Scion – September 2018

Volume 28, Issue 9 – September 2018

Master Gardeners,

Thirty-five (!) docents were trained at the San Antonio Botanical Garden in August, so we will now begin volunteering in the Culinary Garden, 7 days a week from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. The soft start is September 15, 2018, and full staffing will begin on October 1, 2018. Sign up soon in VMS. The San Antonio Botanical Garden VMS Project Code is 800!

On another note, our ongoing major annual effort, the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo 2019 dates are February 8-24. Please save the dates for this very important event. Sign up will begin at the Holiday Party. Planning has begun. Richard Geisler is our new Construction Chair/Foreman, being mentored by John Maldonado. We have many volunteer opportunities beyond construction, from van driver, greeter, plant sales, school tours, tree give away, and lots more. Last year our hospitality group put out a cookbook of their rodeo recipes. It is truly a bonding experience.

We now have a Nominations Committee and are asking for members to serve on it. We will be recruiting members to run for Board positions–check out the notice in the Leaflet and the Scion and contact Jack Downey if you are interested. Help us up close and personal on the Bexar County Master Gardeners Board. We need YOU!

New opportunities will be in the Leaflet every week, so please stay tuned.

Thanks for your support and for all your long hours of volunteering for the education of our Bexar County residents.

Grace Emery
President, Bexar County Master Gardeners

Don’t  Miss  CULTIVATE!   This fun event has something of interest to all —  gardening information booths, tool sharpening, plant sale, garden tool demonstration, and great classes in those areas you still want to learn more about.  Come on out for a fun day of learning!


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WE   WANT   YOU!!!!!


Thursday, September 20, 2018 from 6 – 8 pm
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office, 3355 Cherry Ridge, Suite 208, 78230
Free and Open to the Public

Growing Good Kids with the Bexar County Youth Gardens presented by  Ruby Zavala, Youth Gardens Coordinator for Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service-Bexar County, serving since summer 2014.   Ruby became a Bexar County Master Gardener in 2015 and is a certified Junior Master Gardener leader.  She facilitates Fall and Spring Youth Garden Educator Trainings, Summer Junior Master Gardener Adult Leader Trainings, and coordinates Summer and Spring Break camps as well as Fall and Spring Learn Grow Eat and Go! programs.


Bexar County Master Gardener (BCMG) Seminars/Meetings are held on the evenings of the third Thursday every other month at the Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Office, Suite 208. For more information contact the BCMG President;  2  CEUs and Code: 003.
























CONGRATULATIONS ON A JOB WELL DONE!  Barbara Lutz again chaired our Valero Birdies for Charity drive, this year earning $7,336.54!!!!  Way to go, Barbara, and Master Gardeners — our contributions enabled us to finish in the TOP 50!


New BCMG – SABOT Partnership Begins

Culinary Docent Training Readies Master Gardeners for Duty in the Culinary Garden

By Marybeth Parsons

Culinary Docent Training


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Register for the Children’s Vegetable Garden:  Saturdays, Sept. 8 through Dec. 15.  Contact Timothy Roan, 210-536-1412, [email protected].

Growing a Fall Vegetable Garden:  David Rodriguez, Horticulturist, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Sept. 11, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., Northeast Community Learning Center, 8750 Tesoro Dr., Rm. 206, 2 CEUs, BCMG Code: 001.  Cost: $35.  Register, or call 210-407-0140.

Fall & Winter Vegetable Gardening:  David Rodriguez, Horticulturist, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Sept. 22, 10:30 a.m. – Noon, Milberger’s Landscaping & Nursery, 3920 N Loop 1604, 1.5 BCMG CEUs, Code: 001. More information. Free.

Fall is for Planting:  David Rodriguez, Horticulturist, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Sept. 29, 10:30 a.m. – Noon, Rainbow Gardens, 8516 Bandera Road, 1.5 BCMG CEUs, Code:001. Free.

Well Sampling Available:  Texas Well Owner Network – Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office, 3355 Cherry Ridge, Ste. 212:  Sept. 4 – 17 – Water sampling  containers available; Sept. 18, 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. – Water sample dropoff at AgriLife Office, Ste. 208; Sept. 19, 6:30 p.m. Results & Interpretation meeting, AgriLife Office, Conf. Room.   More Info

Landscape Design School: Series XXVI, Course I will be held Mon-Tue, Sep 24-25, at George the Bush Presidential Library and Museum, 1000 George Bush Drive W, College Station, 77845. Discount Fee: $145 by Sep 1; and $165 after Sep 1. MGs: 12 CEUs.  Code: 001. These courses offer an opportunity to learn from professional landscape architects and horticulturists about how successful landscapes are designed. Taking all 4 parts of this course earns 48 CEUs and qualifies Master Gardeners for the designation of “Landscape Design Steward.”   More information, registration form, and agenda online.

Tree Management Workshop – Recognizing Oak Wilt and Other Tree Issues, October 18, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., San Antonio Botanical Garden, 555 Funston Place, San Antonio, TX, Cost: $40. More Info and registration:   Denise at [email protected] or 210-631-0400.

JUST ANNOUNCED!  Master Gardener Specialist – Greenhouse Management class will be hosted by Tarrant County MGs in Fort Worth from October 18th to 20th. You can find the details, application and class agenda online.  If you are interested in attending any Texas MG Specialist courses, please email David Rodriguez, Extension Agent-Horticulture, Bexar County. BCMG CEU Code: 001.



Savor Kimber Briggs’ last Scion Editorial, June 2017…

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                 San Antonio Botanical Garden, Culinary Garden

                          Class #1 of BCMG Culinary Docents


Touring the Culinary Garden with horticulturist, Amanda Wiedgash


Chef Dave Terrazas shared information about the Culinary Garden’s outdoor demonstration kitchen.






















Trainees view fall plantings.

Trainees enjoy the cool shade of the outdoor kitchen for culinary and conservation lectures.

Photos by Grace Emery