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lady pruning roses

Victory Rose Garden

We regularly assist in the deadheading, weeding and annual pruning of roses at the Haggin Museum - Victory Park Gerry Dunlap Rose Garden.  

The rose garden was designed and built by Stockton Beautiful in May 2007.  Co-founder Gerry Dunlap was the guiding force behind this project.

Please join us the 2nd Sunday of each month at 9 am.  or come whenever you have some time to help with this fun and worthwhile project.

garden club members at earth day event
 Garden  Club Members
children's activities at earth day

Earth Day

This year's event:  Sunday April 23, 2023  10 am - 4 pm

Participation by our club is an annual event held at Victory Park, Stockton each April, much enjoyed by both our members and the guests stopping by to chat, learn and share experiences.  

Our children's educational / fun hands-on activities are a favorite of all ages.

Learn more about Earth Day by clicking button below.

Festa Italiana, Lodi

Our Club Members enjoy creating live flower designs, called "Infiorata" each June as part of the Lodi Italian Festival.

We create a design on a large surface, outline the design with coffee grounds and fill it with cut-up colorful fresh flowers and greenery.  Only natural materials are used in the designs.

 

Infiorata originated in Italy anddates back to the early 17th century in Rome. It was in fact an idea of the Vatican to embellish the churchyards with drawings created with fresh flowers on the feast of Corpus Domini.  Presumably, the first flower carpets were made on the 29th of June 1625 in the Vatican Basilica. Benedetto Drei, head-florist at the Vatican, and his son Peter were the creators.

 

The most popular part of this event is the children's section where tons of freshly cut up flowers are available for children to create their own designs.

garden club member with finished floral design
garden club member with her flower display
children creating flower design at Italian Festival

Gospel Center Rescue Mission

comparing before and after raised garden beds
garden club members and mission employees

Club members taught and assisted the Mission's residents in gardening, planting, soil preparation and maintaining plants.  We planted herbs, vegetables, strawberries, succulents, irises, lavender in eight raised beds, creeping fig vines along fence lines and orange trees by their Recuperative Building, giving future shade and oranges to the residents.

We  visit periodically to check on progress and see if we can assist in other ways.  We're hoping to help them enlarge their produce selections in the future to use in their kitchen.

Find more about the wonderful programs at Stockton's Gospel Center Rescue Mission by clicking on the button.

Educational Presentations

O'Connor Woods Residential Living

Laura Fortune, President, made a powerpoint presentation on the value of Oak Trees and native plants to residents of O'Connor Woods, followed by an engaging question - answer session.  O'Connor Woods is nestled on 34 park-like acres in Stockton, with numerous aged Valley Oak Trees.

O'Connor Woods oak tree

Troke Library, 502 W Benjamin Holt, Stockton

Guests, employees and garden club members enjoyed a powerpoint presentation by Laura Fortune on Native Plants.

garden club members enjoying a meeting
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