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.

February President’s Column

Marcia T. BeersdorfThe month of January came and went before my very eyes…The Program Chairs are busy at work planning and executing exciting events for the rest of the year in coordination with the Floral Committee and Menu Coordinator. A terrific line-up of
exciting programs has been organized for us all to enjoy! WONDERFUL TEAMWORK LADIES! I am excited about our February program featuring renown floral designer Nyna Dolby of Filoli Gardens. The luncheon will be a special theme in observance of Valentine’s, Friendship and Heart Awareness month with the Diablo Garden Club joining us as our guests. Do wear red (optional) in observance of Heart Awareness month. This is an event not to be missed!

Please note that we will not have our regularly scheduled General Meeting/Luncheon on March 23rd and instead, we will be joining the Blackhawk Women at their March 16th Luncheon featuring Lynda Meikle, owner of Outer Visions Landscape Design. She is a certified horticulturist and is a long time member of the Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD). Please look for the flyer in the March Newsletter for details and luncheon reservation instructions.

Well, it is that time of the year again and as the Blackhawk Bloomers Garden Club bylaws state, a nominating committee needs to be established by February 1st. I began the solicitation process at the January 19th Board meeting and hopefully, I will be able to announce the members of the nominating committee in short order. If anyone is interested in serving on the Board next year, please let the nominating committee know. The positions on the Board are: President, VP of Membership, VP of Programs, Treasurer, Secretary, Charitable Donation (Penny Pines), Hospitality, Historian, Floral Design, Reservations, CGCI/DFD Representative, Newsletter, Photographer, May Garden Party, Publicity, Sunshine Club, “Dig in the Dirt” Project and Webmaster Liaison.

The January General Meeting and Luncheon program “Everything’s Coming Up Roses” was fabulous! Thank you Terri Waterman for arranging such delightful and informative presentation about roses. I sure did learn a thing or two about caring for my roses this season, especially about pruning. We also acknowledged our 100th member Amanda Sinclair. Interest in joining Bloomers has flourished over the last several months as a result of the fabulous programs we offer. I hope to see many of you at our Bloomers Hearts and Flowers Social on February 3rd!.

Stay dry, warm and keep smiling.

Marcia T. Beersdorf, President

This entry was posted on February 12, 2016, in Newsletter.

Join us at the Hearts, Hats and Heels Luncheon with Nyna Dolby

The Blackhawk Bloomers Garden Club Presents the Hearts, Hats and Heels Luncheon. Please join us for an inspiring flower arranging demonstration and luncheon featuring Nyna Dolby of Filoli Gardens.

Nyna Dolby ArrangementNyna Dolby joined the Filoli’s House Flower Arrangers in1994 and has served as Chairman for the past two years. She has represented Filoli twice at the annual SF Fine Arts Museums “Bouquets to Art” interpreting in flowers, paintings and sculptures from the museum’s vast art collections. She is currently working with the Centennial Committee creating a book on the history of the property. She is also Co-Chair of the “Holiday Traditions”, an annual holiday event and the largest fundraiser for Filoli. Her love and passion for flowers is to play with flowers to create three-dimensional, ephemeral art.

Find at more information about the Hearts, Hats and Heels Luncheon.

This entry was posted on February 12, 2016, in Newsletter.

February Gardening Tips

Master GardenerSeed Starting

Vegetables that need a long growing season and lots of sun can be started indoors from seed this month. Giving them a head start should give you a longer harvest after planting them outdoors. Tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, and melons can be started in small pots or trays with potting soil. Make sure to provide good lighting once they germinate.

Bare Root Planting

This is still a good time to plant fruit trees and other plants from bare root. In addition to fruit trees, consider roses, grapevines, asparagus, and horseradish. Make sure the root ball doesn’t dry out, and soak it in water for at least an hour before planting. Dig a hole slightly less than the depth of the root ball (to allow for settling of the soil) and two to three times as wide.


Asparagus plants, typically sold with bare roots, should live for many years, but it’s important to get them started properly. They grow best in well-amended soil; dig a trench close to a foot deep, place the roots – also called crowns – eighteen inches apart in the trench, and cover with soil. As the plants start to grow, gradually fill in the trench with soil. For long-term production, it’s best to wait two years for the first harvest, then cut the stalks with a knife at ground level.

House Plants

You may notice your house plants leaning towards the windows. A good way to keep the growth uniform is to rotate them a quarter turn every time you water. And don’t water so much that you’re seeing lots of yellow leaves and gnats.


Camellias do well in the shadier spots of your garden, and thrive in loose acidic soil. Now is a good time to choose plants from the nursery because you can see the true colors and shapes of the blossoms. If any flowers start to turn brown and mushy, remove and discard them immediately to stop the spread of petal blight. Pruning to control growth and form a bushier plant can be done after flowering has finished.

Citrus harvest

Oranges, lemons, limes, mandarins, kumquats, and other citrus trees are producing like crazy right now! Pick fruit from the sunny side of the tree first. Wait until it is fully ripe, it won’t continue to ripen after being picked and the only way to make it sweeter at that point is to add sugar.

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.