2022-23 Program Schedule

October 12 – 10:00 am – Jessica Thompson and her associate Morgan from Green Goddess will speak to us about Fall Cleanup and Care of our Gardens at St Andrews Episcopal Church, Fisher Hall

November 9 – 10:00 am – Carolina Murillo of Flora Gardens will speak about planting bare root fruit trees suitable for our Ojai gardens

 November 29 – Setup for Wreath Day at Ojai Presbyterian Church

November 30 –  Wreathmaking

December 2 – Wreath pickup

January 11 – Art in the Garden, speaker TBD

February 8 – Tour of Ojai Vineyard Winery & BYO lunch and winetasting at the Tasting Room

March 8 – Field Trip – Santa Barbara Botanic Garden & Speaker on Introduction to Desalination

April 12 – Field Trip – Tour of Estelle Brutton’s Australian Garden by Jo O’Connell

May 10 – End of the Year Luncheon – location TBD

June 7 – Planning Potluck at Linda Steis’s home


2020-21 Program Schedule

October 14th – 10:00am at the Ojai Community Demonstration Garden,  Dr. David White with Once Upon a Watershed and the Ojai Center for Regenerative Agriculture will talk to us about the benefits of compost in building healthy soil at the Ojai Community Demonstration Garden behind City Hall. The Garden is located behind Ojai City Hall, located at 401 South Ventura Street. A link is provided here to the location of garden.

Here is a link to a video of a webinar David did for the Ventura Land Trust on composting and compost tea. Center of Regenerative Agriculture Director Dr. David White uses compost and live microscopy samples to show how microorganisms transform plant matter into healthy soil.

David White has a Ph.D. in Cell Biology from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. He has worked with Ventura County environmental groups like the Keep the Sespe Wild Committee, Food for Thought Ojai and the Ojai Valley Green Coalition for over 30 years. Center of Regenerative Agriculture Director Dr. David White uses compost and live microscopy samples to show how microorganisms transform plant matter into healthy soil.

NOVEMBER 11, 2020 : Zoom Meeting at 10 AM. The November meeting will be a Zoom demonstration by Elizabeth Cohen of FORAGE.  She will be sharing ideas for Thanksgiving/Fall table arrangements.

As this is a Zoom meeting, please wait until the end to ask questions.  The standard convention for this type of Zoom presentation, is for the participants to mute their microphones during the presentation and unmute during the question and discussion period at the end.  You may submit questions using the Zoom Chat during the demonstration and the moderator will ask the questions at the appropriate time.

An email invitation will be sent a few days before the scheduled meeting date.


Due to the uncertainty about our ability to make and distribute wreaths in a safe way during Covid-19, the Board has decided to cancel Wreath Day this year.  A letter will be sent to our Wreath Day mailing list explaining our decision.  Wreath Day will hopefully return in December 2021.

If you want to make a wreath for yourself, you can purchase a plain wreath directly from our long-standing supplier, Big Wave Dave’s Tree Lot.  He has two locations in Ventura.

Telegraph Rd and Ashwood or Pacific View Mall.

December 2, 2020 – ???

January 13, 2021 –  Zoom call with Carolyn Doepke Bennett, a writer and lecturer on garden conservation and garden design, is actively involved with The Garden Conservancy and serves as a Trustee of The Los Angeles County Arboretum Foundation. A landscape historian on the staff of Nancy Goslee Power & Associates, she also coordinates the Barn Studio Lecture Series.

February 10, 202110AM Meet in small groups for garden clean-up in several locations around Ojai:

  • Libby Park Garden Club planting

  • City Hall Garden Club planting

  • St. Andrew’s Community Garden with Carol Vesecky.

  • Shirley Saxby’s Rose Garden (615 Crestview, Ojai)

This will be a social distanced, mask wearing event with small groups at each location.  Please bring garden shears, rake, shovel, garden gloves, etc.

Click the link below to access the Google Sheet to sign up for a site.  Please only sign-up once.


A walk in the Ojai Land Conservancy with a “trunk” seed and plant exchange in the Nordhoff High School Parking Lot.  Bring plant starts and/or seeds to exchange.  Start potting and collecting now.  Meet in the parking lot at 10 AM.  Please wear your mask and wear walking shoes.



