Leaflet – February 6, 2019


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  • The first shuttle run on Rodeo Opening Day (7 Feb) will depart Peterson’s Lot (1630 Creekview Drive, SA, TX 78219) at 11am. 
  • All mornings thereafter, the first departure from Peterson’s Lot will be at 9am, or when the van is full, but not later than 9:10am.  
  • Travel time between the “tent” and Peterson’s Lot will vary from 30 minutes to one hour depending on the time of day and traffic. 
  • TENTATIVELY, departures from the Peterson’s Lot will be on the hour and departures from the Tent will be on the half hour.
  • The drop off and pickup location at the Rodeo will be behind the Petting Zoo. It’s the same location as previous years, but they have changed the layout at the Rodeo. MGs must walk past the Petting Zoo and the Pig Races to get to the HEB Tent.
  • Shuttle Van Driver Cell Number:  210-319-9997

Still have open shifts to fill for Docents/Greeters!  Please go the the Rodeo page on our website to sign up.
Check Rodeo News anytime via the Button on the Home Page! 

Use VMS Code 400 to record your volunteer hours.

Please continue to collect plastic bags for Rodeo Plant Sales.  When you come for a Rodeo shift, bring the bags along with you!  Thanks!

Bill Swantner

TODAY: First Seminar in 2019 Earth-Kind Home Gardening Series!
Register Now Online 
TODAY (Weds, Feb 6,) at 6:30pm in the Master Gardener’s classroom at 3355 Cherry Ridge, join BCMG Bill Swantner for Soils, Composts, and Mulches.

  • This seminar will help you understand the soil in your yard and how adding to your soil can result in healthier plants and thicker lawns, with less water, less fertilizer. Bexar County has 3 primary kinds of soil, you’ll learn what kind of soil is in your yard and what to do to to improve it.
  • Buying compost is like buying a car: there are so many choices, each making claims. Come, see what fits your project. And, mulch is more than leaving leaves in the flower bed.
  • There are at least 3 kinds of mulch, each serving a different purpose. And, time permitting, get the dirt on potting soil: which ones to buy, and which ones to avoid.  After this seminar, you will be the neighborhood expert.

Great training for new homeowners and residents of Bexar County; cost is $75/series or $15/session.

Staff Support for CEA-Hort Office:  Still seeking one special MG to volunteer two to three times a month at the Bexar County Extension office (3355 Cherry Ridge Ste. 212). Duties include, but not limited to:  tally sign in sheets, obtain precinct information, data entry, extract/maintain MG spreadsheet programs sessions. Please email Denise Perez,or call 210-631-0400, if interested.

If Dead People Can Grow Roses, You Can Too!
February BCMG Educational Seminar:  Hear Robbi Will discuss how easy it is to successfully grow Roses. Mark your calendar for Thu, Feb 21, 1-3pm at 3355 Cherry Ridge, Suite 208, 78230. 1 CEU; Code 002


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!


Our Earth-Friendly Gardening & Landscaping Seminar will take place Sat, Mar 23, from 8am to 1pm at the University of The Incarnate Word Dr. Burton E. Grossman International Conference Center (ICC), 847 E. Hildebrand, 78212.
Nine 1-hour workshops, and interactive Expo and vendor area, gardening hand-tool sharpening, and more are offered. Admission is free; workshops are $15 for a set of three.  For SAWS WaterSaver rewards members you can earn all 7 points in one day to earn $150 in coupons for tools, mulch, plants and more!
Our website Cultivate! page has all the details for each seminar, online registration (NOW), and driving & parking directions. 


Birdies for Charity® was created in 1997 as a way to give participating charities and schools the opportunity to generate contributions through the Valero Texas Open, the third oldest tournament on the PGA Tour schedule. 100% of the funds raised go back to participating organizations. And we are one of them!

How It Works:  Friends, family, and even your company can contribute using our custom link. 100% of the donations made to BCMG through this program benefit us AND Valero matches 7%. So we get 107% of donations made! You can also use the paper Birdies forms you may have received at the Rodeo Kick-Off meeting on Jan 17th,a nd other Master Gardeners will receive paper forms by mail soon.

