Scripps Ranch in Bloom


Since 1993, the Scripps-Mesa Garden Club has been drawing like-minded people together to share information about everything gardening – from growing flowers, drought-tolerant plants, and vegetables to maintaining a healthy and beautiful landscape. The group meets every month with a guest speaker, and often participates in garden tours as well as annual community events. Read along as we chat with Garden Club Board Members Lynnell Hallock, Helen Plutner, and Louise Badham to learn more about how the club keeps Scripps Ranch looking beautiful.


Q&A with Scripps-Mesa Garden Club Board Members Lynnell Hallock, Helen Plutner, and Louise Badham

When was the Scripps-Mesa Garden Club founded, and by whom?
The garden club was founded by Cynthia Drake in 1993.

What is the club’s mission and how do you go about fulfilling it?
The club’s mission is to provide people interested in gardens with information on how to set up and maintain a healthy landscape. We do this through speakers, garden tours, and sharing with other members.



How has the club changed or developed since it was founded?
The club has become larger. It started with five members and has increased to around 20. There are more people coming from surrounding areas with different garden needs.

How did you personally become involved in the Scripps-Mesa Garden Club?
Many of us became personally involved when invited to speak on flower arranging and other gardening subjects, as well as serving as board members of the SRCA sustainable group.


Scripps-Mesa Garden Club At-A-Glance

Name: Scripps-Mesa Garden Club
President: Bob Gale
Year Founded: 1993
Phone: 858-693-1816


What is the most rewarding aspect about your role? The most challenging?
The most rewarding aspect of the club is gaining new information from speakers and fellow members. The most challenging might be finding the speakers for as well as attending the events.

Which communities benefit from the Garden Club’s efforts?
Garden Club efforts can be seen in the yards of people in the club in Scripps Ranch, Mira Mesa, and Poway.


What types of activities is the club involved with? Can you elaborate on some of the projects the club has worked on in the past?
In the past the club has worked on setting up planters for the library. The club participates in the Scripps Ranch Civic Association’s fair and the SRCA meet and greet event.

When and where does the Garden Club meet?
The club meets on the fourth Tuesday of the month at the Scripps Ranch Library at 6 p.m.

What are the club’s short-term and long-term goals?
The club’s short-term goals are to find more members. Long-term goals would be to visit more gardens in San Diego and to promote more enthusiasm for beautiful and edible gardens using a variety of plants.


Are there any exciting new projects or events coming up?
There will be several garden tours in the future.

How would somebody go about joining the Scripps-Mesa Garden Club? What are the criteria for membership?
The Scripps-Mesa Garden Club has members who are long-time, experienced gardeners and others that are just beginning to get their hands dirty. It includes members who have moved from other states, and hope to find out what grows best in San Diego. Some members enjoy flowers, while some are into drought-resistant plants. For others, it’s all about growing vegetables. Still, the members of this 20-year-old organization have many commonalities: they’re friendly, they’re enthusiastic, and they share an interest in gardening. People are invited to visit and then join if they wish. The annual dues are $20 per family.


If you could grant the club one wish, what would it be?
The one wish would be to go completely organic in gardening.

Is there anything else that you would like our readers to know?
The Scripps-Mesa Garden Club is a welcoming, enthusiastic group of members who would like to see others in the community come and join as well and improve their landscape.