June 2 – Potluck




2019-2020 Programs

October 9 10:00 a.m. Fisher Hall – The topic will be Living With Oaks in the Ojai Valley. Our speaker will be Christina Hardin, ISA Certified Arborist. Ms. Hardin will be discussing the following: Varieties of oak trees, benefits, diseases, watering, pruning, what to plant under oaks, why trees “self-prune”, transplanting, and recovery from fire damage.  Here is a link about what to plant under oaks:…/o…/Planting_under_oak_tree.html

November 13 – 10:00 a.m. Fisher Hall – Elizabeth Cohn of Forage Floral  Artistry using foraged and dried plants in floral arrangements.

December 4 – Wreath Day 8:00 a.m to 3:00 p.m. Chaparral Auditorium.   It’s fun!   It’s creative!   Bring a friend, a glue gun & clippers.  START COLLECTING NOW!  Perhaps you can collect some of the citrus fruit that fell from your tree and save them for the wreaths. (All members)

January 8 10:00 am Fisher Hall – Succulent wreath making Demo– Cindy

February 12  – 10:00 am – Fisher Hall – Speaker Laurence Nicklin of Plantasia and Taft Gardens re DIY landscaping

March 11 – Field trip – Ventura County Botanic Gardens –  members are welcome to bring a friend.

April 8 – Field Trip – Tolmach Garden & Winery

May 9, 2019 – End of Year Luncheon, location TO BE DETERMINED


2018-19 Program Schedule

October 10 – 10:00 a.m. Fisher Hall – City Councilman Bill Weirick will be speaking to the Club about the current water situation and future plans for Ojai.City Councilman Bill Weirick has kindly agreed to speak to the Club about the current water situation and future plans for Ojai.

November 14 – 10:00 a.m. Fisher Hall – Floral arranging demonstration of post office arrangements, general floral arranging guidelines and wreath making demonstration & guidelines for drying & preserving pods and fruit.

December 5 – Wreath Day 8:00 a.m to 3:00 p.m. Chaparral Auditorium. It’s fun! It’s creative! Bring a friend, a glue gun & clippers. START COLLECTING NOW! Perhaps you can collect some of that sad mummified citrus fruit that fell from your tree and save them for the wreaths. (All members)

January 9 – 10:00 am. Fisher Hall – Water Wise Landscapes that capture rainwater, reuse greywater, presented by by Renee Roth.

February 13 – 10:00 am – Fisher Hall – Lee Rosenboom, Master Gardener, to speak on growing vegetables.

March 13 – Field trip to Lotusland in Montecito ( Members are welcome to bring a friend. RSVP and advance tickets at $50/per person will be required. Further info to follow directly to members.

April 10 – Field trip to Earth Island Herbs in Ojai, with a presentation by Carol Wade of Earth Island Herbs Members are welcome to bring a friend. Further info to follow.

May 9, 2019 – Annual luncheon – location TBD


2017-18 Program Schedule

October 11, 2017 Gardening for Pollinators, with Ojai Valley Bee Club members Glenn Perry & Bob Meyer, a certified beekeeperNovember 8, 2017 – Jon Dieges, Birds in Your Garden, Jon is a member of the Ventura Audubon SocietyNovember 29th, 2017 – Wreath Day at Chaparral Auditorium, preparing holiday wreaths for preordered sales, members bring decorating items, tools and a friend to help out!  Food and refreshments are provided.

January 10, 2018 – “After the Thomas Fire – Lessons Learned” with Celine Moomey, Ventura County Fire Department*

February 14, 2018Taft Gardens TOUR with Jo O’Connell of Australian Native Gardens and  Laurence Nicklin of Plantasia – Members Only

March 14, 2018Raised Bed Gardening with Lee Rosenboom, Master Gardener

 April 11, 2018  After the Fire Tour of Wheeler Gorge Visitor Center

May 9, 2018 End of Year Luncheon at Cafe Emporium

 *link to Celine Moomey fire resources:


This website has some good information on home hardening.