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Plant & Garden Clubs

— Plant —

African Violet Society (Capital City)
African Violet & Gesneriad Society (Delta)
Begonia Society (American — Joan Coulat Sac. Branch)
Bonsai Association (American)
Bonsai Association (Capital City)
Bromeliad & Carnivorous Plant Society (Sacramento)
Cactus and Succulent Society (Sacramento)
Chrysanthemum Society (Sacramento)
Cymbidium Society (Sacramento Valley)
Fuchsia Society (American — Sacramento Branch)
Iris Society Inc. (Sacramento)
Native Plant Society (California)
Perennial Plant Club (Sacramento)
Rose Society (Sacramento)
Satsuki Aokai Association

— Garden —

California Garden Clubs Inc.
(Sacramento River Valley District)

River Park Garden Club

Arts, Floral Design & Other Clubs

— Arts —

Camellia City Porcelain Artists
Northern California: Art by Fire
Sierra Camera Club
Sacramento Center for the Textile Arts
Sacramento Weavers' and Spinners' Guild

— Floral Design —

Sacramento Floral Design Guild
Ikebana International, Sacramento Chapter #26
Sogetsu Ikebana of Sacramento

— Other —

Gypsy Traders Antique Club
National Association of Watch & Clock Collectors

African Violet Society
(Capital City)

Kathy Norton, President*


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Capital City African Violet Society, organized in 1952 and affiliated with the African Violet Society of America and the Northern California Council of African Violet Societies, meets at 7:30 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month. The club is devoted exclusively to the raising and propagation of African violets and is related to the Delta Gesneriad and African Violet Society. Meetings feature educational programs and refreshments are served. The club actively seeking new members and guests are welcome.

African Violet & Gesneriad Society

Jeani Hatfield, President

Kathy Norton, Club Representative

Bev McClure


The Delta Gesneriad and African Violet Society, organized in 1987, is dedicated to African violets and their "cousins." The group meets on the third Wednesday of the month at 11:00 a.m. Guest speakers or slide programs on the newest cultivars, growing advice, hands-on workshops, plants and supplies are available at each meeting. Bring a sack lunch or join in the monthly pot lucks. Everyone's welcome! Come join in the fun.

Begonia Society
(American, Joan Coulat Sac. Branch)

Dennis Hollingsworth, President



You are limited only by your imagination as to the fun, adventure, variety, study, and all around good time you can have when you journey into the organized world of begonias. The Sacramento Branch of the American Begonia Society is the means for an introduction to the dynamics and fun of begonias. Meetings are held monthly on the third Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. and feature educational programs, seed plant and exchanges, demonstrations, new species presentations, as well as a raffle drawing. The group is thrilled to share begonias and begonia talk with anyone new to begonias.

Bonsai Association

Renee Seely


The American Bonsai Association of Sacramento meets at 6:00 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of each month. Meetings are open to the public and almost always include a knowledgeable speaker who is either a club member or a senai from another area who have received formal training in bonsai. You are welcome to visit the club, attend the numerous hands-on workshops, or join us on our annual bus trip.

Bonsai Association
(Capital City)

Gary Judd, President


Webpage Pending
The art of creating miniaturized trees or developing woody plants shaped like trees and growing them in containers is the focus of the Capital City Bonsai Association. Meetings, scheduled on an irregular basis, provide information on cultivation includes techniques for shaping, watering, and repotting in various styles of containers. Visitors and enthusiasts are always welcome at any meeting. Contact our club president for a list of meeting times.

Bromeliad & Carnivorous
Plant Society

Keith Smith, Club Contact


Bromeliad and Carnivorous Plant Society meets at 7:00 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month nine times a year (not in December, January, or May). Additionally the club sponsors an annual show on the 4th of July weekend. The show is non-competitive and people are encouraged to bring striking and unusual plants to display.

Cactus & Succulent Society

Mariel Dennis, President



Mariel Dennis, Representative

The uninitiated might think of cacti and succulents as sticky, thorny plants, but the members of the Sacramento Cactus and Succulent Society would be the first to tell you that is not accurate. Join them at their regular monthly meetings on the fourth Monday at 7:00 p.m. (except December) and they will introduce you to the endless variation nature provided in these beautiful, uncommon plants.

Chrysanthemum Society

Jon Peterson President



The Sacramento Chrysanthemum Society was formed to help individuals learn procedures for the propagation and cultivation of chrysanthemums, promote a wider interest in the cultivation of this flower, and to encourage the use and display of the beautiful blooms. To enjoy the bonds of fellowship among growers of the chrysanthemum visit one of our meetings on the fourth Thursday of every month (except November and December), 12:30 - 3:00 p.m.

