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

A Letter from the President

SharonDear Bloomers,

Can you imagine snuggling in your bed for 3 months with life revolving around you? You don’t have to cook, you don’t have to do any laundry and you don’t have to shop for the holidays. That’s what the 1000Daffodil Bulbs (that 5 of your fellow Bloomers planted last month) will be doing. The blubs will be snuggling for a few months , with the earth as their pillow and their blankie.

But, come February/March they will rise and shine and show their rested, beautiful, faces to our Blackhawk community. What a life, huh? I wish that they bloomed spring and summer, too. Their earthy fragrance, their cheerful yellow color and their perkiness makes everyone happy.

This is the time of year that our gardens change from growing and blooming to resting and rejuvenating. There is calm in the garden for the next couple of months. Good thing, too, because the rest of us are gearing up for Hanukkah, Christmas and New Years.

We Bloomers will have our annual Christmas luncheon and gift exchange on December 10th in the Ballroom. It is such a delight to visit with each other and to share our gardening and social lives. I always glean some tip from our great gardeners at each one of our meetings or outings. There is a plethora of talent and information collectively and singularly in a Blackhawk Bloomer. Even if you are like me, challenged in many gardening aspects, our gathering will be friendly, fun and festive. I invite you to join us! The menu looks scrumptious and I heard that an Elf will offer us some holiday “cheer.”

Whether it’s Poinsettias, Christmas Cactus, Mistletoe, Amaryllis or your Christmas tree, may the holidays plants and flowers bring you love, good times and great memories and happiness.


What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity…………………….Joseph Addison

A Letter from the President

Dear Bloomers,
My husband and I went on a tour of the new Levi Stadium in Santa Clara last week (home of the 49ers) and among the many innovative and cool aspects of the facility was a roof top garden. Wow is a mild adjective to describe it. It spanned the entire length of the west roof of the stadium. There was a variety of succulents, native flowers, ornamental grasses and so forth. The rooftop bar had planters between the bistro high tables that contained even more plants, including ferns. The setting was so pretty and so earthy and green. Our docent said that the garden insulates the floors beneath and reduces the heat factor to that area. Roof top gardens seem to be a trend………..there is a nice rooftop garden atop the Academy of Sciences, the Fairmont Hotel, Glide Memorial, and Twitter among other locations in San Francisco. I don’t think that we Bloomers could entertain this concept on our own roofs, but isn’t it great that commercial sites are?

If you missed our October meeting, tis a pity. Our guest speaker, Bill the Bulb Baron, offered a lot of information on cultivating various bulbs and peppered his presentation with practical tips as well as answering our many questions. You Bloomers ask such great questions, too. It never ceases to amaze me what a wonderful variety of programs that we offer at our Bloomer meetings. If one month doesn’t particularly interest you the next one will. It’s great to learn about all aspects of our environment from wildlife to flowers to trees to bulbs.

I once heard a comedian describe his knowledge of gardening………….when asked what he would plant for each of the 4 seasons, he replied, “salt, pepper, mustard and catsup.” Such a goofy response but it’s worth a smile. (I do hope that he had a gardener) Since smiling takes fewer muscles than frowning, I try to remember his response when I go into my back yard. The cotton pickin’ gophers and voles are entertaining all of their relatives every night in our backyard space. It could make a grown girl cry………….and twist her ankle if she isn’t careful. Pests are part of our environment I remind myself and some even have good qualities. (think owls who have mice for a midnight snack) But, it is annoying to have to tolerate them when it is so much easier to enjoy the happy faces of blooming flowers and trees.

Speaking of happy………..the definition = feelings of pleasure or enjoyment.  Happy is a wonderful word that I love to use and I love to hear. We use the word on special occasions like  birthdays, Valentine’s Day, Easter, Independence Day, New Year, Mothers Day, Fathers Day, Hanukkah,  and of course, we will use it frequently in the next few weeks as Thanksgiving meanders down and around  the November calendar. May the coming month make you happy !!

Happy thanksgiving!!!!!………………….Sharon

A Note from the President, Sharon Jones

Hello  Gardeners!
Since  we  are  officially  in  FALL,  are  you  savoring  the  last  blooms  of  summer?   My  (lavender) rose  bush  is  providing  several  smiling  buds  and  blooms.  I’m also  enjoying  the  various blooms  in  our  community.

The  presidential gavel  has  been  passed  to  me  for  the  remainder  of  the  Bloomer  year  and  I accept  it  with  honor.   Due  to  personal  circumstances,  Shirley Lowes  will  assume  the  role  as past  president.   She  did  a  great  job  this  past  year  with  her  enthusiasm  and  hard  work,  and we  all  thank  her.

When  I  became  interested  in  the  Bloomers  a  decade  ago,  potential members  had  to  write  a letter of intent  and  describe  why  they  wanted  to  join.   It  was  then voted  upon  by  the Bloomers  Board.  At  the  time,  the  limit  for  membership  was  a  maximum  of  45,  so  applicants were  screened.

Fast  forward  2014,  and  with  the  guidance  of  many  great  leaders  over  the  years,  we Bloomers  are  80+  strong.   And,  we  have  plenty  of  rows  left in  our membership  garden,  so encourage  your  friends  and  neighbors.  The  friendships  as  well  as  the  information are  a bonus  in  our  lives.   Plus,  my  thumb  has  gone from  dark  brown  to  light  green  since  I  joined the  Bloomers.  I’m  anticipating that  it  will  be  forest  green  as  time goes  on.

Our  Kick-­‐Off  meeting and  luncheon  was  Wednesday,  the  24 th. It  began  with  a  special presentation  from  gardener  extraordinaire,   Buzz   Bertolero.   He awarded  Eileen  Rice  with the  “Gardener  of  the  Year”   for  the  Diablo  Foothills  District.   Eileen  has  a  plethora  of gardening  experience,  knowledge  and  has been  a  backbone  of  the  Bloomers  for  many years.   We’re  so  proud  of  you,  Eileen!!

Too,  Floral  Designer,  Katherine  Bergman  created  7 stunning  arrangements  and  shared  tools  and  tips of  the  trade  to  enhance  arrangements. Having  grown  up in  Indiana,  our  yard  was  full  of  species  indigenous  to  the  area.   Maple trees,  mulberry  trees,  irises,  peonies,  etc.   And,  there  was  “the  garden.”   In  the Midwest when  you  talk  garden  you  are  talking  corn,  peas,  beans,  okra,  tomatoes,  etc.   When  you talked  garden  you  were  also  talking  about  watering, weeding, picking,  stemming,  shelling and  snapping,  which  lead  to  canning  and  freezing.

It  was  really  a  full  time job  to  plant, pluck  and  preserve  the  vegetables  of  the  summer.   And,  all  the  while  you  were  swatting bugs,  flies,  bees  and  sweating in the  humidity.   Here  in  California,  our  gardens  include  our flowers,  shrubs  and  trees,   whether  they  are  blooming  or  not.   I  have  adopted  the  CA definition of a garden.   I  love  going  outside  on  any  given  day  and  at  any  given  hour  to  enjoy  and  admire  the  garden  without  having  to  accomplish  the aforementioned tasks.

However you  define  the  garden,  I  hope  that  you  will  join  us  for  our  next  meeting,  October  22.  Our program  will  be  presented  by  Bill  the  Bulb  Baron. With his  delightful  personality, knowledge  and  available  bulbs,  it  looks  to  be  yet  another  fun  day  with  your  fellow gardeners.


“Gardening  and  laughing  are  two  of  the  best  things  in  life  that  you  can  do  to  promote  good health  and  a  sense  of  well  being”…………….Doug  Larson.

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