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 our area) or repair damaged forests in the Cleveland National Forest, east of San Diego. The devastation that area suffered during the 2003 and 2007 fires was immense. As of September 2016, our club will have purchased approximately 90 plantations. The Cleveland National Forest Center sends our Club certificates of appreciation. For more information, go to the Penny Pines website. Honor someone or an event by making a contribution. Please contact Jeanne Green for more information.
Turtleback Elementary School Donation
The Friendship Garden at Turtleback Elementary School got a major facelift thanks to an $800 donation by The Bernardo Gardeners Club. The donation was used to help fund the construction of a river rock "stream" and bridge in the garden. Boy Scout Nick Chohan participated in this project to earn his merit badge.
We raise funds through our annual Spring Garden Tour to benefit a Scholarship/Internship Program, usually in horticulture studies. The club donated two $1,000 scholarships to graduates of Mira Costa and Cuyamaca Colleges who will be transferring to four-year colleges this fall. Contact Sharon Swildens, chairlady.
California Arbor Day Tree Planting:
Each year members of our club donate a tree to a nearby community. Spring 2016 brought a beautiful Kumquat tree to Turtleback Elementary School, where Boy Scout Nick Chohan is toiling to earn his merit badge; Maxine Schimmel, chairlady.
Nick Chohan in the Friendship Garden, Turtleback Elementary School. Photo courtesy of Nay Flinn.
Rancho Bernardo Library Flower Arrangements:
Every week, a beautiful arrangement is donated to this special library by our members. For over 17 years, this project has been expertly and lovingly overseen by Maxine Schimmel. You can volunteer your inspired centerpiece by contacting Maxine Schimmel, chairlady.
Garden Therapy November project. Photo courtesy of Maureen Hons.
Garden Therapy October project. Photo courtesy of Maureen Hons.
Boy Scout Nick Chohan with donated Kumquat tree at Turtleback Elementary School. Photo courtesy of Nay Flinn.
Garden Therapy Workshop:
The Garden Therapy group meets on the second Monday of each month through May. Workshop times are 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. The committee, comprised of Jan Cox, Janis Henricks, Maureen Hons, Cindy Jeffreys, Sue Mansour, and chairlady Judy Krupski, plan projects using succulents, dried plants, pumpkins, pine cones, and various other materials. It's an enjoyable and rewarding experience working with the residents of Gateway Assisted Living. For more information, please contact Judy Krupski.
Garden Therapy upcoming projects:
Night light using stack of books. A decorative ribbon will secure the stack of books together. Under the ribbon, a small holiday arrangement will be tucked. A small LED candle will then be added to form a night light.
A grapevine wreath will be decorated with ribbon, glitter, artificial greens, and a snowman made from a sock.
Rancho Bernardo Library
This area used to be a bare strip, but thanks to plants supplied by Ann Dahnke, it now hosts beautiful succulents.
Children's Garden at RB Library.
L to R: Sharon Tooley, Ben Jacobs, Sharon Swildens. Photo courtesy of Fausto Palafox.
RB Library entrance.
Rancho Bernardo Library Indoor Garden and Children's Garden:
Members were at it again, creating and working hard on two gardens, the Children's Garden and the Lobby Garden at the Rancho Bernardo Library. Thank you to Diane Scharar and Linda Freithaler, who are currently maintaining them.
Congratulations to Ben Jacobs, a June 2016 graduate of Cuyamaca College, now transferring to Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo. Ben's studies will be aided by a $1,000 scholarship from The Bernardo Gardeners Club.
Congratulations also to Peter Varas, a recent graduate of Mira Costa College, who is enrolled at UC-Davis for the fall. Peter is majoring in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems and is a recipient of a $1,000 scholarship from The Bernardo Gardeners Club.
Members share information, ideas, and recommendations about various methods of plant management at general meetings. Our members routinely bring in plant clippings to share with others and Roy is very generous with vegetables plants ready for your garden. Contact Roy Wilburn for any questions or to volunteer.
Rancho Bernardo, San Diego, California