Westwood School Garden Tour

Bernardo Gardeners president, Audrey Koble, and school gardens chair, Karen Brainard, toured the gardens at Westwood Elementary on May 31st. Photos courtesy of Colin Young and the school PTA president.

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.

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Peri Cunefare and Nan Sterman mug for the camera.

Orchid Workshop, April 18th

Several Bernardo Gardeners members attended this recent workshop at Sherry Rudrud's home, where presenter Fran Kollenborn gave masterful instruction on their care. Everyone went home with a complimentary orchid from Fran and her son. Photo courtesy of Sherry Rudrud.

Kudos, Judy!

This lovely gift basket was made for the CGCI Winter Board Meeting by Bernardo Gardener member Judy Fizzard. 


Bernardo Gardeners Club Wins Several Awards

At the recent Palomar District summer board meeting, the Bernardo Gardeners Club took home several awards. The featured speaker at the meeting was Nan Sterman, host of A Growing Passion on KPBS public television. The San Dieguito Garden Club hosted the event. Photos courtesy of Peri Cunefare.

Left to right: Mary Mihalik, Karen Brainard, Audrey Koble, Colin Young, and two garden helpers.

District garden clubs with their awards.

Be Careful With Plants and Pets

Heading into summer, we're all tempted to go outside and make our yards beautiful. But if you have pets--beware--there are many plants that are poisonous to them. Oleanders, azaleas, and members of the onion family are just a few of the plants that are toxic to our furry friends. And while many of us love the smell of cocoa mulch, it is poisonous to dogs as well. Plan your landscape projects with care by choosing the right plants for the locations and limiting areas where pets can roam.

To learn more, click the following informative links:

AKC Poisonous Plant Guide

Healthy Paws Pet Insurance Vegetable Guide

Cocoa Mulch, Danger to Dogs

Audrey Koble

Janice Cydell and Audrey Koble show off some of the awards won by the Bernardo Gardeners Club.

Turtleback School Garden Tour

Bernardo Gardeners members were treated to a school garden tour at Turtleback Elementary on May 30th. Photo at left is teacher Nay Flinn and member Sharon Swildens. Photo by Renee Garza.

Left to right: Karen Brainard, Audrey Koble, and Mary Mihalik, school teacher liaison.


Rancho Bernardo, San Diego, California

2019 Garden Tour

This year's garden tour was a smashing success. Thanks to dedicated BGC volunteers, 212 tickets were sold that raised $4,410, with lower operating costs. Way to go, team! Photo at right, Jean Sanders and President Audrey Koble.