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SPRING GARDEN TOUR - APRIL 27, 9 am - 4 pm

Tickets are on sale for the Spring Garden Tour on April 27th. This year there are 6 remarkable homes plus the Garden Club Office for tour guests' pleasure!

Wondering where to buy your ticket? These are the stores and nurseries that are selling Spring Garden Tour Tickets: Marcy's Hallmark Shop, McHenry Mansion Visitor Center and Gift Store, Paper Habit, Suite 54, Westurf Nursery, P & L Concrete Products and Garden Center in Escalon, Park Greenhouse and Silverado Nursery & Building Materials in Ripon, Morris Nursery in Riverbank, and The Greenery Nursery & Garden Shop in Turlock. 

Tickets are $30 and can be purchased on Wednesdays, 9-12, at the Modesto Garden Club office at 622 14th St. or you can purchase them at any of the homes the day of the tour. Or click below to buy them now.


Next General Meeting
May 9, 2019 

Meeting Program


Bob Craig - Lotusland Gardens   

Ganna Walska Lotusland is considered to be one of the top 10 botanic gardens in the world.  Situated in the foothills of Santa Barbara, CA, this 37-acre botanical wonderland is home of more than 3,200 different types of plants from all around the world. 

Bob Graig a representative of Lotusland will be our May speaker. Lotusland  horticulture philosophy is organic, using no chemical fertilizers or pesticides.  The gently sloping 1.5 mile walk takes approximately two hours. 

Learn  and  Grow

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In her 34 years in the Garden Industry, Gisele has accumulated a wide range of experience and knowledge.  She earned her degree in Ornamental Horticulture from California Polytechnic University in San Luis Obispo. She has owned an Interiorscape company, worked for the State Department of Agriculture, practiced as a horticultural therapist with senior citizens and launched an outstanding sales career by helping establish top-selling organic gardening products. Gisele will share her wealth of gardening wisdom as an educator to the industry and consumers all across the West.
Her goal is to inspire some small changes that will garner big rewards to your garden soil, your abundance of crops and beautiful landscapes and for your overall health.

Next General Meeting - May 9

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

VIDEOS - Luncheons, Reality Shows, Events
March Reality Show
2018 Holiday Luncheon
September Reality Show
1st Place Winner - Stanislaus County Fair
Summer Luncheon Video
Spring Garden Tour Video
California Garden Club Convention Highlights
To see older videos, click on the News and Media tab at the top of the screen.

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.