Under the Moon '18
You are invited to an Evening Under the Moon event at the SCOE Martin G. Peterson Event Center on Saturday, November 3, 2018. The event begins at 6:00 pm and includes dinner, a 'no host' cash bar (beer, wine, margaritas & pina coladas), a silent auction and live music. Tickets are $30.00 per person. Due to licensing restrictions, no outside alcohol is allowed at this event.
This is the 3rd year for this dinner and we are happy to announce that the location is in downtown Modesto this year - 720 12th St. We hope you will enjoy this evening of dinner and dancing to a live band with your friends from the Modesto Garden Club. To buy tickets now, click on the orange banner at the top of this page.
Next General Meeting - Thursday, November 8
Nov 8 Jill and I
 “Fabulous Fall Designs You Can Produce From Your Yard”

by Carolyn Hoyum and Jill Cruz

How many times have you thought about doing a flower design for your table or for a friend or even for a flower show, then used the excuse: “I don’t have anything in my yard to do one with?”

Every day your garden provides new wonders whether it be a bright bloom, new growth, bark on a tree, a seed pod or a dried branch.  Creation is amazing!  Just by thinking out of the box and following a few principles that we will share,  you will find delightful designs that are easy, pleasing, & fun.  You can bring your garden inside and make dazzling designs that will impress your friends and family.

La Loma Native Garden
Learn and Grow - La Loma Native Garden

     The La Loma Neighborhood developed a native garden on a two-acre strip of city property that was once a neglected weedy strip in the center of the neighborhood. The land is considered an easement, a former canal that was filled in. It is now a beautiful place to walk and enjoy nature.
     Neighbors maintain the garden and, through donations and support from Modesto Subaru, several positive additions have been made to the garden - a dog waste station, landscape boulders, and irrigation supplies.
     Without these community efforts the garden would not be as successful. The garden continues to grow and become more widely used by the neighborhood. Recently small rustic wood benches were installed to provide a resting place for residents.
     The garden coordinators host weekly weeding blitzes on Saturday mornings to help keep the garden looking good.
     An effort is being made to plant the garden with 80% native plants and promote drought tolerant landscaping in our community. In the coming year an educational component will be added to the garden by developing an event to raise awareness about the local pollinators and their host plants. Children and families will be encouraged to learn about the important role pollinators have in our environment by participating in a pollinator parade. A mural, to be installed at the children's garden, will depict many of these pollinators. It will be an exciting and beautiful addition to the garden!
     Stay informed about the native garden by visiting the La Loma Native Garden website at https://sites.google.com/lalomanativegarden
Or contact the garden coordinator, Rhonda Allen at rhondasaddress@sbcglobal.net for more information.

Next General Meeting - Nov. 8

Hospitality:     10:00 - 11:20 a.m.

Learn and Grow:  10:30 - 11:15 a.m.

General Meeting and Program: 11:45 - 1:30 p.m.

Second Thursdays, September - May except December

Location: Trinity United Presbyterian Church, 1600 Carver Rd, Modesto

Who We Are

Our Club was founded in 1924 by Frederick ‘Pop’ Knorr, a naturalist, conservationist and Modesto Junior College professor. Throughout its history, the Club has been committed to keeping alive the civic and horticultural vision of its founder, Professor Knorr. In the early days, when Modesto was still a small, rural and mostly agricultural community, the Club's primary objective was to plant trees and greenery on the Junior College campus and in parks and the golf course. The Club has grown, along with the community, and we are now proud to have the distinction of being the largest garden club in the United States with a current membership of 540 members.

What We Do

The Modesto Garden Club brings people together with a shared love of horticulture. We are committed to creating a more beautiful world through indoor and outdoor gardening. Over the years our Club has planted Memorial Gardens, organized Spring Garden Tours to raise funds for civic projects, purchased plant material and replanted downtown pots twice a year, planted the Flower Clock next to the Modesto Center Plaza with over 2,000 plants, planted the Virginia Corridor Rose Garden on Orangeburg with more than 200 Knock Out and Iceberg Roses -- and much more. There is plenty of opportunity for 'hands-on' gardening for the many volunteers in this Club!

Gardening Links

Our members keep up-to-date with the wonderful world of gardening by shopping our local nurseries for durable and exciting plants and by scouring the internet for helpful and relevant garden information for success. We've compiled a list of our Modesto Garden Club favorite links to further assist you as you grow your passion for gardening. Have a specific garden problem or question? Go to the BLOG tab above, click on MORE under one of the Blogs, and scroll to the Comment section to ask a question of our Master Gardeners, Cheryl Carmichael or Pat Logan. Check out Cheryl's helpful garden article on Aphids in that section or the article about making Therapeutic Gardening Boxes.


Out of Town Tours, Private Garden Tours and Workshops are among the many activities available to members and their guests.

OUT OF TOWN TOURS are announced in the monthly newsletter and at the general meetings. You can sign up for tours at the general meetings or call Patte Williams, 209-505-3526 for more information.

PRIVATE GARDEN TOURS are offered in the Spring months and are announced in the MGC newsletter or by email. $5 admission fee.

WORKSHOPS – Fun, crafty workshops are planned for most months. You can view a sample of the next project at the general meetings and sign up at the Workshop table.


Members and their guests can enjoy a beautiful Luncheon every December and again in June with tables beautifully decorated by our own Club members.

The Elegant Luncheon is held in early December at the Del Rio Country Club. This spectacular event is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the season, have lunch with your friends, buy raffle tickets for awesome prizes, and see a multitude of creative ideas you might use to set your own holiday table.

The Summer Luncheon is held in early June, also at the Del Rio Country Club. Tickets for these Luncheons are $35 per person and they sell out early. If you just want to view these beautiful tables, viewing tickets are available for $10 each and can be used from 10-11:30 am the day of the luncheon and from 1-7 pm the day before.


Our main fundraiser each year is the Spring Garden Tour in April. Seven or eight homes are on the tour, and each year surpasses the previous for gardens that amaze and inspire us. The Spring Garden Tour is held around the 3rd Saturday in April. Check this website for specific dates in the early Spring. Tickets are $30 each and will be available for purchase online as well as at general meetings or at the Club office.

About 1300 guests view these beautiful gardens each year. Funds from the Garden Tour support our civic beautification projects as well as the six scholarships we give out annually to students continuing their education in horticulture-related majors.