In most months, The Central Coast Geranium Society (CCGS) meets every 4th Wed.

at 7pm at the Black Lake Community Center/ Room,

498 Colonial Place, Nipomo CA.   Other months, we tour gardens, nurseries or greenhouses or enjoy social events. 

                       2018 Events 

We are also looking forward  to the coming year.  

 See the calendar of 2018 CCGS Meetings

                     Next regular meeting:   Wed., Feb. 28th, 3-5 pm

         The Geranium Family                  Presentation by Wayne Handlos

                    Black Lake Commuity Room/ Bdg.

        corner of Black Lake Road and Colonial Place, Nipomo

                    BRING YOUR SPOUSE OR GUEST

Please note the change in time for the February meeting of the CCGS. There was a request for

meetings during the day so this change meets that requests.

                    Thank you to Pat Wiemers who volunteered to bring refreshments.

The February program will include an overview of the Geranium family with numerous

live plants which will become part of the raffle. So this is your chance to understand

the geranium family as a whole and to take home plants which will expand your collection.


  Information on the 2018 Geanium Conference in Orange County

 Event:   Sat., Jan. 27, 2018   @pm  Thank you, Claudia your hospitality.

      Monarch Butterfly Grove Tour + Tea at Claudia's Cottage     Pismo Beach>   

                      RSVP to Claudia 

                          Bring your spouse or guest. 

2017 Events      NEXT EVENT –


Dragon Palace Chinese Restaurant, 1800 East Grand Avenue, Grover Beach, CA (southeast corner of Grand Ave and Oak Park Blvd.)     

                       Optional Gift Exchange.        Bring your spouse or guest.

No meeting in November because of Thanksgiving.  Happy Thanksgiving!

Regular Meeting, Wed. Oct. 25th, 7pm, Black Lake Community Room    

                             WED., OCTOBER 25, 2017 – 7:00 PM

                      PLANS FOR THE FUTURE

                                        Group Discussion

                Your input is important so be sure to attend.


                             Guests are welcome.   See you there!


The planting party in the Handlos garden Sat., August 5th. was successful.   Many guests, plants planted plus

good food and camaraderie

CCGS has no regular meetings in June and July.


Regular Meeting, Wed. 24th, 7pm, Black Lake Community Room

                 Zelda Leach - A Life with Geraniums

             A history of CCGS from the Club's Scrapbook

       Plants and books from Zelda's collection will be available.

      We will finalize plans for a June BBQ at the Handlos home.


Regular Meeting, Wed. April 26th, 7pm, Black Lake Community Room

Mel Warner – Life Reminicenses      Stories from a long and interesting life.


Regular Meeting, Wed. March 22nd, 7pm, Black Lake Community Room

"Making Sense of Scenteds"  an abbreviated PowerPoint presentation by Wayne Handlos


Regular Meeting, Wed. Feb.22nd, 7pm, Black Lake Community Room

Ken Byrne reported on the LA Geranium Conference.


             2017 Geranium Conference, Sat. Feb. 18th

The LA Geranium Club hosted the 2017 GS Conference on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017.

The Conference was a great success. Congratulations of the LA Geranium Society.

  To see photos from the Conference >     <2017 GS Conference in LA Feb. 18, 2017         


Regular Meeting, Wed. Jan. 25th, 7pm, Black Lake Community Room

For our January meeting, think about our program for the year. We will need about

three or four presentations and refreshments for the meetings. If you are interested

in a particular topic, bring your ideas and we will see about following up on them. Also,

if you have some ideas about places to visit for field trips bring those suggestions too.

2017 Geranium Conference, Sat. Feb. 18th

The LA Geranium Club will be hosting the next conference on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017.

The registration fee is $35.00. Reservation information will be sent later. Registration

includes a catered lunch and drinks. If you are looking for unusual or rare plants this may

be a chance to find some treasures from a variety of vendors. The speakers are usually

interesting and informative.

2016 Events 

Our regular meetings are scheduled the 3rd Wednesday of each month.  We will not have

a regular meeting in November, since the date is Thanksgiving Eve and in December other than

our annual Christmas dinner.

WED., DEC. 7, 2016 – 5 PM

CHRISTMAS DINNER AND GIFT EXCHANGE - Much good food and great fun.

