JULY – SEPTEMBER 2016 CALFIRE GRANT
FREE TREES FOR CERES
Ceres Garden Club celebrated with the overwhelming turnout of volunteers to celebrate Trees for Ceres on Saturday, October 22, 2016 with planting Red Maple trees in parks and neighborhoods made possible from the CALFIRE Grant through the California Initiative to Reduce Carbon and Limit Emissions(CIRCLE).
Never has a project touched so many within the community in such positive way. Homeowners were touched with volunteers coming on to their property to help them plant the trees. Neighbors were touched by neighbors working together to make their neighborhood healthier with added landscape beautification. Students of all ages, Boy Scouts, parents, grandparents, and volunteers from neighborhoods receiving trees and many from neighborhoods who did not receive trees, all came together with a common goal to plant trees in Ceres.
Made possible from the efforts of members of the Ceres Garden Club who walked door-to-door in the summer hottest months of July/August in neighborhoods selected by the City of Ceres Public Works Dept, to explain the CALFIRE Grant and to gain resident permission to have a tree planted on their property. Resident permission was recorded with a signed written agreement to accept responsibility to water the young tree with a minimum of 10 gallons per week for the first 3 years. Average cost for required water is calculated to be about $8 – $10 per year.
The objective of the CALFIRE Grant is to plant more trees which filter the air rendering it cleaner and healthier. Added bonus is increased property value for the homeowner, greater curb appeal beautifying the community, and energy reduction for heating and cooling from shade provided by the tree. The non-profit doing the leg work for securing the signed watering agreements receive a donation from the CALFIRE Grant.
As with most municipalities, the trees become the property of the City of Ceres, and are planted within 10 feet of walkways. The City of Ceres hires a professional Arborist to maintain all city trees both in parks and neighborhoods. Under contract with the City of Ceres, West Coast Arborists employees were on hand Saturday to instruct volunteers on the proper method to plant the young trees.
Local professional Certified Arborist, Daniel Bote, a Ceres resident, volunteered over 50 hours with the Ceres Garden Club to walk door-to-door gaining signed watering agreements from homeowners. Daniel paid his staff from Central Valley Trees and Landscape Services to participate in the project. Additionally, as a Certified Arborist, Daniel headed up a team of volunteers to plant trees on Saturday for the Tree Planting Celebration. The Ceres Garden Club honors the community support and dedication rendered by Daniel Bote, Central Valley Trees and Landscape Services, was a preferred local business.
Ryan Thornberry, owner of several Ceres businesses (California Landscape & Supply Nursery, Morgan Road, Ceres, BTY Concrete & Materials, Morgan Road, Ceres, and part owner of River Bluff Golf Course, Hatch Road}, also volunteered and planted trees on Saturday. The Ceres Garden Club honors the community support and dedication rendered by California Landscape & Supply Nursery as a preferred local business.
The efforts of Helen Condit, Chairman FREE Tree Project, Ceres Garden Club is directly credited with the strong turnout for the tree planting Celebration on Saturday. Channce Condit, Co-Chairman FREE Tree Project, Ceres Garden Club, organized teams to canvas the targeted neighborhoods. Ted Hawkins, Vice President Ceres Garden Club was the garden club spokesperson at the October 22 Celebration ceremony. Numerous Ceres Garden Club members volunteered and planted trees on Saturday.
Thank you to the City of Ceres, Public Works, for inviting the Ceres Garden Club to partner as the non-profit in this CalFire Grant project.
Annual Luncheon Fundraiser
The Ceres Garden Club is delighted to have you share in our adventure. Club members create unique, intriguing tablescapes that certainly amaze. Judged by a panel of 3 Certified Flower Show Judges, there are no winners and no losers, only gifted and creative designers.
Be our guest for a delightful sensory experience at the 18th Annual Luncheon planned for Saturday, March 25, 2017, Harvest Hall, Stanislaus Ag Center, Modesto. (see Contact Us to make a reservation) Poster, Flora Fauna2017
17th ANNUAL LUNCHEON As a highlight, 3 students from Ceres Central Valley High School, who are enrolled in the advanced Agriculture classes, spoke at the Luncheon sharing their goals for higher education and passion for agriculture.
The feature entertainment was VERY light showcasing local resident and stand-up comedian, Dane Madden.
Rommel Ind. (Lloyd, Karen & Rich) catered the lunch with a variety of fresh salads and luncheon sandwiches.
With over 60 raffle items, it never ceases to amaze how some people win and win and win!
17th Annual Luncheon
In the Garden With A Childs Imagination
16th Annual Luncheon, 2015
Garden Flowers Galore