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                  Idyllwild Garden Club
Discovering the Joy of Mountain Gardening

                    Partially Supported Through the Generosity of the              
            Idyllwild Community Fund and the Pine Cove Water District

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For Detailed Event Information: Click on Calendar and Events in the left hand menu. Click on the month and the day of the event.  Any questions, Email



Important information regarding Lilac Tea

Dear Friends and Supporters of our Annual Lilac Walk and Tea.
For several reasons, one being that it appears we have outgrown our venue for the Tea, the board has decided to not hold this event in 2018. Our hearts are filled with gratitude to Antje Banks, Wendy Read and for the many other volunteers who have made this a huge success for the last 8 years. Also to the Idyllwild Art Alliance for their participation.  Since Idyllwild will be holding the Earth Days event in 2018, we will find a way to participate in that, as well as put our efforts into the always popular Mountain Garden Tour.
If you, or a neighbor, have a formal, country, or unique garden, we would love to include it!  Please Call Gary Parton at 659-9711 for more information.



We'll meet at 12 noon at the Community Presbyterian Church for a Pot-Luck dinner and Party. Members may bring a guest.

Please bring your favorite Holiday dish to share and, as usual, we will be accepting cash/checks, or gift certificates for our Help Center Adopted Christmas Family. 
For those unfamiliar with our tradition, Toni Berthelotte will use your donations to shop for the specific items on this family's Wish List. These are families that would have very little under their tree, or on their holiday table without your generosity.
If you are comfortable doing so, please make checks out to Toni Berthelotte so we don't have to deposit into the Garden Club account and then write another check to Toni.  Suggested gift cards would be for Target, Walmart, or one of the food markets in Idyllwild.

Here is Information about our assigned family: They are a family with two teenagers. They are desperate for winter clothes, boots and blankets. The children each only listed one simple request for a toy.  Your generosity will mean these children will be warm and will have the joy of having brand-new clothes to wear.

Join us on the 5th for song, friendship, door prizes, games and wonderful food to celebrate the Season.


NOTE: Your annual dues should be paid by 12/31! They are $18 for a single member, or $30 for couples, or families.
Please pay at the October, or December, meeting, or mail to IGC, P.O. Box 681, Idyllwild Ca 92549, or you may pay on-line with a credit card at:  (This is also a good time for you to check your directory listing and let us know if corrections, or additions need to be made.)



 Important information on the Gold Spotted Oak Borer CLICK HERE


For more information, or to register, go to calendar
(or call Gary at 951-659-9711)

Board Mtgs.(Members are welcome to attend)-10am-3rd Tuesday of each month at Gary Parton's 25025 Fern Valley Rd.
General Meetings 12 noon - 54400 No. Circle
Refreshments 12 noon, Mtg 12:30, Speaker/Program 1:00 p.m.
Presbyterian Comm. Church-Lower Level (except for July Picnic, or if noted)

Events and trips may change so be sure to check updates on dates and details as the dates get closer at



May 9th - Field Trip -Sherman Library and Gardens and Roger's Gardens

                Leaving the church at 8:30. Carpooling available, $5 per passenger

                Sherman:Admission - $5, docent available with advance notice

                Group rate of $15 for all, open 10:30-4. lunch available, 11-2 (949) 673-0033 reservations suggested

                (949) 673-2261, 2647 East Pacific Coast Highway, Corona del Mar

                Rogers: Admission - free, open 9-8. lunch available 11:30-2 ($31 and up)

                (949) 640-5800, 2301 San Joaquin Hills Rd, Corona del Mar

Sherman Library & Gardens is a 2.2 acre Corona del Mar horticultural retreat.
The Gardens provide a museum of living plants, displayed amidst a setting of immaculate gardens,
patios and conservatories linked together by wide brick walkways,
beds blooming with seasonal flowers and bubbling tile fountains.

Roger’s Gardens is a local home and garden destination for those seeking creative inspiration
and unique products for outdoor and indoor living. Fine home décor, artisan collectibles,
seasonal items and the highest quality plants from vendors around the world are brought
together in a coordinated presentation that compliments and enhances their value
and inspires the shopper. Walk through the outdoor gardens as well as the indoor garden rooms
and gallery and experience what all eleven of our departments have to offer.



