Rancho Bernardo, San Diego, California     

CALIFORNIA ARBOR DAY TREE PLANTING - Each year members of our Club donate a tree to our community.  June 29, 2013 brought a beautiful Manilla Mango tree to the Backyard Produce Project Garden sponsored by Sunshine Care Assisted Living in Poway.  This tree joins 27 other fruit trees and with the vegetable garden's bounty they will feed nearby families in need.  Maxine Schimmel - Chairlady.
Photos taken by Audrey Koble.   


Newly installed BGC President, Sherry Rudrud, and Roy Wilburn, Director of Horticulture  sponsored by Sunshine Care, is standing alongside the donated Manilla Mango tree. 

                       Bernardo Gardeners Club receives a lovely Certificate of Appreciation
                      "For Their Generous Contributions
                To The Backyard Produce Project
                    28 Tree Food Bank Orchard
               Given This 29th Day of June, 2013
               Thank You For Helping Provide Fresh
               Produce To Local Families In Need."
             Peri Cunefare & Diane Scharar
          L to R: Peri Cunefare, Linda Freithaler, Jane Scanlan, Sherry Rudrud
             and standing in the back row is Diane Scharar - June 29, 2013



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 to this season with their main goal of using plant life in every project.  

The Garden Therapy project for February were terrariums planted in fish bowls.  We talked about the different layers of materials necessary in making a successful terrariums.  Our final step was to add various succulents.  Cindy, a member of our group, painted small clay birds red for a dash of color.  Before our project began, we played a game where the participants tried to discover as many small words from a large word as possible.  We worked as one big group using words such as terrarium, succulents, and charcoal.  It's hectic but great fun! 
For more information, please contact 
Judy Krupski

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. 

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.


- The Bernardo Gardeners Club donated $4,500.00 for the 2012-2013 year Scholarship/Internship Program.  We donated $1,500.00 to a Mira Costa college student graduating in the 2 year Horticulture major who will be transferring to a 4 year year college. We also donated $3,000.00 to the Cuyamaca College Ornamental Horticulture Internship ProgramContact: 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 2013 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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