Cymbidium Society
(Sacramento Valley)

Ann Carberry, Club Contact

Sacramento Valley Cymbidium Society, formed in 2004, is a branch of the Cymbidium Society of America. The club meets on the fourth Wednesday of every month except July, August, and December at 7:00 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m. for all meetings). In addition to supporting the Shepard Garden and Art Center spring and fall shows, and hosting their own show and sale, the club hosts speaking engagements at garden events and nurseries as a way of introducing people to the wonderful world of growing orchids outdoors. Anyone with an interest in Cymbidium orchids is welcome to attend club meetings.

Fuchsia Society
(American, Sacramento Branch)

Scott Humphrey, Club Contact


The American Fuchsia Society is dedicated to the purpose of acquainting flower enthusiasts with the beauty of fuchsias and teaching techniques for growing healthy blooming plants. The Sacramento Branch holds monthly meetings on third Thursdays of the month at 7:30 p.m., except January. There is often a speaker to present information on various aspects of growing fuchsias. Visitors are always encouraged to come and learn more about growing these beautiful plants in a very social atmosphere.

Iris Society Inc.

Cindy Eastman, President



Sacramento Iris Society is a nonprofit, mutual benefit corporation whose sole purpose is promoting the culture and improvement of the genus Iris through encouraging any activity related to the study, propagation, improvement and culture of irises. The group meets on the third Monday of the month at 7:00 p.m. (Sept.-Dec.); other meeting dates/times vary (no meetings June-Aug). If this is your favorite flower, come visit to learn more about up-coming exhibitions, display gardens, and publications.

Native Plant Society

Tara Collins, President



Mary Schiedt, Fairs and Events Chair


California Native Plant Society welcomes one and all — from students to professionals, from hobbyists to dedicated gardeners, from apartment dwellers to homeowners, from city folk to suburbanites to rural residents. Join the society to learn about California's rich and diverse native plant flora and support efforts to conserve native plants and habitats throughout the state. The Society actively also supports many issues related to environmental causes. Our regular monthly meetings are on the second Wednesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. (except July, August, and December).

Northern California: Art by Fire

Sean Bill, Club Contact



Northern California: Art by Fire is comprised of clay and hot-glass artists. This club meets every second Wednesday of every even ending month either at SG&AC or in a member's home where a variety of subjects are discussed including upcoming art shows, glazing techniques, and tips on promotion and sales. Anyone with an interest in producing art using clay or glass is welcome to attend the meetings.

Perennial Plant Club

Noelle Anderson, Club Contact


Sacramento Perennial Plant Club, established in 1988, meets on the 4th Thursday of each month at 7:00 p.m., except in July, August, November, and December. Meetings are always exciting and informative and often include a "what is in bloom now" segment plus a chance to buy plants and garden-related items. Membership benefits include a wide variety of lectures, workshops, demonstrations, garden visits, and a bi-monthly newsletter. Guests are always welcome to attend the meetings and typically refreshments are served.

Rose Society

Debbie Arrington, President

Cherilyn Duncan, Membership

The Sacramento Rose Society, founded in1940 to encourage and educate the public in the growing and showing roses, meets the second Thursday of each month, except July and August at 7:30 p.m. Gatherings include a short business meeting, cultural tips from consulting rosarians, exhibition tips, and interesting programs on rose culture by knowledgeable speakers. Refreshments are served by members at every meeting. Membership in the Sacramento Rose Society is open to all interested rose growers.

Satsuki Aikokai Association of Sacramento

Jane Rodgers, secretary



Translated into English, "Satsuki" means "fifth month." The Satsuki Aikokai Association focuses on the use of late blooming Azaleas with spectacular booms and color combinations on the same plant to create exceptional bonsai sculptures. Meetings are at 7:00 p.m. on the third Monday of the month except December and January with a program presentation at each one. Additional workshops are held on weekends in the spring and fall at a local Bonsai nursery. If you have an interest in this specialized form of bonsai, come to a meeting and learn more.

Sacto River Valley District, CA
Garden Clubs Inc.

Co-President: Frankie Raymond

Co-President: Debbie Doherty

At meetings of the Sacramento River Valley District Garden Club is where you'll learn all about gardening in Sacramento — the "City of Trees," the "Camellia Capital"... Sacratomato! Centered in a region that spans multiple growing zones with a Mediterranean climate, native plants, and a rich agricultural heritage gardening here unlike gardening anywhere else. Join us at one of our regular meetings or join in on a field trip. Check our web site for up coming meetings and events.

River Park Garden Club

Erik Fay, President


Want to meet other gardeners in River Park? Have a green thumb? Or would you just like to share your enthusiasm for all things garden? If so, the River Park Garden Club may be for you! Activities include plant sales, gatherings, as well as upkeep of the beautiful Yermol Memorial Garden and River Park entrance sign. If you are interested in joining this group, e-mail rpgc@riverparksacramento.net for times and dates.

