Leaflet – October 3, 2018


Still Need MGs Who Completed SABOT Culinary Docent Training!  

  • Sat, Oct 6, 11:30am-2pm:  3 for BOOtanica

  • Sat, Oct 20, 11:30am-2pm:  4 for Incredible Edible Bugs

  • Sat, Oct 27, 11:30am-2pm:  2 for BOOtanica

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.

Message from Lisa Nixon, Membership Coordinator:  Check the contact information listed in your VMS Profile for accuracy and currency.  Please review your mailing address, your phone number, and your email address. 


Learn all about the newest Texas Superstar Plant Release, Festival Strawberry, and Strawberry Culture online. Plants are now available at Milberger’s Landscape Nursery, Rainbow Gardens (on Bandera and Thousand Oaks) and Fanick’s Garden Center.

Seats Still Available for the October 11th Tree Management WorkshopLearn how to properly care for the largest and most valued part of your landscape: proper pruning, common insects and their management, general management of trees and latest updates on oak wilt and the emerald ash borer.  Register at http://agrilifeRegister.tamu.edu/BexarCounty

THIS SATURDAY (OCT 6):  Land Bridge Groundbreaking @ Noon

Our BCMG Calendar Manager, Ann Vargas, has gathered together some Great Gardening Events for October.  Many Thanks to Ann for finding and collecting events that support our individual interests and/or stimulate our gardening curiosity.  Bookmark the Calendar and visit it frequently!  Here is a sample of what you will find on the BCMG Calendar this month:

  • Oct 4 – Our Love of the River Runs Deep
  • Oct 6 – Herb Uses with Culinary Demonstration
  • Oct 13 – Habitat How To: Autumn Planting
  • Oct 18 to 21 – 2018 Native Plant Society of TX Annual Fall Symposium
  • Oct 23 – Keyhole Gardens, Lasagna Gardens & Elevated-Bed Gardens
  • Oct 27 – Seed Bomb Workshop
  • Oct 27 to 28 – BOOtanica Plant Sale

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.

  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!

Still Need MGs Who Completed SABOT Culinary Docent Training!  

  • Sat, Oct 6 ,11:30am-2pm:  3 for BOOtanica
  • Sat, Oct 20, 11:30am-2pm:  4 for Incredible Edible Bugs
  • Sat, Oct 27, 11:30am-2pm:  2 for BOOtanica

Five volunteers are needed from 9am-3pm on Sat, Oct 20 at SABOT, 555 Funston Pl, 78209 to help at youth activity stations (cochineal, cricket races, veggies and insects, maggot art, and mealworms) for the Incredible Edible Bug Event.

Monarch Butterfly & Pollinator Festival Youth Activity needs three volunteers per shift (8am-12pm and 12pm-3pm) to help the kiddos make a butterfly life cycle bracelet at The Pearl, 303 Pearl Pkwy, 78215, on Sun, Oct 21.

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, Now thru 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.

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.

BCMGs & Friends of BCMG:  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.

   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 and Noon are $25 per adult, $10 per child.

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!


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