Over the Bougainvillea

The rains have arrived, and the hot summer sun is finally dissipated. Now our gardens will once again grow lush and green. With all this growth, you will have to keep cutting back on overgrowth of weeds and shrubs. Lawns have to be maintained properly as the grasses grow much faster, and some areas may get water-logged. Ensure there is proper drainage in your garden so your plants do not accumulate too much water. With the rains come the proliferation of mosquitoes. Check that you do not have any standing water, cover all your garden jars so water does not enter and stay stagnant (best breeding ground for mosquitoes), invert all your empty pots so rain water does not accumulate.

Last May, a group of enthusiastic garden-loving ladies attended MGC’s outing to Sonya’s Garden in Alfonso, Cavite. There were 20 in attendance. A beautifully set table was prepared in her special dining area in the Bed & Breakfast verandah, away from the other walk-in guests. After a luscious and healthy lunch of organic greens, pasta, chicken, and other tasty dishes, came mouth-watering desserts accompanied by her tarragon tea. The ladies were taken on an informative tour of the gardens and nurseries.

Sonya gave an inspiring talk that focused on subscribing to the art of slow living & mindfulness by relishing the present moment. In Sonya’s own words — "As I have been championing the slow food philosophy as espoused by Alice Waters of Chez Panisse Restaurant in Berkeley, California, I believe in serving food that is good for the eaters, the growers and the environment. Food that is the product of the earth, tended with care, prepared with joy, shared and enjoyed among family and friends...organically grown, freshly picked from the garden, served in fine English bone china flatware on hand embroidered linen tablecloths. Paradoxically, I call it fast food."

Thank you, Sonya Garcia, for hosting such a mindfully refreshing lunch, tour and inspiring talk!

Our Flower Shop is finally ready for business. We have a soft opening on June 15th, and everyone is invited for refreshments and heavy hors d’oeuvres. Board member, Emilie Cruz is in charge of the Flower Shop, which is called Bluporch by Makati Garden Club. By July 3, the shop will be in full operation. Mind you, this is no ordinary flower shop. We have scaled up our tiny operation and will have the finest, freshest (not to mention most reasonably priced) variety of exotic and western flowers in town. Come Join us as we celebrate Bluporch’s opening. As a member, we expect you to support your club!

Our plans for July have fallen through, and we are now seeking another venue for our outing. Rest assured we will let you know as soon as we have firmed up plans. Stay tuned for a New Leaf addendum regarding our July outing.

Once again, thank you for supporting Makati Garden Club!

The Art of Mindfulness at Sonya's Garden

MGC members and their guests dining at Sonya’s Garden.

From L-R: Dhory Alvendia, Jaime Santiago Jr., Emily Cruz (standing), Loubelie Gardiola & Cleo Tenorio.

Ms. Dhory Alvendia with Sonia Garcia.

Sonya Garcia giving an informal inspirational talk on Mindfulness


Each plate photographs like a work of art, colorful and appetizing!

MGC's Flower Shop:
Bluporch by Makati Garden Club

The lush gardens fronting the Flower Shop have been re-designed to welcome guests.

A sneak peak into the Flower Shop undergoing renovation.

Maria Luisa’s Garden Room Cafe is cooking up a storm
this coming rainy season!

We are installing a canopy over the walkway upon entering the Garden Cafe, so you and your guests may come and go to enjoy your meals with ease and convenience.

We are looking into turning our cafe into a more sustainable and socially responsible contributor to ou community. We hope to find a charity organization with a feeding program that we can partner with, so we could donate our excess products and ingredients to provide nourishment to those who need it the most.

If anyone is interested in being a part of this initiative,
please approach Chef Robert or Rose at the Cafe.

Rainy Season Specials

Rainy Season Take Out
Bring home delicious dishes like hams, duck. lamb, prime rib, crackling pork, various house-made pates, gravlax, and more.

Rainy Season Party Menus
Celebrate important events despite the rain! All parties come with a scrumptious buffet set-up as well as great decor, including a photo booth backdrop, top-of-the-line sound system, and other amenities upon request.
For inquiries and reservations, please call Rose at (02) 552 7051.

New Lunch Specials for June
Every Monday to Thursday
A three-course lunch for one and all.
Senior Members: PhP 650

Spanish Nights
Every Friday Night
Savor amazing tapas plus mouthwatering suckling pig and paella.
PhP 900+ per guest
Enjoy unlimited wine for PhP 690+ per guest

Fondue & Steak Night
Every Saturday Night
Feast on irresistible cheese fondue, cold cut platters,
Salad de Maison, Rib Eye Steak, and dessert of the day.
PhP 1,200+ per guest
Enjoy unlimited wine for PhP 690+ per guest

French Scandinavian Lunch Buffet
Every Saturday and Sunday
A laid-back lunch served buffet style.

Sunday Family Night
Make family bonding even more special with
Chef’s Mussels, luscious Baked Camembert, refreshing Salad,
Fish Curry, mouthwatering Steak, and Prawns.
PhP 1,200+ per guest

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