Garden Faire

Carolyn Hoyum      6/25/2012 10:10:05 AM

Wanted to let you know earlier how thrilled I was with your clubs Plant
Faire!!!!  Wow!  I talked with all the vendors too and they were excited about
it.  Great Idea! …..

6/6/2012 4:22:07 PM



Kay Kobe, DC      6/6/2012 2:47:24 PM

Contratulations to all for a fabulous 1st Plant Faire.  Your vendors were
simply wonderful – great selection to choose from and reasonably

of work for sure – you should all be very proud!


Kay Kobe, DC


Garden Faire 

Gennie Seely       6/6/2012 12:00:00 AM

Here is a wonderful column written by club member Gennie Seeley.  She best describes our event:

published in the June 6, 2012 issue of the Shasta Lake Bulletin



say that necessity is the mother of invention. Perhaps a more apropos comment
would be desperate times call for disparate measures.

Shasta Lake Garden Project’s English Garden Tour and Tea was slammed upside the
head by the predictions of drought. Potential garden owners became worried that
their gardens would not be presentable for showing because of water shortage. We
could find no takers on that front, nor could we get a firm commitment on where
to hold the tea. Thus we were forced to cancel the event.

group, like most volunteer groups, has been facing declining membership. We are
all beginning to feel our age. Maybe we could say that our get-up-and-go got up
and went. Yet the original purpose of the Tour and Tea remains: to enhance pride
in our community through gardens. We did that. The question seemed to be, “What
do we do now, quit?”

me personally, that idea is repugnant. Some hold to the old saw, when the going
gets tough, the tough get going. I think more along the lines of when the road
gets rough, shift into 4-wheel drive. Reality suggests that we are more a
4-wheel drive pick-up community than a BMW one.

any case, we decided to use the very issue that was our nemesis (drought) to our
advantage by shifting gears, so to speak. We decided to have a Garden Faire,
concentrating on drought tolerant plants and creative enhancements of gardens.

of us sweated the possibility of failure, but literally worked our hearts out,
aiming for the impossible dream. We are not quite sure what happened, but our
first Garden Faire on Sunday was a success. Sure, there were some glitches, but
most of the comments we received were positive. Believe me, we intend to examine
in depth what went right, what went wrong, and how we can improve. Obviously, we
need to readjust some of our thinking.

a longtime resident of this community, I have some thoughts – and you know I
intend to give them.

Garden Faire was a community event. It consisted of small businesses. All are
struggling in these hard economic times. Helping our small businesses keeps
money in our community. These people are our friends and neighbors. If we don’t
help each other, we all go down. Each failed business hurts us all. Those are
the facts of life.

had great vendors. Their displays were innovative and creative. Just what we
needed.  As a matter of fact, one of the points we emphasized when inviting
vendors was to encourage creativity. We didn’t want it to look like a huge yard
sale. They did not fail us.

made regular rounds of the vendors to check how things were going and signed up
those who wanted to participate next year, if we have it again. Without
exception, the vendors all said they wanted to participate. At the end of the
day, I made my rounds again to ask how they did. Only one vendor didn’t do well,
but that was because of having to buy too many supplies. What everyone liked was
that our vendor charge was only $25. The other was that they could drive their
trucks right into the area and unload their merchandise. That is apparently not
allowed in most places. Chalk up two points for the home

sales were brisk. Some had to go back to their base and get more plants. Of
course, that hurt our Garden Project’s plant sales, but we sold a whole lot of
raffle tickets. To my way of thinking, that is just competition. As an old (very
old) former coach, one needs to know the opponent and plan some clever
strategies. We’ll work on it.

people commented that they liked the music. Yes, it was canned, but we didn’t
have time to get volunteer performers. Besides, how can you go wrong with Neil
Diamond? Most of the music selection was easy listening and relaxing. As a
matter of fact, one vendor said that they enjoyed their day. They just relaxed.

