Volunteers of the Month


November 2020, January, February 2021

November 2020: JoLynn Morice

Rhana KozakJoLynn was raised in a small Illinois town, has been married for 36 years and has two children. With a BS in Computer Science, she began her career as a Systems Programmer. More recently, JoLynn studied Horticulture at MiraCosta College, then received her ArcGIS (computer mapping) Certificate at Palomar College.

JoLynn joined our Garden in 2017, became a docent, and is making a significant contribution! She and Jeremy, the Garden’s Curator, are currently updating all of the Garden maps, including the new Conservatory grounds. She loves her job! She enjoys discovering and learning about our unusual plants and sharing that knowledge with our guests.

January 2021: Linda Bergquist

John GriffithsA California native from Whittier, Linda has two children and four grandchildren. She and her husband had careers at IBM, where Linda was a Systems Engineer. Their work brought them to many locations, including California, Connecticut, Paris and, finally, Washington State.

Linda’s grandmother sparked her interest in gardening and she later became a Master Gardener in Connecticut and Washington. After returning to California in 2017, Linda became a docent and has enjoyed all of her experiences in Propagation, the Plant Shop and on the Collections Team. She most enjoys the peaceful nature of our Garden and the people she interacts with are the best!

February 2021: Jeff Schaffer

Linda CaseJeff developed a love and need for nature while growing up near the woods and creeks of Cleveland’s parks. He and his wife, Colleen, retired six years ago and he enjoys grooming their California-native garden. He became a docent in 2017.

Jeff’s Finance career found him traveling from Beijing to Sydney to Mumbai and many stops along the way.

Volunteering his time at special events, greeting guests at our Welcome Center, driving carts, working in Propagation and in the Canary Island/Mediterranean Garden has made Jeff very thankful for our staff and volunteer community who readily share their considerable knowledge of our beautiful Garden!