May 14th: Garden Therapy Workshop

Where: Gateway Assisted Living, 12741 Gateway Park Road, Poway 92064

When: 10:30 a.m. -- 11:30 a.m.

Have fun making craft projects with senior residents at Gateway Assisted Living. For more information, contact Judy Krupski.

2017-2018 Upcoming Events

June 21st: Alta Vista Botanical Gardens, Pearson's Nursery and Herb Farm

Join us as we trek to the Alta Vista Botanical Gardens and Pearson's Nursery and Herb Farm in Vista. We will meet at 8:45 a.m. in the first parking lot on the left side, inside the entrance to the Ed Brown Center, 18402 West Bernardo Drive, 92127. This is across from the Casa de las Campanas. Boarding time is 9:00 a.m. and departure is 9:15 a.m. sharp! Arrival time is 10:00 a.m. Re-boarding is at 12:30 p.m. for the next destination--Pearson's Nursery and Herb Farm. Bring your lunch and a drink.

Trip cost is $16 per member. Please make checks payable to the Bernardo Gardeners Club. Check receipt is your reservation. Guests are $5 extra. Sign the sign-up sheet and hand your check to Ginny Dobias at the May meeting. You can also mail your check any time to Audrey Koble. RSVP by June 10. No refunds after June 10. Note: this trip is not advised for walkers or wheelchairs due to unsteady terrain.

October 18th: Huntington Library and Gardens

This is a trip that was just added and you won't want to miss it! 

Invite your spouses and friends as this is an amazing opportunity to see one of the great art and garden collections in Southern California. See famous artwork such as The Blue Boy, Jane, Countess of Harrington, and Pinkie. The extensive grounds include Australian, Herb, Jungle, Palm, and Subtropical gardens.

In addition, the Huntington features:

  • The Rose Garden
  • The Camellia Garden
  • Conservatory and Children's Garden
  • The Japanese Garden
  • The Desert Garden
  • The Garden of Flowing Fragrance
  • Frances and Sidney Brody California Garden

Cost: $55 per member and $60/guest. Sign up at the trip table during regular meetings. Make your check payable to the Bernardo Gardeners Club. You can also mail your check to Audrey Koble. RSVP by August 18th to assure your spot on the bus. After that, other clubs will be invited to participate up to September 30th or until the bus is filled. Your check is your reservation. Don't wait or you'll be late! No refunds after August 18th, but you can try to find someone to take your spot and reimburse you. You must let Audrey know who is taking your spot.

Lunch is on your own, but you cannot bring food inside the Huntington. There are many places to eat: 1919 Café, Freshwater Dumpling & Noodle House, Red Car Coffee Shop.

Speaker: Joelle Kohn

Topics: School Garden Presentation, Volunteer and Past President Day Recognition, Election and Installation of Officers

Where: RB Swim and Tennis Club

​When: 1:00 p.m.

June 11th: Palomar District Summer Board Meeting

Contact Audrey Koble or Sue Mansour for more information about this district meeting, location to be announced.


Rancho Bernardo, San Diego, California

May 17th: General Meeting

Joelle Kohn is a volunteer youth garden leader at Chaparral Elementary School. As part of the original garden team, she helped design the school's "Hawks Health Garden" three years ago. She now trains and schedules over 70 other members of the Volunteer Garden Corps program, which supports the school's 870 children. With a biology degree from UCSD and a background in biotechnology and graphic design, she designs custom curricula in nutrition, science, and nature to fit the garden's unique educational model of three 15-minute rotations per class. You will find Joelle on campus leading lessons most mornings, often teaching about bee and monarch butterfly conservation or the importance of organic soil conservation using the garden's on-site composting and vermicomposting methods.

Joelle is on a new team this year to help get garden produce into the cafeteria as part of the Poway District's new Garden-to-Plate program. Joelle has helped the garden in many fundraising activities, including an annual Legacy Brick fundraiser. She has also been instrumental in helping the garden receive grants from numerous community organizations.

Make plans to attend this meeting as you will also have the opportunity to participate in the election of new club officers and show your appreciation for those who make our club work. We will also recognize past presidents. Contact Diane Scharar for more information.

2017-2018 Bernardo Gardeners Club's Upcoming Events

We meet on the third Thursday of every month, except August, alternating general meetings with tours, trips or luncheons. In July, we have a New Member Tea (by invitation only).

There will be a $5 fee for a non-member attendee for all general meetings. If a non-member attendee joins the day of an event, the $5 fee will be waived. Membership dues are $25 per year. It is an additional $10 per year to add a spouse or companion.


Tours/Trips & Luncheons: October, December, February, April, June

General Meetings: September, November, January, March, May

                             1:00 p.m. -- 3:30 p.m. (approximate ending time)

Board Meetings: 11:00 a.m. (prior to general meetings and open to the membership)


Rancho Bernardo Swim & Tennis Club, Castille Room

16955 Bernardo Oaks Drive

San Diego, CA 92128

Parking Instructions

The RB Swim and Tennis Club is asking all groups to park only in the lower lot adjacent to the RB Presbyterian Church, near the corner of Rancho Bernardo Road and Pomerado Road. In the southwest end of that lot (farthest from Pomerado) is a gate to the Swim & Tennis Club. Push the intercom button and you will be admitted. The walk from there is less than one block and involves going down a small hill. Those who are being dropped off may use the main entrance parking lot off of Bernardo Oaks Road.


If you need more information or have questions about any of the events, email If your email concerns a specific trip or event, indicate the contact name for that event in your email.