a former teacher, I am always interested in how things can be used as teaching
tools. I asked several vendors if they would be interested in helping with some
workshops on various methods or innovations they showed. They were more than
willing. That has potential for reaching out and possibly enlisting new

teacher who came by wanted to know how to do my “picture frame” succulent
gardens. She wanted to use it for her class for a Mother’s Day project. Another
teacher wanted to use the “miniature landscape” idea as a group activity for her
class. Great. I also agreed to do a workshop on concepts and implementation of
constructing a miniature landscape. Just what I need, more work. But that is the
whole idea – keep learning and reinventing oneself.

vendor had some clever new uses for junk, old rusted beer cans and other
miscellaneous objects. That keeps the creative juices flowing. It can also do
society a favor by keeping some “treasures” out of the

patrons wanted to buy our props, chairs, etc. That would indicate that maybe we
need to include furniture in our next venture. There certa

Successful 2011 Tea and Tour 


RoseMary       6/8/2011 10:59:39 PM

It was a wonderful sunny day!   After our weeks and months of rain, we were blessed with a day that dawned sunny and bright.  It did slowly cloud over and kept us in suspense, but only the last half hour produced any rain.  Our last 3 tables of guests were dry and happy under shelter canopies.
Darlene Brown and Georgia Haddon  are to be given a big hand for the management and direction they gave to members and volunteer organizations alike.  If it weren’t for the “detail” minds of these ladies it may have been chaos.  They kept us in line and remembered details of chores that had to be done and who was to do them. They did it all with a smile and good word.
All the membership, a few retired members, volunteer organizations and family and friends all pitched in and it was a success.
Special thanks to:
American Legion – cucumber sandwich
Assembly of God church –
Methodist Church – lemon squares
Shasta Lake Heritage &
Historical Society and St.Michael Church – fruit kabobs, tropical salad
the creamy brownies (brownies all made by Mary Hale)
The Shasta Lake Lions Club for logistics
Kitchen help: 
Mary Hale, 
Lamara Kingston, & Patti Anderson
. John Benham,  Carol (who was with us every step of the way)and Don Rogers, who
helped move out the tables & chairs & set up canopies. Susan Savio from
Turtle Bay who went home, and brought her own micro back to replace ours. Kay
Kobe & Paula Pearce,  David Guglielmetti.
Our perennial miracle man Blair Benham once again turned a gaggle of  teenagers into a flawless wait staff.
We have already several complimentary notes from guests, following are a few:


Hi Lynni:

Thank you for taking my tickets to Turtle Bay.  My daughter and I loved
the tour and plan to make this an annual event.   Thanks to your organization
and all the homeowners for all your hard work, providing a wonderful day for so
many of us.

Marilyn Shaffer

Subject: Tea and

Hi Georgia:
Your English Tea and Garden event was lovely.  Hopefully
next year you can purchase a ticket and enjoy it to it’s fullest.
person who trained the little servers at the tea did a wonderful job and the
girls received the information well and performed beautifully.
We had a
good day.  Thank you

It was lovely!  I just had to tell you how much my
daughter, granddaughter and I enjoyed it!  The gardens were outstanding, and we
could not even pick a favorite.  The day was great, the tea was great, and
everyone was so friendly.  I think this is the third one we have gone to, and I
hope we can do lots more to come!  Thank you!  Barbara Loehr

Just wonderful compliments!  Thanks to all!  There are many more participants who unfortunately are unnamed here, but to whom we are all grateful.
I am going to try to upload a few pictures following this report.




Georgia Haddon       1/24/2011 11:06:42 PM





This was the year we all
(members) agreed we would like to take a time out.  We had been very active throughout 2008-09
and elected to slow down for a while.  We
put our normal fund raising Garden Tour and English Tea on hold for a year, and
settled in to doing a minimal amount of activity, mainly concentrating on
maintenance of our public gardens.


Since we are primarily gardeners,
the prospect of just spending the year focusing on garden maintenance was very
appealing to many of us.  My 2010
calendar shows numerous dates set for pruning, shaping, fertilizing,
cultivating, and general garden maintenance which we love to do.


Still, community ties called for
us to participate in other non-garden related activities.  One of the things we do with pride is present
$1,000 to the Central Valley FFA for use in their horticultural program.    Over
the years, we have traditionally had a booth at the local Harvest Bazaar, which
comprises a group of churches and other non-profit organizations.  This year we did take part once again, and
raised some funds which we promptly donated back to the community.


