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Monthly Meeting:  Thursday, September 3, 2015, Rotary Clubhouse, 10:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Program: Our speaker is Marlene Simon, Staff Horticulturalist at the UC Davis Botanical Conservatory. Marlene is also known as the Plant Lady on Good Day Sacramento's Weekend Edition on Channel 31. The topic is Mediterranean Gardens. Known for being drought tolerant and deer resistant, Mediterranean gardens are hugely appealing to California gardeners. Marlene will discuss how to use ecologically sound practices for success with this type of garden. Marlene will bring a variety of plants from the Conservatory to sell at the meeting.
Program: Take a leisurely stroll through FGC member Ron Byrd's garden in Folsom. Ron removed all of the lawn and trees and installed a drip system 7 years ago. Slopes were removed and terraced areas installed. The whimsical backyard features a farm theme and a tribute to Peter Rabbit. Also, there is a shade garden, a front yard rock garden, and 2 small waterfalls. Ron's favorite things are his potting table and windmill. Ron received an award from CGCI for his transformation. We will also visit the garden of Judy Goyen who will show us what she has created in a small garden space.

Program: Our speaker is Chris Lewis, of Elderberry Farms Native Plant Nursery in Rancho Cordova. Chris, a native plant specialist, will share her expertise with us. Native plants are uniquely adapted to our local climate and growing conditions. We will learn how to incorporate native plants into our landscapes and invite in birds, bees, and butterflies.
Dirt Gardeners:  Thursday, October 15, 2015, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  Field trip to Flower Farm in Loomis.
Program: Located in the middle of a working citrus orchard, the Flower Farm has mature gardens, expansive lawns, and a huge vegetable garden. It is also home to a nursery, cafe, gift shop, wine tasting room, and a barn that's used for special events. We will start off our visit with a tour of the property by Annie Bowler, owner of the Flower Farm. Next, we will visit the nursery with Mary Ellen Grant, nursery and gift shop owner. Afterwards, we will have time to shop and stroll the property on our own until lunchtime. We will be served  lunch under a lovely arbor on the cafe's bocce court. Cost of the lunch TBD.
Monthly Meeting:  Thursday, November 5, 2015, Rotary Clubhouse, 10:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Dirt Gardeners:  Thursday, November 19, 2015, 10:00 Noon.  Field trip to Apple Hill
Program: Our speaker is Zen Landis of Green Acres Nursery & Supply. Zen started out at the age of 15 as a cashier knowing nothing about plants and steadily grew to appreciate gardening. She has an AS in Environmental Horticulture from Sierra College. Currently, she works in the marketing department, where she spends her time researching and writing articles about all things green. Zen's topic includes new trends in horticulture, pollinators in the garden, and new garden products.
Dirt Gardeners:  Folsom Care Center (formerly Folsom Convalescent Home): 
Program: Members provide decorations and cards to share Holiday cheer at the Folsom Care Center on Natoma and Mill Streets. 
Dirt Gardeners:  Tree Decorating at the Folsom Zoo for "Wild Nights and Holiday Lights".
Program: We will be decorating a tree at the Folsom City Zoo Sanctuary. Members met to make new ornaments, or refurbish old ones, as needed. The tree will be one of many that will create an enchanted forest of lighted trees.  This will be the 6th annual "Wild Nights & Holiday Lights" fundraiser to help support the animals at the Folsom Zoo Sanctuary.
Monthly Meeting:  Thursday, December 3, 2015, Rotary Clubhouse, 10:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Program: It's the annual Holiday Party and time to celebrate the season.  A holiday potluck luncheon will be served and Santa will make an appearance.  Gifts will be exchanged on a voluntary basis.
Happy Holidays to One and All ! ! !
Monthly Meeting:  Thursday, January 7, 2016, Rotary Clubhouse, 10:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Program: Our speaker is Ernesto Sandoval and the topic is Plant Hormones: How and Why They Work. Ernesto is the Director of the UC Davis Botanical Conservatory and a confirmed "Plant Person."  He earned his degree in Botany from UC Davis and devotes his time to helping gardeners understand what plants need and why they do what they do. Ernesto will bring plants from the Conservatory to sell at the meeting.
Dirt Gardeners:  Thursday, January 21, 2016, Home of Denise Martinez - Craft Time - 10:00 a.m. to Noon.
Program: The Folsom Garden Club's crafters-extraordinaire, Denise Martinez and Tina Schutte, will teach us how to decorate clay pots for gifts and special occasions. Bring your own 6, 8, or 10 inch clay pot and Denise and Tina will provide all the supplies needed to make it look fabulous for a nominal fee, TBD. If more than 30 members sign up for the class, a second class will be scheduled.
Monthly Meeting:  Thursday, February 4, 2016, Rotary Clubhouse, 10:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Program::  Our speaker is Susan Gouveia of the Society of Garden Goddesses. Her topic: Make Your Peace With Weeds. She will discuss how to avoid using pesticides and herbicides and instead convert weeds into super foods, compost, and fertilizers. And Susan will share her favorite money saving tips with us too.
Dirt Gardeners:  Thursday, February 18, 2016, Flower Arranging Class at the Folsom Senior Center, 48 Natoma St., Folsom- 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Program: FGC members, Adrienne Coolidge and Judy Hickey will teach us the art of flower arranging. Spend a few hours with flowers and take home a beautiful bouquet. Bring your own vase or container. For a nominal fee, TBD, flowers and supplies will be provided. Note that this event is open to the public, so be sure to sign up early if you wish to attend.
Monthly Meeting:  Thursday, March 3, 2016, Rotary Clubhouse, 10:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Program: Our speaker is Richard Huntley, and the topic is Square Foot Gardening. Square foot gardening is the practice of dividing a growing area into small square sections, typically 12 inches per side, hence the "square foot" name. The idea is to create small but intensively-planted vegetable gardens. Richard is a Certified Square Foot Gardener and a Master Gardener, and he will demonstrate the water saving benefits of square foot gardening.
Spring Tea: Our annual tea honoring past presidents will be held at this meeting.
Dirt Gardeners:  Thursday, March 17, 2016, Field Trip to Erin Angulo's Garden, 10:00 a.m. to Noon

