Scion – November 2018

Volume 28, Issue 11 – November 2018

For all the volunteers who worked Cultivate – planning, working, speaking, setting up, tearing down – I want to thank you for your time and dedication to Bexar County Master Gardeners.  In September I was deployed by the American Red Cross, volunteering to assist flood victims (and again, now) and I am sorry for the oversight in recognizing your contributions.

October, too, has been filled with volunteers educating our Bexar County community. The two Children’s Vegetable Gardens, the Incredible Edible Insect Event, the Monarch Festival, the docents at the culinary garden, Surclovia, BOOtanica and our Scarecrows at the Botanical Garden were all packed into this month, ensuring more great success in pursuing our outreach goal.

There are changes coming! — A new Board will be elected at the November meeting and VMS is slimming down from 60+ to 14 codes to simplify our volunteer time entry beginning in 2019.

On another note, our long-standing event, the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo, will be February 8-24.   Please save these dates for this very important event.  Sign-up will begin at the Christmas Party on Tuesday, December 11th, from 1 to 3pm.  We have some Heritage Tour dates still open, and some Culinary Docent dates as well. Check VMS. 

More Culinary Docents are needed.  Please call me to set up a training for you.  Last Saturday we trained 4 new Culinary Docents.

Thanks again for making this year a success!  I’ve gotten to know so many Master Gardeners by volunteering with you and I was amazed at the wealth of knowledge our group possesses.

New opportunities will be in the Leaflet every week, so please stay tuned, and be ready to volunteer.

Thanks for your support and for all your long hours of volunteering for the education of our Bexar County residents.


Grace Emery
President, Bexar County Master Gardeners

Bexar County Master Gardeners

Monthly Meeting*

Hosted by Bexar County Master Gardeners

Thursday, November 15, 2018
6-8 pm

Free and Open to the Public

Long Range Weather for Our Area

Speaker:  Justin Horne, KSAT 12 Meteorologist/Reporter


Justin Horne, KSAT – TV 12 meteorologist, will discuss 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.

Justin Horne was born and raised in West Texas and spent much of his childhood fascinated by Texas weather.  He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Meteorology from Texas A&M University and has earned the Certified Broadcast Meteorologist Seal of Approval.


Bexar County Master Gardener (BCMG) Educational Seminars/General Meetings are held on the evening 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].
1.5 CEUs.  Code: 003.

BCMG Board meeting, 3:00 – 5:00pm, Thurs., Nov. 15, at the AgriLife Ext. Office.  Please email President Grace Emery that you will be attending.


*MEMBERS:  Please attend this important BCMG Meeting!  Election of the 2019 Board of Directors and presentation of new BCMG organization information.  

Plus, you can order your holiday poinsettias!!!



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JMG Scion Page November 2018

November brings growth opportunities as we give thanks for our blessings …..



Historic Landscapes and Native Plants:  Wed., Nov. 7, 7:00 – 8:30pm, Mabee Library, 4301 Broadway, 78209.  Discussion of San Antonio historic landscapes and their plants lead by Mike Pecen, Landscape Architect.  Register.  Free.

TX A&M AgriLife Ext./BCMG Offices are CLOSED MON., NOV. 12, in observance of VETERANS DAY.

Reproducing Roses by Cuttings:  Mon., Nov. 12, 7:00 – 9:00pm, San Antonio Garden Center, 3310 N. New Braunfels Ave., 78209.  San Antonio Rose Society.  More information.    Open to the public.

TX A&M AgriLife Ext./BCMG Offices are CLOSED THURS. and FRI., NOV. 22 – 23, in observance of THANKSGIVING.


Holiday Poinsettia Sale

Orders due by Noon, November 30

Poinsettia Flyer 2018 Front

Poinsettia Flyer 2018 Back

BCMG Holiday Party:  Tuesday, Dec. 11, 1:00 – 3:00pm, San Antonio Garden Center, 3310 N. New Braunfels Ave., SATX 78209.  See Events Calendar for more details.

REMINDER FOR ALL BCMGs:  Saturday, December 15th, is the last day to record your 2018 Volunteer and CEU Hours in VMS!  Add your hours to VMS TODAY.  

Growing a Home Fruit Orchard:  Join David Rodriguez at Churchill High School, 12049 Blanco Rd., 78216, on Thurs., Nov. 1 (TONIGHT!), 6:30 – 8:30pm.  2 CEUs, Code 001


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.

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Kids, Kows and More.  Tues. (Training), Nov. 13, Wed. – Thurs., Nov. 14 – 15.  San Antonio Livestock Expo & Rodeo Cattle Barn, 723 AT&T Center Pkwy.  Details in VMS.  CEUs as worked, Code: 980.

Peterson Brothers Nursery Tour. Weds., Nov. 28, 10:00am – Noon, guided by David Rodriguez and Dr. Jerry Parsons.  1630 Creekview Dr., 78219.  For more than 50 years, Peterson’s has provided almost all the plants for BCMG events and plant sales as well as the poinsettias for our annual poinsettia sale.  CEUs 2, Code:  001.

Master Gardener – Advanced Training – Composter:  Dec. 5 – 7, Fort Bend County, More Info.

Master Gardener  – Advanced Home Fruit Training – Southern Texas class will be hosted by Gonzales MGs in Gonzales, TX, from Feb. 7th to 8th, 2019.  Course will prepare Master Gardeners to assist homeowners in selection, culture and protection of many of  the fruits commonly grown in southern Texas landscapes.  Details, application and class agenda online.  If you are interested in attending any Texas MG Specialist courses, please email David Rodriguez, Extension Agent-Horticulture, Bexar County.  CEUs per course description, Code: 001.      



Monarch Festival volunteers: Amy Stubbs, Maureen Hawkins, Arthur Vazquez, Pat Simpson, Kathann El-Amin, Liz Davenport

‘Can’t ask for better advertising than THIS Monarch Festival customer!

















Stephanie Jones, BCMG, shared her knowledge of Japanese Gardens at the October General Meeting

Members view Stephanie Jones’ display on Japanese Gardens


Japanese Tea Ceremony, Stephanie Jones, Doris Westbrook

Kumamoto Garden, San Antonio Botanical Garden

Japanese Garden: Dry Landscape style

Japanese Garden: Hill and Pond style




Japanese Garden: Tea Garden style

Japanese Garden: Strolling Garden style


Japanese Garden: Courtyard Garden style


Photos by Jack Downey, Marybeth Parsons, Gary Irish, Marc Keane, Ortho’s “All About Japanese Gardens”