Rancho Bernardo, San Diego, California

May 17th saw the installation of new club officers. From left to right: Maureen Hons, Treasurer; Linda Freithaler, Installation Officer; Audrey Koble, President; Eletha Norling, First Vice President; Jean Sanders, Second Vice President; Janice Cydell, Recording Secretary. Photo courtesy of Peri Cunefare.

Tours R Us Kicks Off

Garden clubs should be forums for inspiration, and in case you missed it, a group of Bernardo Gardeners, spearheaded by Mary Vaughn, has organized a program to tour the gardens of interested members. Calling itself Tours R Us, several members opened up there gardens for tours, many of which are showcased in the slideshow below. Cheers to those who are participating, and may Tours R Us become a tour de force! Photos courtesy of Peri Cunefare.

Tour Bernardo Gardener member gardens with this slideshow.

Congratulations to Diane Scharar, 2018 "Hats Off to Volunteers" Honoree


Bad News...Chilli Thrips Are Back!

Chilli Thrips will present themselves on your rose bushes in a more devastating way than the smaller thrips (Western Flower) that we have been dealing with for years. Chilli Thrips show their damage on the newest growth, making it look shriveled, twisted, or puckered. Also, there can be bronze streaking on the leaves and misshapen smaller blooms. The petals on the buds will have blackened edges. This pest needs to be taken seriously as the damage it inflicts is not merely cosmetic. A severe infestation can result in a complete defoliation of the entire rose bush.

What to do? Use an insecticide containing Spinosad immediately, such as Captain Jack's Deadbug Brew Concentrate or Conserve SC, and spray when bees are inactive, such as at the end of the day. This will ensure that you do not kill them as the pesticide is safe once the spray dries. Spray again as needed following the directions on the container. Natural predators such as the minute pirate bug can also provide some control. For maximum effectiveness, alternate your pesticides every two weeks to avoid the possibility of the pests developing an immunity to a single pesticide. 

Audrey Koble

Information for this article was supplied by members of the San Diego Rose Society.

Diane was recently honored at the annual "Hats Off to Volunteers" event, recognizing individuals and organizations for their contributions to the community.

The ceremony was held at the Rancho Bernardo High School auditorium, and a party given afterwards at Jeanne Greene's home.

"Hats Off to Volunteers" was established in 2010.

Jane Radatz and Megan. Photo courtesy of Peri Cunefare.

Jane Radatz and Roy Wilburn. Photo courtesy of Peri Cunefare.

Bernardo Gardeners Club Supports the Backyard Produce Project 

At the May meeting, Bernardo Gardeners Club members generously supported the Backyard Produce Project with a $500 check. In addition, Bernardo Gardener member Roy Wilburn was the host at the June 3rd fundraiser for this organization, held on the grounds of the Sunshine Care facility in Poway. Roy was assisted by Jane Radatz, Manager of The Backyard Produce Project and Megan of Sunshine Care. The Backyard Produce Project provides fruits and vegetables to local families in need.

California Citrus Quarantine

A bacterium is infecting and killing citrus fruits grown in specific areas of California. Before donating homegrown fruit to your local food bank, click here for more information.

Photo courtesy of Peri Cunefare.

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