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Garden club looking for more community projects
The new Manteca Garden Club officers for 2010-11 are, from left, Sandi Larson, president; Gloria Martinez, secretary; Marion Golisano, treasurer; and, Rita Canales, program coordinator. - photo by ROSE ALBANO RISSO/ The Bulletin
Even avid gardeners have to take some time off in the summer.

For the Manteca Garden Club gardeners, that means time off from their monthly meetings at the Manteca Public Library.

Closing the 2009-10 club year was the installation luncheon held recently in the upstairs meeting room of Prestige Senior Living on East Louise Avenue and Pestana Drive in Manteca. Inducted to take up the reins for the 2010-11 club year were Sandi Larson, president; Gloria Martinez, secretary; Marion Golisano, treasurer; and, Rita Canales, program coordinator. With the exception of Canales, all of the incoming officers are reprising their positions for the second year in a row.

The club normally takes a break from the monthly meetings in July and August. The first meeting after the summer hiatus will be held the third Monday of September at 12:30 p.m. in the Manteca Public Library’s John McFall Room.

Larson said the group does not have any specific projects earmarked for the next club year, and instead will continue to focus on their objective of “beautifying Manteca.”

Looking back at what the membership has recently accomplished, she said, “We did lots of planting this year.”

Among them was the planting of several new trees at Woodward Park south of the Highway 120 Bypass during the annual observance of Arbor Day in the spring.

They also did plenty of garden maintenance, with members taking on the responsibility of maintaining the Memorial Rose Garden in front of the Manteca Senior Center on Cherry Lane behind City Hall. This is an ongoing job for the club members who do the regular clean-up and pruning of the rose garden without any cost to the city.

Thanks to the volunteer work of club member Hank Wiegel, the club also was able to donate raised planters to the residents at Merrill Gardens Retirement Living on Union Road in Manteca. Merrill Gardens has its own garden club made up of residents who are avid gardeners. Wiegel has been invited as a guest speaker of the group a few times, and has also helped them do some pruning at their community garden.

A major project for the club this year was the return of the Garden Tour after being put on hiatus last year. The tour, which is the group’s only fund-raiser during the year, featured six homes and proved to be a success with more than 300 tickets sold.

Larson said they plan to continue this type of community involvement.

“We’re looking for projects next year,” she said.