June 6th–General Meeting

Meet at 12:00 for light refreshments, meeting at 12:30, program at 1:00

Program - Bearded Irises : Speaker - Helen Hixon

  June 10th: EVENT- GARDEN TOUR, 10:00-4:00 with Plein Air artists in the
gardens until 2 pm (Art Alliance of Idyllwild)



June 14th - Field Trip - Huntington Library

                Leaving the church at 8:30. Carpooling available, $5 per passenger

                Admission $23, Seniors $19, open 10-5

                Cafeteria on site for lunch, or lunch at the Tea Room (requires reservations)

                Tea Room Reservation number (626) 405-2236 $31-$50

                (626) 405-2100,  1151 Oxnard Road, San Marino

The Botanical Gardens are an ever-changing exhibition of color and a constant delight.
Covering 120 acres, more than a dozen specialized gardens are arranged within
a park-like landscape of rolling lawns. Among the most remarkable are the Desert Garden,
the Japanese Garden, the Rose Garden, and the Chinese garden. The camellia collection is
one of the largest in the country. Other important botanical attractions include the
Subtropical, Herb, Jungle, and Palm gardens.


July 4th–General Meeting

Picnic in the Park

                Location - County Park – County Park Rd (Entrance fee covered by GC)

                Pot luck, bring a side dish to share (hotdogs and hamburgers provided by the club)

                Meet at 12, lunch at 1,   Ranger Talk (?)


August 1st – General Meeting

Program and Field Trip- Wild Animals of the San Jacinto Mountains

               NOTE: Location Meeting at 10a.m. at the gate to the  James Reserve (Car pooling is recommended)

                10-11:30 walk, 11:30-12 inside program, 12-1 sack lunch and meeting

                $5 admission fee, (951) 827-6835, 20950 Highway 243, Lake Fulmor, Idyllwild

                Speaker - Dr. Jennifer Gee, James Reserve

TheJames San Jacinto Mountains Reserve, a unit of
University of California Natural Reserve System, is a 29-acre (120,000 m2)
ecological reserveand biological field station located at an altitude of 5,200 feet (1,600 m)
in a wilderness area of the
San Jacinto Mountains near Lake Fulmor in Riverside County,
, United States.  The James Reserve property was purchased in 1966
by the
University of California, Riverside, from Harry and Grace James. 
In addition to acting as a protected natural area for teaching and research in the sciences,
it is also available as an engineering testing ground for various sensor-related
and ecosystem monitoring technologies.  The primary research focus at the
James Reserve has been ecological monitoring using ecological sensing systems.
Over the internet, researchers, students and the interested public may unobtrusively
visit and view nature via a webcam observatory, which includes an interactive
robotic camera. Devices in the outdoor laboratory allow non-intrusive, around-the-clock monitoring.


September 5th –General Meeting:

Presentation of new slate of officers

Meet at 12:00 for light refreshments, meeting at 12:30, program at 1:00

 Program - House Plants and Critter Control - Speakers - House panel and Tracy Philippi


September 12th - Field Trip - Apple Picking in Glen Oaks

                Meet at 8:30 behind the church for carpooling, , $5 per passenger

                Bring a lunch, or buy lunch at one of many restaurants

                Riley's Rios Farms - (909) 797-1005, 39611 S. Oak Glen Rd, Yucaipa ,Building 12 for the
Wildlands Conservancy.    Visit orchards, mountain tree fresh apples and cider, enjoy
hot apple pie and other fresh baked apple treats at one of the family restaurants.
Feed the animals in the animal park or browse through the many specialty shops in the Glen. 
A Bed and Breakfast, RV facilities as well as camping and group accommodations are available.


October 3rd–General Meeting  -Election and Installation of new officers

Meet at 12:00 for light refreshments, meeting at 12:30, program at 1:00

                Program - Native Plants

Speaker - Bronwyn Jones, Walkto the Historical Society native garden after the meeting


October 10th - Field Trip - Living Desert

                Leaving the church at 8:30. Carpooling available, $5 per passenger

                Admission - $19.95, Seniors $17.95, Groups of 15 or more $14, Open 9-5

                Restaurant on site, (760) 346-5694, 47900 Portola Ave, Palm Desert

The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens is a zoo and botanic garden combination dedicated
solely to the
deserts of the world. The programs provide environmental education, native wildlife
rehabilitation, plant propagation and
habitat restoration, and captive breeding o fAfrican and
Sonoran Desert species, including the area's iconic
desert bighorn sheep.


November: No Meetings or Events


December 5th -Holiday in the Pines Party: Collection of food and $ for
the Help Center assigned family.

Socializing, games, music and door-prizes. Member spouses and guests are invited
.Potluck lunch at 12, program at 1:30


(click on Calendar and Events on left hand side of page for details)


 The following  ACTIVITIES are put on by the Garden Club to fulfill our Mission of Education and Beautification of our Community!  
      *Educational programs at our meetings
       *Work Parties to beautify our Village Garden at the Historical Museum  
        *Planting and tending flower barrels around town
         *Informational booths at Community events, (Lemon Lily Festival, Tree Lighting)
          *October  Discover Mtn. Gardening Program/Annual Bulb Sale