Blackhawk Bloomers Garden Club

The Blackhawk Bloomers Garden Club is a gardening club for those who live in Blackhawk or belong to the Blackhawk Country Club to share a love of flowers and all things gardening. We enjoy monthly meetings featuring luncheon programs at the Blackhawk Country Club alternating with bus trips to area attractions. Member socials have made meeting new friends easier and also informative in seeing what grows in fellow members gardens!

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Find out more about the club, including planned events for this year and join the Blackhawk Bloomers Garden Club today!


Be sure to read monthly newsletter for all members with upcoming events, important announcements, special discounts, new members and photos.

This entry was posted on December 7, 2013, in News.

Blackhawk Bloomers 2014-2015 Board

Blackhawk Bloomers 2014-2015 Board

Seated on couch, Lynn Negovetich, Elaine Willman, Kim Modersbach, Jill Brennan. Behind Lynn is Eileen Rice and Pepper Gillespie. Standing is Anita Rollin, Kathy Fox, Joyce Farrell, Carol Nothern, Linda Marver, Shirley Lowes, Devi Schoenfelder, Sharon Jones, Anna Wilewski, Jodell Stout and Tracey Lauer

Bert Bertolero’s 2014 Gardener of the Year

Eileen Rice, President

Eileen Rice, 2014 Gardener of the Year

Eileen Rice

Blackhawk Bloomers Garden Club

Eileen has been a member of the Blackhawk Bloomers Garden Club since 2006 and just recently completed her second term as President. She, with the help of her son Patrick, manage the Blackhawk Bloomer’s website, along with publishing the club’s newsletter. Eileen established the ‘Dig in the Dirt Program’ at the Tassajara Hills Elementary School, where she is a volunteer teacher’s aid.

The ‘Dig in the Dirt’ program is a regular gathering of Blackhawk Bloomers club members to maintain the school’s courtyard beds and to plant edibles. Eileen is an “Old School” gardener who likes to thin and divide plants, along with harvesting and saving seeds. She is the Blackhawk Bloomers resident horticulturalist when it comes to plant identification, insects, and herbs. She received $100 which she plans to donate to the Bloomer Dig in the Dirt project and the club will receive $100. Eileen will be presented her award at our September meeting.Eileen


Our Fiscal year goes from JULY – JUNE. So please renew TODAY AND BRING IN YOUR FRIENDS! We love to welcome new members.

Please mail your: $50.00 check Payable To: BLACKHAWK BLOOMERS

Next year if you renew with club number it will be automatic. P.S. Please disregard if you have already sent in your check, and thank you!!

Top Picks by President Shirley Lowes

Shirley Lowes, President Blackhawk Bloomers

Shirley Lowes, President Blackhawk BloomersIt’s that time of year! We are seeking Bloomers who will expend some much needed effort for us. Bloomers are being sought to help Blackhawk Bloomers thrive.

The new 5iscal year 2014/2015 has of5icially begun for our Blackhawk Bloomers Garden Club and your Executive Committee has already met and formulated a budget that will support another great year of programs, community outreach and donations. Sharon Jones and her committee are looking for donation suggestions from our membership.

Thank you, Tracey, Anna, Lynn and Eileen for your time and effort on the budget. It will be presented at our September 16 Board Meeting.

Huge congratulations go to our very own Blackhawk Bloomer Eileen Rice who was named the Bert A. Bertolero Gardener of the year 2014 in June! (See story.) Her photo is on the check out counter at Navlets!

Please put down all the dates for upcoming Bloomers events that you will 5ind in this Newsletter. We don’t want to miss seeing you at our meetings and socials. First up is our kick-off Social on Friday, September 5th at the lovely home of Tracey Lauer. I hope that you are all enjoying these hot summer days and your gardens are getting enough water. We need a rain dance!

Here are some conservation tips for your garden from the gardeners at Filoli: Drought response Recommendations For Your Garden Many of these practices apply to any year in California, but they are particularly applicable for 2014:

  1. Thoroughly check your irrigation system for any troubles. If you are not comfortable performing this type of check yourself, consult an irrigation specialist.
  2. Regularly monitor your irrigation system throughout the year to identify troubles as they arise and address these as quickly as possible.
  3. Make sure to schedule irrigations for pre– or post–dawn start times with the exception to plants susceptible to flower fungal disease (Botrytis) like petunias.
  4. Consider transitioning to drip or micro–spray irrigation wherever possible to conserve water.
  5. Cut back irrigation of woody plants so that they receive 40% of what they have in the past.
  6. Refrain from adding new plants to your garden this year. Choose low water using California natives, Mediterranean plants or succulents if you must plant.
  7. Facedwithreducedfoodintheir natural environment, expect deer to be more brazen about feeding any time of day and feeding on plants that are typically considered “deer proof.” If browsing deer have been an issue in your garden in the past, this may be a good year to consider installing a fence.

