Blackhawk Bloomers Garden Club


Members of the 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!

Interested In Joining?

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 Newsletter.

President’s Column

Marcia T. Beersdorf

It is hard to believe that we are already half way through the year! I guess
the old adage of “time flies when you’re having fun” has come true to light!

A season of giving….I would like to dedicate this column and give my heart-felt thanks and appreciation to all Bloomers who have so graciously stepped forward to give a helping hand to make significant contributions to our Blackhawk Bloomers Garden Club this year. As I stated in my first President’s column: “In an effort to ensure we have a successful year, all members’ talents are needed and appreciated… As you know, all projects undertaken by our club require support and maintenance so
additional teams of helping hands are always needed.”

I am so proud to say with enormous pleasure that you have truly stepped up to answer the plea for assistance, Your efforts are not only appreciated, but I am in total awe to see or hear of the teams at work, and especially our Program and Floral Design Teams. You are so committed and take such pride in all activities undertaken, be it making pumpkin succulent centerpieces, hosting a social, producing our newsletter, publicizing our activities to the larger community, keeping our financials in tip-top shape, Digging in the Dirt with our school garden project, planning delicious menus, and taking luncheon reservations, taking notes at meetings to ensure we preserve the history of our club, collecting funds for the Penny Pines project, greeting our new members and making them feel
welcome, representing our club at region-wide meetings with CGCI and DFD, ensuring we provide support
to our members who have suffered loss or are in need of kind words and gestures, keeping our membership
roster accurate and up to date, and particularly palpable, is the friendship and caring you provide to one
another which are very precious gifts to be cherished, especially during this season of giving.
We had a busy month in November and I would like to take a moment to extend a special thanks to
Marianne Blick for opening her lovely home for our Social last month. The Social was very well attended
and the sweet and savory delectable goodies brought to share were enjoyed by all. We had a wonderful

I would also like to thank Kim Chandler for so ably and perfectly executing our field trip to UC Botanical
Gardens followed by a delicious lunch at the Cooperage in Lafayette, We all learned a lot about plants of
the world and especially of the Mediterranean climate we are so fortunate to enjoy. Weren’t those plein air
artists inspiring? We had a perfectly crisp Fall sunny day and the views of the Bay were spectacular!

Please be sure to contact Kim to volunteer for our Garden Tour in May which promises to be a fabulous

Looking forward to seeing you at the Holiday Luncheon on December 9th.

Happy Holidays Everyone!

Marcia T. Beersdorf

This entry was posted on November 24, 2015, in Newsletter.

President’s Column

Marcia T. Beersdorf

An acquaintance of mine recently asked me: “Do you know how to say the word NO? I was startled by the question, which came out of no-where, but it prompted me to take pause and analyze what the question really meant. I determined that what was really being asked was why do I always say “yes, I will”, or, “yes, I can”. So, given that sobering moment, I decided to slow time a little to reflect on the activities I was involved in and why I was doing them. Suddenly, a sunbeam of gratitude flashed across my mind realizing that I was not measuring my days by the hours in the day but rather by the content of the activities I am involved in on a daily basis. I took a look at my commitments rather than how much time I had to do them. Attaining this higher level of understanding allowed me to recognize that I was living and breathing a life of gratitude for the opportunity to give to others and to community and being grateful for the opportunity to do so. I start my day by giving thanks for the small stuff…waking up to a bird’s song, touching a shiny flower sprinkled with morning dew, smelling wet grass in the early morning…and most importantly, giving thanks for the privilege of having another day to enjoy these small things. For those who have suffered loss, you know exactly what I mean…

There are very close similarities between how we grow our gardens and what we do and what we give throughout our lives. Our actions always start with our thoughts (seeds), so understanding our thoughts will almost always give us the landscape of the trajectory of our lives. The process of understanding what we do and why we do the things we do, will always reflect our intentions. Of course, we are the masters of our own lives and we are the only ones who can choose the what, where, when, who and how of the things we do. By knowing in our minds what true gratitude means, we can easily act on the knowledge of how actions flow from our thoughts, our feelings and our hearts.