Earlier in the year, we helped
CGCI maintain a booth at the Redding Home and Garden Show, which took place at
the Redding Civic Auditorium.  How could
we not take part in something so prominently displayed in our own home


In December, we rang the bell for
the Salvation Army kettle, and donated over $400 back to serve those in need of
food and other assistance.


Throughout the year, we planned
for additional improvements to our largest project, the Shasta Lake Memorial
Garden.  Items needed are major in nature and not so
easy to put in place:  A paved pathway
for the Native Garden; a fence between our garden and the Lions Club’s Veterans
Memorial Garden, which will be a supporting structure to accommodate a climbing
rose bush; placement of several boulders to form a natural barrier between the
garden and the adjacent business; a weatherproof sign acknowledging donors of
labor and materials in the creation of the Memorial Garden, and last but not
least, plant tags identifying plant material in the Native Garden and an
Interpretive Sign educating visitors to the plants they will find in the garden,
how they came to be there, and their beneficial uses to the Native Americans
that preceded us.


In retrospect, it has indeed been
a very good year.




Lake Garden  Project


Gardener of the Year


Georgia Haddon       1/12/2010 2:45:18 PM

The Shasta Lake Garden Project wishes to nominate Gennie Seely for recognition as 2009 CGCI Gardener of the Year.

Gennie is a person dedicated to the development of beautiful public gardens in her community.  She is especially knowledgeable about native plants and their beneficial uses by Native Americans for food, medicine, weaving and other survival applications.  She enjoys giving tours of our local native plants garden to interested groups, telling real-life stories of her first-hand experience camping in the wilderness with her father on hunting trips years ago.  She has used that experience to teach survival techniques to our young people.

Today she is the primary caretaker of the native plants section of the Shasta Lake Memorial Garden, now in its third year.  The garden is thriving under Gennie’s talented green thumb, with trees now looking like trees and ground cover actually covering the soil as it was intended to.  Over the course of the year, Gennie has spent countless hours in the Memorial Garden, weeding out volunteers that threaten to overrun another plant, keeping weed grasses under control in the streambed area, pruning and shaping where necessary, mulching, and making sure the irrigation system is functioning properly.

She also turns out for every club garden maintenance workday which may take place at a number of other sites which Shasta Lake Garden Project maintains.  She arrives early for a workday, and stays late.  Her stamina is admirable.  This woman is a real workhorse!

Gennie attends club meetings regularly, and contributes ideas to nearly every discussion  Not only is she an active participant in our club, but she also provides a connection for us to other community groups, such as the Churn Creek Watershed Improvement Committee and the Shasta County Resource Advisory Committee, both groups which make decisions that impact our local areas.  She keeps us informed as to what subjects these groups are dealing with that could affect our community.

It is members like Gennie that contribute time so generously to the goals of the club that make our organization the success that it is.  The Community Memorial Garden is a garden showpiece that the community takes pride in.  It is also a place where young people can learn about the past and where native plants have a place of honor, thanks to Gennie’s efforts.

The Shasta Lake Garden Project would like to see Gennie Seely’s outstanding accomplishments recognized statewide for 2009 Gardener of the Year.

P. O. Box 505
Shasta Lake CA 96019


Woman of the Year Nomination


Georgia Haddon       1/12/2010 2:42:17 PM


The Shasta Lake Garden Project wishes to nominate Betty Head for recognition as 2009 Woman of the Year.

Our organization has had two major projects for 2009.  One is our annual Garden Tour and English Tea – a fundraiser that enables us to continue to develop our projects.  The other is our Memorial Garden, a major garden located on our main street in the center of the business district.  Betty has played a major role in each of these endeavors.

For the Garden Tour and Tea, she and two other members preview the gardens to be included in the tour.  The Tea requires five months of planning meetings.  Early in the year, Betty starts bundling flatware into napkin rolls, finished with a decorative tie.  She bakes 400 scones each year, then makes homemade strawberry jam to serve with them.  Our servers, students from a local high school, wear pinafores and lace caps which Betty makes during the winter months when it is too wet to garden.  She invariably volunteers to bake additional treats to be served at the Tea.

