As the COVID-19 lockdown stretches on, the 90-year-old Garden Club of Los Altos is reinventing itself, using 21st-century technology to maintain its activities and hoping to attract new members who have taken up gardening during the shelter-in-place.
Instead of monthly social meetings held at Los Altos Lutheran Church, the Garden Club is holding its meetings on Zoom. Nearly 50 members joined in the May 26 Zoom session, which featured Dave Sauter, professor of environmental horticulture and design at Foothill College, discussing the design process of planning a garden. His presentation is available online for Garden Club members, along with other materials from his classes at Foothill.
Next up in the club’s Zoom series is Kren Rasmussen, floral designer and owner of Bloomsters in San Jose. The session, set for 1:30 p.m. June 23, will include Rasmussen’s commentary as he creates arrangements live online. The link will be forwarded to members prior to the meeting.
Other benefits of Garden Club membership that are continuing during the lockdown: advice from local gardeners on what, how and when to plant; member discounts at United Wholesale Flowers in San Jose and Summerwinds Nursery; a Bulletin Board messaging group; and ongoing community service projects such as volunteering at the Los Altos History Museum gardens on Thursday mornings.
Membership costs $25, $40 for a family.