Laguna Beach Garden Club awards scholarships following successful Gate & Garden Tour

This year’s Laguna Beach Garden Club Gate & Garden Tour held on Saturday, May 4 did not disappoint. With 700+ guests attending and more than 125 volunteers, it was one of the best tours in the 19-year history of the tour.

“This is the major fundraiser for the Garden Club and provides us with the opportunity to share the love with our local students that are entering the fields of horticulture, landscape design, environmental sciences and botany,” said Karen Nelson, tour co-director.

“Each year we strive to make something about the tour new and fresh. The hat contest was a huge hit with all the guests; it completes the beautiful tableau of garden parties from yesteryear,” said Susan Denton, tour co-director.

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Photo by Kari Nies

The Garden Club presents scholarships to LBHS graduating seniors: (L-R) Lynn Jax, board member; Mary Sanchez, co-president; scholarship recipients Ariana Coulolias and Ramon Seeck, and Nancy Englund, co-president

Laguna Beach High School students Maverick Baylies, Ariana Coulolias and Ramen Seeck were this year’s deserving recipients. A special scholarship was given to Merrick Vellmure for his dedication to bees and beekeeping in honor of the club’s Good of the Hive mural located at the Laguna Beach County Water District building Downtown.

On May 17, several Laguna Beach Garden Club Board members were delighted to present three Saddleback Community College students with scholarships. The recipients this year are Stephanie Alvarez, Dana Spencer and Christine Villa.

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The Garden Club awarded three scholarships to Saddleback Community College students. Seen here are (L-R): Janel Leary, past president, with scholarship recipients Stephanie Alvarez, Christine Villa and Dana Spencer

The Garden Club seeks to promote environmental awareness while emphasizing the interconnectedness of all of us through education, acts of service and collaboration…always keeping in mind that the health of the entire Laguna Beach “hive” is dependent on each one of us.

The Garden Club, with its 200+ members of all ages and genders, is not only a great social club but also provides much needed support throughout the community by supporting pollinator projects, scholarships, school gardens and so much more.

The Garden Club Speaker series will resume on September 13 at Laguna Presbyterian Church in Tankersley Hall located at 415 Forest Ave., Laguna Beach. Non-members are invited to attend for free on their first visit.

For more information about the Garden Club, visit www.lagunabeachgardenclub.org, or contact info@lagunabeachgardenclub.org.


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