Leaflet – October 17, 2018


TOMORROW AFTERNOON (Thu, Oct 18th) from 1-3pm, 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 our October BCMG Education Seminar & Meeting. 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.

AND, come early (starting @ 12:30pm), bring your cash or credit card, along with boxes or bags, to take home some great Butterfly/Pollinator Plants (4.5″ containers) that will be available for sale!
4 1/2″ Containers @ $3 each or Mix & Match four plants for $10:  New Gold Lantana, Butterfly Weed, Salvia Mystic Blues
6-Packs @ $3 each or  Mix & Match four  6-Packs for $10:  Calendula, Cosmos, Zinnia

Also, order your Holiday Poinsettias at the meeting (sale info below)!!

JUMPSTART Your Holiday Gift Shopping (and Decorating Plans, too!)

How many people on your list would love to have a gorgeous, floral quality Poinsettia?  Well, the annual BCMG Poinsettia Sale is underway and you can find details and place your order on the BCMG website!  Colors for 2018 include Red, White, Variegated (Pink & White), and new Red Glitter.
Remember proceeds benefit the Master Gardener Scholarships!

Don’t miss current Volunteer Opportunities on VMS…see below!  Kids, Kows & More is new for November, and lots of shifts for Heritage Education Tours, also next month! 

Contact Jack Downey Now to Volunteer for the
2019 BCMG Board of Directors

The election 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!

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

Annual Kids, Kows, and More! event needs 15 volunteers each day on Wed & Thu, Nov 14 & 15, from 8am to Noon. Training Day will be held on Tue, Nov 13  from 9:30-11am. Held at the San Antonio Livestock Expo and Rodeo Cattle Barn, 723 AT&T Center PWY, 78219, up to 1,000 students will visit during the two-day EXPO of horticulture, agriculture, nutrition and entomology. MG volunteers will help facilitate youth activities. Email Ruby Zavala with any questions, and sign up with VMS Code: 980.

MGs Who Completed SABOT Culinary Docent Training!  

  • THIS Sat, Oct 20, 11:30am-2pm:  Need 2 more for Incredible Edible Bugs
  • Sat, Oct 27, 11:30am-2pm:  Need 2 more for BOOtanica

Four 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.

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

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.

Heritage Education Tours:  35 Events, 70 Volunteers (2 each 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 8:30-11:30 am. 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

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.

TOMORROW – 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

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.

ANNOUNCING:  Advanced Master Gardener Home Fruit Class – Southern Texas has been scheduled for February 2019!  Details and application available HERE.

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.
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 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

All BCMGs are invited to the SA Rose Society Fall Rose Show on Saturday, October 27 from 1-3:30pm with Seminar at 2pm.  FREE TO THE PUBLIC at the San Antonio Garden Center, 3310 North New Braunfels Ave, 78209.

Dinner Tonight:   Get weekly updates on the newest, healthy recipes, tips, tricks and nutrition information in your inbox directly from the Dinner Tonight Team! SIGN-UP for the Dinner Tonight Newsletter!  And, find a Perfect Pumpkin Recipe for Fall HERE.

3rd Annual Wine Down at The Garden (SABOT):  Discover new wines from the Texas Hill Country and pair them with tasty bites from local eateries. Enjoy a cirque-style performance by EMCirque and classical music by Cello Vida while strolling through the 38-acre cultural landscape and garden on Sat, Nov 10, 6pm – 10pm. Tickets online.

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!

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!