The Village Garden Club of La Jolla hosted its annual Holiday Luncheon at The Marine Room in La Jolla on a sunlit Dec. 12, 2019. Organized by VGCLJ members Carolynn LaPierre and Roz Bradley, the luncheon was a time “to get together with friends and make new friends,” LaPierre said. After a welcome speech by LaPierre and remarks of gratitude from VGCLJ co-president Sue Kalish, members and guests began dining and relaying what sets VGLC apart from other area clubs.
Some join for the love of horticulture, as Bradley noted, most of the nearly-400 members are people “who love flowers, love gardening.” Still, VGCLJ requires no green thumb, and some of its members attend for the captivating and renowned speakers, workshops and tours offered, Bradley continued.
A large portion of the club’s endeavors, however, involve “a lot of charity,” said LaPierre, pointing out VGCLJ’s involvement in the Healing Garden at the Moores Cancer Center, pumpkins for the VA Hospital, school gardens, and many other projects. Kalish also cited many organizations that benefit from VGCLJ’s charity work, remarking this is her reason for membership. “My heart is with the philanthropies,” Kalish affirmed.
As this year’s VGCLJ theme is “It takes a village,” according to Kalish, the club celebrates its members from all over San Diego County, and the Holiday Luncheon is a prime example. “It’s a real cheery thing,” LaPierre declared.
Find more information about the Village Garden Club of La Jolla at vgclj.com