Leaflet – September 26, 2018


Mark Your Calendar for the October BCMG Meeting:  Join Stephanie Jones, BCMG since 2007, to learn the basics of creating the tranquility, serenity, and harmony of a Japanese Garden in your yard at the October BCMG Education Seminar & Meeting on Thu, Oct 18, from 1-3pm. 2 CEUs; Code 003.

NOTE: Membership will also vote on a change to Bylaws Article VIII – Meetings, which amends the timeframe for the annual election of Directors to align with the fiscal year  change setting the election to occur between Nov 1 and Dec 31.


Need Your Help –– Rained out AGAIN at the SABOT Children’s Vegetable Garden on Sat, Sep 22!  Join us for a “work party” TOMORROW (Thu, Sep 27) from 8:30am to Noon. If you can help, please email John Mayer or Denise Perez .

OVER THE BACK FENCE!  All MGs and all gardeners who receive the weekly Leaflet and the Scion Newsletter, PLEASE submit your Creative & Clever Gardening “Hacks” (solutions) for common gardening problems to [email protected]We know you must have some great “Hacks” to share!

Reminder:  David Rodriguez will provide a FREE seminar, Fall is For Planting, at Rainbow Gardens, 8516 Bandera Rd, 78250 this Sat, Sep 29, from 10:30am-Noon. 1.5 CEUs; Code: 001


Take an Expedition into Entomophagy, the eating of insects as food, at the Incredible Edible Bug Event on Sat, Oct 20 from 10am-2pm at SABOT:  Small bite insect-based food samples, family activities (Cricket Races, Painting with Cochineal, and Face Painting) and Planting for Pollinators Presentation, 1:30 to 2pm, included with admission. Four-course, chef-demonstrated tastings at 10:30am or Noon are $25 per adult, $10 per child.

Volunteer for 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.


There are too few opportunities to learn about succulents and cacti.  For that reason, Eva and I want to open our landscape on Saturday, October 6 for an afternoon tour (1-3pm) of what is possible right here in San Antonio.

Malcom Beck was a mentor of mine.  He encouraged all gardeners, and myself, to share their experiences, both the successes and the learned failures.  He thought one cannot know these things by one’s self…that these are part of the natural order for all to experience/learn.

Please come for a walk through our display gardens, maybe even peek in the greenhouses.  We hope we can inspire more folks to take up an interest in our favorite plants. Come tour a 30+ year succulent landscape in the making at the home of Marty & Eva Ruona.

Marty, BCMG Class 8 (1982)  Cell: 210-863-5657
151 Huxley Drive, San Antonio 78218

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!

The Bexar County Youth Gardens Program Needs Your Help!! School has started and we have two opportunities to help. 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: FriOct 12, 8am-3pm and Oct 12, 8:30-11:30am
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.

Calling all MGs who completed SABOT Culinary Docent Training!  

All Times  9am-Noon (plus some shifts)  Dates:  Sat, Oct 6 (need 1 more) plus 3 for BOOtanica; Sat, Oct 20 need 4 each shift for Incredible Edible Bugs; Sat, Oct 27 (need 1 more), plus 4 for BOOtanica

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, email Kathy Breniman.

SABOT Children’s Vegetable Garden Water Teams NEED YOU!!
Sunday’s Team starts @ 8am, Tuesday’s Team starts @ 7:30am, Thursday’s Team starts @ 8am. Please email David Rodriguez or Denise Perez  if you’re 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.

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.

All Bugs Good & Bad Webinar: Structural Misidentified Pests. Fri, Oct 5, 1-2pm; 1 CEU; Code 001.  Details online.

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.

BCMG October Meeting & Speaker!  Learn the basics of creating the tranquility, serenity, and harmony of a Japanese Garden in your yard with Stephanie Jones, on Thu, Oct 18, from 1-3pm at 3355 Cherry Ridge, Suite 208, 78230. 2 CEUs; Code: 003

Beekeeping Basics on Fri, Nov 2 with a Field Day in Leon Springs on Sat, Nov 3.  Flyer with Details here.  Registration online (be sure you register for Beekeeping BASICS).  Cost is $65, includes lunch and the bee field day and tons of information! 8 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.
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.

Great article on the MG Vegetable Specialist training held here in San Antonio Sep 4-6!

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!

Don’t Forget to Check the BCMG Events Calendar for details on some Fun Gardening Events!

  • SABOT Fall Plant Sale, Sept. 29 & 30 (admission fee waived for plant sale)
  • Monarch Butterfly Monitor Training Workshop, Sep 29
  • Bexar Roots Native Plant Sale, Sep 29

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!