October 10 Speaker - Susan Wedegaertner

Orchids: Varieties, Propagation, and Use in Floral Design

Susan is the current President of the American Orchid Society. She gives orchid care talks and is an orchid show judge. Her favorites are Tolumnias/Rodrumnias for which she has received several awards. While she has a variety of orchids, she continues to expand her collection. Susan worked for Gallo Winery in Creative Services for 33 years before retiring in 2010.

The General Meeting begins at 11:45 a.m. and usually ends at 1:30 p.m.

The speaker for the Learn and Grow program, which begins at 10:30, is Heidi Aufdemaur. Heidi is a Master Gardener, and will be speaking about Seed Savings.

Non-members pay $10 each meeting at the check-in table in the Telle Building across from the main building.

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Susan Wedegaertner
California Native Plant Society (CALSCAPE) has a unique online tool that helps you build plant lists for your garden with plants that are native to your area along with growing instructions 
Garden members and their guests enjoyed a Private Garden Tour, July 17th, at the home of Elaine Greydanus. Click on the link below to see a slide show of her beautiful gardens.

Check out the newest videos below.

Next General Meeting - Oct 10th
Meeting Schedule
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

Non-members pay $10 each meeting at the check-in table in the Telle Building. Annual member dues are $40. Renewals begin May 1st and are delinquent July 31st.

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.


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 $40 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 $25 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.