Leaflet – August 22, 2018


Clarification on CEUs:  MGs will be awarded 6 CEUs (not 8 CEUs as previously posted in the August Scion and earlier Leaflets!) for Culinary Garden Docent Training Parts I & II  held Tue, Aug 21 and Thu, Aug 23 from 9am to Noon each day.

Consider Serving on the 2019 BCMG Board of Directors
The Board of Directors approved a board policy creating a Nominations Committee to seek Master Gardeners to fill positions on the Board of Directors. The Immediate Past President will chair the committee with the two most recent past presidents who are available to participate as members. In addition, two members of the general membership who have broad participation in Master Gardener programs will be asked to participate as members.

Elections will be held at the November monthly meeting with the new Board announced at the December Christmas Party.

All board positions – President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, Director/Membership and two At-Large positions – are available. The incumbents of some board positions will seek re-election; others will not.

If you are interested in discussing board service in a position of your choice, please contact Jack Downey at (210) 771-7312 or [email protected] to place your name in consideration or obtain answers to any of your questions.

It is with regret and sadness that we announce the loss of our friend and fellow Master Gardener, Kimber Briggs.  After a 14-month struggle with cancer, Kimber passed away on August 18th. As Scion Editor from 2015-2017 and working at the SABOT propagation greenhouses, Kimber brought great energy, creativity and enthusiasm to every effort.

If you have any personal remembrances/tributes that you would like to share, please email Marybeth Parsons, BCMG Scion Editor by Thu, Aug 27th.

We will share news of a memorial when we learn the details!

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.

Come….Be Part of the Fall San Antonio Home & Garden Show!
Set-up:  Wed, Sep 12, 1-3pm
Unloading and plant set-up:  Thu, Sep 13, 1-3pm
Staff the BCMG Booth:  Fri, Sep 14, 2pm-4:40pm and 4:40pm-7pm; Sat, Sep 15, 8am-3pm and 2:30pm-7pm;  Sun, Sep 16, 11am-2:30pm and 2:30pm-6pm
Tear-downMon, Sep 17, 1am-11am
Sign up on VMS; email Robin Maymar or call/text: (830)459-8415 if you have questions.

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:

Rainwater Harvesting and Rain Barrel Workshop with MGs Lou Kellog and Anna Vogler at Rainbow Gardens, 8516 Bandera Rd, on Sat, Sep 1, from 10am to Noon. $20 fee; register by Aug 28th.

BCMG September Meeting & Speaker!  Ruby Zavala, AgriLife Ext Youth Gardens Coordinator, will detail the efforts to improve youth education using outdoor garden classrooms at our Thu, Sep 20 Meeting, from 6-8pm, at 3355 Cherry Ridge, Suite 208, 78230.

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!

SAWS Customers:  WaterSaver Landscape and Patioscape Coupons for conservation programs and rebates online.

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