Leaflet – May 8, 2019


Message from VP Lynn Cox on BCMG Meeting CEUs:
CEUs at BCMG meetings  are awarded for presentation time only, not the full meeting time.  Therefore, the official number of CEUs that may be recorded for the meetings thus far are: Jan-1 CEU; Feb-2 CEUs; Mar-1.5 CEUs; Apr-1 CEU.  If you recorded a different number (whether it be more or less), Lisa Nixon, BCMG Membership Assistant, will verify the number of CEUs and will adjust your record accordingly, without sending you an individual email.
Please do not record any set-up, clean-up, food preparation time for meeting support on the same line. Use VMS Code 0700 and record this volunteer time as a separate entry.
If you have any questions about recording your hours on VMS, please email Lisa Nixon.

Come to the Maroon Poppy Seed Harvest Work Party TODAY, Wed, May 8, 8:30-11am
Your help is needed to finish harvesting seed pods off the maroon poppy plants, as well as pulling the plants out and a few other chores at the Children’s Vegetable Garden Program located at the backside of the beautiful San Antonio Botanical Garden. Bring some good hand clippers or scissors, and wear some gloves.  Email David Rodriguez if you have any questions.  Parking map HERE.


Meet in front of the San Antonio Zoo at 9:45am on Tuesday, May 14. No admission fee needed. Owing to space limitations, only the first 75 who register on VMS will be able to participate; no phone reservations. Dress comfortably for the outdoors and wear your badge. VMS Code: 001

NEXT BCMG Board Meeting will take place 3 – 5pm on Thu, May 16 at 3355 Cherry Ridge 78230. If you are interested in placing items on the agenda, email President Grace Emery by TOMORROW, Thu, May 9.  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.

FYI:  The Texas Master Gardener Association logo has been updated (see below). Watch for news about new BCMG’s logo coming in the future!

MGs Who Completed SABOT Culinary Docent Training! 

PLEASE VOLUNTEER FOR MAY:  10am – 1pm on Thursdays/Fridays thru Sundays. VMS has all dates/times for sign-ups!  VMS Code 100.
Open Shifts in May: 3, 4, 5, and 9, 10, 11, 12, and 16, 17, 19, and 23, 25, 26, and 30, 31

Marybeth Parsons, our excellent Scion Newsletter Editor since the October 2017 issue, has decided to pursue more of the external gardening and outreach activities of the Master Gardeners, and to expand her horticultural knowledge and practice into additional advanced training areas.  She is planning to edit the June edition of the Scion and will be available to help with the July issue.  Marybeth is available to help train our new editor on using WordPress and her process for assembling content for the Scion.
If you are interested in this monthly responsibility, please email VP Lynn Cox, or Marybeth Parsons.

If you have thought about becoming a Master Gardener, apply now 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 now (BCMG website)
  • Application deadline:  June 17, 2019
  • Approved applications must attend a group interview  in July
  • For more information, visit Bexar County Master Gardeners website or Bexar County AgriLife website.

Special Request from BCMG President, Grace Emery: 
All Master Gardeners looking for educational and fun volunteer opportunities are encouraged to work with Youth Gardens Coordinator, Ruby Zavala, to support her youth programming. We are nearing the last month of school garden activities and you can still help!

Please look at current opportunities (watch for future ones) and visit VMS to sign up!  We need you for the continued success of the School Gardens Program.

  • Youth Garden Activity Prep, 3355 Cherry Ridge Dr. on Wednesdays and Thursdays in May  from 10am-1pm. Need 2 volunteers each day to help cut out bees and butterflies, put youth activities together and other. Email Ruby Zavala if you are interested, or sign up on VMS. Code: 1200
  • Tomorrow: Looking for 1-2 volunteers to take a Pot-A-Plant youth activity to Wortham Oaks Elementary Science Night event for 100 kids on Thu, May 9, 5:30-7pm. Arrive at 5pm for set up. Please email Ruby Zavala if you have questions.  Sign up on VMS. Code: 1200

Our May BCMG Meeting
NEXT Thursday, May 16th from 6-8pm

Dr Barron Rector will provide us with an indoor presentation and an outdoor, hands-on session on “the water cycle.”
(In his own words, “Beware, he likes to talk!”)

Dr Barron Rector

Barron Rector, grew up in San Angelo, received a BS degree in Biology/Chemistry, a Masters degree in Biology/Chemistry with emphasis in Plant Taxonomy, and a PhD in Range Science with emphasis in ecology and range animal nutrition. He has been a TAMU System employee since 1973, and is currently Associate Professor and Extension Range Specialist for Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in College Station. Dr Rector has been associated with the Texas Master Gardener program since he began training interns in 1999 and he taught at the first Texas Master Naturalist class held in San Antonio in 1997. For Master Gardener intern classes, he has addressed native grasses for landscaping, the water cycle, plant and weed identification, poisonous plants for humans, invasive plant species, weed ecology and management and volunteer training on the Cactus Moth project (Cactoblastis cactorum) and outdoor hands-on activities.

Bexar County Master Gardener (BCMG) Educational Seminars/General Meetings are held in the afternoons (seminars) and evenings (General Meetings) of the third Thursday every other month at 3355 Cherry Ridge, Suite 208, 78230.  For more information contact the BCMG President. 1.5 CEUs; BCMG Code 002.

Will take place on Saturday, May 25 at the Austin Highway Event Center (1948 Austin Highway between Eisenhauer Rd and Walzem).  Festival of Flowers is a great place to shop for a wide variety of plants, landscaping materials, artisan crafts and food. There will be a City-Wide Plant Exchange as well as Seminars, an Organic Roundtable, Herb Kitchen, and a Floral Design Contest. This year there will also be activities for children. Parking is free!

