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.
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.
Mel Warner – Life Reminicenses Stories from a long and interesting life.
"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. CHRISTMAS DINNER AND GIFT EXCHANGE - Much good food and great fun.
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.
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.
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
Sept. 28, 2016 Regular CCGS Meeting: Well done, Deene!
A GERANIUM/PELARGONIUM DIALOGUE DEENE SHAHINIAN, FACILITATOR
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
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
Ken & Ann Byrne SUCCULENT LANDSCAPING BASICS
Guests Welcome See you there.
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.
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 www.lospadresartistguild.org
Sat. July 18th 10-11am Daylily West Garden Tour www.daylilywest.com
11am-noon The Luffa Farm www.luffafarm.com
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."
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 Angeles5th 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
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. www.halcyonstore.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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: www.ccgga.com
* 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. www.library.cuesta.edu/book/index.htm
* Charles Craib's new book on Sarcocaulens and Monsonias due out in April. www.penroc.co.za
* 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.http://fcos.org/ Admission $5
CENTRAL COAST GREENHOUSE GROWERS ANNUAL OPEN HOUSE AND NURSERY TOUR – Apr. 2.
www.ccgga.com/List of participants not yet available
CENTRAL COAST GERANIUM SOCIETY Annual Sale - May 7 & 8, Halcyon Spring Faire, Arroyo Grande
Past CCGS 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,
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.
Wonderful plants and happy CCGS Members...
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.
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.