We had a great FALL BARBEQUE!   Thanks for coming and bringing delicious dishes for

the potluck.

Sept. 28, 2016  Regular CCGS Meeting:    Well done, Deene!


Bring your geranium problems, questions, ideas and opinions to share

Emphasis on diseases and pests in our different microclimates

Guests are welcome.     See you there!!!

Many, many plants in the raffle to celebrate a new year of meetings.


Oct. 22, 2016   BBQ at Handlos' at noon  

Nov. 23, 2016   No Regular CCGS Meeting - Happy Thanksgiving!

Dec.      2016   Christmas Party  (Date, venue to be announced.)  

2016 Past Events 

CCGS Meeting:  Wed. March 23, 2016  7pm.  regular venue (above)

   Topic:  "Do's and Don't's  of Gardening"  a  presentation by Sharon Sacchetti, based on

   Central Coast Gardening Essentials by Joe Seals

CCGS Meeting:  Wed. Feb. 26, 2016  7pm.  regular venue (above)

Topic:  "Don't Fear a Chimera.  The Weird and Wonderful Pelargoniums and How They

        Got That Way"  a PowerPoint presentation by Wayne Handlos.

Annual Christmas Dinner Party – 6:00 PM, WEDNESDAY, Dec. 9, 2015 at the Dragon Palace Restaurant in Grover Beach.

The dinner party was enjoyed by everyone and the array of gifts was very impressive.  We look forward to the

New Year.

The decision was made to forego this fall’s BBQ and hold a regular meeting in October.  It was also decided

that there will not be a regular meeting in November because of its proximity to Thanksgiving.

The Christmas/ Holiday dinner party will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015.

Last 2015 Regular Meeting – 7:00 PM, WEDNESDAY, Oct. 28, 2015


Guests Welcome    See you there.

September Meeting

Last month’s program on water given by Sheri Willebrandt was well-received

and elicited a number of questions. We all seemed to be unaware of the aqueduct

carrying California State Water through our area. This pipeline connects to the great

central valley canal, comes over the mountains to San Luis Obispo, then on to Pismo

Beach, Nipomo, Santa Maria and terminates at Lake Cachuma (primary reservoir for

Goleta and Santa Barbara). State water in Santa Maria is used to dilute and reduce

the total dissolved solids of the "hard water" from local wells not because of a lack

of ground water. The measured release of water from the Twitchell Reservoir is used

to replenish the ground water of the Santa Maria Valley aquifer. The difficulty in

accessing all of this information confirms Bob W’s concerns about the scattered nature

of crucial information.

Summer Plans

The Central Coast Geranium Society does not hold regular meetings in June, July or August.

Field trips planned for 2015 Summer:


    Sat.,  June 20th,  10am-4pm    Los  Padres Artist Guild Studio/Garden Tour - 8 Gardens

                                                     Tour Book  $10/ 2 people     


   Sat.   July 18th      10-11am      Daylily West Garden Tour

                               11am-noon    The Luffa Farm                


                                      Enjoy summer in the garden. 

Spring BBQ Sunday, May 31st, 12:30 pm, at Handlos' 4339 Beverly Drive, Orcutt.

              We had a great time!   Pelargonistas are great cooks!

Please bring an appetizer, salad, side dish or dessert to share. The club will provide the main dish,

drinks, dishes and utensils. For directions and RSVP, call Wayne or Diane at 805-937-9983.

CCGS Meeting April 22nd

Facilitator  Diane Handlos

Pat Weimers gave a PowerPoint presentation on Fioli Gardens followed by a PowerPoint presentation by

Diane Handlos of "Geraniums in our Community (Orcutt/Santa Maria)."  The program is affectionately

titled "From Mozart to Mariachi."

March 25th 

Facilitator Pat Weimers

Wayne gave an interesting PowerPoint presentation on the 5th Annual Geranium Conference

held in LA February 28th. Ken and Anne talked about the San Francisco Flower Show and

showed slides of many wonderful exhibits.

Last CCGS Meeting   February 25th 

Cristy and Jack Christie presented information on vermiculture. 

2015 Geranium Conference at L.A. Auboretum 

Geranium Society of Los Angeles        5th Annual Geranium Conference

Sat. Feb.28, 2015.   10:00AM - 3:00PM       doors open at 9:00 AM

                                    Lunch, Plant Sale, Raffle and Fun!