The china, linens, flatware, and other table accessories are stored in a building in Betty’s back yard, so she is instrumental in getting everything loaded onto members’ trucks and unloaded at the Tea site, not a small undertaking when you prepare to serve from 350-400 guests.

The Community Memorial Garden has been underway for four years.   Betty volunteers to take care of the roses (about twenty) on a regular basis, feeding, deadheading, shaping, and generally giving them whatever is needed to present a well-tended appearance.  She drops in regularly to weed, is always there when mulch needs to be spread, or major pruning needs to be done.  There are three other gardens to be maintained also, and Betty can be counted on to show up early and leave late when a workday is scheduled!

When a volunteer is needed to help with a community affairs event, Betty is quick to contribute her time.  Examples of these special events are the community’s Harvest Bazaar table in November, bell-ringing for the Salvation Army in December, and the Membership Drive tea in October.

Betty is an exceptional person, dedicated to the goals of her club in creating beautiful public gardens throughout the City of Shasta Lake.  The Shasta Lake Garden Project would like to see Betty Head’s outstanding accomplishments recognized statewide for the year 2009 as Woman of the Year.

P. O. Box 505
Shasta Lake CA 96019


Final Count!!


Jane Layne       12/14/2009 9:24:07 PM

Thanks again! Total  $419.53. I think that beats last year?



Thank You!


Jane Layne       12/13/2009 6:12:01 PM

Salvation Army Bell Ringing:
I just want to say thanks to everyone who participated in this event. I
started the day with Gennie, which was slow and I ended the day with Marty. I
will say the kettle was full. When we lifted it off the stand it was heavy.
Marty pushed the money down with his knife twice. I will call in a few days and
they will give me a total. Regardless how much was there, we did a great job.
Thanks again.



Judge Eaton Garden Pictures Wanted


Kathy Baars       12/8/2009 12:00:00 AM

Happy Holidays to all of you.

I am sending this mass e-mail in hopes that some of you may have pictures
from Judge Eaton’s house and gardens.  This may be weddings or just pictures. As
you can see Karen has given a link for giving this information or pictures.  Our
garden club is partnering with the Judge Eaton folks to restore his gardens to
their former look. Karen Mcgrath is a landscape professional that has offered to
help with the technical and other aspects of this project. Please help if you
can. If questions please call her or me Kathy at 474-1162

— On Tue,
12/8/09, Karen McGrath <>


Karen McGrath <>
Subject: Wanted: Judge Eaton
Garden Photos | A News Cafe dot com
To: “‘Karen McGrath'”
Date: Tuesday, December 8, 2009, 7:34 AM


am sending this link to a post I wrote asking for help on an historic
project at Judge Eaton’s house in Redding. Take a look and get back
to me if
you have any information, not just photos.


McGrath Design
Landscapes for Outdoor Living
Tel (530) 222-4277
(530) 222-4290
1445 Lavender Way, Redding CA


CGCI Newsletter December 2009


12/3/2009 10:01:51 AM

California Garden Clubs,
eNewsletter / December
Vol. 1-2
California Garden Clubs, Inc. is a member


Winter Board

San Diego,
January 8-10,

of Palomar District invite CGCI garden club members to the, January
8-10, 2010 in San Diego, CA.  The CGCI Board of Directors holds a meeting each
winter to conduct the business of CGCI. But the meetings are not just filled
with business. The schedule is designed to allow plenty of time for attendees to
meet new people, network, exchange ideas and “grow.”


The location of the
winter meeting this year is on beautiful, right next door to.  Join other CGCI members for this
enjoyable weekend on beautiful Mission Bay, seeing new places, learning new
things, making new connections with people from around the state and having a
whole lot of fun too.  The registration form and additional information,
including hotel and driving information, can be found on the CGCI


Free Admission to San Diego Botanic

For Garden Club

All club members can present their CGCI
membership cards for free admission to the (formerly known as Quail
Botanic Gardens) on January 6-10, 2010.  The Garden is located
at 230 Quail Gardens Dr., Encinitas, CA (telephone 760-436-0917/email


Blue Star Memorial Dedication


RoseMary Walter      11/4/2009 1:18:45 PM

Members!  Please remember the Veteran’s Celebration on Saturday, November 7!  We would like a big representation at our BLUE STAR  MEMORIAL – DEDICATION CEREMONY at 9:15 AM in front of the Lions Veterans Memorial. Following is the program.  It will be very short.

