Educating DWGC members in gardening, horticulture, landscape and floral design is perhaps the most important mission of our club. Each year, the Club offers activities to its members to further their education in these areas, in an enjoyable and social setting.
Each monthly meeting of the Club includes an educational program for members and guests, planned by the Programs Committee. The committee recruits prominent speakers from the fields of floral design, horticulture, and landscape architecture to give presentations and live demonstrations. It is their goal to bring renown and up-and-coming artists, designers, and experts to show members the latest floral design trends and gardening techniques for growing healthy and beautiful gardens. Recent speakers included horticulturists having expertise in native landscaping, pruning and edible gardens, an odonatologist - expert on dragonflies, several Bay Area floral arrangers, and Monrovia who provided insight into the latest growing trends and new plant introductions.
Through the year, members and their guests are invited to attend garden related workshops, arranged by the DWGC Workshops Committee. These hands-on projects are a great way for members to learn about subjects ranging from composting to flower arranging. Workshops are presented by our own knowledgeable members as well as outside experts, including our Club sponsors. This past year members refreshed their pruning skills at Danville's Osage Park Rose Garden and made seasonal centerpieces and topiaries.
The Tour Committee arranges trips for our Club members, providing a fun outing with friends and allowing them to learn by seeing first hand, the wide variety of gardens in the area. With the many micro-climates, new and historical gardens, and various landscape techniques, the Club has enjoyed traveling around California and learning from experiencing other's gardens. Recent tours included Filoli Mansion and Gardens, Russian River Rose, The Gardens at Heather Farm, Blake Gardens, and a guided excursion of the Flower Market in San Francisco.
The Tour Committee also selects and arranges the annual "book tour", selecting a gardening related book for members to read, and then leading a discussion about the book. Recent "book tours" featured The Lost Garden by Helen Humphreys, Wendy Johnson's Gardening at the Dragon's Gate, Vanessa Diffenbaugh's The Language of Fowers and Flower Confidential by Amy Stewart about the inception of the flower business in San Francisco.
Blake Garden, Berkeley CA