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June 4, 2015
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FOG Secretary Sheelah Meyer and Secretary Marilyn LeRoy count ballots at the FOG potluck. Wendy Roberts photo.

The sun came out for the Friends of the Gardens (FOG) annual potluck and meeting in the Vegetable Garden on Tuesday, June 2. Comments were overheard about the deliciousness of the food brought by group members.

In an item of business, the Garden Store had made a special request for funding of an additional mobility scooter. Scooters are in high demand by mobility-challenged visitors, especially during the summer and for Art in the Gardens.
 
Attending FOG members voted unanimously to use funds, raised through their annual projects, to purchase a new, heavy-duty cart to serve those individuals who would not otherwise be able to see the Gardens. This will give the Gardens seven scooters in total.

Our scooters have been scrupulously maintained by volunteer Don Bettencourt for the past 15 years. Don supports the coast community by donating his time to repair scooters for people in need.

Thank you, Don, and thank you FOG!

You can support the Gardens by participating in any of FOG's fundraisers. Place a bid on your favorite Bird House, displayed on The Plaza at the Gardens until Final Bid Night, Friday, August 14. Purchase tickets for the Wine Raffle—six for $25. This year's theme is Keep on Truckin'; proceeds will fund a new (used) truck and dump trailer for the Gardens. And don't forget the Pack Rat Sale, coming up on Saturday, July 11. Donate your gently used household goods or come by and shop!

: In Bloom : 

Rhododendrons . Coastal Wildflowers . Pacific Coast Iris
Heritage Roses . Woodland Fuchsias . Succulent Garden
Perennials . Early Dahlias


Fruit Tree Pruning 101

Saturday, June 6
10am to 12noon

Gardens Meeting Room
(please check in at front entrance)

with Di Scott

Instructor Di Scott will teach attendees how to optimize growth and production of their fruit trees, according to the specific environment in which the trees are growing and the growers’ own needs. The spotlight will primarily be on, but not limited to, the pruning of fruit tree varieties appropriate to the North Coast climate, specifically apples, pears, and select stone fruits. Learn how time of year and type of pruning cut can greatly influence the success of fruit trees. The class covers a complete year’s cycle of tree growth, from the tree’s perspective as well as our own.

Di Scott brings 17 years of coastal orchard experience and a lifetime of horticultural knowledge to this class. 

Gardens members and Master Gardeners $10; non-members $20 (includes garden admission for the day). Please phone 707 964-4352 ext. 16 to reserve your space. 

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Advance Tickets for
ART in the GARDENS
Art - Music - Wine - Beer - Food
and Fun!
Saturday, August 1, 11am to 5pm
gardenbythesea.org/aig
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