LA County Arboretum     301 N. Baldwin Ave.      Arcadia, CA        Ayers Hall


Questions, Vendor info:     call Jay Kapac at (661)775-3748

Send completed reservation form     NO LATER THAN Feb. 21, 2015 

with check made out to LAGS to:   Aprille Curtis 9901 Lull St.

                                                             Burbank, CA 91504

$25.00 per person includes lunch and gardens admission.  Please enter Arboretum through north side gate near Ayers Hall

                                   Featured Speakers: Robin Parer and Tom Glavich     

The Jan. 28th meeting was successful, thanks to Facilitator Sheri Willebrand.  Our meetings are planned

through May.  We feature garden tours, not regular meetings, during summer months June-Sept. Our annual

BBQ and annual Christmas dinner leave only two additional meetings to plan this year. 

We enjoyed Wayne’s presentation: The Wild and Wonderful World of Pollinators.

                                  We had an enjoyable Christmas celebration/ dinner. 

Dec. 3, 2014     Dragon Palace Restaurant, on Grand Ave. (west of Hwy 101).

Dragon Palace Chinese Restaurant, Grand Ave &  N. Oak Park Blvd., Grover Beach, CA          (805)489-8888

                                Gifts worth $15 or less were exchanged and enjoyed.

Forthcoming 2014 Events

January 28, 2015   First regular meeting of the New Year (Happy New Year !!!) at our regular venue.

 "Leaf Form & Diversity in Pelargonium"   a PowerPoint presentation by Wayne Handlos. 

   +  discussion of the future.

Nov. 19th Regular Meeting.  Usual* venue (in fact, as it turned out >an unusual venue.)

          * Once again, the Geranium Gypsies had to take to the road and migrate to the Weissberg's,

because our regular venue, which had been booked by our Secretary, was taken by another meeting.  We formed a

caravan and had a delightful and productive meeting at the new "campsite." 

Past 2014 Events          *** A SUCCESSES *** 

CCGS  had a delightful BBQ Oct. 18th. 

        ** CCGS hosted the 2014 Annual Geranium Conference April 5, 2014**

    CCGS has received many complimentary e-mails from participants.

            **Our Annual Sale in May was another success.**

Next CCGS Meeting   Wed. April 23rd,  7pm   

Wayne will present his PPt., "Annual Parade of Pelargoniums" , Information about all the major types of geraniums

available at our sale, May 10th & 11th.

Central Coast Gardeners – Tomato and Petunia planting, March 18, 6:30 pm; Oasis Sr. Center, Orcutt

Central Coast Geranium Society – 4th Annual Convention, Sat., Apr. 5, 9 am-4pm; Oasis Sr.  Center, Orcutt

Central Coast Greenhouse Growers Association – Greenhouse and nursery tour, Sat., April 12, 9 am; Nipomo

Lompoc Valley Botanic and Horticultural Society – Plant sale, Sunday, April 13, 1-4 pm; Union Bank Lompoc

Lompoc Garden Tour- May 3

Central Coast Geranium Society – Geranium Sale, Mothers’ Day Weekend, Sat. and Sun., May 10-11, 9 am;

                                                     Halcyon Store Spring Faire, Grover Beach

Central Coast Cactus and Succulent Society – Annual Show and Sale Memorial Day Weekend, Sat. and Sun.,

                                                    May 24-25; San Luis Obispo

Previous Events

A free program on "Edible Landscaping" was presented at 10 am on Saturday, January 25th at the Santa Maria Mussel

Senior Center (510 East Park Ave., near Hancock College).

December                  We had a great Christmas celebration/ dinner. 

Dec. 11, 2013     Dragon Palace Restaurant, on Grand Ave. (west of Hwy 101).

Dragon Palace Chinese Restaurant, 1800 East Grand Avenue, Grand Ave &  N. Oak Park Blvd., Grover Beach, CA                      (805)489-8888                                                     

***A SUCCESS***  CCGS BIG 2013 GERANIUM SALE  ***A SUCCESS***                            

Sat. & Sun.,  Mother’s Day Weekend   9am–4pm.  at the Halcyon Store Spring Faire

Venue:  The historic Halcyon Store & PO is at 936 S. Halcyon Road, between US101 and CA1

            Arroyo Grande on the Central Coast in California. 

