Leaflet – November 7, 2018


Brighten Your San Antonio Winter Garden with Pansies!

Preorder Super 6-packs of Matrix Mixed Botch pansies for $5 per 6-pack or flats of eight  6-packs (48 plants total) for $30 ($10 savings!) and each plant is equivalent to size of 4″ container plant sold for $1 each. Email our Office Manager, Mike Mangiapane, or call 210-631-0404. Orders must be received by Tue, Nov 13 at Noon. Payment at pick-up on Thu, Nov 15, at the BCMG meeting. See Flyer or Details!

Check Out the new VMS Codes coming in 2019 and to be discussed at the November 15th BCMG Meeting. 

Please Alert Event Coordinators: If you have volunteered for any event and have a last minute change of plans, please contact the coordinator listed on VMS to let them know!  No shows can be a problem with some events where only a few volunteers are needed on a given day, such as the Heritage Education tours. Appreciate your help!

Bring on the Holidays Giveaway (for Texas Residents) 
Details online!

Don’t miss current Volunteer Opportunities on VMS…see below! Really need your help for Heritage Education Tours!  Dates in Nov & Dec for Culinary Docents. And Kids, Kows & More Training Date is Nov 13th.

Take on an ongoing role and participate throughout the year as a member of the new Logistics Committee or the new Events Committee. These committees are key to our success as a Master Gardener organization. We need you!  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!

1.  Part of your re-certification requirement is to earn 3 of your required 6 CEUs by attending BCMG meetings.  The last meeting of the year is next week on Thursday, Nov 15 at 6:30pm.  It is worth 1 CEU.  

2.  Saturday, Dec 15, is the last day to record your 2018 Volunteer and CEU Hours in VMS!  Don’t wait until the last day, add your hours to VMS TODAY!!  If you are having issues recording your hours, please email Lisa Nixon, membership coordinator.

NOTE:  Texas AgriLife Extension Service and Bexar County Master Gardeners offices will be Monday,  Nov 12th (in observance of Veterans Day!

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!! And pick up your pansy order!

Next BCMG Board Meeting will take place 3-5pm on Thu, Nov 15, at 3355 Cherry Ridge 78230. If you are interested in placing items on the agenda, email President Grace Emery by tomorrow, Thu, Nov 8.  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.

The 2019 BCMG Board of Directors Election will take place at the BCMG General Meeting on Thursday, November 15.

If you have any questions, please contact Barbara Lutz.


  • 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 Scholarship!

  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!  

MGs Who Completed SABOT Culinary Docent Training!  

  • Two Volunteers Each Day:
    • November 9, 17 and 30
    • December 1, 7 & 8, 14 & 15, 21 & 22

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 12-16 from 8:30-11:30 am.  MGs will serve as Greeters (not tour guides), but can answer Master Gardener questions! VMS code: 980

  • Casa Navarro: Nov 15
  • Spanish Governor’s Palace: Nov 14
  • Mission Concepcion:  Nov 13, 14, 15, 16
  • Mission San Jose: Nov 14,15
  • Alamo:  Nov 16
  • Yturri-Edmunds House:  Nov 13, 14, 15, 16
  • Mission San Juan:  Nov 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. Up to 1,000 students will visit during the two-day EXPO of horticulture, agriculture, nutrition and entomology which will be held at the San Antonio Livestock Expo and Rodeo Cattle Barn, 723 AT&T Center PWY, 78219. 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.

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.

DON’T MISS!  Annual Poinsettia Tour of Peterson Bros. Nursery:  Annual free tour will take place on Wed, Nov 29th from 10am to Noon at 1630 Creekview Dr., 78219. Park on the far side of the lot. Come and be “wowed” and wear walking shoes, bring a camera, and don’t be late! Contact David Rodriguezfor details. 2 CEUs; Code: 001

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.
Coming in 2019!
Home Fruit (South Texas) – Feb. 7-8, 2019, hosted by Gonzales County, Gonzales
Vegetables – Feb. 13-15, 2019, hosted by Dallas County, Dallas
Tree Care – Mar. 13-15, 2019, hosted by Dallas County, Dallas
Tree Care – Jun. 12-14, 2019, hosted by Kerr County, Kerrville
Save the Dates (More Info coming soon):
Turfgrass – Mar. 14-15, 2019, hosted by Montgomery County, Conroe
Earth-Kind® – May 16-18, 2019, hosted by Henderson County, Athens
Vegetables – Aug. 13-15, 2019, hosted by Bexar County, San Antonio

Great Gardening Events on the BCMG November Calendar.  Bookmark the Calendar and visit it frequently!  Here is a sample of what is coming up over this next week:

  • Nov 10 – A Walk with John Muir into the Wilds of the Headwaters
  • Nov 10 – A Pioneer Thanksgiving – A Savory Taste of Texas
  • Nov 12 – Reproducing Roses by Cuttings
  • Nov 13 – Chihuahuan Desert Research Institute

Texas A&M AgriLife NEWS
In this YouTube video, Dr. Patrick Stover, Vice Chancellor and Dean for Agriculture & Life Sciences answers 3 questions regarding AgriLife efforts relating to precision and prescriptive agriculture, and how this work is being used to make strides in the fight to reduce chronic disease.
And, visit the AgriLife News & Updates Blog for the latest on: New Plants and Crops, Plant Practices, and Scientific Advances.

Did you apply for WaterSaver Coupons earlier this fall? If you haven’t yet used them, now’s the time to do so — the final redemption date is Nov. 11!

INVITATION TO ALL:  Sign up for AgriLife’s Maintain No Gain and enjoy your holidays the healthy way using motivational tools, healthy recipes, and fitness tips to help you control your weight over the holiday season, a 6-week period when the average American gains extra pounds. Anyone can participate! It’s FREE. Feel free to share with others. Must register online before November 12, 2018. 

SAVE THE DATE:   BCMG  Christmas  Party  will be held at the San Antonio Garden Center, Tuesday, December 11th from 1pm to 3pm!

Celebrate the Conservatory!
  The San Antonio Botanical Garden will hold a  30th anniversary celebration for the  Lucile Halsell Conservatory with a memorable three-day event November 15, 16, & 17. Proceeds from the events support the Conservatory Maintenance Endowment. Details online.

Discover Wildlife Program:  Free family event, Sat, Nov 17 at MLK Park.