Scion – August 2019

Volume 29, Issue 8 – August 2019

Notice our spiffy new banner for the Scion, featuring the new Texas Master Gardener logo! Thanks to Billy Cox for his great new banner design!


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 July 25 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.


Kathy Breniman          Linda Cace          Ann Marie Caldwell          Mary Frances Cennamo          Jody Cervantes          Roger P. Christensen          Jim Kater          Judie Lopez          Mike Lyle          Susan Noonan          Susan H. Porr          Brian Roach          Candy Roach          Cyndi Tourtellot          Doris Westbrook         Carol White          Sandra Woodall


Check out the BCMG website for the newest edition to the Rodeo Cookbook.   Now you, too, can prepare the delicious recipes that were submitted by the volunteers who cooked and served lunch during rodeo construction. 
A special thanks goes out to the rodeo cooks and to Dwight and Joyce Dare who organized and created this cookbook. 
You can find the 2019 Rodeo Cookbook at the following link:


BCMG BOARD MEETING will take place 3 – 5 pm on Thur, August 15 , 2019 at 3355 Cherry Ridge 78230. If you are interested in placing items on the agenda, email  President Grace Emery ([email protected]) by August 9, 2019.  And, all members are welcome to observe the meetings; however, in order to accommodate seating, please email Grace Emery that you will be attending.


August 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, will be held Thursday, August 1, 2019 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.

August 2, 2019. WEBINAR – 2019 All Bugs Good and Bad: GMOs and Their Effect on Insect Populations presented by Dr. Rudy Pacumbaba, Alabama Extension. Explore the world of insects and how genetically modified crops affect their populations in this webinar. August 2, 2019 at 1 pm – 2 pm (Attend webinars from the comfort of your own home, on a computer or tablet or smart phone).  Free. 1 CEU; Code 001.

August 3, 2019. Family Fairy Gardening with Marianne Rodriquez from Whimsical Fairy Gardens.  Grownups,  grab your little ones (ages 5-12) and bring them to a morning of fairy gardening! Adults and kids alike will have fun choosing their container, picking their plants and fairies, and customizing their fairy gardens by using their imagination. Bring your own container (10 x 10 x 4 is best) or purchase one from the instructor and come prepared to get a little dirty! A $30 supply fee, payable to the instructor at the beginning of class, covers all materials for your fairy garden. Saturday, August 3, 2019 at 10 am- 12 pm at Northeast Community Learning Center, 8750 Tesoro Dr, 78217. Registration and supply fee are for one fairy garden. $35 Fee.  More information

August 3, 2019. Superstar Landscapes with Texas Superstar Plants presented by MG Lynn Cox. Learn about Texas Superstar plants. Saturday, August 3, 2019 at 10 am- 11 am at Rainbow Gardens, 2585 Thousand Oaks, San Antonio, TX 78232. Free. 1 CEU; Code 001, and 1 Watersaver Rewards Point.   RSVP  here

August 3, 2019. Native Plant Walking Workshop – Explore the Texas Native Trails of the San Antonio Botanical Garden and learn about how native plants conserve water, adapt to their environment, work in landscapes, and what their growing requirements are. Discover what their cultural and wildscape uses are, as well. Saturday, August 3, 2019 at 10 am – 11:30 am San Antonio Botanical Garden, 5500 Funston Place, 78209. Walk is free to SABOT members or with paid admission ($10-$12), but registration is required. Meet behind the Admissions kiosk. Tour leaves at 10 am. For more information, visit

August 8, 2019. San Antonio Herb Society Monthly Meeting. SAHS meetings are held the 2nd Thursday of each month and include a potluck dinner. This month is “Show n Tell“, presented by members who will each talk about their favorite tool, cookbook, etc. The Herb of the Month is Comfrey and will be presented by MG Tera Marshall and the herb will also be available for sale. Thursday, August 8, 2019 at 6:30 pm-8 pm at The Garden Center, 3310 N. New Braunfels, 78209. Free. For more info, click here.

August 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 Friday, August 9, 2019 at Noon in the County Extension Office,  3355 Cherry Ridge, Suite 208, 78230. Free.  1 CEU; Code 001.

August 13, 2019. BCMG Monthly Meeting: “The History of Water in San Antonio” presented by Gregg Eckhardt.  Thursday, August 15, 2019 at 1 pm – 3 pm in the County Extension Office,  3355 Cherry Ridge, Suite 208, 78230. Free.  1 CEU; Code 002.

