Garden Therapy October project. Photo courtesy of Maureen Hons.

​Garden Therapy 

Judy Krupski and Cindy Jeffreys, Chairpersons

The Garden Therapy group meets on the second Monday of each month, October through May. Workshop times are 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. The committee, comprised of Jan Cox, Janis Henricks, Maureen Hons, Sue Mansour, and Co-Chairpersons Judy Krupski and Cindy Jeffreys, plans 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 or Cindy Jeffreys.

Westwood Tangerine Tree Planting

Left to right: Sue Mansour, Roy Wilburn, and Maxine Schimmel. Photo courtesy of Peri Cunefare.

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 Judy Krupski and Linda Freithaler, who are currently maintaining them.

Civic Beautification

The Bernardo Gardeners Club is active in various civic improvement activities within its community.

Westwood Tangerine Tree Planting

After the planting ceremony, it was time for a tour. Left to right: Peri Cunefare, Maxine Schimmel, Audrey Koble, Teacher Mary Mihalik.


Rancho Bernardo, San Diego, California

This area used to be a bare strip, but thanks to plants supplied by Ann Dahnke, it now hosts beautiful succulents.

School Gardens

Karen Brainard, Chairperson

In 2017-2018, the Bernardo Gardeners Club gave $2,529 donations to three elementary schools for development of school gardens. The three schools are Turtleback Elementary, Westwood Elementary, and Tierra Bonita Elementary, all in the Poway School District. Contact Karen Brainard.

Westwood Tangerine Tree Planting

Teacher Miss Mary, Sue Mansour, Maxine Schimmel, Roy Wilburn, Peri Cunefare, and Maxine Schimmel's grandchildren, who are students at Westwood.

Children's Garden

Turtleback Elementary Garden

Penny Pines

Ginny Dobias, Chairperson

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 throughout California, wherever there have been destructive fires. The devastation in these areas suffered during the 2003 and 2007 fires was immense. As of July 2018, our club will have purchased approximately 90 plantations.  All the national forests in California that receive donations send 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 Ginny Dobias for more information.


We raise funds through our annual Spring Garden Tour to benefit a Scholarship/Internship Program, usually in horticulture studies. In 2018, the club donated a $1,000 scholarship to Robert Douglass, who is transferring from Mira Costa College to Cal Poly Pomona, pursuing a degree in landscape architecture. Contact Sue Mansour  for more information.

Garden Therapy February project.

Photo courtesy of Fran Kollenborn.

Garden Therapy May project.

Photo courtesy of Maureen Hons.

Turtleback Elementary teachers Mary and Nay with Sue Mansour and a parent volunteer.

Show Me the Money

Turtleback teacher Nay Flinn is all smiles with this check from the Bernardo Gardeners Club. Front row: Nay Flinn, Sue Mansour. Back row: Audrey Koble and Turtleback teacher Mary. 

California Arbor Day Planting:

Spring 2018 brought a beautiful Satsuma Tangerine tree to Westwood Elementary School, courtesy of The Bernardo Gardeners Club. On hand for the presentation were President Audrey Koble, Garden Committee Chair Sue Mansour, Roy Wilburn, and Maxine Schimmel.


Sue Mansour, Chairperson

Rancho Bernardo Library Flower Arrangements:

Beautiful plant and flower arrangements are donated and placed in the entryway every week by our members. When you visit the library, check them out. For nearly 20 years, this project has been expertly and lovingly engaged by members of the Bernardo Gardeners Club. You can volunteer your inspired centerpiece by contacting Dian Higginbotham, Chairperson.