Volunteer Showcase

photos of three women who volunteer

Mandi Avila

We wish a fond farewell to Mandi Avila, a long-time, dedicated volunteer at the garden. Mandi is excited to be moving closer to family in Santa Maria, but we will truly miss her! On both Thursday and Saturday mornings, one could find Mandi weeding, trimming, raking, dragging wagons full of weeds and trimmings to the green pile, etc. – always with a cheerful smile. Mandi says she loves the serenity of the Garden and the many friends she made along the way. Thank you, Mandi, for your wonderful support to keep the Garden looking good and best wishes to you!

Valerie Lee

Valerie Lee has an extended history of garden volunteering. Prior to joining the CBG volunteer team in December 2018, Valerie was an essential member of the Chapman Estate team. The Chapman Estate is an extraordinarily beautiful venue in the Shell Beach area of Pismo Beach. Valerie gave tours, handled special events and was one of the main gardeners. What a gift for us at the Clovis Botanical Garden! Valerie’s volunteer work in Clovis includes planting, donating plants, donating painted rocks for gift shop sales and more. She is a welcome addition to our garden, as she contributes in so many positive ways, and is a remarkably interesting lady! We are very fortunate to get to know her. Thank you for everything, Valerie – we appreciate you!

New Addition to Newsletter! – “Tips for Central CA Gardeners” Elinor Teague:

Many of you may know Elinor Teague as the Fresno Bee garden columnist. Elinor has been a Master Gardener since 1995 and wrote a column for the Fresno Bee for 16 years. She is a strong supporter of our garden too! To our delight, Elinor has volunteered to submit gardening tips for our quarterly newsletters! See her latest tip.

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