Leaflet – July 25, 2018


If you received an email from Lisa Nixon, membership Coordinator, that your Background Check was due for renewal, the form needs to be received in the AgriLife office by this Friday July 27, 2018.

FOR YOUR CALENDAR:  BCMG August Meeting & Seminar!
Come and learn about the Design of the Phil Hardberger Park Land Bridge with our guest speaker, James Gray, FASLA  (a founding partner of Rialto Studio, Inc., a 25-person landscape architectural firm located in San Antonio and Austin) at our August 16th Meeting, from 1-3 pm, at 3355 Cherry Ridge, Suite 208, 78230.

Wurzbach Parkway currently divides Phil Hardberger Park into two separate parcels of land, preventing access between the two sites.  The Land Bridge will allow the park to move up and over Wurzbach Parkway, broad enough for the park experience to feel continuous.  Its width is calculated to serve both as a vegetated corridor for wildlife and a unique and educational experience for pedestrians.
For more information, contact the BCMG President, or visit the BCMG website.

Exciting New BCMG Volunteer Opportunity!!   Culinary Garden Docent is a new Extension-approved volunteer activity. Shifts will be 10 am to 1 pm daily at the San Antonio Botanical Garden.  If you would enjoy sharing the horticultural and educational aspects of the Culinary Garden, then be sure to register for Culinary Garden Docent Training Parts I & II will be be held Tue, Aug 21 AND Thu, Aug 23 from 9am to Noon each day.  MGs will be awarded 6 CEUs.


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).

Home Gardening Serieswill 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.

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!


Share your love of gardening with the gardeners of tomorrow by volunteering at the Children’s Vegetable Garden Program at Phil Hardberger Park (PHP)Tuesdays, 8-11 a.m, Sept. 11-Dec 4.  You can also help by volunteering for the watering team.  Volunteer orientation will be held Tue, Sep 4, 9:30 – 11:30 am at PHP.  For more information, contact Kathy Breniman at [email protected].

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

Administrative Support Needed for David Rodriquez on Sat, Sep 29 from 10:15 -Noon at Rainbow Gardens, 8516 Bandera Rd,  78250 during his Fall is for Planting! presentation. Two helpers to handle set-up, sign-ins, hand-outs and any participant concerns. If you have any questions, call Denise Perez (210) 631-0402, or email [email protected]

And, Watch for News on how you can help with the Children’s Vegetable Gardens @ SABOT !  Orientation is planned for Sat, Aug 4: details to be announced.  Email John Mayer for more information.

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:

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

NEW:  Fall is for Planting! will be presented by David Rodriguez on Sat, Sep 29, 10:30am – Noon, at Rainbow Gardens, 8516 Bandera Rd,  78250. For more information, contact Denise @ 210-631-0400. BCMG—1.5 CEUs; Code: 001

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.]  Composter training will take place Dec 5-7, and will be  hosted by Fort Bend County in Rosenberg, TX

If you are in Austin this Saturday (Jul 28), visit Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center and celebrate Lady Bird Day with free admission from 9am to 5pm.
Gardening Volunteers of South Texas will host a Landscape Design School on Sat, Sep 8, from 8:30am-1:30pm at  The Pearl
303 Pearl Parkway (Lab Building).  Fees: $30 individual; $50 for two members of household.  Register online.
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.

If You Are a Landowner, Mark Your October Calendar:  The Bennett Trust Land Stewardship will host a Conference, Empowering Women – New Stewardship Traditions, at The Inn on Barons Creek, Fredericksburg, TX from October 1-2, 2018. Details and registration 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 4.

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.