NOVEMBER 7, 2009 9:15 AM
Georgia Haddon,  President, Shasta Lake Garden Project  *
Invocation Bob Pesaro, California  State Chaplin / M.I.A.P.
Presentation of Colors *
Shasta Lake American Legion Post 720
Pledge of Allegiance*
Eli Cahill, Boy Scouts of America
National Anthem **
Danny Frank, Shasta Lake  Lions Club Member
Military Tribute
Clarence Barger, Veteran / American Legion Post  720****
Blue Star Memorial History
Julie West,  California   State Garden Clubs Inc.
Dedication of Marker
Georgia Haddon , President, Shasta Lake Garden Project *
Unveilingof Marker
Betty Head , Jane Layne, Shasta Lake Garden Project
Accepting / Blue Star Memorial
Roger YellowKnife, Veteran / SL Lions Club Member,
Retire Colors **
Shasta Lake American Legion Post 720
God Bless America***All



Feature: Shasta Lake Garden Project


Jennifer Jewell      10/30/2009 10:44:10 AM

weekend, October 31st and November 1st, 2009
 In a
North State Garden
the Shasta Lake Garden Project and Pride of Place: A Blue Star


Listen to
the segment on Northstate Public Radio (KCHO 91.7 FM in Chico and KFPR 88.9 FM
in Redding), Saturday at 7:34 am and again Sunday at 8:34 am. For additional fm


Read this
week’s feature article at:


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Listen at the time of broadcast via live stream from your computer by following
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original air date.)


next week –  Happy Halloween and early November in your North State


Jewell, In A North State Garden



In A
Northstate Garden
the art, craft and science of gardening in California’s North State
. The
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support from the Gateway Science Museum on the campus of CSU, Chico. Weekly
essays can also be read at: Food for Thought: A News Cafe. All content and photos
copyright jennifer jewell.




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Blue Star Memorial Program


9/22/2009 12:00:00 AM

Blue Star Memorial Program


Blue Star Memorial Program honors service men and
women. This program began with the planting of 8,000 Dogwood trees by
the New Jersey Council of Garden Clubs in 1944 as a living memorial to
veterans of World War II. In 1945, the National Council of State Garden
Clubs adopted the program and began a Blue Star Highway system, which
covers thousands of miles across the Continental United States, Alaska
and Hawaii. A large metal Blue Star Memorial Highway Marker was placed
at appropriate locations along the way.

The program was expanded
to include all men and women who had served, were serving or would
serve in the armed services of the United States. Memorial Markers and
By-Way markers were added to the Highway Markers, to be used at
locations such as National cemeteries, parks, veteran’s facilities and
The Blue Star became an icon in World War II and was seen
on flags and banners in homes for sons and daughters away at war, as
well as in churches and businesses.

This program has been active
all through the years to the present, a fitting tribute always and
especially now. Many states and regions have been very dedicated, but
there is room for growth in some areas.

The Shasta Lake Garden Project, Jayne Lane chairman, has obtained and will donate and dedicate a Blue Star Memorial Marker on Nov.7 in the Shasta Lake Veteran’s Memorial Garden at the intersection of Hardenbrook and Shasta Dam Blvd. There will be a short ceremony and unveiling of the Marker at 9:00 AM prior to the Veteran’s Day Parade.



Dee’s Garden


RM      6/11/2009 12:23:18 PM

Scenes from Dee’s Gardens, 20694 Hwy. 299E :



Jones & Brown Garden


RM      6/11/2009 11:55:01 AM

From the garden of Mary Jones & Tom Brown:



Crall Garden


RM      6/11/2009 12:39:23 AM

All pictures of the Gardens have been taken by Paula Pierce.



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