~ Patty McHugh
“Deep summer is when laziness finds respectability.” Sam Keen
UPCOMING SEPTEMBER MEETING
Yes, that’s the plan! With the recent surge in COVID cases, we are, of course, still at the mercy of the pandemic. Should another shut-down happen, we’ll try again the following month. However, we want to put a positive spin on this and hope you all will be as happy to come to this re-opening meeting as we are to carry it out!
WHEN: Wednesday, September 8 ~ 9:30am social, 10:00–11:15am meeting
WHERE: East Rec Center, 7902 Oakmont Drive
SPEAKER/TOPIC: Garth Hokanson, Creating and Maintaining a Succulent Low-Water Landscape
We are very lucky to have Garth among our membership. He is our very own Master Gardener and a retired SRJC Horticultural and Culinary Arts professor, having instructed there for 19 years. He holds a BS and MS in Horticulture and is a Cordon Bleu trained chef! For 25 years he lived on a 12-acre property in Sebastopol and created an astonishing Asian-inspired garden there. He downsized from the Sebastopol property to a 1-acre site near Graton and set to work there on another amazing landscape. His gardens were a popular addition to Sonoma County Garden tours – every turn in one of his gardens is a delightful, artistic surprise. Garth moved to Oakmont 3 years ago and, finding that his new property looked just like all the others on the block with an uninteresting array of common plants, he set about to create another of his inspired landscapes. The sloping front yard was stripped, terraced, redesigned and replanted with a focus on drought-resistant plants, succulents and cactus. Ultimate size, height, and a variety of foliage color and texture was key to his design.
If you were fortunate to attend our January 2020 meeting, you experienced first-hand what an inspiring and engaging instructor Garth is. He created for us a lovely crepe myrtle bonsai from a one-gallon nursery plant (which became the much-coveted raffle prize that day). Everyone was enthralled! Garth loves sharing his knowledge, his love of the plant world, and the act of teaching itself.
Garth has an easy, engaging manner that will draw you in. He may well be the most popular speaker we’ve had in recent years. You don’t want to miss this one – mask or no mask!
This being a very important subject in our changed climate, we hope to share it with as many people as we can reasonably handle. We encourage all our members to come and to bring a guest. And, as has always been the case with our club, non-member Oakmonters are always welcome to come as a first-time guest. It’s our hope that you’ll like us and become a member. Memberships will be renewed and/or begun new in January, 2022. Dues will remain the same at $15 annually per couple.
We will be following COVID protocol in place at that time ~ we hope to see you there!