Leaflet-November 14, 2018


Great Guest Speaker & Important Meeting
Remember:  Re-certification requires that 3 of 6 CEUs be earned by attending BCMG meetings.  This is the last meeting of 2018 and you can earn 1 CEU.

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. 1 CEU; Code 003


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.
AND ALSO, Texas Superstar Festival Strawberries for sale in 4 ½” containers will be available at $3 each or 4 plants for $10.00. Still a great time to plant them!

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

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

The Nominating Committee will present the following slate of candidates:
President – Grace Emery
Vice President – Lynn Cox
Secretary – Angie Kirby
Treasurer – Kathann El-Amin
Membership – Art Vasquez
Members at large – Donna Armstrong and Don Crites
If you have any questions, please contact Barbara Lutz.

Help With the (re-scheduled) Harvest!  Children’s Vegetable Garden Work Party at SABOT on Fri, Nov 16 at 1pm to help hand pick Hops Cones. Park at the very backside of the San Antonio Botanical Garden (555 Funston Pl); map here.

Don’t miss current Volunteer Opportunities on VMS…see below!  Really need your help for remaining Heritage Education Tours, some Culinary Docent shifts, the Poinsettia Sale, and Christmas Party Site Committee!

NOTE:  Texas AgriLife Extension Service and Bexar County Master Gardeners offices will be Thursday & Friday, November 22 & 23 in celebration of  Thanksgiving!

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!

BCMGs Remember: 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.


  • Membership Dues
  • 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 (thru Noon, Fri, Nov 30th). Gorgeous, floral quality Poinsettias for 2018 include Red, White, and Variegated (Pink & White).  [Note: Red Glitter has sold out!]  Remember proceeds benefit the Master Gardener Scholarship!

 SIGN-UP for VOLUNTEER EVENTS using the Event Calendar in the VOLUNTEER MANAGEMENT SYSTEM – VMS.  Find number of volunteers still needed, who has signed up, Project Code and even request an event reminder! REMEMBER: If you volunteer for any event and have a last minute change of plans, please contact the coordinator listed on VMS to let them know! 

MGs Who Completed SABOT Culinary Docent Training!  

  • Two Volunteers Each Day:
    • November 17 
    • December 1, 14, 15, 21, 22

Heritage Education Tours: 8 Locations, 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 15-16 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
  • Mission Concepcion:  Nov 15
  • Mission San Jose: Nov 15
  • Alamo:  Nov 16
  • Yturri-Edmunds House:  Nov 15, 16

Come and Help with the Poinsettia Sale! On Fri, Dec 7: unload plants from 8:30-11am; assist with sales pickup from 10am-1pm, or 1-3pm. And, on Sat, Dec 9, assist with sales pickup from 10am-Noon.

Please email Barbara Lutz, or call 210-699-0663, if you would like to help with set up and clean up for the Christmas Party on Tuesday, December 11th!

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 28th 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 18 – Looking at Our Daylily Year
  • Nov 23 to Dec 31 – SABOT Holidays in Bloom
  • Nov 26 to 28 – Operation Christmas Cheer
  • Nov 27 – Drip Irrigation System Made Easy!

Watch for details on the Spring 2019 Children’s Vegetable Garden Program at SABOT.  Program will include sixteen Saturdays from March 1st to June 15th with the Vegetable Contest & Show on June 1st. Get ready to share with family & friends!

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.