Leaflet – October 10, 2019


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.

MG Stephanie Jones

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 (made in 2017 to Jan-Dec) and will set elections to occur between Nov 1 and Dec 31.

Next BCMG Board Meeting will take place 3-5pm on Thu, Oct 18, at 3355 Cherry Ridge 78230. If you are interested in placing items on the agenda, email President Grace Emery by Sat, Oct 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.

Board Announces Formation of Two New BCMG Committees!!  

Take on an ongoing role and participate throughout the year in the new Logistics Committee or the new Events Committee.

Logistics Committee members will set up and tear down the events, to include moving and setting up canopy, tables, chairs, etc. from the storage to the location, and then being responsible for take down and return to the storage unit. The work crew need not stay for event, but return at the end of the event for tear down.

Events Committee members will check the annual calendar for event dates and secure a Chair and necessary members for the event.  BCMG participates in, or hosts a variety of events such as Spring Bloom, Festival of Flowers, Monarch Festival, Spring & Fall Cultivate!, seasonal Home and Garden Shows, Poinsettia Sale, Birdies for Charity, Rodeo, and so many others. We hope to have the expertise of 2018 chairs, co-chairs and volunteers joining this committee!

These committees are key to our success as a Master Gardener organization. We need you all!  Please email Grace Emery or call 210) 875-6919, if you are interested in playing a part in BCMG’s foundation for stability and endurance!  More information coming!

  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!

Volunteer Hours Needed? 
Come and Get’em….we’ve got you covered! New on VMS:


Surclovía!, a fitness event, will held at 5102 Old Pearsall Rd (front of Old Pearsall Park on Sat, Oct 27; three volunteers needed to arrive by 8:30am and answer questions, provide information and hand out seeds until 2pm; outdoor event, so dress for the weather. VMS Code: 304

Heritage Education Tours:  8 Locations,  70 Volunteers (2 per day) !!!
Tours began in 1960 as a way for local students to visit various heritage landmarks. Tours are scheduled for Nov 5-9 and Nov 12-16 from 8:30-11:30am. 19 schools confirmed with approximately 1900 students attending. MGs will serve as Greeters (not tour guides), but can answer Master Gardener questions! VMS code: 980

  • Casa Navarro: Nov 9 & 15
  • Spanish Governor’s Palace: Nov 6 & 14
  • Mission Concepcion:  Nov.  6, 8, 9, 13, 14, 15, 16
  • Mission San Jose: Nov. 5, 7, 9, 14,15
  • Mission Espada: Nov. 6 only
  • Alamo:  Nov 7, 9, 12, 14, 15, 16
  • Yturri-Edmunds House:  Nov 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 13, 14, 15, 16
  • Mission San Juan:  Nov 6, 8, 14

MGs Who Completed SABOT Culinary Docent Training!  

  • ONE for THIS SAT, Oct 13, 9am-Noon, Culinary Garden
  • Sat, Oct 20, 11:30am-2pm:  4 for Incredible Edible Bugs
  • Sat, Oct 27, 11:30am-2pm:  3 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.

Need two volunteers at Rudder Fall Festival, 6558 Horn Blvd, 78240 on Tue, Oct 30 from 5-8:30pm to set-up & help kids pot-a-plant, make a butterfly blowout or butterfly life-cycle bracelets.

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.

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 Gardening Events on the BCMG October Calendar.  Bookmark the Calendar and visit it frequently!  Here is a sample of what is coming up this month:

  • 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

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.

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!

You Can Still 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.