            Over 30 craft and art booths in a walnut grove.  Plants, music, food, fun . 

                                       Free admission.  Public invited.

On Sale: Great Mother's Day gifts: Geraniums & Pelargoniums -dwarfs, species, scenteds,

                    ivies, zonals, angels, fancy-leafed & Regals for home and garden.

Contact:  Wayne or Diane Handlos, 805-937-9983       


2013 Annual BBQ.               Good food and camaraderie in a lovely setting.

As usual, members and guests of the Central Coast Geranium Society thoroughly enjoyed its annual

barbeque, last Sunday.   Bob and Sooz Weissbergs', acreage is truly a botanical garden. 

Thanks to hosts, Bob and Sooz Weissberg.  See photos from this year's BBQ

                                    See photos from previous BBQ.  (top of 'About Us' page.)

* Wayne Handlos gave an interesting  presentation of "Everything You Want to Know about Ivy Geraniums" 

  at our April 20th  CCGS meeting .  Everyone enjoyed the talk and looks forward to the missing*

  PowerPoint Presentation Wayne created for the talk. *(Thanks to a technical glitch with the computer) 

  This topic wil be the lead article in the CCGS May newsletter and a new page of this website in May..

*  Central Coast Greenhouse Growers Assoc.  Open House(s), April 2. For map & more info:

* Sharon Lovejoy, the acclaimed author and award-winning author and illustrator of eight books on gardening

   and nature, gave a free talk at 1pm on Sat., April 2nd, at the SLO Botanic Garden.

Title: "The Practical Magic of Diversity: How an Edible Landscape, Native Plants and a Worm 'Farm' Can Transform Your Yard Into a Personal Paradise." 

Sharon has contributed to numerous others gardening works including The New Book of Knowledge encyclopedia and

publications by Rodale Press and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. For 13 years, she was a contributing editor for Country

Living Gardener magazine. Her feature column was distributed throughout the United States and Canada by The New York

Times Syndicate. Lovejoy, who is working on her ninth book, is the Southern California contributing writer for Lowe’s Creative

Ideas blog, Outdoor Living magazine and Farming magazine. She has appeared on NBC’s Today show, "The Victory Garden"

on PBS, and on numerous programs on HGTV, The Discovery Network and DIY Network, as well as been a guest on public

radio programs across the nation.

* Charles Craib's new book on Sarcocaulens and Monsonias due out in April.

* The Los Angeles Geranium Society Event, 'A Celebration of Geraniums,' was held on March 5, 2011 at the

        LA County Arboretum in Arcadia.  More information and photos of the event.

* Roma Louw gave an excellent presentation of " Imaginative Plantings with Succulents" 

         at our March 16th CCGS meeting .  Everyone was impressed by her talent and creativity.


SAN FRANCISCO FLOWER AND GARDEN SHOW – Mar. 23-27, 10 am to 7 pm. San Mateo Event Center. Tickets available online.

AUTHOR SHARON LOVEJOY'S FREE TALK on "The Practical Magic of Diversity: How an Edible Landscape, Native Plants

and a Worm 'Farm' Can Transform Your Yard Into a Personal Paradise."  Sharon will speak at 1:00 pm on Saturday, April 2nd at the

SLO Botanical Garden.  The event is part of this year's list of cultural events for the Cuesta College Book of the Year--Farm City by Oakland

author Novella Carpenter

The flyer on this presentation and the author and the complete Book of the Year calendar of events can be found at

CENTRAL COAST ORCHID SHOW AND SALE – April 2 and 3. South County Regional Center, 800 W. Branch Street, Arroyo

Grande. Admission $5


CENTRAL COAST GERANIUM SOCIETY Annual Sale  - May 7 & 8,  Halcyon Spring Faire, Arroyo Grande

  Past CCGS Events 

      2010 Events

The 2010 CCGS Geranium Sale at the Halcyon Spring Faire was a success. The venue was pleasant,

the other ~ 30 participants - delightful and interesting (from psychics to nurseries) and the

gardeners/ public who attended (all generations) were very interested in what we presented. 

