Leaflet – June 26, 2019


BCMG President Grace Emery is pleased to announce the appointment of MG Michelle Hobbs as the new Member at Large (filling an open position which resulted from the resignation of Don Crites). Michelle will complete the 2019 term of office.

Calling All Aspiring & Inspired Garden Writers! 
Our June meeting speaker, Mary Irish, spoke about the Art of Writing about plants. During her interactive presentation, Mary challenged those present to organize a written piece on their favorite plant. Our BCMG President, Grace Emery, has extended that challenge! 

Whether you attended the June presentation or not, give some thought to testing your writing skills and pick a plant ,or any gardening topic in which you have a strong interest, good or difficult experience, or about which you might just have some fun writing.  Sit down and “have a go” at it.
It would be wonderful to include your writing in a future issue of The Scion newsletter. Please email BCMG President Grace Emery or our Scion Editor Tera Marshall if you have any questions, or if you have a piece ready to go!



NOTE:  The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office and BCMG offices will be closed on Thursday, July 4 for Independence Day.

Mark Your Calendar for July’s BCMG Meeting
Thursday, July 18th from 6-8pm 

Come and learn all about the “new” gardens at TAMU, the Leach Teaching Gardens, with the Gardens Manager, Joseph Johnson. 
Details on our website.


Joseph Johnson is a TAMU graduate and a Texas Master Certified Nurseryman having managed the gardens at M.D. Andersen Cancer Center in Houston and served as director of horticulture at Shangri La Botanical Gardens & Nature Center in Orange, TX before taking the helm for development of the Leach Teaching Gardens and now his role in the future phases to restore, preserve and develop 27 more acres.

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 CEU; BCMG Code 002.


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!  

SUMMER NIGHTS at SABOT begin tomorrow night, Thursday, June 27.  Docents, please volunteer for the 5:30-8:30pm shifts on Thursday nights through August 15th (except July 4th)   Also, docents can schedule a shift for Dog Days on Sat, Aug 3 and Sun, Aug 4 from Noon to 2pm, or for the Big Bug Exhibit, Sat, Aug 31 from Noon to 2pm.
VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED 9am-Noon on Fridays thru Sundays throughout July and August. 
VMS has all dates/times for sign-ups! VMS Code 100. 

Help with the last Cantaloupe & Watermelon Harvest at the San Antonio Food Bank Urban Farm, 5200 Enrique M. Barrera Pkwy (formally known as 5200 West Old Us Highway 90) 78227 — map here) on Tue, Jul 2, 7:30am (or when you arrive) for about 2-3 hours. Wear appropriate clothing, work shoes, gloves, & bring water. Upon arrival, see Dr. Larry Stein for instruction at the backside of the Food Bank (across street at the Farm, located between Bay Valley Foods and the Animal Care Shelter). Park on the side street, if your vehicle can’t navigate the irrigation ditch. Email Denise Perez if you have questions. VMS Code: 1100

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. 


You can now earn one CEU of the minimum six CEUs required for Master Gardener re-certification by listening to at least one archived WOAI 1200 AM Lawn & Garden Show podcast.
All of the Saturday morning episodes are available. You will surely find a topic that meets your knowledge needs! 
Or, you can earn one CEU (of the minimum six required CEUs) by listening to a LIVE broadcast of the WOAI 1200 AM Lawn and Garden from 7-10am on a Saturday morning. You can only record one CEU per year using the radio broadcast option! 
VMS CEU Code 001

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:

Drip Irrigation Workshop will be presented by MG Lou Kellogg from 10am to Noon, on Sat, June 29, at Rainbow Gardens, 8516 Bandera RD, 78232; $5 fee;register online.  2 CEUs, Code 001

Rainwater Harvesting and Drip Irrigation Systems: with David Rodriguez on Tue, July 9,  6:30-8:30pm at Northeast Community Learning Center, 8750 Tesoro Dr, 78217; $35 fee.  2 CEUs: Code 001

BROWN BAG – LUNCH & LEARN FOR JULY:  Home Composting presented by MG Leslie Butterworth.Join the lunch group on Fri, Jul 12 at Noon in the County Extension Office, Suite 208. 1 CEU, Code 001. 

JULY BCMG Monthly Meeting & Presentation:  Joseph Johnson will give us An Introduction to the ‘New Gardens”, the Leach Teaching Gardens, at TAMU.  Mark your calendar for Thu, July 18, 6-8pm at 3355 Cherry Ridge, Suite 208, 78230. 1 CEU; Code 002

Growing Texas Superstar® Plants in Your Landscape with David Rodriguez on Tue, July 23,  6:30-8:30pm at Northeast Community Learning Center,8750 Tesoro Dr, 78217; $35 fee.  2 CEUs: Code 001

2019 Backyard Basics EXPO:  “THE ART OF SELF RELIANCE,” covering a variety of topics with concurrent sessions so you can choose what you want to learn about will be held Thu, Aug 1 at the San Antonio Garden Center, 3310 N. New Braunfels, 78209. Registration check-in will begin at 8am and the program will begin promptly at 8:30am and conclude at 12:30pm.  Fee: $20; Register Online. VMS CEU Code 001

BROWN BAG – LUNCH & LEARN FOR August:  Lawns and Landscapes Surviving the Summer Heat presented by MG and Irrigation Efficiency Specialist Anna Vogler.Join the lunch group on Fri, Aug 9 at Noon in the County Extension Office, Suite 208. 1 CEU, Code 001

AUGUST BCMG Monthly Meeting & Presentation:  Hear Greg Eckhardt, Senior Analyst with San Antonio Water System talk with us about “The History of Water in San Antonio.” Mark your calendar for Thu, Aug 15, 1-3pm at 3355 Cherry Ridge, Suite 208, 78230. 1 CEU; Code 002

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.
Vegetables – Aug 13-15, 2019, hosted by Bexar County, San Antonio
Save the Date:  JMG® – Sep 24-26, hosted by Denton County, Corinth
Greenhouse Management – Oct 17-19, hosted by Tarrant County, Fort Worth

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

  • Jun 25 – Harry T. Cliffe Bexar Regional Herbarium: The Second Pioneer Project
  • Jun 27 – Lunch & Learn: Fairy Gardens (Seguin)
  • Jun 29 – Gardening for Native Pollinators
  • Jun 29 – Succulent Garden Workshop
  • Jun 29 – History and Meaning of Plant Botanical Names

SABOT is extending its hours to 8:30pm so you can enjoy Summer Nights every Thursday beginning June 27 and ending on Thursday, August 15 (exception: July 4th); regular admission rates; details online.

Bexar County Land Management Workshop is scheduled for Wed, Jul 24 from 8:30am to 3:30pm at the Bexar County Elections Building, 1102 S. Frio St., #100.  Program details HERE.  $20 fee (or $25 at the door) includes lunch & refreshments. Please register by Tuesday, Jul 16 by emailing Denise Perez.