Interest Group – Art and Garden

Group Leader:  Tena Gallagher

Art and Garden is an eclectic group with varied interests. Past activities have included trips to art museums, walking tours of S.F., trips to Filoli Garden and the Berkeley Botanical Garden. We have fun, always learn something new, and always have lunch during our outings! We meet 6-8 times per year, September through June, usually on a Wednesday or Friday.

We use a very a broad definition of ‘art and garden’. Every year we try and take advantage of what is going on in the Bay Area that is accessible and we might enjoy. We go to San Francisco, Oakland, Pleasanton, Livermore, Walnut Creek, Benicia, or wherever something of interest is happening. We take BART when we can or else we carpool. To join this group, please contact the branch “Contact Us” link.

Samples of past events:

(November 5, 2021) On Friday, November 5, 2021, we had an 11:30 am docent tour of the “First Peoples of California” Exhibit at the Museum of the San Ramon Valley, Danville, with lunch in Danville after our tour. This exhibit provides a variety of information about the earliest inhabitants in what we now call California.

For thousands of years, these people adapted themselves to California’s multitude of climate zones, creating diverse but complex lifestyles, complex social networks and economic systems involving extensive and profitable trading systems. By the 18th century, 90 languages and dialects were spoken by 350,000 indigenous peoples. In this display, visitors will see Indian home models, cave paintings, maps, hunting nets, arrowheads, a complete acorn processing set up, and stunning Indian-made baskets. A small, special section, “Two Cultures Collide” will also showcase the arrival of Spanish soldiers and missionaries after 1769.

(July 18, 2021) On Wednesday, September 1st, Art & Garden attended the Master Gardener talk “Our Garden/Ornamental Plants for Fun – Flowers – and Fragrance” from 10:00 to 11:30 am at the Master Gardener’s Our Garden under the big oak tree.   Our Garden is located at the Southwest corner of North Wiget Lane and Shadelands Drive (just north of Ygnacio Valley Road) in Walnut Creek. After our talk, we had lunch in the area.

(June, 2021)  Art and Garden started up with a June 4th, 2021 outing to Blackhawk Museum and Blackhawk Grille. 18 attended and there was a waiting list, so people were definitely ready to get out and get going.

Jacque Schubert, past Interest Group leader