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This month the Garden Club is featuring a business as our “Garden of the Month” that shows how attractive “drought friendly” landscaping can be.  Starbucks opened its newest store, actually replacing a store in Century Center, last April.  Now located on the northeast corner of Oakdale Rd and Scenic Drive, it is less than a quarter of a mile from the Bethel Church where our monthly meetings are held so it will be  easy to see on the way to a monthly.

Starbucks designs their stores to be community gathering places and are deeply concerned about the impact the current drought has on the people of Modesto, environment and economy.  Local management works closely with facilities managers and landlords to determine the types of plants that support Modesto’s local environment and tailored theGOM8/15 landscaping to fit the needs of our community. 

Several grasses are used such as mondo, toffee twist and Mexican feather grass providing a constantly moving backdrop.   To add color there are daylilies with bright tangerine colored flower, white flowers on fortnight lilies and both color and texture are provided with bottlebrush and boxwood. 

If you would like to have a coffee or cold drink, there is a patio area with a few tables for customers to enjoy the landscape and their coffee which is surrounded by a decorative wrought iron fence.  Completing the landscape design is the drive-through lane.  A few miniature pink roses among  boxwoods greet you.  There are several jasmine covered trellises on the masonry wall on one side and small cypress trees on the other. 

If you miss it in August you can still catch a glimpse on your way to the September Garden Club General Meeting. 


Modesto Garden Club September General Meeting

September 10, 2015

Speaker Julia Bell of Bell & Flourish

Julia has worked in ecological landscape design and restoration in the Santa Cruz and Monterey areas for the past 15 years. Her background in fine art, design and botany fuse with a love for California wild-lands, and she sees her gardens as living sculptures as well as part of the greater ecosystem. The name Bell & Flourish reflects the rich collaborative process among Julia, her clients, and fellow workers, horticulturalists, contractors and craftspeople that propel each project through to a successful ecological landscape.

Formal education from UCSC (BA Art, BA Biology), Cabrillo and West Valley College (Landscape Design & Architecture, Horticulture, Engineering Technology, Graphic Design, etc) has provided a solid backdrop for continual ongoing studies. Working for many years at San Lorenzo Garden Center, one of the best retail nurseries on the central coast also enhanced her horticultural knowledge, customer service, and network within the local landscape community.

Julia is passionate about the dynamic field of landscape design and is currently involved in many exciting projects that fuse fine art with horticulture and design in residential, educational and commercial settings. Special interests include: California native plants, pollinator attraction (birds, butterflies & bees), edible/ usable gardens, succulents, Permaculture, traditional Japanese and art-gardens.

Please note that the start times for Snack & Learn and the General Meeting have changed for the year. Come early to the meeting to shop the 2015 Vendor Fair check out books from the Lavender Library, and sign up for civic groups, tours and more! The general meeting begins at 11:30 am. Snack & Learn will resume in October and will begin at 10:15 am. Guests are welcome: the cost is $10 at the door.


Modesto Garden Club Vendor Fair

We are excited to again host the fall vendor fair at Bethel Church. The vendor fair will begin at 9 am and will end at Noon. There will be 15 booths to shop, including fall interest plants, home decor, jewelry, and kitchen wares.

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

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.