Leaflet – April 11, 2018


The Texas Search for Excellence Awards Program is sponsored by the Texas Master Gardener Association (TMGA) and the awards for 2017 were announced at the TGMA Banquet on April 5th.  BCMG is in the Extra-Large membership category (200+ members). 

This year the Outstanding Individual Master Gardener, recognized for involvement and contributions of primary importance, was Lynn Cox!

CONGRATULATIONS to all Bexar County Master Gardeners involved in efforts that were recognized with the following awards:
1st Place, Youth JMG Program (coordinated JMG groups, activities & service learning projects)
3rd Place, Educational Program (teaching opportunity presented educational information about a horticultural topic)
3rd Place, Written Education (any form of printed material created/written as a tool for education)
3rd Place, Project (at a physical location & displayed best horticultural practices for educational purposes)

BCMG attendees at the TMGA Annual Conference in College Station (4-6 April):

Mark Your Calendars for Two Great Topics & Speakers!
Learn about the Challenges in Maintaining the SA Museum Reach with Peter Pierson at the afternoon BCMG Seminar/Mtg on Thu, Apr 19, 1-3pm.
Luis Valdez will inform attendees on Growing Orchids in San Antonio at the evening BCMG meeting on Thu, May 17, from 6-8:30pm.
Held at 3355 Cherry Ridge, 78230, and free & open to the public.

Call for New BCMG Merchandise Manager!!  Email President Grace Emery for details and training information if you are interested in taking on our merchandise operation.  Robbie Farmer set up and ran this operation so well for a number of years.  Thank you, Robbie for all your good work!  

 Still time to help your BCMG association by completing the Birdies for Charity pledge form! Make your check payable to “Birdies for Charity” and send in your pledge form. Or, make your donation online. Email Barbara Lutz or call 699-0663. And MANY THANKS to you who have already responded!

The next Monthly Meeting of the BCMG Board of Directors will be held from 3-5pm, Thu, Apr 19, at the BCMG Office.  If you have an item for the agenda, please email President Grace Emery no later than Fri, Apr 13. All members are welcome to observe the meeting; and in order to accommodate seating, email President Grace Emery that you will be attending.

SIGN-UP for VOLUNTEER EVENTS using the Event Calendar in the VOLUNTEER MANAGEMENT SYSTEM – VMS. Find number of volunteers still needed, who has signed up, Project Code and even request an event reminder!

Tomorrow, Thu, Apr 12: Spring Tomato Trial Planting
Sat, Apr 14: Girl Scouts of America Garden Day
Sat, Apr 21: Rudder Middle School Spring Festival Spurs Challenge
Sat, Apr 21: First Cultivating Communities Landscape Fair
Sat, Apr 21: Earth Day Event
Tuesdays & Thursdays  thru May 22: CVG Watering Team at SABOT 

See all the Details for Classes in the Bexar County area on the MG Calendar!  Classes listed below may be of special interest to you:

Apr 14 (Sat) – Dr. Larry Stein, Ext. Horticulturist, will conduct his free Annual Grafting Seminar from 9am-Noon, at Fanick’s Garden Center (1025 Holmgreen Road).

GVST offers Gardening Essentials on Mon, Apr 16 from Noon to 3pm at Fanick’s, 1025 Holmgreen Rd, 78220 with two topics on Using Local Rebates to Redesign Your Home Landscape and Budget.

A Taste of Fiesta!  Learn about all types of peppers & tomatoes with David Rodriguez and Angie Gutierrez on Sat, Apr 28, from 10am t0 Noon at 3355 Cherry Ridge.
And remember, y
ou can find all the TEXAS MASTER GARDENER SPECIALIST COURSES offered in 2018 at the TMGA website.  If you are interested in attending any courses, please email David Rodriguez, Extension Agent-Horticulture, Bexar County. BCMG CEU Code: 001. Note: NO Specialist Courses are scheduled to be held in San Antonio in 2018!

Register online for the First Annual San Antonio “Chicken Walk” Coop Tour to take place this Sat, Apr 14.

Annual “Bexar Roots” Spring Plant Sale will be held Sat, Apr 14 from 9am to Noon at Phil Hardberger Park East; details on the BCMG Calendar

Dinner Tonight:  Here’s an easy chicken pasta recipe, California Chicken Pasta, and one for a Hearty Veggie Soup