Bexar County Master Gardeners will once again be participating in the Festival of Flowers.  Volunteers Are Needed:
We will be setting up on Friday, May 24, 10am-2pm. On Sat, May 25, we will have two shifts, 8:30am-1:30pm and 1:30-5:30pm when we will be helping with the SAWS Plant Give away, and also having a Plant Sale and staffing Info Stations. You can sign up on VMS to volunteer. For information, email Barbara Lutz. VMS Code: 600
3-4 volunteers are needed to help with Youth Activities. Expecting to see about 200 kids on Sat, May 25 from 10am-2pm. Please arrive at 9:00 to help set up. Sign up on VMS. Email Ruby Zavala if you have questions.  VMS Code: 1200

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! 

STILL NEED Brown Bag Lunch & Learn (VMS Code 100) Support:  Come and help set up, hand out information, and clean up; arrive 30 minutes prior to each session. Need one helper in November. Contact President Grace Emery if you have any questions.

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:

TONIGHT: Earth-Kind Home Gardening Series – 30 Bugs Every Gardener Should Know on Wed, May 8 from 6:30-8:30pm.  Register Online2 CEUs; Code 001. Come learn and enjoy how to maximize your garden and landscape with Molly Keck at 3355 Cherry Ridge Suite. 212, 78230.

Spring Vegetable and Wheat Field Day:  is set for Friday, May 10, 8am-2pm at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research & Extension Center at Uvalde, 1619 Garner Field Rd, 78801. 2 CEUs for Educational Presentations; Code 100. Online registration HERE and details on this FLYER.

BROWN BAG – LUNCH & LEARN FOR MAY:  Texas Superstar® Plants for Your Landscape presented by MG Lynn Cox. Join the lunch group on Fri, May 10, at Noon in the County Extension Office, Suite 208. 1 CEU, Code 001.

FREE Bi-County Summer Fruit & Vegetable Workshop:  Learn about what summer fruits and vegetables can be planted, low budget fruit & vegetable recipes and demonstrations. Add Wed, May 15, from 10am to Noon at Bexar Co Ext Office, 3355 Cherry Ridge, 78230 to your calendar!  RSVP to Frances Moreno-Elizondo at 210-631-0400. 2 CEUs; Code 001. 

MAY BCMG Monthly Meeting & Presentation:  Hear Dr Barron Rector talk with us about the “Water Cycle.” Mark your calendar for Thu, May 16, 6-8pm at 3355 Cherry Ridge, Suite 208, 78230. 1 CEU; Code 002.

Beekeeping Basics:  Fri, May 17 from 9am-4pm at Phil Hardberger Park Urban Ecology Classroom.  Field Days on Sun, May 19 (8:30-10 or 10:30-12), or Mon, May 20 (3-5pm) – your choice!  $65 fee includes lunch and tons of resources.  Register online. For additional details, please see the registration site or email Molly Keck.

Earth-Kind Home Gardening Series – Texas Superstar Plants on Wed, May 22 from 6:30-8:30pm.  Register Online2 CEUs; Code 001. Come learn and enjoy how to maximize your garden and landscape with MG Lynn Cox at 3355 Cherry Ridge Suite. 212, 78230.



Learn from Master Gardeners at this 2019 Speakers Bureau Presentation:

Succulents & Cacti with MG Marty Ruona, hosted by San Antonio OASIS, at 2201 St. Cloud, 78228 on Tue, May 15 from  1-4pm. 1.5 CEUs, Code: 001

And remember, you can find all the TEXAS MASTER GARDENER
ADVANCED 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.
Earth-Kind® – May 16-18, 2019, hosted by Henderson County, Athens
First Detector – May 20-21, hosted by Williamson County, Georgetown
Turfgrass – May 23-24, 2019, hosted by Montgomery County, Conroe
Tree Care – Jun. 12-14, 2019, hosted by Kerr County, Kerrville
Vegetables – Aug. 13-15, 2019, hosted by Bexar County, San Antonio
Greenhouse Management – Oct 17-19, hosted by Tarrant County, Fort Worth

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.  You can use online registration and also subscribe to the IMGC newsletter for conference updates.

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

  • May 10 – National Public Garden Days
  • May 10  – Plant Uses Survivalist Walk
  • May 11 – Migratory Bird Fest
  • May 11 – Bokashi Composting: Good for Your Landscape and the Planet
  • May 11 – Fun With Herbs
  • May 11 – Plants for Butterflies and Hummingbirds
  • May 13 – Fragrant Roses
  • May 14 – Creating a Hummingbird Hot Spot

All Ages are invited to Discover Nature at Lee’s Creek Park on Sat, May 18, 9am-Noon.  View the FLYER for details!

Here’s an opportunity to explore several unique outdoor spaces on Sat, May 18, from 8:30 to 11:30am at the Green Spaces Alliance SECRET GARDEN TOUR.  More information and tickets HERE.

GVST’s  Watersaver Landscape Design School will be held Sat, May 25 from 11:30am to 1:30pm at Fair Oaks Ranch City Hall, 7286 Dietz Elkhorn Road, Fair Oaks Ranch, 78015. Details and registration online.

The 14th semiannual Brews and Blooms is coming up Saturday evening, May 25.  Find all the details and tickets information online. Its not your typical Beer Garden!

TOP TOMATO CONTEST!  Get all the juicy details on our website!  JUNE 15th will be here before you know it!