“True Thanksgiving is not a result of plenty or prosperity, but of happiness despite circumstance. Thanksgiving is not an outward show of wealth, but a continuous joy clanging from the very core of mankind”. – Unknown

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Marcia T. Beersdorf

This entry was posted on November 3, 2015, in Newsletter.

November 11th Day Away and Lunch

UC Botanical Garden Tour

Private Group Tour of Plants of the World and special event of live painting demonstrations in the Garden by members of the Glover Group, a group of dedicated plein air artists and students of the late and renowned artist Pam Glover. There will be painting demonstrations throughout the Garden and a special one-day exhibition of work.

Followed by lunch in Lafayette at The Cooperage.

Cost for Tour and Lunch is $45 per person.

We will carpool for the event, leaving Blackhawk by 8:30 a.m. and returning by 3:00 p.m. or before.

This entry was posted on November 3, 2015, in Newsletter.

Dig in the Dirt Ladies

Bloomer Volunteers at Tassajara Hills Elementary School

Our 5th Grade Garden Club met on October 19 and 26 and we had a Bloomer only workday on the 23rd. We have 2 gardens side by side that the Bloomers have re-built and maintained. Last year, Lynn Ertola, the Science Teacher at the school, started a 5th grade Garden Club that we also help with. We work with the kids and plant vegetables, fruit and flowers. It is a teaching program for the kids and a fun social event to work with other Bloomers who love to garden. This is one of the ways the Bloomers give back to our local community.

Tomatoes and pumpkins have been harvested! We have planted a Fall garden complete with carrots, spinach, beets, brussel sprouts, broccoli, kale, sugar snap peas, thyme, dill, and edible flowers such as nasturtiums and violas. A compost bin has been restarted with the 5th graders tending to it.

Thanks to our Fall gardeners, Theresa Pecoraro, Sharon Jones, Janine Campana, Kim Modersbach, Tracey Lauer, Beth Bay, Kathy Fox, and Marcia Beersdorf. We welcome all Bloomers who would like to help. Feel free to call me for any questions.

We would love to have your help! Monday Nov. 2nd and Monday Nov. 16th are the next 5th Grade Garden Club dates (3:15-4:15). We also do Bloomer only garden time if that fits your schedule (10:00 am days vary).

This entry was posted on November 3, 2015, in Newsletter.

Words to Weed by………. Sharon Jones

Flu shots and Cool Weather Gardening ……… probably grimaced first and sighed second, huh? These certainly are not two thoughts that most of us think of stringing together. Along with ironing and pedicure. Or, the dentist and a massage. Many things in life don’t necessarily blend together, but we read and run with them as best we can.

It’s the time of year to think of cool weather gardening. We can plant bulbs, lettuces, kale, mulch up the leaves and use them for compost. And, as a general rule, we need to tidy up our gardens. Even tho Lee and I had 90% of our backyard hardscaped, there are still chores to do. My kangaroo paws have paled with time, the germaniums need to bedheaded, the fruit trees need a deep soak and the bark that the gardeners have blown around needs to be redistributed. Note to self!

For those of you who have large yards and gardens, you are probably as busy right now as you were when you did the original planting. It’s a glorious time to be outside with the cooler air and to be with nature in our peaceful environment.

With this water shortage, our gardens are a work in progress for all of us. While we appreciate each drip from the drip system, we need to take a peek around and see if anything needs to be hand watered. Especially, the trees and hedges.

Flu shots are an important part of this season too. Each year Lee and I get ours at Safeway, in the privacy of the cute little room that they created adjacent to the pharmacy. The needles used for the flu shots are so tiny these days that you barely feel the stick. The pharmacists are quite good and are very efficient and fast with giving the vaccine. They even do the paperwork.

The other shot you must consider if you are 65 + is the pneumonia shot. And, if you’ve already had one, you need a Booster. I just had that, too. One shot in one arm and one shot in the other arm. And, I played a decent game of golf the next day. So there!!! It doesn’t have to suck to get stuck with a needle. Just do it!

Too, Safeway will give you a coupon for 10% off of a future grocery bill….and it doesn’t expire until the end of February. As the saying goes………make happiness contagious, not the FLU !!!!

Happiness and Health equals Happy Gardeners.

This entry was posted on November 3, 2015, in Newsletter.