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                  Idyllwild Garden Club
Discovering the Joy of Mountain Gardening

                    Partially Supported Through the Generosity of the              
            Idyllwild Community Fund and the Pine Cove Water District

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For Detailed Event Information: Click on Calendar and Events in the left hand menu. Click on the month and the day of the event.  Any questions, Email

Our next Meeting will be on August 7th. This is a great one to attend to get a feel for us!
See the calendar of meetings and events below


Visitors are welcome! If you wish to join the dues are: $18 for a single member, or $30 for couples, or families.
Please pay at the October, or December, meeting, or mail to IGC, P.O. Box 681, Idyllwild Ca 92549, or you may pay on-line with a credit card at:  (This is also a good time for you to check your directory listing and let us know if corrections, or additions need to be made.)



 Important information on the Gold Spotted Oak Borer CLICK HERE


For more information, or to register, go to calendar
(or call Gary at 951-659-9711)

Board Mtgs.(Members are welcome to attend)-10am-3rd Tuesday of each month at Gary Parton's 25025 Fern Valley Rd.
General Meetings 12 noon - 54400 No. Circle
Refreshments 12 noon, Mtg 12:30, Speaker/Program 1:00 p.m.
Presbyterian Comm. Church-Lower Level (except for July Picnic, or if noted)

Events and trips may change so be sure to check updates on dates and details as the dates get closer at


April 3rd–TUESDAY General Meeting at

Comm. Presbyterian, lower floor (54400 N. Circle Dr.):

Welcome Hot Soup/Chili lunch provided by the board:   

Lunch at 12, meeting at 12:30, program at 1:00, Program – Back Yard Composting with Riverside County

Learn all about composting in Idyllwild  Speaker (Rep from Riv. Cnty) 951-486-3242, Compost bins available for purchase


April 4th -WEDNESDAY Field Trip

Wildflowers at Diamond Valley Lake

Departing church at 8:30. Carpooling available, or meet us there. 2325 Searl Parkway, Hemet – 951-926-7201($5 donation for car-pool drivers is recommended.)

Parking at Marina, $9 per car. Bring a camera! Best show of native wildflowers in our area last year and expecting the same this year. Wear comfy walking shoes and bring water and a snack.


May 1st–TUESDAY General Meeting at

Gary Parton’s Alpenglow Gardens, 25025 Fern Valley Rd:

High Tea provided for attendees:             

Lunch at 12, meeting at 12:30, program at 1:00, Program – All About Lilacs

Speaker: Gary Parton 951-659-9711

      Learn how to plant, feed, prune, and separate lilacs from our club expert. Walk the gardens and see hundreds of plants and varieties all in one beautiful location.

This is a wonderful opportunity for our members to be our guests at high tea.

Come and enjoy the full treatment! (Members only, please)


June 5th–TUESDAY General Meeting at

Comm. Presbyterian, lower floor (54400 N. Circle Dr.):

Light refreshments will be served:           

Social time at 12:00, meeting at 12:30, program at 1:00

Program – Fire Safe Council-Trees and Abatement

Discussion re: Oak Borer and Bark beetles, abating your property.

Learn about tree diseases and how to prevent and identify them. This is a great opportunity to ask the experts any

of your tree and abatement questions.

JUNE 9th -Saturday  EVENT: Mountain Garden tour, open to the public. 10 am- 3 pm. Go to calendar for more information



Location - County Park – 54000 Riverside County Playground Rd. (Entrance fee covered by the club) Pot luck, bring a side dish to share (hotdogs, burgers & bottled water provided by the club. Feel free to bring any other beverages of choiceArrive by 12:00, lunch at 12:30,

Ranger Talk & Walk, if they are available

(The park is well shaded, even on a very warm day,

 so come and enjoy)


August 7th–TUESDAY General Meeting at

Comm. Presbyterian, lower floor (54400 N. Circle Dr.):

Light refreshments will be provided        

Social time at 12:00, meeting at 12:30, program at 1:00Program – Art From Nature

Speaker: One of our favorites…Edith Brix!

    Edith takes bark and twigs from the forest and makes beautiful art work! Come and see her handiwork and try making something yourself! Bring whatever interesting bits of wood, or bark, from your yard or surrounding forest and see what it can become.  951-659-4071


August 8th – WEDNESDAY Field Trip

Ernie Maxwell Trail Hike

Meet at the church at 9 a.m. to carpool to the trailhead

This is an easy 2.5 mile hike through the forest from Fern Valley to Idyllwild. If you have never done this before, you will be amazed at the beauty and simplicity of this hike. Come and enjoy the beauty with us.



September 4th –TUESDAY - General Meeting:

Presentation of new slate of officers

Light refreshments will be served

Social time at 12:00 meeting at 12:30, program at 1:00.

Program: House Panel – bring your gardening questions for our experts and get additional input from your fellow members. Nothing teaches as well as experience!



October 2nd– TUESDAY - General Meeting  -

Nomination and Election of new officers: Meet at 12:00 for light refreshments, meeting at 12:30, program 1:00: Back by popular demand! Fall is the time to plant natives and there is no better person than Bronwyn to enlighten us to the beauty and benefits of native plants. Plants available at the meeting and at the nursery across the street after the meeting.  Program: Native Plants by - Bronwyn Jones, 659-7064


October 6th – SATURDAY - Field Trip: Annenberg Estate. Palm Desert                

Depart from church at 8:30. Car pooling is available

Admission and parking are free, small café available for lunch

Also know as Sunnylands, this is a beautiful 200 acre garden with lakes and golf course. Garden tour is free. Home Tour- Please make your own reservations in advance.   37977 Bob Hope Dr. Rancho Mirage, 760-328-2829

NOVEMBER: No Meetings or Events

December 4th: TUESDAY Holiday in the Pines party:  12:00 noon until 1:30, or ???

Bring your favorite Holiday side dishes/desserts. Ham and Turkey will be provided  Open to Members and their guests.  Music, games and fun!  We will also collect non-perishable foods and cash/gift certificate donations for the Help Center Pantry and our adopted Christmas family wish list. Any checks for the Help Center Family should be made out to Toni Berthelotte to simplify her fulfilling the wish list as quickly as possible.

We anticipate booking the harpist again for our entertainment. Any questions, or suggestions? Please call Toni, 951-659-2907


 The following  ACTIVITIES are put on by the Garden Club to fulfill our Mission of Education and Beautification of our Community!  
      *Educational programs at our meetings
       *Work Parties to beautify our Village Garden at the Historical Museum  
        *Planting and tending flower barrels around town
         *Informational booths at Community events, (Lemon Lily Festival, Tree Lighting)
          *October  Discover Mtn. Gardening Program/Annual Bulb Sale