Leaflet – August 1, 2018

This Leaflet is abbreviated as the August Scion Newsletter was also published on August 1st.

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

    Looking for Creative, Artistic, Imaginative BCMG(s) to make a Scarecrow for the San Antonio Botanical Garden Annual Scarecrow Trail.  Visitors will be treated to Scarecrows created by Community organizations and partners and scattered throughout the Garden. The display will highlight creative and fun interpretations of scarecrows and the harvest season. If you are interested, email Barbara Lutz at [email protected] or call: 210-699-0663.

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!


Learn how you can help with the Children’s Vegetable Gardens @ SABOTOrientation is planned for Sat, Aug 25, 10:30am-Noon: sign-up on VMS (1.5  volunteer hours awarded for attending).  Email John Mayer for more information.

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 (two volunteer hours are awarded for attending).   For more information, email Kathy Breniman.

Help at Cultivate! on Saturday, September 8th: Details for two shift opportunities for our Earth-Friendly Gardening & Landscaping Exposition and Workshop are posted on VMS. A volunteer meeting will be scheduled the week of 27 Aug to review duties and jobs.

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]

Monarch Festival at the Pearl Plant Sale has two sign-up shifts on VMS for Sun, Oct 21. Help get plants unloaded, set up BCMG tents & tables, and sell plants in the morning.  The afternoon shift has sales, taking down tents & tables, loading unsold plants, and clean-up. If you have any questions, email Jack Downey or call: 210-771-7312.

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:

THIS FRIDAY:  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 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)  HOT News! David Rodriguez will give away a  55-gallon Rain Barrel as a door prize at this session!  You might be the lucky attendee to take it home!
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.

BCMG August Meeting & Seminar!  
Hear 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) talk about the Design of the Phil Hardberger Park Land Bridge with  at our August 16th Meeting, from 1-3 pm, at 3355 Cherry Ridge, Suite 208, 78230.

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

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. Docent 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 online .

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.
Just Announced:    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

Do you have an interest in learning and playing an active part in conservation? Then, you may find the Fall 2018 Texas Master Naturalist Training course very interesting and a lot of fun. Alamo Area Chapter is accepting applications until Aug 9th.  The class begins on Sep 9th and will be held on Thursday afternoons (12:30-4:30pm) for 10 consecutive weeks. Fee = $200; apply online: https://txmn.org/alamo/class/ .  For information, email Jeanette Geiman.

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.

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.

SAWS Customers:  WaterSaver Landscape and Patioscape Coupons return Aug. 15!  Check out all conservation programs and rebates online.