Program: Pack a lunch, grab your hat, and put on your walking shoes--we're going to tour Dawnridge Farm, FGC member Erin Angulo's garden, located on the edge of Nevada, Yuba and Placer counties. See veggies, flowers, herbs, fruit trees, grape vines, and native plants growing in a 10,000 square foot deer-fenced garden. Enjoy Erin's collection of unusual plants. Take in the breathtaking view of the Sutter Buttes and the Coast Range. Don't miss seeing the 100 chickens, 45 turkeys, and 10 goats too. After our tour, we will eat our lunch in Erin's garden. Details, including carpool information, will be available at the February meeting.
Garden Tour Program: Garden Tour Chairpersons, Adrienne Coolidge & Sharon Barnett, will discuss and finalize plans for the 16th Annual Garden Tour.  Tickets will go on sale and be distributed to members.  Each member needs to be involved in some aspect of planning and hosting the tour.
Monthly Meeting:  Thursday, April 7, 2016, Rotary Clubhouse, 10:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Dirt Gardeners: Thursday, April 14, 2016, Field Trip to Maple Rock Gardens in Penryn, 10:00 a.m. to Noon
Program: We will be touring and lunching at Maple Rock Gardens, a private estate, which includes an extensive 35 acre garden with multiple themed garden rooms, a miniature garden railroad, and a 4 acre farm. The fee for the tour and lunch is $25. Please note that this Dirt Gardener event will be held on the 2nd Thursday of the month.
Pre-tour:  Week of April 25th (date to be announced), 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.  Pre-tour of Folsom gardens on the tour.  Garden Club members can tour and photograph all of the gardens on this year's tour and visit with the homeowners. 
FGC Garden Tour:  Saturday & Sunday, April 30 & May 1st, 2016, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  This is the club's premier fund-raising event of the year!  Six beautiful Folsom gardens will be on display for the public to view.
Monthly Meeting:  Thursday, May 5, 2016, Rotary Clubhouse, 10:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Program:  We will be holding the Garden Tour thank you's and final numbers. We will hold the election of officers for 2016-2017, and we will hold our always exciting "Garden Tour Silent Auction" with a wonderful selection of items from the local businesses who supported our fund raising effort by donating items for our auction.
Dirt Gardeners:  Thursday, May 19, 2016, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 Noon.  Field Trip to McMichael garden in Roseville.
Monthly Meeting:  Thursday, June 2, 2016, Rotary Clubhouse, 10:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Program: At our last meeting of the club year we will have the installation of new officers and introduction of our scholarship winners.  The meeting will be followed by our always-delicious potluck luncheon!
The dates and times of the following events will be announced at a later date:
Program: Let's take a trip up to Apple Hill and bring home plenty of apples and pie for Thanksgiving! Details and carpooling information will be provided at the October meeting.
Program Speaker: The speaker is Paul Tsamtsis and the topic is Begonias. Paul, a local begonia grower, has hybridized and released over a dozen different begonias. His favorite accomplishment is B.'Julie Newmar,' which won the 2010 Hybrid of Distinction award at the National Convention in San Francisco. Paul will discuss the propagation and cultivation of begonias, and will bring begonias to sell at the meeting.
Monthly Meeting:  Thursday, October 1, 2015, Rotary Clubhouse, 10:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Dirt Gardeners:  Thursday, September 17, 2015, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.  Field trip to the gardens of Ron Byrd & Judy Goyen.
ProgramWe will tour a spectacular garden on 2 acres of terraces that cover the steep slope behind the  home of Val McMichael.  She has created living postcards inspired by global travels plus a lot more. From Mexico to the Mediterranean, she packed her outdoor "rooms" with art and unexpected touches. It's a garden lover's fantasyland of amazing finds pulled together with an equally breathtaking array of beautiful plants.

Dirt Gardeners:  Thursday, June 9, 2016, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 Noon.  Field Trip to Jim Raines Garden in Folsom.
ProgramIf you missed it last year, or just want to enjoy it again, then visit Jim Rains' beautiful 1 acre Folsom garden which specializes in day lilies and succulents. Jim has over 1,000 varieties of day lilies including some he has crossbred himself, plus a hot house full of succulents. This garden is not limited to succulents and day lilies--there's enough variety to satisfy the most eclectic gardener. A good pair of walking shoes is highly recommended.