Scion – February 2019

Volume 29, Issue 2 – February 2019

Meet the NEW Board of Directors!


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Hosted by the Bexar County Master Gardeners

Thursday, February 21, 2019
1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Bexar County Master Gardeners
3355 Cherry Ridge, Suite 208
San Antonio, TX 78230

Free and Open to the Public

If Dead People Can Grow Roses, You Can Too!

Robbi Daves Will, Antique Rose Emporium

Garden roses have been a part of the human experience for millennia, bringing joy and beauty to behold and share.  Growing roses can be quite easy when you make good choices and plant them in the right place.  Join us and learn just how easy it is to successfully grow roses in your garden.

Robbi Daves Will works as a sales representative for the Antique Rose Emporium wholesale division, having previously managed the award winning retail store, for the same company in San Antonio, Texas.  She has been in the Green Industry for over 30 years, working with native plant production, purchasing for a plant brokerage, overseeing landscape construction, and lecturing on a wide variety of plant related topics.  Robbi grew up in central Texas and has been playing in the dirt, smelling the flowers, and exploring the outdoors as long as she can remember.  Loving plants, she earned her degree in Horticulture from Texas A & M University.  Occasionally, she eats roses for breakfast.

Bexar County Master Gardener (BCMG) Educational Seminars/General Meetings are held in the afternoons of the third Thursday every other month.  For more information contact BCMG President: [email protected].
1 CEU.  BCMG Code: 002.


The Rodeo Kick-off went well.  We had 4 notaries there to get our forms done with no waiting. Poppies flew out the door and the Rodeo committee chairs were busy signing up volunteers. Members bought chili and cornbread of all varieties, fruits and wonderful desserts, really outdoing themselves. Jackie Van De Walle addressed the 135 members and guests, sharing the true purpose of Rodeo,the kids and scholarships,” and the history of the 70 years of the San Antonio Livestock Exhibition (SALE).

Jackie Van De Walle

The San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo dates are February 7-24. Thanks to all who signed up for Rodeo shifts. This event is the largest effort for Master Gardeners in the State of Texas. We still have some open shifts available!  Please sign up per the information on the Rodeo page (on the website under “Members/2019 Rodeo”). We cannot succeed without you!  Last, but not least, is our major outreach event of the year:  remember to SMILE.

We have many events upcoming this winter and early spring. SABOT Culinary Docents, the Home and Garden Show booth and workshops, JMG teacher trainings, Children’s Vegetable Gardens, school gardens and CULTIVATE! are just a few. We have so many opportunities to earn service hours.

Barbara Lutz, Jan Craven, AnnMarie Pease, Marybeth Parsons, Lou Kellogg and Ruby Zavala are helping write, edit and add the pictures for supplemental pages for the seven award packages being submitted to the Texas Search for Excellence on January 31st. I extend thanks to them for all the hard work to promote our chapter’s excellence.

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

Grace Emery
President, Bexar County Master Gardeners

2019 Featured Rodeo Plants 

Announcing the 2019  RODEO TOMATO!!

See these hearty tomatoes, Texas Superstars, and MORE at the Master Gardener Plant Booth, HEB Little Buckaroo Farms tent at the Rodeo!


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Applications are now being accepted for the BCMG 2019-2020 Scholarship in Horticultural Studies.  This scholarship provides financial support to an undergraduate or graduate student at a Texas college or university who is pursuing a degree in Horticultural Sciences, Landscape Design, Turfgrass Management, or any affiliated “Green Industry” area. All the details and the scholarship application are available on the BCMG website. Applications must be submitted by April 30, 2019.

More information and sign-up on the Rodeo page on the BCMG website.

Volunteers Needed: 2019 Spring Youth Garden Educator Training, Sat., March 2, 2019, 7:30am – 3:00pm (lunch provided), at Northside Activity Center, 7001 Culebra Rd., 78238. Set up breakfast and lunch for 100 teachers, organize plants outside, keep time, assist teachers with questions. Vol Code: 1200 (Texas A&M Extension Support-Youth). Sign up on VMS!


SPECIAL NOTE:  CEU Code 001 now includes programs presented by all certified Texas Master Gardeners and programs at the TMGA State Conferences, as well as the International MG Conferences.

In Remembrance of…                       HOLLY JULIAN      

Holly Julian, member of Master Gardener Class 14, passed away November 7, 2018 at her home in San Antonio.  Many Master Gardeners will remember Holly as the driving force behind the “Helping Hands” group that over many years gathered in the office to assemble packets, process mailings, and complete any other handwork that was needed—at a moment’s notice!  Holly will be remembered for her positive spirit, her “can do” attitude, and her hugs.  She will be missed by all.

