January Field Trip-A Country Adventure


Save the date!  January 25th, 2017 –  Meet at Ina’s @ 8:45. We’re headed to Fallbrook for a Country Adventure to tour Patrick Anderson’s colorful & unique succulent garden, plan on visiting 2 nurseries and enjoying lunch at The Garden Cafe with Patrick!

Contact Natalie for more information @ 858-272-3875 or  nfcrain@gmail.com

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Monarch School Donations


At our Holiday Tea, The La Jolla Garden Club will again be collecting donations for the Monarch School of San Diego.  For more information about this school for homeless children, please visit their website:  http://monarchschools.org/

This year they have requested donations of the following items:

Please bring them unwrapped

New little girls canvas shoes sizes 10 to 5

Little boy jeans 10-12 skinny or straight leg

New little boy shoes sizes 1, 1.5, 2. 2.5

New little girl underwear sizes 4-6-8

Waterfront Park & Garden Visit

Natalie has outdone herself in finding a unique Field Trip for us !


What:   Park Ranger Tour of the San Diego Waterfront Park & Garden

About:    Park Ranger Josh will tell us about the history and planning of the park, the plantings, the interesting art sculptures; old and new, the various fountains and a secret garden room.  We’ll also learn about the history and architecture of the San Diego County Administration Building..

Where:  1600 Pacific Highway  

When:  November 30th, 2016 – 10:00 am

Sign up at the November meeting or email Natalie Crain 


or call: 858-272-3875  

 Car pools will be set up


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October Field Trip

Journey of Flowers – From Field to Florist

Tuesday October 25th, 2016 – 8:00 am – 2:30 pm

Visit flower grower Mellano & Company in Oceanside

Visit the Sunroad International Floral Market in Carlsbad

Enjoy a delightful lunch with garden club friends


Mellano and Company is a leading cut flower grower, shipper and wholesaler in Oceanside.  Giovanni Mellano started his business as a wholesale distributor in 1925 in Los Angeles, but the growing operation was relocated in 1970 to San Diego County.  Today the farm consists of 375 acres with Giovanni’s children and grandchildren running the operation.

They produce more than 7 million bunches of flowers and foliage and serve local markets as well as shipping nationally and internationally

Granddaughter Michelle will give us a tour of their operation, including a visit to one of their fields, and their packing and storage areas.

We will have an early start from La Jolla at 8:00.  We’ll visit the growing area then drive to the International Floral Market in Carlsbad, where   many of the vendors will allow us to purchase flowers.  After all this we will have lunch at a nearby restaurant.

Be sure to wear comfortable shoes for walking on dirt.  Sign up at the September or October meeting or RSVP to

Ina Thompson at ina@rich-ina.com or Natalie Crain at nfcrain@gmail.com

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 We will browse their flowers, greens, fillers and Protea.



Goodbye Caroline!

What fun we had “roasting” our out-going President Caroline Meade at our May 18th, 2016 Scholarship Luncheon.  at the La Jolla Country Club.DSC_0140DSC_0133

And, welcoming our new Board Members:


Barrels & Branches Field Trip

Join the La Jolla Garden Club on Monday February 29th, 2016 10:00 am

Barrels & Branches in Encinitas


Named “One of San Diego’s Top Ten Nurseries” by San Diego Home & Garden Magazine

•Learn how to Design Driftwood & Terrariums using Succulents

•We’ll lunch at Claire’s in Solana Beach immediately following

•Meet at Ina’s house or the Church Parking lot @ 9:30 am to car pool

You may  bring your own container and Zoey will help you find the perfect plants for it or choose from their wide selection of pottery from all over the world.

Learn how to use succulents with driftwood or in a terrarium

Class is free but we’ll pay for any purchases

They specialize in drought-tolerant, hardy plants as well as many perennials, clumping grasses, trees, shrubs and house plants.  They have a wide selection of unusual plant material, including many unique, drought-tolerant plants from South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and the Mediterranean.  All these thrive in our climate.

They have a great gift shop, too!

Sign up at the February 16th, 2016 meeting or contact Ina Thompson at

ina@rich-ina.com or 858-551-9653 or check out their website: