautiful gardens and renovated office. We are open every Wednesday morning, 9:00 am - noon. You can contact the Garden Club by calling (209) 529-7360 or email us at
Or Attend one of our Monthly Meetings
Bethal Church on Map

The Modesto Garden Club meets on the second Thursday of each month, September through May, except December.

Meeting are held at One Church (formerly Bethel), 2361 Scenic Dr.

Hospitality: 10:15 AM - 12 Noon
Snack & Learn: 10:45 AM - 11:30 AM
Meeting: 12 Noon - 1:45 PM

Non-members $10 each meeting; Annual Membership Dues $40

We Make Modesto a Beautiful Place to Live
Bethal Church on Map

Volunteers from the Modesto Garden Club plant and maintain flower beds at a variety of places around Modesto, including:

  • The Senior Center at Scenic and Bodem
  • The Flower Clock at the Modesto Center Plaza
  • The Rose Garden on the Virginia Corridor at Orangeburg
  • The Victims' Garden in front of the Court House
  • The Modesto Arch at 9th and I Streets
  • George Lucas Plaza at five points (17th St. and McHenry Ave.)

We also maintain approximately 231 flower pots and 44 hanging baskets in the downtown area.

We Share our Passion through Education

The Modesto Garden Club shares it passion by educating others. Education happens through a variety of means, including:

  • Children's Gardens give school kids "hands on" appreciation
  • Therapeutic Gardening, assists seniors
  • Budding Gardeners, teach adults in small groups
  • Scholarships, for aspiring professionals

We also have our office demonstration gardens, which provide visitors with living examples of nine distinct gardens:

  • A Cottage Garden
  • An Asian Garden
  • The Formal Garden
  • The Heirloom Garden
  • The Herb Garden
  • California Cool
  • The Shade Garden
  • The Foliage Garden
  • The Raised Garden
Modesto Garden Club Office
Look for our Photo Tour coming soon.