Scion – September 2019

Volume 29, Issue 9 – September 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 August 28 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.


Lorene K. Adkins      Raquel G. Barba-Garza      Leslie K. Butterworth        Dwight Dare      Joyce Dare      Liz Davenport      Jerry Ferguson     

 Paul Foerster     Marlyn Franks      Stephanie Jones      Lorraine Keidel      Monta Kennady    Megan Kromer    Mary Mangiapane 

 Maria Montez    Paula Peters      Gregory Salyers      Doug Smith      Jan Tauer     Mary Valdez       Richard Valdez


Monday, September 2- LABOR DAY – Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and Bexar County Master Gardeners offices are closed


BCMG BOARD MEETING will take place 3 – 5 pm on Thur, September 19 , 2019 at 3355 Cherry Ridge 78230. If you are interested in placing items on the agenda, email  President Grace Emery ([email protected]) by September 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.




September 6 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm, Attend a webinar from the comfort of your own home. Find out more »

Raised Beds — SA Herb Society Meeting

September 12 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm, San Antonio Garden Center, 3310 N New Braunfels Ave 78209. Learn about simple construction, soil preparation, and growing in a constricted area. Find out more »

Brown Bag Lunch & Learn: Growing Kitchen Herbs

September 13 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm, BCMG, 3355 Cherry Ridge, Ste. 208, 78230. Bring your lunch and join us! Free. 1 CEU.  BCMG Code: 001. Find out more »

2019 Fall Youth Garden Educator Training

September 14 @ 8:30 am – 2:00 pm, San Antonio Botanical Garden, 555 Funston Pl, 78209.  This training is designed for teachers, educators, and volunteers in support of youth gardening in the classroom and community. $20. Find out more »

Beekeeping Basics (Register Now!)

September 20 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, Bexar County, 3355 Cherry Ridge, Suite 208, 78230. This class is geared for first time beekeepers and presented by experienced beekeepers, entomologists and horticulturists. $65. Find out more »

Fall and Winter Vegetable Gardening

September 21 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm, Milberger’s Landscaping & Nursery, 3920 North Loop 1604 ,78247. Fall and Winter Vegetable Gardening with David Rodriguez, Horticulturist, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. Free. Find out more »

Landscape Design School: Series XXVI, Course III

September 23 @ 9:00 am – September 24 @ 5:00 pm, George Bush Presidential Library and Museum, 1000 George Bush Drive W,College Station, TX 77845. Landscape Design School:  Series XXVI, Course III . 12 CEUs.  Code: 001.  Fee: $145 by Sept. 1; $165 after Sept. 1, 2019. These courses offer an opportunity to learn from professional landscape architects and horticulturists about how successful landscapes are designed.  Find out more »

Growing a Fall and Winter Vegetable Garden

September 24 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm, Northeast Community Learning Center, 8750 Tesoro Dr ,78217. Speaker:  David Rodriguez, Horticulturist, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. $35. Find out more »

This is just a sampling of the events scheduled for September, there were way too many to list here. Please check the Calendar for a list of all the events! Click here for calendar.


  • 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. 

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.

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

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.

If you have not volunteered recently, please pick a date, or dates, and sign up on VMS today. We have a 14-foot Spider as you enter the Culinary Garden, giving us some automatic visitors. 
  – Morning shifts are available 9 am-Noon, Aug 30 & 31
  – Docents can schedule an afternoon shift for the Big Bug ExhibitSat, Aug 31 thru Dec 31 from Noon to 2 pm. 
  – September shifts are 9 am to Noon on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
VMS has all dates/times for sign-ups! VMS Code 0100. 
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!!  Email Grace Emery if you have any questions. 

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!


SABOT Fall Plant Sale

September 21 @ 10:00 am – September 22 @ 5:00 pm, San Antonio Botanical Garden, 555 Funston Pl, 78209. Discover a wide variety of native plants, succulents, grasses, and butterfly-friendly plants during the Fall Plant Sale. Admission is not required to shop the plant sale, which will take place in front of the Admission Kiosk. Find out more » 

“Bexar Roots” Native Plant Sale

September 28 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm, Phil Hardberger Park East, 13203 Blanco Road , 78216. Over 100 species of Texas native perennial and annual plants, grasses, shrubs and trees to choose from, many not readily available in nurseries.  Find out more »