Scion – October 2018

Volume 28, Issue 10 – October 2018

Master Gardeners,

We have had a busy month for Bexar County Master Gardeners with the beginning of the two children’s vegetable gardens, the Home and Garden show for a week, the start of the Culinary Docent program project, and of course, the special projects at the GVC.   Oh, and did I mention the RAIN? Thank you all for the hours of volunteer service–you make these events a success.

Board of Directors nominations will be announced at the October meeting.  The committee has some exceptional candidates for the positions!  Voting will take place at the November meeting.  Please plan on attending so you can vote.

Looking forward, we have our Poinsettia Sale (with proceeds going to the Scholarship Program), the Holiday Party on December 11, and our Rodeo commitment from February 8 to 24th.

An abundance of opportunities to volunteer are on the VMS Calendar and in the Leaflet.  Numerous educational events, too, can be found on the BCMG website, in the web calendar, and in our weekly Leaflet and monthly Scion.  See you at the October meeting!!

Grace Emery
President, Bexar County Master Gardeners

Bexar County Master Gardeners

Monthly Meeting

Japanese Gardening… Texas Style!

Hosted by Bexar County Master Gardeners

Thursday, October 18, 2018
1-3 pm

Free and Open to the Public

Learn the basics of creating the tranquility, serenity, and harmony of a Japanese garden in your yard.  Discover the benefits of replacing turf grass with alternative options.  Even novice gardeners can achieve the aesthetics and sensibility of this ancient practice.  Create a pleasing design plan and learn the elements of basic Japanese garden design using low water usage plants adapted for Texas.

Speaker:  Stephanie Jones

Stephanie Jones became a Bexar County Master Gardener in 2007 after retiring from 31 years at USAA, where she worked in various management positions.  Since then, the main focus of her energy has been the Botanical Gardens where she works as a garden guide, instructor in many different classes, including the children’s summer camps, and spends two days a week in the propagation greenhouse.  Stephanie takes particular delight in working with the students at Oak Meadow Elementary School every Thursday in their garden and helps teach the JMG curriculum to students.  Stephanie hopes, through her participation in this program, that she is preparing future environmentalists who will work as she does to preserve the beauty and wonder of our planet.

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


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


Meetings of the Corporation are open to all members of the Corporation, with the exception of executive session meetings. The Corporation shall conduct a minimum of four (4) General Membership Meetings annually. One meeting shall be held between November 1 and December 31 to vote on the election of Officers and Directors for the next term of office. If nominations for Directors are made from the floor, a majority of members present is required for elections of each officer. This meeting may be conducted in conjunction with other functions of the General Membership. Quorum: 8% of active members in good standing of the Corporation shall constitute a quorum for General Meetings.


The new dates reflect the change of the fiscal year done in July 2017 which were not included in the bylaw’s revision.

DATE APPROVED by Board: 19 April 2018

DATE REVIEWED: 19 April 2018

DATE APPROVED by General meeting:  ________________”



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Master Gardener of the Fall

Susan Noonan

By Ann Marie Caldwell



Attention:   BCMGs (and BCMG friends) who are USAA Employees or Retirees

Bexar County Master Gardners is now an approved non-profit in the USAA Serves giving program.  Your donations to BCMG through USAA Serves can be matched dollar-for-dollar through this program up to a designated limit.


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Landscape Design Steward

Marybeth Parsons, Class 59, completed the 4-part, 48-hour Landscape Design Study Course in College Station, TX, earning the Master Gardener designation, Landscape Design Steward.

There’re lots of fun things to do in October …..

                       Don’t miss………

Note:  Land Bridge groundbreaking at NOON 

SUCCULENT LANDSCAPE TOUR:  Saturday, October 6, 1 – 3p.m.  Learn about succulents and cacti. Tour a 30+ year succulent landscape in the making at the home of Marty (BCMG Class 8, 1982) & Eva Ruona. Walk through display gardens and peek in the greenhouses.  210-863-5657, 151 Huxley Drive, San Antonio 78218.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR!!!:  Fall Festival of Roses/ Heritage Rose Foundation Conference.  Friday – Sunday, Nov. 2 – 4, Antique Rose Emporium, 10000 FM 50, Brenham, TX  77833.  Website.  FREE.  CEUs:  1 / educational training hour.  Code 002.


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 ([email protected]), Extension Agent-Horticulture, Bexar County. BCMG CEU Code: 001.


8 CEUs. Code 001



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Richard Geisler, Class 62, Marybeth Parsons, Class 59, and Andrew Waring, Class 58, attended Course I, Landscape Design School, in College Station, TX.



Photos by AnnMarie Pease (succulents), James Parsons, Barbara Lutz