916 Mills Avenue


The Modesto Garden Club is pleased to present

its May 2015 Garden of the Month. Owner

Joan Michelotti, a retired health educator and R.N., purchased this home in April 2012 and started renovating, completing the landscaping by March 2013. The fence design was inspired by an image out of Sunset Magazine and was implemented by Joan's brother, Chuck Silva. Working with Joan's brother-in-law, John Yarborough, the intial woodland inspired landscape was designed and installed. Later, the landscape design was revisted and improved upon

by Danny Hall & Pioneer Landscaping of Turlock.

The plantings were designed to display year round interested, both in foliage and blooms. Most of the front yard plants are evergreen with the exception

of the Japanese Maples and are supported by

three dry river rock beds and hardscaping by

Arnold Cement, Inc.


With plant selections like 'Aptos' Blue Redwoods, 'Bloodgood' and 'Emperor 1' Japanese maples, and interior Live Oaks, a forest understory feel is established. Dappled sun highlights white drift roses, 'Firepower' nandina, Chinese fringe flower shrubs, 'Duc de Rohan' azaleas, 'Tequila Sunrise' coprosma, Cherry Laurels, Scotch Moss groundcover, Iberis and 'Little John' bottlebrush.


Garden of the  Month

    As a kindergartener, I entered a school flower show and won a ribbon. My interest in flowers had begun! Growing up in Modesto, I helped my father in the garden and my great uncle on his farm in Fresno.
     In the mid 90s, I started a school gardening program at Crowell Elementary,  the Turlock school where I taught. We had a vegetable garden, California native garden and a rose garden for many years.
     After 36 years of teaching, I retired only to continue to teach! As a staff member of Turlock Adult School, I teach floral design as well as elementary students in the after school program.
     I have taken courses at MJC in floral design and other workshops but most of my training has been through years of practice.  On April 9th, I will be demonstrating how to make an arrangement in a spring/Easter basket and other seasonal fun projects for children. The basket will be raffled.
       Looking forward to seeing you in April!



Carolyn Pellegrini

Floral Design Teacher

Turlock Adult School

    Dan has been creating Bonsai the Living Art for over 35 years. He started by reading books and joining Bonsai clubs. He was President of Amador Bonsai Club for 3½ years and started the Calaveras Bonsai Club which is now the Mother Lode Bonsai Club. Bonsai is a living art expressing creativity. Dan loves talking about and teaching his art. He has given classes and presentations for many garden clubs and organizations. Born in Oakland, Dan is a disabled Vietnam veteran where he served as a combat medic.


Dan Balsey

Bonsai Creation

and Care

Thursday, September XX
Learn and Grow
10:30 am–11:15 am
General Meeting
11:45 am–1:30 pm