April Meeting

General Meeting :Wednesday, April 13th @ 8:30pm Room 101 of the Horticulture Department

Come join us for an update on our progress on preparing for the 22nd Annual South Coast Plaza Spring Garden Show “Foreign Intrigue, Gardens of the World” April 28th – May 1st

Our video montage will help illustrate our garden theme – Moorish Flourishes In A Contemporary Garden

We will also be covering:

The South Coast Plaza Spring Garden Show
  • Set-up
  • Tear-down
  • Show volunteers/attendants and orientation
The Spring Plant Sale

–OCC Hort Club

March Update

Greetings from the Horticulture Club.

February has come and gone, and the Club has been very busy – mostly with our submission for the Spring Garden Show.  Just yesterday we submitted our design  – “Moorish Flourishes in a Contemporary Garden”. Check it out on on the group projects page.  All the people who’ve helped make this happen deserve great heaps of appreciation!  And you can join us in the effort – just drop us an email or come to our weekly meeting on Mondays at 8:15pm.

Our next General Meeting

NEXT Wednesday, 3/9, after classes, about 8:30pm.  (That’s a reschedule – we originally had it planned for the 2nd.)  And we are pleased to have Kelly Christensen joining us with a presentation about Cycads – the dinosaurs of the plant world.  Their fossils date to 280 million years ago – that’s older than the continents as we know them.  And you may just have one of them lurking in your yard.  When is a palm not a palm?  When it’s a Sago – one of the more ubiquitous of the cycads here in SoCal.  But Kelly will have more than Cycas revoluta, to show us. He and his wife have been collecting cycads since the mid 1980s.  Their collection includes some very rare, endangered or even extinct-in-the-wild species.  And he’ll tell us all about these fascinating plants.  Careful, you could catch the cycad collecting bug from Kelly!

Arbor Day

Because of the excess rain we’ve had lately, the soil where we were going to be planting trees for arbor week is a bit soggy, so this weekend we will be cleaning out the area to begin construction on the Garden show. We may also trace a life-sized layout of the design to get  a better visual idea of the space we are working with. The area where we will be working is the far back left corner of the department if you enter from the front gate. Saturday March 12 at 10:00 am.

Here in California there is actually an Arbor Day week.  (It’s true – check out the Arbor Day Foundation’s website at http://www.arborday.org) To celebrate, we’re planning to teach you how to properly plant a tree.  On Saturday, March 12th – just a week and a half away – we will meet in the Horticulture gardens at 9:30am for a tree planting demonstration, and yes, a chance for you to help plant a tree that you could potentially visit decades from now.  Trees are the most substantive, most valuable and most emotionally significant plants in our landscapes. Come join us to find out how to treat them right.

And a big Welcome

to some of our new fans who signed up at this semester’s Club Rush!  We’re looking forward to seeing you at our events.  Plus a big thank you to Meredith, Tiny and Karina for helping out with our both – not to mention Lee, who made sure the Horticulture Club was front and center!

Happy Spring Everyone,
The OCC Horticulture Club

January Events!

Saturday, January 22nd: Rose Pruning Demo & Monthly Volunteer Day

It’s that time of year again — time to prune those rose bushes. The Orange Coast College Horticulture Club is ready to help with your rose-pruning chores.
The club is planning a public rose-pruning demonstration for 10 a.m. Saturday, January 22nd at the Garrison Rose Garden on OCC’s campus.  We’ll meet in the Horticulture Department at 9:30am.

This is a free hands-on learning seminar and all rose enthusiasts are welcome. We will be learning proper rose pruning techniques and also the right way to care  for various rose-types, with an emphasis on winter maintenance. Experts will be present to demonstrate techniques and to answer questions while we work. Bring your pruners and gloves, if you have them for hands-on experience.Pruner cleaning and sharpening instruction will also be offered with a limit 2 per household.

We look forward to seeing you on Saturday!

Monday, January 24th: The Spring Garden Show Kickoff Meeting!

We’re going to hit the ground rolling on our second year’s entry in the display garden student competition in South Coast Plaza’s Spring Garden Show.  The theme of this year’s Show is “Foreign Intrigue – Gardens of the World” – a chance to get creative, dabble in design, pitch in with classmates, execute a stunning garden and show it off to 130,000 visitors at the Garden Show in April – a unique, worthwhile experience, indeed.  Send us an email to let us know we can count on you joining us, and meet at 4:30 in the Horticulture classrooms with you’re ideas. Check out the Group Projects page for more info, and e-mail us at OCCHortClub@gmail.com to let us know you’ll be there.

Thank you!

We also want to thank everyone who volunteered at the big Poinsettia Sale in December: Suiko, Mike, Ginny, Mabel, Debbie, Zach, Angela, Tiny, Jason, Sarah, Jennifer, Louis, Meredith, Janet, Julie, Millie and a few of you who were no less appreciated but who’s name we may have missed, we’re afraid.  It’s a huge effort, an enormously important event for the Horticulture Department and you’re participation was instrumental to it’s success.  Thank you! Really.  Thank you so much.  (And be sure check out the Poinsettia Sale Photos to see if we caught you in action.)

Thanks, and good luck in all your growing endeavors in 2011!

OCC Horticulture Club


Poinsettia Sale (past)

Poinsettia Sale

– December 8th, 9th and 10th, 2010

“It has long been a TRADITION at Orange Coast College for Horticulture students to produce beautiful poinsettias as part of their studies. They are grown and nurtured in our greenhouses and it is from these greenhouses that we invite you to come and buy these beautiful plants. The proceeds from this sale are used to fund future projects in the Horticulture Department.”

Volunteer Dates and Times
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
December 8, 9, 10

There will be a sign-up sheet posted in the horticulture department on the Hort Club bulletin board, or you can always contact us at  occhortclub@gmail.com

Wednesday, 12/8

  • Set-Up  1:00pm – 5:00pm

Volunteers are urgently needed to position plant sleeves, fill Thursday’s pre-orders, and organize the greenhouse for convenient order access.

Thursday, 12/9

  • Pre-Order Pick-Up  9:30am – 5:30pm

Customers with pre-paid orders will arrive to pick up their poinsettias. Volunteers will bring the orders from the greenhouse to check-out.

  • Set-up for Friday’s Sale 2:30pm – 5:30pm

Volunteers will help reconfigure plants for Friday’s sale.

Friday, 12/10

  • Sale  9:30am – 2:30pm

The Poinsettia Sale is open to the public. Volunteers will assist customers with their purchases – from selection – to check-out – to carry-out.

Club T-Shirt Sales / Info Table – Thurs and Fri

  • 9:30am – 2:30pm

Oversee club table during sale. Volunteers will assist customers with their purchase of t-shirts / sweatshirts and answer questions about department and/or curriculum.

**Contact occhortclub@gmail.com for more information**

– OCC Horticulture Club


OCC Horticulture Club

OCC Horticulture Club