Scion – July 2019

Volume 29, Issue 7 – July 2019


Monarch Butterfly pin

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 June 24 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.

Joyce Austin    Gladys T. Baker   Deva Brown    Betty Butler    Lynn Cox   Jan Craven    Alfred Gomez    Michelle Hobbs    Owen R. Keiser    Marie LeBlanc   
Charles H. Mims    John Opiela     Sharon Pirttima    Ruth Rea     Laura Rogers    John Sells    Sonja Smith    Nancy Socher     Anna Vogler    Jane Whitaker     Kimber Wood


The TX A&M AgriLife Extension Office and BCMG offices will be closed on Thursday, July 4, 2019 for Independence Day.


BCMG BOARD MEETING will take place 3 – 5 pm on Thur, July 18 at 3355 Cherry Ridge 78230. If you are interested in placing items on the agenda, email President Grace Emery ([email protected]) by July 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.



July 9, 2019. Rainwater Harvesting and Drip Irrigation Systems with David Rodriguez on Tue, July 9,  6:30-8:30 pm at Northeast Community Learning Center, 8750 Tesoro Dr, 78217; $35 fee.  2 CEUs: Code 001

July 10, 2019. Culinary Garden Docent Training by Grace Emery on Wed, July 10, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm at San Antonio Botanical Garden Volunteer Office, 555 Funston Pl, 78209. Free.

July 12, 2019. Brown Bag – Lunch & Learn for July:  Home Composting  presented by MG Leslie Butterworth. Bring your lunch on Fri, Jul 12 at Noon  at the County Extension Office,  3355 Cherry Ridge, Suite 208, 78230. Free. 1 CEU; Code 001

July 13, 2019. Adult Bonsai Class with Sherry Disdier, local bonsai artist. Sat, July 13 10:20 am – 12 noon.  Learn the art and history of the ancient centuries old art of bonsai. You will not only learn the techniques, but will also build your own bonsai. The class is free but you must call 210-497-3760 to reserve your space and to insure sufficient supplies.  Milberger’s Landscaping & Nursery, 3920 North Loop 1604, 78247.

July 18, 2019. July BCMG Monthly Meeting & Presentation:  Joseph Johnson presents An Introduction to the ‘New Gardens’, The Leach Teaching Gardens at TAMU.  Mark your calendar for Thur, July 18, 6-8 pm at County Extension Office,  3355 Cherry Ridge, Suite 208, 78230. Free. 1 CEU; Code 002

July 23, 2019. Growing Texas Superstar® Plants in Your Landscape  with David Rodriguez on Tue, July 23,  6:30-8:30 pm at Northeast Community Learning Center, 8750 Tesoro Dr, 78217; $35 fee.  2 CEUs; Code 001

July 24, 2019. Bexar County Land Management Workshop covering various topics (see flyer below) held Wed, July 24, 8:30 am – 3:30 pm at Bexar County Elections Building, 1102 S Frio St, #100, 78207. Register by July 16.  $20 Fee with pre-registration, $25 at the door. 

July 24-26, 2019. Junior Master Gardener Adult Training, Application deadline July 20. $100 Fee (paid with application).  See details and application here.

July 27, 2019. Soil, The Root of Tree Healthcare by Davey’s Tree Service held Sat, July 27, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm. This seminar will help you contribute to the health of your trees. Your trees are often under considerable stress simply because they are growing under artificial conditions. The trees and shrubs growing in our lawns are not benefiting from Nature’s recycling process.  Free.

Aug 1, 2019. Backyard Basics Expo:  “The Art Of Self Reliance” covering a variety of topics (see flyer below) with concurrent sessions so you can choose your classes, about will be held Thur, Aug 1 at 8:30 am – 12:30 pm. at the San Antonio Garden Center, 3310 N. New Braunfels, 78209. Registration begins at 8 am, program begins at 8:30 am and concludes at 12:30 pm.  $20 Fee. Register Online. VMS CEU Code 001

Aug 9, 2019. 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,  3355 Cherry Ridge, Suite 208, 78230. Free.  1 CEU; Code 001


  • July 9, 2019 – Bobwhite Quail Management
  • Aug 8, 2019 – Rio Grande Wild Turkey Management
  • Aug 20, 2019 – White Tailed Deer Management
  • Sept 10, 2019 – Texas Game Fish
  • Sept 24, 2019 – Get Ready to Hunt
  • More information here


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 ([email protected]), Extension Agent-Horticulture, Bexar County. BCMG CEU Code: 001. 

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.

You can now earn 1 CEU of the minimum 6 CEUs required for Master Gardener re-certification by listening to at least 1 archived podcast of
WOAI 1200 AM Lawn & Garden Show.

All of the Saturday morning episodes are available. You will surely find a topic that meets your knowledge needs! 

Or you can earn 1 CEU (of the minimum 6 required CEUs) by listening to a LIVE radio broadcast of the WOAI 1200 AM Lawn and Garden
from 7 am-10 am on a Saturday morning.  You can only record 1 CEU per year using the radio broadcast option!   VMS CEU Code 001

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

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.

Get Credit for your volunteer and CEU hours!

Here’s why it’s REALLY important to enter your CEU and Volunteer Hours In VMS!

1. The Master Gardener Program qualifies for grants and awards based on volunteer hours.
2. AgriLife Extension and BCMG both qualify for funding based on recorded volunteer hours.
3. SAWS contributes money to the BCMG program based on volunteer hours and programs.
4. Volunteers can see their own progress and meet requirements for certification as MGs.
5. It identifies the hardest working volunteers for recognition and awards.

If you need help learning how to use VMS or have a question, contact Lisa Nixon, [email protected] 

Culinary Garden Volunteers needed: Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm, 2 docents per shift in July. San Antonio Botanical Garden, 555 Funston Pl, 78209. There are also additional dates available to special events at SABOT. Find open dates and Sign up in VMS. VMS Code 100.

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 ([email protected])or our Scion Editor Tera Marshall ([email protected]) if you have any questions, or when you have a piece ready to go!

…. MORE Volunteer Opportunities available on the VMS Calendar!




Photos above submitted by Barb Lutz


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