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How to grow Japanese maples in SJ County is programs focus
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Everything you wanted to know about Japanese maple trees will be available Monday, May 21, at the Manteca Public Library. That’s where the regular meeting of the Manteca Garden Club will be held with Paul Jones as the guest speaker. His talk will be all about Japanese maples.

Jones has been collecting and growing Japanese maples for 25 years and has amassed a collection of about 200 varieties of this popular tree. If you’ve always wondered how to grow one in your garden, this is your opportunity to find out more about how to make your effort a success. Jones’ talk will include discussions on how to select and grow Japanese Maples in San Joaquin County.

The meeting will begin at 12:30 p.m. with refreshments in the John McFall Room of the library. Jones’ presentation will start at 1 p.m.

Also on the Monday meeting agenda will be a report by club president Rita Canales on the annual garden tour held last Mother’s Day weekend, plus details about the upcoming installation luncheon for the new officers as well as the formation of the different committees.

Garden Club members are also reminded that they can pay their annual dues at the Monday meeting. Yearly dues are $25 per person.

The Manteca Public Library is located at 320 East Center Street in downtown Manteca.

If you miss this discussion on Japanese maple trees, you can catch Jones at the upcoming Ripon Garden Club meeting on June 1 when he will give the same presentation on the subject.

The Ripon Garden Club meeting will be held at 10 a.m. in the American Legion Hall at 206 S. Stockton Ave., and is open to the public. For further details about the program and the Ripon garden club, call Mona at 599-7475.