Leaflet – October 24, 2018


REMINDER FOR ALL BCMGs:  Saturday, December 15th, is the last day to record your 2018 Volunteer and CEU Hours in VMS!  Don’t wait til the last day, add your hours to VMS TODAY!!  

Great Guest Speaker & Important Meeting
Come and hear Justin Horne, Meteorologist & Reporter for KSAT 12 News, explain the complex undertaking of predicting how the weather will behave over the coming hours, days, weeks, and months.  He will present a long-range forecast for the area and explain how it compares to the averages and will take a look at El Niño and La Niña and what role they may play in 2019.  2 CEUs; Code 003: last 2018 opportunity for meeting attendance CEUs.


Important BCMG Meeting:  Election of the 2019 Board of Directors and presentation of some new BCMG organization information.  Plus, you can order your Holiday Poinsettias if you have not done so yet!!

Don’t miss current Volunteer Opportunities on VMS…see below!  Judge at County Roundup, Dates in Nov & Dec for Culinary Docents Kids, Kows & More, and lots of shifts for Heritage Education Tours. 

2019 BCMG Board of Directors
Call for Candidates

The Nomination Committee is still seeking candidates specifically for Secretary and Membership Director.

NOTE:  The Membership Director position requires internet access, email communications, fluency with Excel (reports generation), and attention to detail (identifying VMS coding errors).  Other than attending monthly board meetings, all work (usually 5-15 hrs each month) can be accomplished from your home, or anywhere you have internet access with your portable device. For more details, please email Lisa Nixon at [email protected].

All board positions – President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, Director/Membership and two At-Large positions – are available.  The incumbents of some board positions are seeking re-election; others will not.

Nominations will close Friday, November 9, to allow time to prepare the election ballots.

If you are interested in either position, or are interested in any other positions, please email Barbara Lutz, or call  210-699-0663. 


  • VMS Codes for 2019
  • Membership Dues
  • Christmas Party (Tue, Dec 11, 2018 with Rodeo Shift Sign-Ups)
  • Rodeo Construction and Rodeo Event (7-24 Feb, 2019)

For Your Holiday Gift Shopping and Decorating!
The annual BCMG Poinsettia Sale is underway. Place your order on the BCMG website!  Gorgeous, floral quality Poinsettias for 2018 include Red, White, Variegated (Pink & White), and new Red Glitter. Remember proceeds benefit the Master Gardener Scholarships!


  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 Opportunity:

Volunteer to Judge at County Roundup on Sat, Nov 3.   For details and to volunteer, please email Natalie Cervantes or call: 210-631-0400 by Mon, Oct 29. 

MGs Who Completed SABOT Culinary Docent Training!  

  • Sat, Oct 27, 11:30am-2pm:  Need 1 more for BOOtanica
  • Two Volunteers Each Day:
    • November 2 & 3, 9 & 10, 16 & 17 and 30
    • December 1, 7 & 8, 14 & 15, and 22

STILL NEED HELP:  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:  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
  • 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, 14

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.

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.

BCMG November Speaker & Meeting:  Justin Horne, Meteorologist & Reporter for KSAT 12 News will present a weather forecasting primer on Thu, Nov 15, from 6-8pm at 3355 Cherry Ridge, Suite 208, 78230. Important BMCG meeting and 2 CEUs; Code: 003.

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 27 – San Antonio Rose Society Fall Rose Show and Seminar
  • Oct 27 – Seed Bomb Workshop
  • Oct 27 – Monarch Class
  • Oct 27 to 28 – BOOtanica Plant Sale
  • Oct 30 – Texas Native Plants for Rocky Landscapes: A Walking Workshop
  • Oct 30 – Square Foot Gardening Plus Drip Line Gardening

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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!