Rancho Bernardo, San Diego, California

2018-2019 Upcoming Events

May 13th: Garden Therapy 

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

Where: Gateway Assisted Living

Have fun making crafts with seniors at Gateway Assisted Living in Poway. For more information, contact Judy Krupski or Cindy Jeffreys.

June 20th: Trip

Where: Waterwise Botanicals and Grand Tradition Estate & Gardens

When: Meet between 9:30 a.m. -- 9:45 a.m. at the Rancho Bernardo Community Park (across from Casa de las Campanas). The bus will depart from there. 

Reservations: Make your check payable to the Bernardo Gardeners Club, $25 for members, $30 for non-members. Your check is your reservation and must be received by June 10th. Indicate your lunch choice in the memo section of your check. Sorry, no refunds.

That's right, there will be two places to visit on this trip!

The first stop will be Waterwise Botanicals, 32151 Old Highway 395, in Bonsall. You will enjoy a variety of succulents, ornamental grasses, perennials, and roses throughout the garden. You'll also want to explore the shade house in this rustic elegance. We will re-board the bus at noon for our second stop.

The second stop will be Grand Tradition Estate & Gardens, 220 Grand Tradition Way, Fallbrook. The Grand Tradition was established by the McDougal family, whose creative vision was to build a venue for extraordinary weddings. For more than three decades, the McDougal family have gracefully shaped this venue into an awe-inspiring thirty-acre property that includes two separate reception facilities, three ceremony sites, eighteen acres of thematic gardens, seven waterfalls, and a heart-shaped lake.

Trip includes bus transportation, a docent-led tour, Waterwise entrance fee, and a box lunch at Grand Tradition.

Your choice of lunch:

  • Turkey Sandwich: Turkey, pepper jack cheese, butter lettuce, iceberg lettuce, red onion, and tomato on multi-grain bread.
  • Roast Beef Sandwich: Roast beef, cheddar cheese, butter lettuce, iceberg lettuce, red onion, and tomato on sourdough bread.
  • Docent Sandwich: Cream cheese and chive spread, swiss cheese, avocado, spring mix, tomato, cucumber, and sprouts on multi-grain bread.

Each box comes with a bag of chips, a cookie, and a bottle of water. Sandwiches come with a side of mayonnaise and mustard.

May 16th: General Meeting

Topic: The Good, the Bad, and the Unusual in the Landscape and Garden

Speaker: Jim Bethke

Topic: Election and Installation of Club Officers, Volunteers Day Recognition, and     Honor Past Presidents

If something's bugging you, then don't miss this presentation as Jim Bethke never met a bug he didn't like. His presentation will focus on the advantages of encouraging beneficial insects in the home garden, and how to implement integrated pest management principles to deal with the bugs who aren't welcome.

Jim Bethke has bachelor's and master's degrees in entomology from the University of California, Riverside. He worked in the entomology department for 25 years, concentrating on ornamental plant pest management issues before becoming the farm advisor in cooperative extension for floriculture and nursery production.

Jim's research emphasizes pest management methods against common ornamental plant pests and insecticide resistance issues. He has also been involved with eradication and management of invasive pests and their regulatory effects on nursery and greenhouse production in California.

Be sure to mark your calendar as this is the 45th Anniversary of our club. It's going to be a party, so be a part of the celebration!

2018-2019 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 Brunch (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.