[heading] by KATHY LOY [/heading]

English landscape architect William Kent once said “all gardening is a landscape painting” which means that members of the Bernardo Gardeners Club have turned parts of Rancho Bernardo into works of art. The Gardeners club has over 120 members who share the pleasures of gardening with each other and the community.

Current club president Liliane Dickinson said, “Our members are a very special group: enthusiastic, friendly, happy to volunteer, eager to learn new things and share their gardening wisdom. We also give to the community; we help the elderly through our garden therapy program and contribute to conservation projects.”

These gardeners certainly aren’t sitting around watching the weeds grow. “Some of our members have won first prizes at the Del Mar Fair flower show,” said Liliane. “We, as a club, have also won first prize from California Garden Clubs Inc, and the latest first prize was for ‘Chelsea’s Garden,’ our civic landscaping project at the old post office on Bernardo Center Drive.”

The Bernardo Gardeners Club was founded in 1974 by local resident Alma Lee. The club currently hosts five general meetings each year where professional speakers share their craft. The speaker at the May 17 meeting is beekeeper and organic gardener Donald Spangler, whose topic is “What’s going on with bees?” At each general meeting there are also raffle prizes, refreshments, horticultural displays, a lending library and plant cuttings.

Along with an annual Spring Garden Tour every April, the club takes day trips and offers workshops taught by members willing to share their skills. “We boast a lot of creative talent among our members,” said Liliane. “There are even ‘Painting in the Garden’ events, where members open their garden to fellow artists.” Past events have included making a mosaic stepping stone, basic flower arranging and planning Narcissus bowls.

 Anyone interested in joining this group of garden “artists” can visit their website at www.bernardogardeners.org or contact Liliane at lilianedickinson@att.net.