August 17, 2019. Texas Bird Walking Workshop. Learn about resident and migrant birds in the San Antonio Botanical Garden, their characteristics, and their requirements for food, nesting, and protection. Saturday, August 17, 2019 at 9 am – 11 am at the San Antonio Botanical garden, 5500 Funston Place, 78209. Meet at 9 am in the Greenwood Breezeway of the Halsell Welcome Building. Free to SABOT members or with paid admission, but registration is required. For more information, visit or call 210-536-1400.

August 17, 2019. Back To School With Essential Oils presented by Jean Dukes and Raquel Scates. Tips and tricks to keep those kids healthy, happy, and focused all school year long! Join us for a fun and informative hands- on workshop where learn and also get to make some items to help your kiddos throughout the school year. “Healthy Hair Spray”, “Study Stick” (roll on to improve focus), and “Bedtime Rub” to relax and unwind for a good night’s sleep. Saturday, August 17, 2019 at 10 am-11 am at Rainbow Gardens, 8516 Bandera Road 78250. $15.  Register at

August 24, 2019. Fall is For Planting by David Rodriquez, horticulturist. He will talk about fall planting and cool season vegetables. Get those gardens ready to plant and bring all your gardening questions for a special day with our local horticultural expert. Saturday, August 24, 2019 at 11 am – 12:30 pm at Rainbow Gardens, 2585 Thousand Oaks, San Antonio, TX 78232. Free. CEUs 1.5; Code 001.

August 24, 2019. Edible Landscapes – Rethinking the Vegetable Patch presented by Shennandoah Connor, Owner, Green Goddess Designs. Have you ever thought of removing your grass to make more space for herbs, veggies, and beautiful plants? Join us and explore new landscaping ideas and creative uses of space. August 24, 2019 at 10 am – 11 am at Rainbow Gardens, 8516 Bandera Rd, 78250. Free but registration is required.
To Register, visit (bottom of the page) or call 210-680-2394.

August 31, 2019. Fall is For Planting by David Rodriquez, horticulturist. He will talk about fall planting and cool season vegetables. Get those gardens ready to plant and bring all your gardening questions for a special day with our local horticultural expert. Saturday, August 31, 2019 at 11 am – 12:30 pm at Rainbow Gardens, 8516 Bandera Road 78250. Free. CEUs 1.5; Code 001.

September 7, 2019. CULTIVATE! – a day long event featuring 9  1 hour workshops, an interactive area, and vendors. Admission is free, workshops are $5 each. Saturday, September 7, 2019 at 8 am at University of Incarnate Word, Dr. Burton E. Grossman International Conference Center (ICC), 847 E. Hildebrand, 78212. Free. More info here.


  • 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

The San Antonio Botanical Garden (SABOT) has lots of educational programs available to members and non-members. To see a calendar of their activities, click here.

Registration is now open for Fall Children’s Vegetable Garden. Saturday mornings at San Antonio Botanical Garden, running September 7, 2019 through December 14, 2019. Get details of the program here. You can sign up a child (or grandchild), donate a plot for a needy child, or volunteer to help with the CVP. (To volunteer, check your VMS calendar.)





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! And they are fun! Listen on your phone while you drive.

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

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. 

From Our Board of Directors

New Board Member

MG Michelle Hobbs has been appointed 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.

New CommTeam (Communication Team) Member

Owen Keiser has joined the CommTeam as the new Website Content Manager. Thank you, Owen! You can reach Owen and the rest of the CommTeam at [email protected].

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] 

Hardberger Park CVG Volunteers Needed

Hardberger Park CVG Volunteers Needed
Want to spark the gardening bug in a new generation of gardeners? The Hardberger Park Children’s Vegetable Garden may be the place for you. The garden serves homeschooled children ages 7-14.
Volunteers are needed to educate children and parents on good garden practices and to assist with program set-up and garden maintenance.

The fall session at Hardberger will run Tuesdays, Sept. 10 – Dec 10, from 8:30-1:30 p.m. 
Volunteer orientation will be held Tuesday, September 3 at 10:00 am. 

Please contact Kathy Breniman ([email protected]) if you are interested in volunteering on Tuesdays or if you would like to join our watering team.

Culinary Garden Docent Volunteers needed: Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun. 2 docents per shift in August. San Antonio Botanical Garden, 555 Funston Place, 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!