Incentives:  Any individual or business that donates $1,000+ becomes a member of the Birdies Club and will receive four (4) “Good Any One Day” general admission tickets to the tournament emailed through Ticketmaster. In addition, you will be recognized on a sponsor sign displayed at the Donation Stations located at both the main and VIP spectator entrances during tournament week, April 4-7, 2019. 
To add spice to the program, you can guess how many birdies will be made during the Valero Texas Open. If your guess is correct, you could win a Stay-and Play Package to JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country and TPC San Antonio. In the event of a tie, a tie-breaker event will determine the winner. If no one guesses correctly, the computer will randomly select a winner… and it may just pick your name!

Donors have the ability and flexibility to pay in advance or to be billed after the tournament. Donations are accepted from anywhere around the world and are tax deductible. The 2019 fundraising program is underway and concludes April 12, 2019.

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! 

Volunteer Orientation for the Children’s Vegetable Garden Program at SABOT will be on Sat, Feb 23 at 11am at the San Antonio Botanical Garden Educational Room. Hope to see everyone at the Volunteer Orientation and invite anyone who might be interested in being a Garden Mentor. VMS Code 1200. The spring session of the Children’s Vegetable Garden Program starts on Saturday, March 2 and concludes on Saturday, June 15 and will focus on growing “warm weather” crops.  Email David Rodriguez to volunteer. More about the CVGP online.

Volunteer Orientation for the Children’s Vegetable Garden Program at Phil Hardberger Park will be held  Tue, Feb 26 at 10 am at Phil Hardberger Park, Voelker Homestead area.  To volunteer, email Kathy Breniman, VMS Code 1200.

INSECT EXPO:  Molly Keck is hosting an Insect Expo on Tue, Feb 26, & Wed, Feb 27 (set-up on Mon, Feb 25) at the McKenna Children’s Museum, 801 W San Antonio St, New Braunfels, TX 78130. Designed as a fun interactive learning experience for the students and an opportunity for “hands on” learning, students will have time to explore and learn from each topic, ask questions and learn by experience. These are our future botanists, entomologists, environmental and conservation advocates, professors, teachers, and agricultural leaders.  Training for booth events will take place Thu, Feb 21. Go online for details, and to sign up. To get a great idea of this awesome event, view this YouTube Video.  Email Molly Keck if you have any questions!  VMS Code 1200.

MGs Who Completed SABOT Culinary Docent Training! 

VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED:  10am – 1pm on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays February thru March. VMS has all dates/times for sign-ups! 
Still Open in February: 7th (Thu), 15th (Fri), 16th (Sat), 21st (Thu), 22nd (Fri), 28th (Thu) [ plus many dates in March] VMS Code 100.
Email President Grace Emery if you would like to train as a Culinary Docent and volunteer for this great program!

Come and provide BCMG Monthly Meeting Support:  Arrive one hour before meeting start time to help set up the general monthly meeting room, sign-in sheets and distribute  raffle tickets and meeting information.  Assist with the plant sales and plant information. After the meeting help in cleaning up the meeting room and place the items back in the master garden office for the monthly meeting. Need volunteers for March thru November meetings!  Contact President Grace Emery if you have any questions.  VMS Code 700.

Coming up in March for Youth Gardens Program

  • Still need 7 volunteers to help set up breakfast and lunch for 100 teachers, organize plants outside, be a time keeper, and help the teachers for the 2019 Spring Youth Garden Educator Training on Sat, Mar 2, from 7:30am-3pm (lunch will be provided)at Northside Activity Center, 7001 Culebra Rd, 78238.  Check VMS for sign-ups!  Email Ruby Zavala with any questions.  VMS Code: 1200
  • Need 8 volunteers each day to help pass out activities and to help students make crafts for Spring Break Camp, March 11-13, from 8am-3pm (lunch will be provided) at Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Offices, 3355 Cherry Ridge Dr., 78230.  We expect to have 25 students and the more adults present will make it a better learning environment for our students.  Check VMS for sign-ups!  Email Ruby Zavala if you have questions.  VMS Code: 1200  
  • Help at Locke Hill Elementary, 5050 De Zavala Rd, 78249 on Wed, Mar 20, from 3-4pm to educate our local youth about gardening, insects, soil, and veggies!  Need two volunteers to facilitate the Veggie Game lesson.  Email Ruby Zavala for details.  VMS Code 1200.

