CHAIRPERSON NEEDED for the October 6th Tree-Centennial Fest which will include planting the Butterfly Meadow, fun family activities to celebrate the Tricentennial, and ground-breaking for the Robert L.B. Tobin Land Bridge at Phil Hardberger Park. Email President Grace Emery for details and to volunteer as the Chair. [JUST IN TIME: a new Event Chair Guide is now available on the BCMG website, along with associated event forms, such as the CommTeam Request Form.]
Hello, Master Gardeners! Just a quick note on how our 3rd Educational Seminar, CULTIVATE! went last Saturday (Sep 8). Although attendance was slightly less than our spring session, we still were able to provide 195 workshop seats across 9 classes, plus the additional walk-ins to the Expo Hall. We conducted 9 workshops, and had 10 other educational organizations and vendors set-up at our Expo. This successful event was made possible by our excellent speakers and our 45 volunteers who ensured everything was set up and ran smoothly. Through SAWS’ sponsorship, this event will raise nearly $3,000 for BCMG. Thanks again to all who worked so hard with this event. Anna Vogler, Water Conservation Coordinator
From Our Membership Coordinator:
Recently, you should have received an email from me detailing the status of your hours for re-certifying in 2018. Please don’t ignore that message! If you need to earn your 3 CEUs from attending BCMG meetings, there are only 3 meetings remaining this year. If you have a problem recording your hours, email me NOW, not at the end of the year! Lisa Nixon
See You on September 20th! The evening (6-8pm) BCMG meeting will feature Ruby Zavala as guest speaker. Come and earn one meeting CEU toward the the two required annually as part of recertification!
Next BCMG Board Meeting will take place 3-5pm on Thu, Sep 20, at 3355 Cherry Ridge 78230. If you are interested in placing items on the agenda, email President Grace Emery by Thu, Sep 13. And, all members are welcome to observe the meetings; however, in order to accommodate seating, please email President Grace Emery that you will be attending.
WE NEED YOU 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.
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!
Watch for new Oct 6th volunteer opportunity, Tree-Centennial Fest, to be posted soon on VMS! We’ll be needing your help!
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. For more information, contact Kathy Breniman at [email protected].
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-down: Mon, Sep 17, 1am-11am
Sign up on VMS; email Robin Maymar or call/text: (830)459-8415 if you have questions.
Calling all MGs who completed SABOT Culinary Docent Training!
All Times – 9am-Noon. Dates: Sat, Sep 15 (need 3 more); Sat, Oct 6 (need 2 more); Oct 27 (need 2 more).
The Bexar County Youth Gardens Program Needs Your Help!!
School is starting again and we have many schools looking for youth activities to enhance their garden programs. Need 1-2 volunteers each event to take turns with Ruby Zavala in presenting the youth activity. Training will be provided. Vol Code: 980e School Gardens
When: Thu, Sep 27, 8am to Noon
Where: Crestview Elementary Science Day in the Park, 7710 Narrow Pass, Live Oak, Texas
Info: Youth Activity = plant parts, parts of a seed, parts of a flower, and parts of a leaf. A rotation with 20 kids in each group will be conducted 5 times; Ruby and volunteer will take turns giving presentation.
When: Sat, Sep 29, 9:30am-Noon
Where: Helotes Activity Center, 12132 Leslie Rd, Helotes TX, 78023
Info: A table with activities “Parts of a Plant We Eat” and “Name That Veggie Game; help manage booth.
When: Oct 11, 8am-3pm and Oct 12, 8am-Noon
Where: Confluence Park, 310 W Mitchell St, San Antonio, TX 78204
Info: Youth Activity = plant parts, parts of a seed, parts of a flower, and parts of a leaf. A rotation with 20 kids each group will be conducted 5 times; Ruby and volunteer will take turns giving presentation.
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.
Growing a Fall Vegetable Garden will be presented by David Rodriguez on Tue, Sep 11, 6:30-8:30pm, at Northeast Community Learning Center, 8750 Tesoro Dr., in Rm. 206.. Register online or call 210-407-0140. 2 CEUs; Code: 001
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. 2 CEUs; Code: 003
Rainwater Harvesting for Healthy Lawns and Healthy Waters will be held at SARA, 100 E. Guenther St, on Fri, Sep 21, from 11am-4pm. Free. 4 CEUs; Code 001. Register online.
Fall & Winter Vegetable Gardening will be presented by David Rodriguez on Sat, Sep 22, 10:30am – Noon, at Milberger’s Landscaping & Nursery, 3920 North Loop 1604. For more information, contact Denise @ 210-631-0400. 1.5 CEUs; Code: 001
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. Fee: $165. 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.
Fall Weed & Brush Workshop scheduled for Thu, Sep 27, 8:30am-Noon at the Guadalupe County Extension Office (210 East Live Oak) in Seguin. Details in Flyer. 3.5 CEUs; Code: 001
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. 1.5 CEUs; Code: 001
The Bennett Trust Women’s Conference will be held Mon & Tue, Oct 1 & 2, at the Inn on Baron’s Creek, 308 S. Washington St in Fredericksburg. Details and registration online. 1 CEU per instructional hour; Code 001.
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension is hosting a Tree Management Workshop, October 11th at the San Antonio Botanical Gardens (Classroom A&B) from 8:30am-4:30pm. Lunch and snacks are included. Cost is $40. Online Registration is now open. View flyer and agenda. 5.5 CEUs; Code 001
Camp Vino will be held in Fredericksburg, Oct 11-12. Find details on the BCMG website calendar for this 2-day camp from Foodways Texas (UTSA and TAMU, Dept of Hort). 1 CEU per instructional hour; 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. 1 CEU per instructional hour; Code 001.
Multi-County Wildlife Management Workshop will be held on Wed, Oct 17, 7:45am – 3:30pm, at the Luling Foundation Farm, 523 S. Mulberry, Luling, Texas. 3 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.
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.
Saturday, September 29th! 4-H Walk Across Texas Kick-Off which will be held at the Helotes Activity Center, 12132 Leslie Rd, 78023. It’s FREE!! Join the fun while you burn calories: Jump Rope-A-Thon, Limbo-Mania, Frisbee-Fun, Volleyball- Blanket ,and an obstacle course. Also, a tasty healthy snack and a delicious smoothie to try. Don’t forget to stop by the different exhibitors that will have educational information on health & wellness. Details on the Flyer!
The Well Informed” Texas Well Owner Network (TWON) program is an education program that gives well owners the opportunity to have their well water samples screened for common contaminants. Texas A&M AgriLife Extension will be hosting this event in September. Pick up your water sample container by Sep 17 if you want to participate!
Don’t Forget to Check the BCMG Events Calendar for details on some Fun Gardening Events!
- 32nd Annual Home & Garden Show, Sept. 14 – 16
- SABOT Fall Plant Sale, Sept. 15 & 16
- SABOT Brews and Blooms, Sept. 22
SAWS Customers: Information on WaterSaver Landscape and Patioscape Coupons available online. Don’t miss the new $50 Mulch Coupon!
SAVE THE DATE: BCMG Christmas Party will be held at the San Antonio Garden Center, Tuesday, December 11th from 1pm to 3pm!