Leaflet – July 17, 2019



If have not yet volunteered this summer, please pick a date, or dates, and sign up on VMS today.  There are morning and evening shifts available. We have many empty slots!  Please come and use your training, and at the same time strengthen our partnership with the San Antonio Botanical Garden.  And, have some FUN, too!!

We also need MGs for two Entomology Camp sessions this month and the JMG Adult Leader Training Supply Prep sessions thru this Friday.  See details in the “Volunteer section” below. 
Plus, see the “call out boxes” below for summer volunteering at the CVG @ SABOT, for the Rodeo Chair/Co-Chairs and for a Partner to manage MailChimp and edit the Leaflet!
And, don’t forget the July BCMG meeting with guest speaker, Joseph Johnson, tomorrow night, 6-8pm. Bring a box or bag to take home some plants: Mystic Spires Salvia, Pink Pentas, or Violets each at $3, and Sweet Basil at $2. All plants in 4.5″ pots. Plant Sale proceeds support our Scholarship Fund!
Email Grace Emery or  VP Lynn Cox if you have any questions.

JUST ANNOUNCED:  The 2019 Fall Children’s Vegetable Garden Orientation will  be held at the San Antonio Botanical Garden on Sat, Aug 17 @ 10:45am. If you have a passion for gardening and wish to help educate youth, this orientation is for you!

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.

Overall Chair/Co-Chairs for the 2020 Rodeo Needed

This position reports to Ruby Zavala & David Rodriguez and involves periodic updates to the BCMG Board of Directors. The time commitment is August 2019-January 2020 for monthly meetings with San Antonio Livestock Exposition, Inc. (S.A.L.E.) at their location on AT&T Center Parkway, and meetings, as needed, with Ruby and David. By the February 2020 Rodeo, we should have a well-oiled machine.
Direct all phases of the Rodeo from preplanning which starts in August to final post-Rodeo meeting at SALE in March.
Coordinate existing committee chairs for Volunteer Coordination, Construction, Hospitality, Landscape Design, Plant Sales, Transportation, School Tours, Tree Give-Away, Watering, and Kids Activities.
This may seem formidable, but the existing chairs are experienced and excellent!  We need a Chair/Co-Chairs to provide direction and coordination for this major and long event in a most efficient way.
Please email President Grace Emery (or call:  210-875-6919) if you are interested in volunteering as Rodeo Chair or Co-Chair. 

Looking for a “Partner” 

This might be a perfect fit! Indoor job, your timetable, but need basic computer skills and good internet service.
Help organize and co-edit Weekly Leaflet & manage MailChimp (our email service). Happy to provide One-on-One training and mentoring. Detailed guide for the current Leaflet process available on BCMG website: Members navigation tab >  File Cabinet  >  Misc. Documents. Facilitate communications within our organization and bring fresh ideas to the Leaflet!
If you would like more information, or to volunteer, email VP Lynn Cox or Manager/Editor Ann Marie Pease.

David Rodriguez Needs Volunteers!

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)

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

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.

PLANT SALE:  Choose from Mystic Spires Salvia, Pink Pentas, or Violets each at $3, and Sweet Basil at $2. All plants in 4.5″ pots. Plant Sale proceeds support our Scholarship Fund!

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 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

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:

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

Join MG Lynn Cox for Superstar Landscapes With Texas Superstar® Plants on Sat, Aug 3 from 10-11am at Rainbow Gardens, 2585 Thousand Oaks, 78232.  Learn more about these incredible plants and how to use them in your landscape. More information Here or at the Rainbow Gardens website.  1 CEU, Code 001  

MGs, REGISTER by August 6th!! MG Advanced Training – Vegetables will be held in San Antonio at 3355 Cherry Ridge, 78230 from Aug 13-15 (Tue-Thu). See the Flyer here and details are on the BCMG website.

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

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, earn one CEU (of 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

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 19 – Environmental Flows: The San Antonio River Perspective
  • Jul 20 – Succulents in Landscapes: Beautiful, Distinctive and Drought Tolerant
  • Jul 23 – A New Paradigm: Restoring Landscapes with Agriculture
  • Jul 25 – Create an English Style Border with Texas Flair
  • Jul 27-  Biology and Ecology of Native Texas Bees
  • Jul 27 – Everything Tomato
  • Jul 27 – Soil – The Root of Tree Healthcare

Mark Your Calendar for Sat, Sep 7,  8am-1pm and our fun, educational event @ University of The Incarnate Word, Dr. Burton E. Grossman International Conference Center (ICC), 847 E. Hildebrand, 78212.

Yahoo!! The newest edition of the BCMG Rodeo Cooks’ Recipes is available as a .pdf on our BCMG website under the Members tab in the File Cabinet at Miscellaneous Documents.  Now you too can prepare the delicious recipes submitted by the volunteers who cooked and served lunch during rodeo construction. 

SHARE WITH FAMILY & FRIENDS:  Registration is NOW OPEN for the Fall 2019 Children’s Vegetable Garden Program 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.