New Plans for Parkways

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Roster Updates – October 25, 2011

Hancock Park Garden Club Roster Updates

Please make the following changes:

  1. Page 11:  Carolyn Bennett’s correct address is
    10465 Ojai Santa Paula Road
  2. Page 13:  Add Kay Gates’ email address:
  3. Page 13:  Helen Hartung’s correct email address is
  4. Page 14:  Diane Hawley’s correct email address is
  5. Page 16:  Ginger Lincoln’s correct telephone number is
    (323) 935-6612 (not 936)
  6. Page 17:  Kelly Martin’s correct email is Add office phone (213)977-1927
  7. Page 17:  Anne Mansour’s telephone number is (323)466-4146
  8. Page 18:  Mary Pickhardt Newman’s telephone is (323) 857-5729
  9. Page 18:  Betty Walker’s correct email is (there is a double y)
  10. Page 22:  Please delete the fax number for Jenny Schreiber
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Hancock Park Garden Club Farm To Table Dinner

Join the HPGC Conservation Committee for a locally sourced, organic dinner on

Friday, November 4, 2011 at 6:30 p.m. at the home of Patty Lombard and Bill Simon

Chef Lauren will use produce from CSA California’s farms, Tutti Frutti, Sage Mountain, Tamai, Mud Creek Ranch, and Avila & Sons served with wine from a bio-dynamic vineyard.

1st course: Raw Quiche, Kale Chips, Cauliflower and Brussels Sprout Popcorn
2nd course: Hearty Escarole Bean Soup, Flour-less Squash Bread
3rd course: Asian Stir Fry with Squash Noodles and Eggs, Mint Orange Beef
4th course: Apple Persimmon Custard

*Menu is subject to changes based on farms’ availability*

Tickets are $45 per person, reduced price for children who are welcome!

To order tickets visit click on Store then Click on Farm to Table

Questions? Contact Rosie or Marguerite

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GCA’s New Website

The Garden Club of America has updated their website. It’s worth a look if you have not been there. All GCA members are invited to log in and create their own password. Your username is your email. In order to log in you will need your GCA member number. You can download the list of member numbers from the front page of our website. Just click on the link that says GCA Member Numbers or click here.

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Chesapeake Bay Trip Now Available to GCA Membership

For those who are interested in knowing  more about the upcoming Chesapeake Bay trip you can now view it on the GCA website. It has been released to the Interest List and is now available to the GCA membership. It is also posted on the GCA website.  These trips sell out quickly and places are available in the order of date that the registration and check were mailed.


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Program 2011-2012

Hancock Park Garden Club 2011-12 Meeting Dates

The Hancock Park Garden Club begins the 2011-12 year with a warm start, with 100-degree plus weather.  Even figs are still ripening on trees.  Please mark these 2011-12 regular meeting and board meeting dates on your calendars.


September 27th Oona Kanner’s home featuring Bob Berry – Holiday Decorating

October 25th Suzanne Rheinstein’s home. Suzanne will present her new book, At Home: A Style for Today with Things from the Past

November 15th Elizabeth Debreu’s home featuring Dr Eric Haskell- Garden History and Design.

January 24th Priscilla Wright’s home featuring Carolyn Bennett - Front Yards, Flora, Form Fantasy

February 28th Joint Meeting with Pasadena Garden Club, At The Natural History                                          Museum of Los Angeles County

March 27th Susan Mitchel’s home featuring - Judy Horton, – Designing Pots

April 24th Patty Lombard’s home – A workshop of planting for the Plant Sale

May 9th The Getty House, 605 South Irving Boulevard– Plant Sale and Luncheon

May 22nd Cuchi Clark’s home – Annual General meeting


September 13th Biddy Liebig’s home.
October 18th Gina Brandt’s home.
November 15th Elizabeth Debreu’s home - Board Meeting will be held immediately before the General meeting.
January 17th Iris Craddock’s home.
February 21st Norma McIntyre’s home.
March 20th Sue Ellen Waters’s home.
April 17th Diane McNabb’s home.
May 15th Cuchi Clark’s home.

We look forward to a lovely year!

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Electric Lawn Mower Exchange Program – Saturday, May 21

Please share this information with your lawn care professional!

The South Coast Air Quality Management District invites you to participate in its Electric Lawn Mower exchange program, coming to Inglewood this Saturday, May 21st. You can trade-in your old gas-powered mower for a non-polluting electric model and save money while helping clean the air. Purchase a rechargeable, cordless electric mower for as low as $100 (saving up to $300), with the trade-in of a working gas mower.  This year, AQMD has five different models to choose from.  Exchange your mower in less than 10 minutes with drive-through convenience when the program comes to Hollywood Park or at other events planned across the Southland through July.  Pre-registration is required.  For details and to register for AQMD’s lawn mower exchange program, see , go to and click on the lawn mower program banner or call 1-888-425-6247 (Tuesday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.).

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2011 GCA Founders Fund Awarded

Attn: Garden Club Presidents…In case you haven’t heard…

It is official—the 2011 Founders Fund winner was announced at the Garden Club of America Annual Meeting in Indianapolis on Friday and is “beyond the Beetle: A Strategy of Diversity” proposed by the Worcester Garden Club in Zone I. The $25,000 award grant will be used for a demonstration arboretum in Green Hill Park where planting beetle resistant trees and providing information on preserving our forests will be an educational force.

As clubs begin to put together their own Founders Fund proposals or consider one for the future, it might be helpful to print out a copy of this winning project from the GCA website under the Founders Fund committee information for your chairman’s notebook.


Jean Abbott

Zone XI Founder’s Fund Rep.

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Open Days 2011

You won’t want to miss the fabulous local gardens open for one day only as part of the Garden Conservancy’s Open Days Program. The day offers hundreds of opportunities to learn and exchange gardening ideas – or to simply explore and enjoy magnificent gardens not normally open to the public.

The 2011 Open Day is May 1 in Pasadena and May 15 in Los Angeles.
Admission to each private garden is $5, Open Days are rain or shine, and no reservations are required.

Open Days is a national event that  begins in March extends into early November. It includes more than 300 private gardens in eighteen states, from southern California to the coastline of Rhode Island.  All the information you need is in the 2011 Open Days Directory ($21.95 including shipping and handling) available from the Garden Conservancy.

The Directory provides descriptions, visiting dates and hours, and driving directions to private gardens from coast to coast. The Directory also includes one free admission ticket to any private garden participating in the program, a $5 value. To purchase a Directory or to join the Garden Conservancy as a member and receive a free copy, call 1-888-842-2442 or order online.

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Tomorrow’s Garden

Stephen Orr, author of the Tomorrow’s Garden, featuring HPGC members’ Suzanne Rheinstein and Carolyn Bennett’s gardens at the Ebell last week. Over a 100 people attended. Orr presented hundreds of images from his book, all of which he took, featuring lots of ideas about how we can garden more sustainably. The book talk and reception was presented by the Garden Conservancy and the Ebell’s garden department.

Stephen Orr and Carolyn Bennett

Lucy Wolff and friends

Suzanne and Fred Rheinstein greet friends at the book talk

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