Welcome

The Manteca Garden Club would like to invite you to join us in accomplishing our goals and sharing our enthusiasm for gardening.

Our club, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 1953, is a Blue Ribbon Certified member of the Pacific Region of the National Garden Clubs, Inc., and the Valley Lode District of California Garden Clubs, Inc. We also support our community through our membership in the Mayor’s Committee on the Arts, coordination with the City of Manteca in donating various planting projects in public places and the planting and maintenance of the Senior Center Rose Garden.

Blue Star Memorial located at Manteca Library

Our mission is to further the education of its members and the public in the areas of gardening, horticulture, botany, landscape design, conservation of natural resources, civic beautification, garden therapy and nature environmental studies.

URGENT MESSAGE FROM Master Gardeners of San Joaquin County

USDA Investigates Packages of Unsolicited Seeds

USDA is aware that people across the country have received suspicious, unsolicited packages of seed that appear to be coming from China. USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is working closely with the Department of Homeland Security’s Customs and Border Protection, other federal agencies, and State departments of agriculture to investigate the situation.

USDA urges anyone who receives an unsolicited package of seeds to immediately contact their State plant regulatory official or APHIS State plant health director. Please hold onto the seeds and packaging, including the mailing label, until someone from your State department of agriculture or APHIS contacts you with further instructions. Do not plant seeds from unknown origins.

At this time, [USDA does not] have any evidence indicating this is something other than a “brushing scam” where people receive unsolicited items from a seller who then posts false customer reviews to boost sales. USDA is currently collecting seed packages from recipients and will test their contents and determine if they contain anything that could be of concern to U.S. agriculture or the environment.

USDA is committed to preventing the unlawful entry of prohibited seeds and protecting U.S. agriculture from invasive pests and noxious weeds. Visit the APHIS’ website to learn more about USDA’s efforts to stop agricultural smuggling and promote trade compliance.

Questions?
Media Contact:
Cecilia Sequeira (301) 851-4054
K.cecilia.sequeira@usda.gov

Editor’s Note

I have received these seeds from China after ordering vegetable seeds from several companies. When calling the State Agency as stated above, I was directed to instead call our county Agricultural Commissioner’s office (209) 953-6000. They are taking the addresses of the recipients but don’t want you to send the seeds in the mail, as they don’t know yet exactly what they are dealing with. Instead, they have instructed me to hang on to them and they will be contacting me further with what to do with them.

President’s Message

Hope you are staying cool Blue Ribbon Manteca Garden Club Members.  And we hope you and yours are staying well. 

We are sorry to say we won’t be able to gather for our first garden club meeting in September.  After speaking with Brandy at the recreation department and Samantha at the library, there is no news on opening any meeting facilities!  We are keeping our fingers crossed for a safe October meeting.

Your Garden Club board and many committee members are still continuing to care for the business of the Garden Club.  Recently Bev, our treasurer, paid our yearly donation $200 to Stanislaus Wild Care Center.  The care center is a wonderful organization and they welcome direct donations at any time.  Their recent newsletter expressed how busy they have been with wild animals in their care.

Bev is ready to send out the scholarship money we awarded this year as students get their school IDs to us.  Thanks to the many members for donations into scholarships to keep that fund strong for next year too.  We are planning a garden tour for sure, May 8, 2021. 

Thanks to Beth for continuing to send our Sunshine greetings.  And we are happy they have just been birthday greetings over the last couple of months. Please take care and stay well!

Recently, John from the golf course asked if we would still have our holiday lunch.  I said yes, if we can!

His business has really slowed down and he asked me to remind you all that his downstairs grill is open every day with outside deck seating.  It’s a beautiful location too, not just a parking lot.  Please go grab a breakfast, lunch or happy hour at Uncle Frank’s Grill.  John has been fair and generous to our club for many years.   It’s great if we can support him now. 

One way we have been meeting is during rose trimming with small rose teams.  It has been nice to see a few members, socially distanced, with masks on as we trim.  Thank you rose teams.

Barbara keeps us updated on our website, www.mantecagardenclub.org and if you are on FB, check out our posts. A big thanks to Cate for continuing with the monthly informative newsletter.  Be sure to check it out for tips as we go into Autumn. https://mantecagardenclub.org/gardeners-corner/

And thanks for sending in your dues of only $25 and continuing to support our club during this unusual time.  As Gayle Foster has said, we are doing the business of the garden club as we move through this pandemic. Contact Bev directly if you have questions about your dues. 

Stay well and we sure miss seeing everyone. 

Paula 

Link to President’s Message Archive

FLOWER OF THE MONTH

 

 

The Aster – September

 

September – Aster

The meaning of the aster flower differs depending on the presentation, but it’s common meanings are:

  • The ancient Greeks burned aster leaves to ward off both snakes and evil spirits
  • According to Greek mythology, when the god Jupiter decided to flood the earth to destroy the warring men, the goddess Astraea was so upset she asked to be turned into a star. Her wish was granted, but when the flood waters receded she wept for the loss of lives. As her tears turned to stardust and fell to earth, the beautiful aster flower sprung forth.
  • Another Greek legend claims  that when King Aegeus’ son Theseus volunteered to slay the Minotaur, he told his father he would fly a white flag on his return to Athens to announce his victory. But, Theseus forgot to change the flags and sailed into port with black flags flying. Believing his son to be killed by the Minotaur, King Aegeus promptly committed suicide. It is believed that asters sprung forth where his blood stained the earth.
  • Asters were believed to be sacred to the gods and were used in wreaths placed on altars.
  • The ancient Greeks burned aster leaves to ward off both snakes and evil spirits
  • According to Greek mythology, when the god Jupiter decided to flood the earth to destroy the warring men, the goddess Astraea was so upset she asked to be turned into a star. Her wish was granted, but when the flood waters receded she wept for the loss of lives. As her tears turned to stardust and fell to earth, the beautiful aster flower sprung forth.
  • Another Greek legend claims  that when King Aegeus’ son Theseus volunteered to slay the Minotaur, he told his father he would fly a white flag on his return to Athens to announce his victory. But, Theseus forgot to change the flags and sailed into port with black flags flying. Believing his son to be killed by the Minotaur, King Aegeus promptly committed suicide. It is believed that asters sprung forth where his blood stained the earth.
  • Asters were believed to be sacred to the gods and were used in wreaths placed on altars.

The aster was known as the eye of Christ in France. Asters were laid on the graves of dead soldiers to symbolize the wish that things had turned out differently in battle.

QUARANTINE GARDEN

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Many gardeners are finding more time to spend in their gardens now that the state-wide quarantine is in effect.  But, while are gardens are beginning to come into their own during this Spring season, we can’t invite anyone over to enjoy the results of all our labor.

Please send whatever you would like to share to mantecagardenclub@yahoo.com  and your entries will be posted on the Members page.  Let’s see that plant or flower that is bursting with color!!