Leaflet – August 15, 2018


BCMG August Meeting & Seminar TOMORROW
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. For more information contact the BCMG President;  2  CEUs and Code: 003.

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.

Plan to Take Home Some Plants! 4.5″ pots will be $3 each, or mix & match 8 plants for $20. Choose from Tycoon Tomatoes, Sweet Genovese Basil, Balsamic Blooms Basil, Barbeque Rosemary, and Mexican Healther (only taxable plant).  Please bring a bag or box for your plants!

Are you a 300 for 300 participant or would you like to be?? The Texas Butterfly Ranch has set a target of creating 300 new pollinator garden habitats for San Antonio’s 300th birthday. You can give pollinators a helping hand by signing up to create your own pollinator habitat.

Pollinator Habitat Yard Signs ( 9”x12” and sturdy, weather-proof aluminum) are $25 and will be available at the BCMG meeting on Aug 16. The signs are also available at the Texas Butterfly Ranch online shop.


AND, if you ordered any BCMG Merchandise, pick-up will not be available this Thursday, Aug 16th!  Plan to pick up your order at the Sep 20th meeting.

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.

DON’T MISS THIS ONE!  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

SAVE THE DATE:   BCMG  Christmas  Party  will be held at the San Antonio Garden Center, Tuesday, December 11th from 1pm to 3pm!

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 @ SABOT !  Orientation 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.  For more information, contact Kathy Breniman at [email protected].

Help at Cultivate! on Fri, Sep 7, and Sat, Sep 8: Details for 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.

Need 20 volunteers to help with registration, lunch table, refreshment table, sorting plants, etc. for the 2018 Fall Youth Garden Educator Training on Sat, Sep 15, 2018 from 8am-3pm (actual time of event 9-2) ath San Antonio Botanical Gardens, 555 Funston Pl, 78209. Please sign up on VMS or email Ruby Zavala with any questions. Vol Code: 980 f

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.

Help Molly Keck! A Spanish-Speaking Volunteer  is needed to provide two educational programs on kitchen pests for AVANCE parenting classes on Mon, Oct 29 and a third class on Wed, Oct  31.  Molly can review the presentation with you, and provide additional information and training.  Very simple IPM philosophy of identifying the pest, sanitation and exclusion.  Props and real pantry pests for show also available.  Please email Molly Keck if interested.

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:

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 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 James Gray, FASLA talk about the Design of the Phil Hardberger Park Land Bridge with at our Aug 16 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;  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

Texas Fruit Conference returns Mon-Tue, Oct 15-16, for its 7th educational program for Texas fruit growers at the City of New Braunfels Civic Convention Center, 375 S. Castell Avenue, New Braunfels. Early-Bird registration is $65/per person by Sep 15th. Details will be available online.

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.
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.] Greenhouse Management class will be hosted by Tarrant County MGs Oct 18-20 in Ft Worth.  Composter training will take place Dec 5-7, and will be  hosted by Fort Bend County in Rosenberg, TX.

READ All About It!  AgriLife Today has a great article on the August 3rd Backyard Basics Expo!

Nature at Night:  Hkes and fun facts about animals active at twilight with Mitchell Lake Audubon Center at 7pm, Fri, Aug 17. Tickets online.

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