Camellia City Porcelain Artists

Bonnie Lee Boeck, President

Yvonne von Brauchitsch, Club Contact
The objective of the members of the Camellia City Porcelain Artists is to become better artists, connoisseurs, and patrons of the fine art of china painting and to further this art by education and displays in public places. Members attend monthly meetings held on the fourth Monday of each month, August through April, at 10:00 a.m., receive the club's monthly newsletter and quarterly state newsletters, and attend local seminars. You are welcome to visit at any of our meetings.

Sierra Camera Club of Sacramento

Bob Hubbel, President*


The Sierra Camera Club is a non-profit organization created to promote the art and science of photography, to advance the knowledge and skills of photographers, and to provide opportunities to enjoy and share the knowledge and experiences with others. The Club is comprised of separate divisions, each representing a different area of interest in the rapidly changing field of photography. To meet fellow photographers and learn more about your area of interest feel free to come to any of our meetings.
  • Digital Image Division — second Tuesdays, 7:30 p.m.
  • Prints Division — fourth Tuesdays, 7:30 p.m.
  • Color Slides, Nature & Photo Travel Div. — fourth Thursdays, 7:30 p.m.

Sacramento Center for the Textile Arts

Yvonne Warren, Club Contact


Sacramento Center for the Textile Arts celebrates the link between the creative individual and the artwork of textiles. SCTA offers a wide range of programs for practicing artists, collectors, and all who appreciate fiber arts. The group provides textile arts programs on the first Wednesday of every odd-numbered month, at 1:00 p.m. Four special interest groups, Creative Clothing, Surface Design and Mixed Media, Beading, and Knitting/Crochet have monthly meetings to share ideas and techniques, plan specialized activities, and to work together. For more information on SCTA programs, lectures, workshops, and special interest group meetings, visit us on Facebook.
Sacramento Weavers' & Spinners' Guild

Carol Miller, Club Contact

The Sacramento Weavers' and Spinners' Guild encourages growth in the art of weaving, spinning and dyeing, by means of interchange of ideas, research and contact with experts in the field. The Guild offers members the opportunities to get together and share through meetings, workshops and lectures. Meetings are held on the fourth Tuesday of the month, September through May (excluding December). Guests are welcome. The business meeting begins at 10:00 a.m. and the program with guest lecturers follows at 11:00 a.m. and ending at 2:00 p.m., with a break for lunch. Bring a sack lunch, beverages and cookies are provided.
Floral Design Guild

Cherry Hoover, President

Maureen Rilley, Club Representative
The Sacramento Floral Design Guild is celebrating over 50 years of gathering together individuals who are interested in arranging flowers as a form of art. The group explores this form of living sculptural art by inviting outstanding demonstrators, presenting workshops, and participating in various flowers shows through out the year. If this very unique approach to art intrigues you, please join us at 10:00 a.m. on the fourth Wednesday of the month.
Ikebana International
(Sacramento Chapter #26)

Bonnie Lopez and Julie Fong, Co-Presidents


Yasmin Spiegel and Rhody Vallejo

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Since 1959, Ikebana International (I.I.), Sacramento Chapter #26 has promoted the understanding and enjoyment of Japanese culture and arts in our region including Ikebana, the art of Japanese flowering arrangement, through demonstrations and programs. I.I. meets on the 3rd Monday at 12:00 p.m., as noted on the Shepard Center Calendar.
Sogetsu Ikebana of Sacramento

Jan Goehring
Club Representative

Helen Tashima
Class Coordinator
Sogetsu Ikebana of Sacramento is a class taught by a Master teacher to learn the art and explore the rich tradition of Japanese flower arranging, while sharing the joy and inspiration from it. We learn to create unique arrangements for every day use and for special occasions, and are introduced to basic and new techniques. Ikebana classes are held on the second Thursday at 9:45 am (except July-August). Beginners are welcome!

Gypsy Traders Antique Club

Candace Schmidle, President



Jean Alley

The Gypsy Traders Antique Club, who meets on the first Tuesday of every month at 7:00 p.m. (except July and August), was founded to promote the studying, collecting and enjoyment of antiques. In addition to their meetings and programs, club members have also held fundraisers and parties and participated in field trips. Contact our president for opportunities to visit the club.
Watch & Clock Collectors

(Nat. Assn. Sacramento Valley #71)

Vince Angell, Club Contact


phylathome@hotmail.com net.nawcc.org/Chapter71/Home/Chapters/Chapter71/Home.aspx
Members of The Sacramento Valley (Chapter 71) of the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors (NAWCC) include hobbyists, students, educators, casual collectors, and anyone interested in repairing, restoring, (and learning how), and timekeeping history. Regular meetings are on the fourth Sunday of odd numbered months and begin at 9:30 a.m. Meetings feature a Mart, Silent Auction, Program, Exhibit, and of course, refreshments. Guests and the public are welcome to attend the meetings, but only members can participate in the mart or silent auction. We welcome and encourage new members!

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