Leaflet – July 10, 2019


Yahoo!! The newest edition of the BCMG Rodeo Cooks’ Recipes is available! online  Now you too can prepare the delicious recipes submitted by the volunteers who cooked and served lunch during rodeo construction.  A special thanks goes out to all the rodeo cooks and to Dwight and Joyce Dare who organized and created the 2019 cookbook.
Find the .pdf on our BCMG website under the Members tab in the File Cabinet at Miscellaneous Documents. While at the File Cabinet, browse the BCMG Organization Documents, Membership, Events & Speakers files and Misc. Documents! 

BCMG BOARD MEETING will take place 3–5 pm on Thu, Jul 18 at 3355 Cherry Ridge 78230. All members are welcome to observe the meetings; however, in order to accommodate seating, please email President Grace Emery that you will be attending.

David Rodriguez Needs Volunteers!

Tomato Mini-Trial @ SABOT CVG
Tomorrow Morning, Thu, Jul 11, beginning at 7:30am (or when you can arrive for 2 hrs work), MG John Mayer is leading the work to take out all the tomatoes from the mini-trial, to include include cutting the tomatoes (not pulling them) at ground level from all of S5 – S10, uprooting anchor stakes, taking plants out of their cages and disposing of them at front of compost pile (later to be covered with compost from backside of the pile by Scott. Priority is to remove & dump the plants, but bring a bag to harvest a few tomatoes! Cages will stay in place with the rebar anchors lightly attached to them on the bottom of the rings. Email David Rodriguez, if you have any questions. CVG MAP (VMS Code: 1100)

Harvesting Hops @ SABOT CVG
If you are available a couple of hours a week to help finish harvesting hops in two long beds (really shaded on one side most of the day) over the next weeks, please email David Rodriguez for instructions. Work anytime (Garden opens at 7am) and just be sure you have instructions to open back gate and tool sheds. (VMS Code: 1100)


  • Second wave of Rio Grande Gold Peppers need seeds extracted and drying. Easy take-home job to do for two people, but needs to be completed quickly so the peppers don’t rot. Peppers are not hot.  If timed well, you will have tasty fruit of the peppers. Email David Rodriguez, if you are interested. (VMS Code: 1100)
  • Two half buckets of Maroon Poppy Seed Pods need to be checked for any additional seeds. Easy take home job for one person. Seed packages will be sold at the 2020 Rodeo to support BCMG Scholarship Fund. Email David Rodriguez, if you are interested. (VMS Code: 1100)

Summer Maintenance for CVGP @ SABOT (BCMG Code: 1200)
Volunteer a couple of hours a week, or so, to keep the Children’s Vegetable Garden Program beds weeded throughout the summer, and do miscellaneous chores around the garden. Also, need help with organizing the three tool sheds and the large shed for the CVG.  Please email David Rodriguez if interested and for instructions on access to the garden (opens at 7am) back gate and tool sheds. CVG MAP

Overall Chair/Co-Chairs for the 2020 Rodeo Needed

August 2019-March 2020 with a crew of existing chairs who are experienced and excellent! Please email President Grace Emery (or call:  210-875-6919) if you are interested in volunteering as Rodeo Chair or Co-Chair. 

Calling All Aspiring & Inspired Garden Writers! 
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.  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!

Our July 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!  

CULINARY DOCENT VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED 9am-Noon on Fridays thru Sundays throughout July and August. 
SUMMER NIGHTS at SABOT are underway and docent volunteers are needed for the 5:30-8:30pm shifts on Thursday nights through August 15th.  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.
VMS has all dates/times for sign-ups! VMS Code 100. 

STILL NEED VOLUNTEERS – July Entomology Camp Volunteers: Three camps with 24 kids (ages 7-11) registered for each camp will take place July 10-12 @ Clearwater Ranch (24510 Clearwater Run, SATX 78255) in the Leon Springs area and July 17-19 & July 22-24 @ Hardberger Park from 9am-2pm (lunch provided).  If you can only help with one or two days, that’s fine too!  Email Molly Keck if you have questions. You can sign up via Sign Up Genius to help Molly track volunteers and provide reminders. Please ALSO sign up on VMS!  Code 1200

Junior Master Gardener Adult Leader Training Supply Prep: Volunteers needed to help prep for JMG training  Mon thru Fri 8am-5pm anytime thru July 19. Get out of the hot sun and come volunteer in the nice cool AC at the AgriLife Extension office. Paper cut outs, supply organizing and activity prep is needed. Email Ruby Zavala and let her know what time and day works best for you!  Code 1200


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. 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:

MG Tera Marshall will speak about the Herb of the Month, Lemon Balm, and Leslie Bingham will present “Making Herbal Salves & Tinctures” on Thu, Jul 11, 6:30-8:30pm at the San Antonio Herb Society meeting held at the SA Garden Center, 3310 N. New Braunfels, 78209. 1 CEU per presentation hour.

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. 

2 CEUs for the Gardening Volunteers of South Texas – GVST “Field Trip” to Milbergers (3920 N Loop 1604 E, 78247) on scheduled for Mon, Jul 15, from 9:30am to 12:30pm. The July Gardening Essentials class will include a History of Milbergers, products & tips for summer-heat gardening, tours of the Butterfly Garden and grass sample varieties, plus a $10 Milberger gift certificate and bottled water. Bring a snack or lunch. Free & open to the public; $5 donation suggested. Also, 2 SAWS WaterSaver Rewards Points.

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

Junior Master Gardener Adult Leader Training:   Earn CEUs during training designed for teachers, educators, and volunteers in support of youth gardening during this session which will be held Wed-Fri, Jul 24-26. Details on the flyer & application.  Email Ruby Zavala if you need more information.

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:

  • Jul 13 – Adult Bonsai Class
  • Jul 13 – Salad Contest! — Sandy Oaks Olive Orchard
  • Jul 16 – Pollinator Beetles of Texas 
  • Jul 19 – Environmental Flows: The San Antonio River Perspective
  • Jul 20 – Succulents in Landscapes: Beautiful, Distinctive and Drought Tolerant

SHARE WITH FAMILY & FRIENDS:  Registration is NOW OPEN for the Fall 2019 Children’s Vegetable GardenProgram at SABOT.  Program will include sixteen Saturdays from Sep 7 to Dec 14. 

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.