Leaflet – July 18, 2018


Plan to take home some Summer Color Perennials in 4 1/2″ containers for $3 each: Butterfly Milkweed, Firebush, Blackfoot Daisy, Red Pentas, Black & Bloom Salvia and Red Ruellea. We’ll also have Balsamic Blooms Basil (same size and price). Great Value: mix or match eight (8) plants and pay $20!!

The Texas Bumble Bee will be presented by Dr Jessica Beckham at our July 19th Meeting, from 6 – 8 pm, at 3355 Cherry Ridge, Suite 208, 78230.  Texas is home to about a dozen bumble bee species, including a few whose populations are considered to be declining. Learn about bumble bee natural history, identification of common Texas species, and ways that individuals can help conserve these vital pollinators.

Need to Pick Up Your BCMG Badge, Certificate or Membership Card??  Please visit Michael Maniapane, BCMG Office Manager, on a Tuesday or Thursday from 11am-2pm, OR see the set-up team at the next Monthly Meeting you attend (3355 Cherry Ridge, Ste. 208, 78230).  How about the meeting tomorrow night?!

NOW is always a good time to login to VMS and record all your  Volunteer & Continuing Education Hours!

WATCH FOR NEW BCMG ? Christmas ? Gathering Information!  (New Date & Place Pending)

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

Mark Your Calendar for Saturday, September 8th: Details coming on volunteer opportunities for Cultivate!, our Earth-Friendly Gardening & Landscaping Exposition and Workshop.

And, Watch for News on how you can help with the Children’s Vegetable Gardens @ SABOT  and @ Hardberger Park (in August)!

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:

Junior Master Gardener Adult Leader Summer Training:   Earn CEUs in training designed for teachers, educators, and volunteers in support of youth gardening during this session which will be held Wed-Fri, Jul 25-27. (check out the Agenda!). Educators will learn about “hands-on” group and individual learning experiences that will provide an appreciation for the environment and cultivate the minds of children.  Email Ruby Zavala if you need more information.

Backyard Basics Expo will feature educational sessions on water, pollinator & veggie gardening, salsa gardening & making, backyard chickens, making jerky, cuts of beef, growing fruit trees, and composting! Details on this Flyer. Don’t miss this event on Fri, Aug 3, from 8:30am-12:30pm at the San Antonio Garden Center, 3310 N. New Braunfels, 78209. Register online; fee = $20 in advance, or $25 at the door (Children age 10 & under Free) .

Edibles in Your Landscape will be presented by David Rodriguez on Sat, Aug 18, 10:45am – 12:30pm, at Blue Star Brewing Company & Restaurant, 1414 S. Alamo Street, Ste. 105, 78210. For more information, contact Denise @ 210-631-0400. BCMG—2 CEUs; Code: 001

Home Gardening Series will be held at 3355 Cherry Ridge, Suite 208 78230, on Wednesdays (dates & topics below), 6:30—8:30pm. Learn how to make your landscape look better and save water, all while having fun! Presented by David Rodriguez, County Extension Agent—Horticulture and BCMG Specialists.

Aug 8: Rainwater Harvesting & Drip Irrigation (Surviving the Drought)
Aug 22: Fall Vegetable Gardening (Focus on Warm Weather Vegetables)
Sep 12: Home Fruit and Citrus
Sep 26: Lawn Care Basics
Oct 10: Fall Vegetable Gardening (Focus on Cool Weather Vegetables)
Oct 24: Composting & It’s Benefits
Cost is $30 for the series, or $10 per session.  Register online.  For more information, email Denise Perez or call: (210) 631-0400.

And remember, you 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.
APPLY NOW:   Master Gardener Specialist Training-Vegetables will be held in San Antonio from 4 to 6 September (Tue-Thu). If interested, email David Rodriguez    AND, Texas Superstar Plant Specialist Training will be hosted by Smith County from 18-20 Sep in Tyler. [Note: San Antonio will probably host his course in 2019 or 2020.]

Wine in the Wetlands – This signature, annual fundraising event for Mitchell Lake Audubon Center will take place at Magnolia Halle (10319 Huebner Rd, 78240) on the evening of Friday, September 7. Details online.

Children’s Vegetable Garden Program at Phil Hardberger Park – Accepting registration for the Fall program (7-14 year olds) which will be held on Tuesdays, Sep 11 thru Dec 5.

Children’s Vegetable Garden Program at SABOT – Registration for Fall  2018 session is now OPEN for one of the nation’s oldest youth gardening programs for children ages 7-16 (Note: age change….was 8-13). Program dates are Aug 18  – Dec 1.  Click here for more information!

SAWS Customers: Be sure to learn about all conservation programs and rebates online.