New Garden Club blossoming in Carmel Valley
By Karen Billing
A new garden club has sprouted up in Carmel Valley. Gardeners92130, founded by Torrey Hills resident Stephanie “Stevie” Hall, is open to any interested gardener looking to expand on their knowledge and get together with like-minded green thumbs.
Hall, who enjoys both vegetable gardening as well as specializing in roses as a certified consulting rosarian, wanted to get local and started her own club earlier this year.
She has cultivated the group to about 14 members and is hoping for more.
Gardeners92130 became officially affiliated with the California Garden Clubs, Inc. and National Garden Clubs, Inc. in June, which allowed the club to be designated as 501c3 non-profit.
The non-profit designation, granted in September, allowed the club to move from meeting at members’ houses to their new home in the meeting room at the Ocean Air Recreation Center.
The club aims to meet on the third Thursday of every month from 1:30-3:30 p.m.
“We’re still learning how to be a garden club,” said Hall, who has been able to line up fun and interesting topics for her group to learn about each month.
Their first meeting featured a speaker from the city water department to talk about low-water use gardening. Another meeting delved into square foot gardening — gardening using a grid system.
“It’s a super smart way to start small with a garden and not become overwhelmed,” Hall said.
The club has discussed vermiculture and composting, as well as aquaponic gardening, the art of raising fish together with produce. A birding expert shared with the club about what to plant to attract birds and a possible topic for November’s meeting is vertical gardening.
At its Oct. 18 meeting, the club hosted Mia McCarville, who has owned the Cedros Gardens nursery in Solana Beach for nearly 20 years.
McCarville spoke about the right kinds of vegetables to grow in the fall season. In season for fall are veggies such as leafy greens, cabbage, lettuce, onions, carrots, turnips and fava beans. McCarville offered up tips on the right kind of soil mix and nutrients needed to help the vegetable fall bounty.
To join Gardeners92130 or learn more about the club, email Stephanie Hall at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (858) 794-0111.