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.

RODEO BEGINS TOMORROW!  (Feb 7 and runs thru Feb 24)

WE DEFINITELY NEED YOU!  We still have some open shifts to fill, esp.as Docents/Greeters. Please go the the Rodeo page on our website, and sign up for a shift or two, or additional shifts if you have already signed up.

Park at Peterson Bros. Nursery, 1630 Creekview Drive, SA, TX 78219. Find a space at the far end of the Peterson parking lot to leave room for customers and their trucks to navigate the large gates easily. The Shuttle Van’s first daily run will depart the Peterson parking lot at 11am on Opening Day (Feb 7th) and at 9am thereafter.

Our Key Rodeo Contacts:  Van Drivers, Brian and Candy Roach (shifts filled; need back-up drivers); Hospitality, Susan Noonan; Watering Team Lead, Ted Ritchie., and Mary Mangiapane, Volunteer Coordinator for all other Rodeo Volunteer Shifts (Plant Sales/MG Booth – Greeters – School Tour Docents – Adopt-a-Tree – and more!); Tear Down Construction, Rich Geisler (Dates: Feb 25 & 26, possibly Feb 27).

Plant Sale Shifts:  Each shift has one MG: to coordinate MG volunteers of that shift; to be responsible for proper money handling procedures; to help with iPad use; to guide MGs in maintaining a clean and attractive area, etc. All MGs working the Plant Sale are encouraged to read the information on the 2019 Rodeo Page for MG Plant Sale Volunteers. Direct any questions to Grace Emery or Lynn Cox, Rodeo Plant Sale Coordinators.

WEBSITE RODEO VOLUNTEERING 2019 PAGE  (under the Members tab on the home page menu bar) can be accessed directly from the button on our homepage!   You’ll find ALL the BCMG Rodeo information and updates there.


  • Add to your Contacts List: Shuttle Driver number for the entire Rodeo is (210) 319-9997.
  • And, please continue to collect plastic bags for Rodeo Plant Sales.  When you come for a Rodeo shift, bring the bags along with you!  Thanks!
  • Use VMS Code 400 to record your volunteer hours.

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:

Head to the San Antonio Garden Center Meeting at 3310 N New Braunfels,78209. this morning, Wed, Feb 6, for. 9:30am Social  and 10am meeting. Peggy Jones, Guadalupe County Master Gardener, will share her expertise in how to select, grow and maintain beautiful roses in her presentation, February is for Roses.  1 CEU; Code 001.

First Seminar in 2019 Earth-Kind Home Gardening Series!   Register Now Online (This Link Works!)
TODAY (Weds, Feb 6,) at 6:30pm in the Master Gardener’s classroom at 3355 Cherry Ridge, join BCMG Bill Swantner for Soils, Composts, and Mulches. 1 CEU; Code 001.

BROWN BAG – LUNCH & LEARN FOR FEBRUARY:   Learn all about Growing a Spring Vegetable Garden with MG John Sells on Fri, Feb 8, at noon in the County Extension Office, Suite 208. 1 CEU, Code 001. 

Spring Cleanup & Landscape “To Dos”:  Feb 9, Sat, 10:45am – Noon.. Get your lawn and gardens ready for spring! The Garden Center, 10682 Bandera Rd., 78250. FREE! Info.  1 CEU; Code 001.

Landscape Maintenance Chores for Spring:  Feb 12, Tue, 6:30-8:30pm. Learn what needs to be done now to get your lawn and landscape looking good this spring with David Rodriguez at Northeast Community Learning Center, 8750 Tesoro Dr. 78217 Info. 2 CEUs; Code 001.

Spring Cleanup in Your Landscape: Feb 16, Sat, 10:30am – Noon. Get your landscape ready for the spring with this free, adult seminar at Milberger’s Landscaping & Nursery, 3920 North Loop 1604, 7824! Info. 1 CEU; Code 001.