In May 2016, Holly wrote to another MG about the history of “Helping Hands”:  “Originally, the name of the group was Many Hands Make Light Work (“Many Hands”).  We used to do the newsletter mail-out, for example.  Now that everything is online, there aren’t many of us participating at this point.  When someone needs our help, depending on how much work there is (and type of work), I will contact the people in my Many Hands group and set up the work schedule (usually at the MG office in the conference room).  Ruby Zavala, Barbara Lutz, Carol Law, Angel Torres are some of my contacts.  We do things like teacher’s binders, die cuts for classroom projects, the Birdies for Charity mailout, hand-outs to give away at MG functions, that type of thing.  If anyone has projects for us to work on, just let us know!  We’ll be there!” 



Home Gardening Series: “Soils, Compost, & Mulch,” Wednesday, February 6, 6:30 – 8:30pm, TX A&M AgriLife Office, 3355 Cherry Ridge. Master Gardener Bill Swantner shares that by understanding the soil in our yard, we can improve it so that we have better plants, use less water and fertilizer, and have healthier lawns. Learn which compost, soil, and mulch fits your project best. $15.00. 2 CEUs, Code 001. Register under “Here’s the Latest…”

2019 Brown Bag Lunch & Learn  — FREE Series!   #2: February 8, 2019, Friday, 12:00noon – 1:00pm, “Growing Earth-Kind Fruit Trees,” presented by David Rodriguez, Horticulturist, TX A&M AgriLife Extension, at the Bexar County Ext. Office, 3355 Cherry Ridge, Ste. 208. 1 CEU, Code 001.

“Spring Cleanup & Landscape ‘toDo’s'”:  February 9, Saturday,  10:45am – Noon. Get your lawn and gardens ready for spring! The Garden Center, 10682 Bandera Rd., 78250. FREE! Info.  

“Spring Cleanup in Your Landscape”: February 16, Saturday, 10:30am – Noon. Get your landscape ready for the spring with this free adult seminar. Milberger’s Landscaping & Nursery, 3920 North Loop 1604, 78247. FREE! Info.

 Landscape Design Study Courses are held in conjunction with the Texas Garden Clubs, Inc. and Texas AgriLife Extension Service. They are offered in four separate sessions, two each year, at Texas A&M University and may be taken in any sequence. Series XXVI, Course II will be held February 25-26. The full course totals 48 CEUs and qualifies Master Gardeners for the designation of “Landscape Design Steward.”  Get all the details online!

SPREAD THE  WORD!  2019 Spring Youth Garden Educator Training is set for Sat, Mar 2, from 9am to 2pm at Northside Activity Center, 7001 Culebra Rd, 78238. Designed for teachers, educators, and volunteers to support youth gardening in the classroom and community. See Flyer for details!

Registrations Open for Spring 2019 Children’s Vegetable Garden Programs

SABOT Children’s Vegetable Garden ProgramProgram will include sixteen Saturdays from March 2nd to June 15th.  Registration 

Phil Hardberger Park Children’s Vegetable Garden Program. This program is designed for families who are home schooling. Meets Tuesdays, 9-11:30am, from March 5th to June 11th.  Families can register online

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Become a Master Gardener

‘Thought about becoming a Master Gardener? Apply for Master Gardener Intern Training Class 63.

  • Class 63 starts August 21, 2019; classes meet every Wednesday from Noon – 4 pm for 13 weeks
  • Cost:  $260 payable in full on the 1st day of class
  • Application available online early May (BCMG website)
  • Application deadline:  June 17, 2019
  • Approved applicants must attend a group interview (Group Interviews in July)
  • For more information visit Bexar County Master Gardeners website at or Bexar County website at

Texas Master Gardener Conference (Victoria, April 25-27) – Discounted Registration Open NOW!

Registration for the 2019 TGMA Conference is underway for the April 25-27, 2019, hosted by Victoria County Master Gardener Association.  Great speakers, plenty of good food, wonderful tours and garden-crafty workshops are planned for you! Registration now thru Feb 28 = $175; from Mar 1 to Apr 1 = $200. Leadership training will be held on April 24th. Visit the Conference website for tons of information!

The 17th biennial meeting of the International Master Gardener Conference, Penn’s Woods: Digging into Our Roots, will be held June 17-21, 2019 at the Valley Forge Casino Resort, Valley Forge, PA.  Online registration is now open and you can subscribe to the IMGC newsletter for conference updates.




Did You Know? …a video refresher on the program’s history and development

Winter at the Culinary Garden…..

Master Gardeners Out and About….

Travel to the Far East with Barbara Lutz


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