Sunday, July 12, 2015

Gibson Museum Water Feature

This vintage style hand-pump recalls the
time when buckets of water were carried in
from the nearest water source.

Elisabeth Moores sponsored this project

to the Garden Club in 2014.
Funds were allocated and the feature
was completed this summer.

Please Visit

21267 Calistoga St.
Middletown, CA 95461

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

The Pond

The Not-So-Silent Spring

by Denise

A sweet story shared with us by a former GC member
Tedde McMillen ... thank you Teddi...

In the midst of the California drought, I admit, I think about frogs.

I think about them a lot.

So last summer, I hatched a plan.

I decided to hand dig a miniature garden pond.  My intention was to create a tiny oasis for creatures that might need water—and attract beneficial insects to the garden.  Plus, I thought—what better workout?  

So each morning, I dug for about an hour.  Fueled only by my imagination of the future oasis, I dug.  This was real work!  After a month of chipping away at the hard ground, I had successfully created a six foot long, four-foot deep dry pit.

It looked more like a shallow grave than a future pond.
This is where my imagination helped.  If I squinted I could imagine what it might be like filled with water and teeming with life.  A masterpiece.
I carefully placed sand in the bottom of the pit to prevent rocks from puncturing a pod liner, and then installed the liner, surrounding it with stones I scrounged from elsewhere on the farm.  This was just in time for the first rains.  I collected rainwater, invested in a few pond plants to keep the water clean, and added a few “mosquito fish” (guppies, really) to keep us safe from pests.  Then I waited.

And I waited.

And waited.

First came the algae, which I dutifully skimmed off the pond.

Imagine my delight at the sound of the first bullfrog. It worked!  I had a real pond!

What I did not consider when locating the pond was - how loud frogs can be.  One frog became two, then four and then...   many.

The tiny pond is a living oasis, a cacophony, drowning out conversation one might enjoy on the front porch.  As we walked by, the pond suddenly became silent, only to resume when we were a safe distance away.

Frogs make me smile.

Apparently, given habitat, frogs happily reproduce.  Thousands of frog eggs appeared in the pond just a two weeks ago.  Of course!

Every frog on eleven acres was looking for a wet environment for its offspring.    Each day brings a new discovery.  At this writing, thousands of frog eggs have turned into polliwogs.  Songbirds have arrived to celebrate the food source, and dragonflies dance above the oasis.

Lesson: Create the conditions for life, and life will thrive.

With new life, comes joy...  and abundance.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

May 9th Plant & Garden Sale

Garden & Plant Sale

It was a gorgeous, busy day!
Many Thanks to ALL Our Volunteers
Supportive Members

Photos by Jim Freeman
Thank You Jim!

Monday, April 27, 2015

Field Trip to Filoli

On April 8th
Garden Club Members & Guests Visit To Filoli

Filoli is a country house set in 16 acres of formal gardens surrounded by a 654-acre estate, located in Woodside, California. Now owned by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Filoli is open to the public. The site is both a California Historical Landmark and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

FILOLI - Press HERE  For More Information

Photos by Marsha & Richard Willard

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Friday, April 24, 2015

April 2105 Garden Tours

Our Member Hosts For This Year’s Tour

Pat Berry, Kathy Barnett and Sherrye Schwarz

All three properties have challenging hillsides and all have done a unique and lovely way of managing their gardens.

Kathy Barnett

Pat Berry & Peter Holland

Sherrye Schwarz

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Small Partner Thank You's

The Hidden Valley Lake Garden Club contributes to these
School Garden Programs:
Cobb Elementary
Coyote Valley Elementary
 Mini Canon in Middletown

We recently received some creative and charming "Thank You" notes.
We are so proud to be partnered with these exceptional school programs.

Cobb Elementary Garden

Coyote Valley Elementary Garden

Mini Canon