Scion – June 2019

Volume 29, Issue 6 – June 2019

President’s Message:

Thanks to all of you Master Gardeners that volunteered last month. It is a great contribution to the Bexar County Master Gardeners in our mission to educate the citizens of our county and very much appreciated. 

So the list of May efforts begins: Basil Fest, 70 on the Gardening Tour of the Zoo, Youth Garden Preparation, Festival of Flowers, Docent training, Culinary Docents at SABOT, Farmers Market NEISD,  Brown Bag, Wortham Oaks Science Fair, Earth-Kind Gardening Series support, Children’s Vegetable Garden at SABOT, Watermelon and Tomato Trials, Children’s Garden at Hardberger Park and whatever else you all have been doing that I may have missed.

Remember, we have a new Master Gardener Intern Class starting in August, so please tell your interested friends about it. Applications are due on June 17.

Our Scholarship Chairperson, Jan Craven, and her committee are working hard to pick the two scholarship winners, so that news should be out soon!

New opportunities will be coming soon, so please stay tuned.  Check the VMS Calendar!!!

Thanks for your support,

Grace Emery

Congratulations to this month’s Bexar County Master Gardeners who have earned their 2019 certification and the Monarch Butterfly pin! They have completed at least 30 volunteer hours, 6 CEU hours, and attended 2 regular monthly meetings as of May 23 reporting.

The pins are available from Susan Noonan at the monthly meetings or can be picked up at the Master Gardener office during the Office Manager business hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays. For other delivery options, please contact [email protected]. The complete year-to-date list of certified master gardeners can be found on our website under Members/Master Gardener Stars.

Nancy Black    Shirley Conrad     Karin S. Foote     Sara Holland-Adams  Linda Hollingsworth     Numa Laiche     Tera Marshall    LaVunn Mims  Anne Moss    Arthur Vazquez    Janice H. Wilson  





BCMG BOARD MEETING will take place 3 – 5pm on Thu, June 20 at 3355 Cherry Ridge 78230. If you are interested in placing items on the agenda, email President Grace Emery by Thu, June 9.  And, all members are welcome to observe the meetings; however, in order to accommodate seating, please email Grace Emery that you will be attending.

Sadly, Paul Cox passed away on May 8. Paul worked in horticulture in San Antonio for many years and was instrumental in building the first Master Gardener Xeriscape and Children’s Gardens at SABOT.

There will be a memorial service to celebrate his life on June 15, 2019 at 10 a.m. at the Auld House at the Botanical Garden at 555 Funston Place.

Help Wanted:

Position: BCMG Website Content Manager (member of the CommTeam)

Duties: Keep the content on the website up to date.  A full job description can be found in the website’s File Cabinet under the Members tab or click here.

Skills Needed: Detail oriented. Comfortable working with computers.WordPress experience helpful but training available.

Great way to get your hours while working at home!

For more information or to volunteer, contact Lynn Cox ([email protected])

June 2, 2019 – 11 am – 1 pm Around the World: Taste of the Philippines  San Antonio Botanical Garden.  Make the most of this tropical weather with a deliciously Filipino cuisine program. Join Chef Dave and Master Gardener Nora Richards in the Outdoor Teaching Kitchen for a horticultural and culinary presentation of Nora’s native Philippines, showcasing unique herbs and spices in a four-course tasting experience. 2 CEUs; Code 001  Fee: $25.00 ($22.50 member) Register

June 5, 2019 – 6:30 – 8:30 pm EARTH-KIND HOME GARDENING SERIES #9:  Rainwater Harvesting and Drip irrigation, featuring AgriLife County Extension Agent – Horticulture  David Rodriguez, Wed, June 5, 6:30 – 8:30 pm, AgriLife Extension Office, 3355 Cherry Ridge, Ste 208, 78230, 2 CEU; Code 001. Fee: $15.  Sign up

June 12, 2019  – ADVANCED TRAINING – TREE CARE:  Jun 12 – 14,  Hill Country Master Gardeners, Kerrville.  More information here.

June 14, 2019 – BROWN BAG – LUNCH & LEARN FOR June:  Harvesting and Storing Your Spring Vegetables.  .  Join the lunch group on Fri, June 14, Noon  – 1 pm in the AgriLife Extension Office, 3355 Cherry Ridge, Ste 208. 1 CEU; Code 001. FREE. Sign up

June 15, 2019  Seed Collection from Native Plants: Morphology, Timing, Cleaning, Storage and Propagation.   Learn about the common plants of Central Texas, characteristics of the seeds they produce, when to gather, how to store, and how to germinate these seeds. June 15, 1 pm-3 pm. Attendees will also practice gathering seeds in the garden and receive a free plant. San Antonio Botanical Garden,  Fee:$15. Register

June 19, 2019 – EARTH-KIND HOME GARDENING SERIES #10:  Citrus In Your Landscape, , Wed, June 19, 6:30 – 8:30 pm, AgriLife Extension Office, 3355 Cherry Ridge, Ste 208, 78230 2 CEU; Code 001 Fee:$15. Sign up

And remember, you can find all the TEXAS MASTER GARDENER ADVANCED TRAINING (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. 

See the BCMG Calendar for MORE learning opportunities this month! (Click HERE!)

Last chance to apply for Class 63 , Apply by June 17!

  • 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 (interviews in July)
  • For more information visit Bexar County Master Gardeners website at or Bexar County website at


It’s EASY to Volunteer!

  • To sign up as a volunteer, go to your VMS – Volunteer Management System, log in and click on GENERAL EVENT CALENDAR from the left column.
  • To record your CEUs or volunteer hours, click on ADD NEW HOURS from the left column

Culinary Garden Volunteers needed: Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm, 2 docents per shift through June. San Antonio Botanical Garden, 555 Funston Pl, 78209. Sign up in VMS. VMS Code 100.


June 15, 2019 – BCMG Top Tomato Contest at Fannick’s Nursery , 8:00 am – 1:30 pm, Volunteers still needed. Sign up in VMS , Code 001

…. MORE Volunteer Opportunities available on the VMS Calendar!



17th Biennial Conference for the International Master Gardener

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.  Registration is now closed.


Photos above by Barb Lutz

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As always, your input and feedback is welcome!  Want to contribute?  Send ideas to [email protected].