And, happily, sales were brisk


Wed., Jan 19th, we met at the Black Lake Community bldg/room in Nipomo. Topic: a trip through the world of Geraniaceae

on the internet., a presentation by Wayne & Diane Handlos.  Everyone present was involved and enthusiastic.  See Google Alerts.

PS.  The refreshments were great. (Thanks, Marcia) and there were treasures in the plant auction.  


EVENT OF INTEREST—Ron Kindig, photographer at the San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden, presented a slide

show entitled Gorgeous Gardens Along the Pacific Coast, with pictures from some of the 300 gardens he has visited in

California, Oregon and Washington. The show was presented at 1 pm, on Saturday, Dec. 11, 2010,  at the SLO Botanical

Garden’s Oak Glen Pavilion, 3450 Dairy Creek Road. The entrance to the SLO Botanical Garden is opposite Cuesta


    Our Annual Christmas Dinner    Dec.15th  was delightful.  We had a good turnout,

much laughter, great gift-giving and superb food at the China Gourmet in Grover Beach. 

 The annual CCGS BBQ was held at the Weissberg home and outstanding garden, Sunday,

August 22nd.

A  perfect day with good friends in a beautiful setting. (Video thanks to Suse Weissberg.)


The entrée (another great BBQ by Shani) and drinks were provided by CCGS.  CCGS members provided the rest of the feast, e.g.  appetizers, salads, desserts.  If we did this more often, we would become a chapter of Weight Watchers.

               Cy Baucke washonored, since he missed the June 12th event.

         The tea and social gathering held on Sat., June 12, 2010,

at the Black Lake Community Room (bldg.), 498 Colonial Place in Nipomo

in honor of Cy Baucke, Zelda Leach, Beulah Newdoll and JoAnn Smith was well-attended and

enjoyed by everyone present.  Each honoree was given a plate and a DVD honoring many years of loyalty and service.

Cy Baucke had another commitment and so will be honored at the BBQ.

Annual CCGS Sale, May 8 & 9, 2010        Ingredients for a Great Sale ...  (Most photos were taken within the first hour.)  

Wonderful plants and happy CCGS Members...




          + special guests..    with music..

  and many jolly customers (A few shown here.)..

                             But one less than jovial, although unique.   (Could this be Yoda?)                 A perfect day... a great sale.

Past CCGS Events 

On May 22nd, the members of CCGS and guests had an excellent tour garden of the garden of Brian and Cathy Galbraith The gardens, greenhouse and landscaping were inspiring.

The April meeting was a very informative talk and slide presentation on invasive pests. by Jenni Weaver of the SLO County Ag  Dept. 

On March 20th, CCGS members and guests enjoyed an interesting  tour of Mesa Ranch Nursery, led of its owner, Chris Chaney.  Chris and his staff grow Protea, Leucodendron, Banksia and other Proteaceae.  The Nursery is a wholesale nursery and a major supplier of Proteaceae to other growers and nurseries.  Everyone was very impressed by the quality of the Nursery and learned a great deal during the tour.


Thank you Chris.


Amazingly, these are just a few of the plants growing in Chris'  front yard. 


Also, these are just a few of the other specimens (among our favorites) also found in Chris' front yard that day.



CCGS hosted its annual Christmas dinner/party for its members and their guests.  The dinner is held the China Gourmet Restaurant, in Arroyo Grande, central to where most of members lives.  We had a great turnout, an excellent dinner, much laughter and cheer and a wonderful gift exchange.

Unfortunately, everyone was so carried away with the holiday spirit, not one of us had a camera to record the event.  A lesson learned. Hereafter, where and whenever we gather we'll have a camera handy.


Orcutt Garden Club Meetings:  Luis OASIS Senior Center, Old Orcutt., 3rd Tuesday of each month.

 The Master Gardeners of San Luis Obispo have created a Demonstration Garden at 2156 Sierra Way In San Luis Obispo and are holding monthly workshops on the third Saturday of each month from 10 a.m. to 12 noon that are open to everyone.  Upcoming topics are   Orchard Design and Fruit Tree Planting Techniques on February 20, Victory and Kitchen Gardens on March 20, Space Saving Gardening on April 17, and Avocado and Citrus Growing on May 15.   See their website for more information:


                                                    Please contribute current events related to gardening. 

                                        Call Wayne or Diane @ 805-937-9983 or send an e-mail  with information.



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