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Nov15GOM November's Garden of the Month


2704 Vestrella Dr.


November's Garden of the Month belongs to Jean Anderson and Don Jordon. Their garden is like many of our own, planted and then replanted with family heirloom plants, tokens of nurseries and holidays past, and individual finds based on color, toughness or fragrance. What resulted is a beautiful Tuscan inspired garden getaway.

The first thing the couple did was build a stucco wall, which extended the front court yard and wrapped continuously around the side of the home into the backyard. Placed lovingly within these new borders are purple and NovGOMSideyellow irises that came from Jean's grandmother's home in Texas, a Hischier Nursery special order Mexican bird-of-paradise grows a decade strong in the front yard, and 'Rouge Royal' and 'Melody Purple' roses chosen for fragrance special that were ordered from Jackson and Perkins. The beautiful Azaleas out front were given to Jean by supportive friends during her fight with cancer and serve as a reminder that she is both a warrior survivor and friend to many. A blue spruce was a living Christmas tree that was brought from Jean and Don from Texas. A pine tree that was once a table decoration from a Christmas season past grew very fast, so it was transplanted to the front, resulting in a beautiful specimen tree that now anchors the corner.

NovGOMGateThis is a very personal garden and one that continues to give. On Sunday mornings Jean cuts flowers from the yard to create indoor arrangements. She and Don jam the deliciously sweet green figs from their Kadota fig tree each year and cure their own olives from a stately olive tree out back for their own use. There are pomegranate and avacado fruits to be collected, too! The scent of Daphne ordora, lavender rosemary, sweet bay, and gardenia complement the sound of a Tuscan fountain.

Don and Jean’s garden has everything it needs to transport them to a Tuscan villa and they are proud to do all of the work, having so many personal memories and time invested within its borders. Thank you Don and Jean for sharing your special garden with us all as this month's GOM.


Don't be shy: Take a slow drive by!

Exclusive Holiday Tour for Modesto Garden Club Members and Thier Guests


Garden Club members and their guests will visit four homes lavishly decorated for the holidays. The tour will be on Saturday, December 12 from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm. The four homes may be visited in any order. Light refreshments. A big thank you to those who are opening their homes for this fundraising event!

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Modesto Garden Club November General Meeting

November 12th, 2015

Speaker Bob Bigham--Floral Designer Extraordinaire

Floral design is constantly changing and Bob Bigham's current designs along with his sense of humor are always enjoyed by MGC members. His bigger than life floral arrangements are filled with new and innovative material. Bob has settled in Yuba City where he is an owner of Yuba City Florist.

A member of the American Institute of Floral Design, Bob has travelled the world as an international designer, teacher and competition judge. Audiences for his floral artistry range from the New Year's Day Rose Parade seen by millions worldwide to political high places and royalty. From the streets of Pasadena, the ballrooms of the White House to the late Lady Di, Bob's work has wowed crowds.

Bob has taught throughout the United States, South America, Asia and Europe. He represented 20 nations in a design presentation for the World Congress of Flowers in Hamburg, Germany. Bob has a master's degree in fine arts from the University of Washington.

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

November's Snack and Learn speaker is Barry Hoffer. Barry is an arborist specializing in Japanese Maple trees. He will show how to take care and prune maple trees. He belongs to the International Society of Arboriculture. He is bringing some of his maple trees to sell.

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: 9:30 AM - 12 Noon
Snack & Learn: 10:15 AM - 11:00 AM
Meeting: 11:30 AM - 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.