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MARCH 12, 2015

'Fairy Houses, Fairy Gardens and Miniature Gardening'

AnneSchellmanPrepare to be enchanted! The art of miniature gardening is the art of imagination says Anne Schellman, our program speaker for Thursday, March 12, 2015. We are very lucky to have Anne as our featured speaker. Many of you have probably heard Anne speak before at numerous garden shows or garden clubs.
     Anne will tell you if you're a lover of fairy tales and of beautiful adventures, and if you love to dream of mystical landscapes populated with fairies and fairy houses, you have found the right place. Your miniature garden can be placed anywhere, from a tabletop garden in a container, to one under a tree or special place in your yard.
     FairyGardenStory telling and imaginary fairy garden scenery bring the playful kid out in all of us. Filled with intrigue and mystique, each little miniature garden scene you create is a snap shot of such a dream. By taking up this form of gardening, you transport yourself into another world, and experience the enviable feeling of having dreams come true. Anne will also be bringing copies of her current book, Miniature Gardening. See you on the 12th.


Modesto Garden Club

March Garden of the Month

313 Northgate Drive, Modesto


Artificial Turf is the Answer to Conserving Water

The Modesto Garden Club's Garden of the Month belongs to Bruce and Lori Norris at 313 Northgate Drive in Modesto in the Northgate Development area. Bruce and Lori have spent three years honing in on how to create the perfect drought tolerant landscape to accent the clean lines of their home. Built in 1963, this home originally sported an Asian motif but was remodled inside and out to reflect a comtemporary freeform style.

In response to growing drought concerns this pair put their motto, "We think low maintenance, and as a result turf was the aswer," into action by re-landscaping their front and backyards with artificial turf in October 2014 with the help of Charlie Malone. The artificial turf selection was made because this artificial turf looks anything but artificial due to the intricate weaving of yellow, green and brown. The benefits of artificial turf, the couple found, includes the following: no watering, no mowing, no weeds, no sprinkler heads, no raking leafs, no patches of dead grass, and it's pet friendly because it just rinses off and it lasts 20-25 years. Sounds pretty great, right? They did note that it was 3000 to 5000 dollars more for artificial turf for this yard than sod, but will pay for itself longterm.

The attention to water conservation doesn't stop with the turf. Bruce and Lori removed two city trees in the front yard, replacing them with more March2015GOM2drought tolerant Chinese Pistache trees. With the help of landscape architect Ken Westfall, the couple was able to select hardy plants in assorted colors in purple, pink, white, and yellow with random but with repeating patterns and allowed for proper growth margins using negative space. Plant selections include 'Razzleberry' Chinese fringe flower, Pink Muhly Grass, New Zealand Flax, Indian Hawthorn, Yeddo Hawthorn, Iceburg Rose, and Star Jasmine. Because of the low maintenance plant choices, this yard requires only a micro spray and drip water system once a week to stay healthy. 15 tons of boulder accents with dry cobble stream and different size river rock, all from Westurf Nursery, complete the look along with the 21 lights that illuminate Bruce and Lori's contemporary frreeform garden, home and hardscaping.

Don't be shy! Take a slow drive by! You won't believe how real artificial turf can appear!


Modesto Garden Club Scholarship Applications Now Available

The Modesto Garden Club is now accepting applications from eligible high school seniors and college students for six $1500 scholarships. Completed applications packets are due by April 1, 2015.

Students with the basic qualifications may email the Scholarship Chairperson for application information and forms.

Applicants must have a major related to the Modesto Garden Club mission, attendance at a 2014ScholarshipWinnersSmtwo or four year college as an undergraduate for the 2015-16 academic year, Stanislaus County residency, or attend high school or college in Stanislaus County.  Applications will be scored on how application answers relate to the Modesto Garden Club’s mission to “educate, impart knowledge and skills of landscape design, flora culture, agriculture, arborvitae, insects, ornamental horticulture and ornithology; to instill the joy of gardening for club members, school children, senior citizens and the community at large”. 

Majors might include agronomy, agriculture education, floriculture, horticulture landscape design, botany, biology, forestry, wildlife science, plant pathology/science, city planning, habitat or forest/systems ecology, environmental concerns, environmental conservation, land management, or allied subjects.

Image at right: 2014 Modesto Garden Club Scholarship Recipients

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.