Florally Yours, Shirley Lowes President 2014-2015

Top Picks by President Shirley Lowes

Shirley Lowes, President Blackhawk Bloomers

Shirley Lowes, President Blackhawk BloomersIt’s that time of year! We are seeking Bloomers who will expend some much needed effort for us. Bloomers are being sought to help Blackhawk Bloomers thrive.

As  another year comes to a close – just as our gardens are opening into full bloom – it is time to say THANK YOU and send warm embraces – like our fabulous Blackhawk California sun – to all our Bloomer Members who have stepped forward this year and made us reach a record 84 MEMBERS!

It is difficult to know where to start, except to begin with the most recent fabulous event and that is our Spring Garden Tour and Party.  As a Board, we decided this year to change it up a bit and do the tour earlier in the year and also to support our Blackhawk Country Club and hold the ending dinner/party there.  Programs VP Cindy Inloes took charge of working with the Club and finding us superb entertainment. Tracey Lauer, Kay Moazed and Dextra Christiansen found our lovely gardens, out did themselves with all the floral arrangements, hosted at each home (with hubby’s) and provided lovely descriptions of how our gracious home owners gardeners turned their outdoor gardens into fabulous outdoor living environments.  Kim Modersbach, as always, kept track of who was coming!  Former Bloomers President, Diana Israel and hubby, Larry, donated the lovely red wine from their home vineyard. The Blackhawk Country Club, as always, did an outstanding culinary job and service. We decided this year to have an extra “social” for members.  It has become apparent that we Bloomers do love to grow together in more intimate affairs at member’s homes in addition to our monthly club luncheons and meetings or outings.

All of our special hostesses deserve a BIG THANK YOU.

Special Recognition:

Eileen Rice,Two year Past Bloomer’s President, and Theresa Pecoraro, Two-year Bloomers Treasurer and Master Gardener, have done an enormous job of creating our community outreach programs with the development of our DIG IN THE DIRT efforts at Tassajara Hills Elementary School. They have been getting accolades from, not only the school, but gardening clubs from throughout our area.  In addition, our Parliamentarian and former Bloomers President, Sharon Jones, single handedly organized the Bloomers effort on our Daffodil Hill by the waterfall on the Falls golf course.  There was a wonderful write-up in the Blackhawk HOA last week commending her and all the Bloomers who helped her plant all those bulbs.  It was a sight for sore eyes this spring.  Absolutely beautiful.

Tracey Lauer, Membership VP – YES – 84 members and a Directory full of super advertising  in support of Bloomers. To our Secretary, Nancy Wertheim, thank you for keeping us in line as  to what our lengthy board meetings entailed and with such speedy delivery of the minutes and  for hosting our extra Social.  Eileen Rice, who in addition to Dig in the Dirt, has done our newsletter now for two years and brought it up – hopefully to AWARD winning standards – will keep you posted re.  Theresa Pecoraro, Bloomers Treasurer for two years, for keeping us financially correct and sound. Cindy Inloes, Programs VP (our growing membership and the enthusiastic response to our “Jaunts” away – especially to the De Young Bouquets to Art ) is a testament to the importance of good Bloomers programs.

The Committee Chairs who so enhanced our year – Anita Rollin, who with her floral committee of Marty Burt and Lynn Negovetich, who made our  floral table centerpieces varied and outstanding; Jill Brennan, Meetings Cuisine, who took enormous efforts to give us varied and delicious menus that often supported our program themes; Carol Nothern and Elaine Willman who steadfastly represent us at Diablo Foothills meetings and keep us in touch with our surrounding garden clubs, Kim Modersbach who makes sure you are all accounted for at our events and Pepper Gillespie who has done an outstanding job of publicizing our endeavors as Bloomers this past year. Jodell Stout who amassed record sums for Penny Pines and headed up this year’s huge task as Nominating Chair and our Sunshine gals, Former Bloomer Presidents,Barbara Wilson, and Marty Burt, for always remembering Bloomers in need.

To all of you Bloomers, it is your membership, participation and support that makes us all happy Gardeners and willing volunteers!