Rancho Bernardo, San Diego, California     

CALIFORNIA ARBOR DAY TREE PLANTING - Each year members of our Club donate a tree to our community.  May 14, 2014 brought a beautiful Kishu Mandarin tree (a new variety) to Painted Rock Elementary School.  Our own Roy Wilburn planted the tree with members from our club including our Civic Beautification Chairlady, Maxine Schimmel, our President Sherry Rudrud, First VP-Diane Scharar, our Club's photographer Dom Amato, and the children and faculty from Painted Rock Elementary School.  Photos courtesy of Dom Amato.
Maxine Schimmel - Chairlady.
 Painted Rock Elementary School Faculty        Maxine, Dom, Diane, Roy & Sherry   

GARDEN THERAPY WORKSHOP As the new season begins, Garden Therapy is gearing up with activities for the residents at Gateway Gardens Assisted Living on the 2nd Monday of the month from October through May from 10:30  to 11:30 AM.  Our committee, comprised of Jan Cox, Teresa Fidler, Kathy Hansen, Cindy Jeffreys, and Sharon Reynolds, are dedicated to this project along with Judy Krupski (Coordinator) bringing exciting new ideas with their main goal of using plant life in every project. 

For more information, please contact Judy Krupski

Photos below are from the March session where Gerber Daisies were used.  Photos by Teresa Fidler.                


HORTICULTURAL TABLE - Members share information, ideas and recommendations about various methods of plant management at General Meetings. 
Contact Roy Wilburn for any questions or to volunteer.

PENNY PINES - Our members and guests participate in this worthy reforestation project through the California Garden Clubs, Inc. by donating money at our monthly meetings.  Donations, in increments of $68, will purchase one plantation.  Each plantation consists of approximately 350 trees on a little less than one acre.  Our donations in conjunction with Federal funds are used to replant burned trees (native to the area) or repair damaged forests in the Cleveland National Forest, which is east of San Diego.  We all remember the devastation that area suffered during the 2003 and 2007 fires.   As of June 2013 our club has purchased approximately 80 plantations.   For more information, go to the Penny Pines Website.  Honor someone or an event by making a contribution.  Please contact Ginny Dobias for more information. UPDATE:  June 2014: Our club purchased 4 plantations - that is approximately 1400 trees!  The Cleveland National Forest Center sent our Treasurer, Ginny Dobias, certificates in appreciation.  Way to go Bernardo Gardeners!
POST OFFICE GARDEN (NEW)A team of about 20 members were involved in planting a drought-tolerant garden in front of the old Rancho Bernardo Post Office (550 sq. ft).  We donated several truckloads of compost & mulch, which we collected from the city compost center.  River rocks and new plants were also added.  The garden has been named "Chelsea's Garden" in honor of Poway's Chelsea King.  The garden is located at 16960 Bernardo Center Drive next to the Firestation and has been greatly appreciated by the community.  Members provide regular maintenance. To volunteer, email Diane Scharar, chairlady.

As a bonus, your Bernardo Gardeners Club won FIRST PRIZE from the California Garden Clubs, Inc. (See below).  First prize out of ALL the clubs in our state!  This accomplishment held so many emotions on so many levels.  Enjoy viewing the Award Certificate & Ribbon.  A special thank you to the people who created & worked so hard on this project.



The ladies were at it again creating and working hard on two gardens: The Children's Garden and the garden you see to your left as you walk into the Rancho Bernardo Library.  Thank you's to Gina Woodward and Linda Freithaler amongst others for their generous time and effort in transforming the area to such splendor and to Maxine who always takes care of this library and much, much more in our community. 

Maxine Schimmel - Chairlady

                       RB Library entrance         

                                                                                          Children's Library

RANCHO BERNARDO LIBRARY FLOWER ARRANGEMENTS - Every week a beautiful arrangement is donated to this special library by our members.  For over 16 years, this project has been expertly and lovingly overseen by Maxine Schimmel.  Please contact her to volunteer your inspired centerpiece.  To volunteer, please email Maxine Schimmel, Chairlady.


We offer funds raised to benefit a Scholarship/Internship Program usually in Horticulture studies.    Contact: Sharon Swildens - Chairlady.  

- A women's crisis intervention facility located in Escondido, CA.  Members donate new toys and toiletries at our annual Holiday Luncheon & Program in December.  Please click PHOTO GALLERY 2 to view the pictures of the 2014 luncheon.  It will direct you to the photo album where you will see representatives from Serenity House and view all the fun that was had at a very special event.

Additionally, our Club presents a cash donation to the Director of Serenity House at this event.  Click here to learn more about Serenity House. 




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