February BCMG Educational Seminar:  Hear Robbi Will discuss how easy it is to successfully grow Roses: “If dead people can grow them, you can too!” Mark your calendar for Thu, Feb 21, 1-3pm at 3355 Cherry Ridge, Suite 208, 78230. 1 CEU; Code 002.

2019 All Bugs Good and Bad Webinar Series: Emerald Ash Borer on Fri, Mar 1st at 1pm online.  Watch for news on whether Molly Keck will offer a viewing at the Master Gardener’s classroom! 1 CEU; Code 001

Learn from Master Gardeners at these 2019 Speakers Bureau Presentations:

  • Growing Herbs with Don Crites, hosted by San Antonio OASIS at 2201 St. Cloud, 78228 on Wed, Feb 13, 10:30am – Noon. 1.5 CEUs, Code: 001
  • Xeriscaping with Oliver Smith, hosted by San Antonio OASIS, at 2201 St. Cloud, 78228 on Tue, Apr 16, from 10:30am – Noon. 1.5 CEUs, Code: 001



And remember, you can find all the TEXAS MASTER GARDENER ADVANCED (formerly Specialist)  COURSES offered 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. 
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
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

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 schools, approximately six months apart, in the Bryan-College Station area. Participants may take the four courses in any sequence. Series XXVI, Course II will be held February 25-26. Offered in four parts, the full course totals 48 CEUs and qualifies Master Gardeners for the designation of “Landscape Design Steward.”  Get all the details online!

If you are a BCMG and have completed all four parts of the course, please email a photo of your certificate to the CommTeam so your name can be added to the Advanced Training page on the BCMG website.  And, if you plan to participate in this course of study, please make a note to notify the CommTeam when you complete all four sessions.  


Registration for the 2019 TGMA Conference is underway for the April 25-27, 2019 event being 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 conference for the international master gardener community, 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.

Great Gardening Events on the BCMG February Calendar.  Bookmark the Calendar and visit it frequently!  Here is a sample of what is coming up.

  • Feb 6 – Hill Country Native Plant Working Workshop
  • Feb 6 – Growing Paphiopedilums According to The Huntington
  • Feb 7 – Spring Garden Planting
  • Feb 8 – Family Flashlight Night at SABOT
  • Feb 9 – Sprinkler System Fundamentals for Homeowners
  • Feb 11 – Pruning Roses ~ for Beautiful Blooms 
  • Feb 12 – Using Native Plants to Attract Butterflies 
  • Feb 13 – Hill Country Native Plant Working Workshop
  • Feb 15 – Native Plant Walking Workshop

Dr. Pemberton and Dr. Stein detail the history of the Texas Superstar program and how the program has grown with the partnership between AgriLife Research and the Extension Service in this 8.5 min video on YouTube.


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.

Registration OPEN for the Spring 2019 Children’s Vegetable Garden Program at SABOT.  Program will include sixteen Saturdays from March 2nd to June 15th.  Please share with family & friends!

Registration ALSO OPEN for the Spring 2019 Children’s Vegetable Garden Program at Phil Hardberger Park. This program is designed for families who are home schooling and will meet Tuesdays, 9-11:30am, from March 5th to June 11th.  Families can register online.  Please share with family & friends!

Help Out With Can Collection!!
Molly Keck is looking for large, clean, empty cans with tops removed (larger than typical veggie can sizes; metal, plastic or cardboard) for building native pollinator homes for an educational program.  Please drop off at the Bexar County Extension Office, 3355 Cherry Ridge, Suite 212 (or in Suite 208 if you are there attending a meeting anyway!).  Collecting December through March!  

Celebrate American Heart Month with over 70 of Dinner Tonight’s recipes certified by the American Heart Assn!

For SAWS customers, check out Watersaver Coupons & Rebates! And, watch for news on the  WaterSaver Rewards 2019 program; no re-registration for 2019; keep using your same rewards number for 2019 at the events you attend and your points started as “0” on Jan 1.