California Arbor Day Planting:

Spring 2017 brought a beautiful lemon tree to Turtleback Elementary School, courtesy of The Bernardo Gardeners Club. This tree will join the kumquat tree that was donated by the club last year. For more information, contact Dian Higginbotham, Chairperson.

Nick Chohan in the Friendship Garden, Turtleback Elementary School. Photo courtesy of Nay Flinn.

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.

Garden Therapy October project. Photo courtesy of Maureen Hons.

Garden Therapy November Project. Photo courtesy of Maureen Hons.

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

School Gardens

Sue Mansour, Chairperson

Turtleback Lemon Tree Planting

Left to right: Nay Flinn, Michaelle Stamp, Peri Cunefare, Diane Scharar, Roy Wilburn, Sharon Swildens, Sharon Tooley, Sue Mansour.

In 2017, the Bernardo Gardeners Club gave $600 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 Sue Mansour.

Sue Mansour, Armando Rubalcaba, Sharon Swildens

​Photo courtesy of Armando's mother.

Garden Therapy February Project.

Photo courtesy of Maureen Hons.

Turtleback Lemon Tree Planting

Teachers Nay Flinn and Michaelle Stamp. Photo courtesy of Peri Cunefare.

Children's Garden

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.

Civic Beautification

Dian Higginbotham, Chairperson

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

Garden Therapy December Project.

Photo courtesy of Maureen Hons.

2017 Scholarship Winner

Congratulations to Armando Rubalcaba, who is transferring from Cuyamaca College to Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, majoring in landscape design. Armando's studies will be aided by a $1,000 scholarship from The Bernardo Gardeners Club.


RB Library Entrance


Sue Mansour, Chairperson

Friendship Garden at Turtleback Elementary School. Photo courtesy of Peri Cunefare.

2016 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.

​Garden Therapy Workshop

Judy Krupski, Chairperson

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, 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.

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 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 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 2017, 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 Sue Mansour.


Rancho Bernardo, San Diego, California