Leaflet – September 11, 2019


Please accept my sincere appreciation to all who volunteered at our 5th CULTIVATE! this past Saturday. We had over 40 volunteers working hard (and smiling a lot!) to make this another successful event. Thanks to our fabulous speakers as well, for educating more than 100 attendees in a single morning. We had numerous comments from attendees that they were impressed with our volunteers and speakers. To my co-chairs, Liz Campanella, Lynn Cox, Muriel  Lanford, and Nora Fellows: Y’all are the BEST! 
And last but not least, thank you to Billy Cox for your “can do” attitude and technical expertise, you are truly appreciated by so many!


Join our BCMG President, Grace Emery, at September’s  BROWN BAG – LUNCH & LEARN when she presents Growing Kitchen Herbs on  Friday, Sep 13 at Noon in the County Extension Office, Suite 208. 1 CEU, Code 001   


Save Your Old Newspapers for the Youth Gardens Program!  Large sheets from the Sunday Newspaper (no junk mail flyers, unless larger than 18”x24”) will be used for youth activities in the Learn Grow Eat and Go Program! At your convenience, drop off with Nick Vasquez at the front desk, Suite 212,  AgriLife office. Email Ruby Zavala if you have questions.

Be Sure to Check Out Volunteer Opportunity DETAILS below (and, of course, on VMS) for CULINARY DOCENTS, YOUTH GARDENING, & the MONARCH FESTIVAL.

The NEWTexas Master Gardener Handbook is available for $100 at the Aggie Bookstore: visit agrilifebookstore.org, login and enter product number HT-086 in the search bar. The new handbook is completely updated, in full-color, has brand new chapters, and features new authors. 

BCMG BOARD MEETING will take place 3–5 pm on Thu, Sep 19 at 3355 Cherry Ridge 78230. If you are interested in placing items on the agenda, email President Grace Emery by Sep 11. All members are welcome to observe the meetings; however, in order to accommodate seating, please email President Grace Emery that you will be attending.

BCMG Holiday & Member Recognition Party will be at the San Antonio Garden Center on Thu, Dec 5 from 11am – 1pm. 

Get Out Your 2020 Calendar: The Texas Master Gardener Assn Conference will be hosted by the McLennan County Master Gardener Association May 12-14, 2020 at the Waco Convention Center. Conference hotels are already filling up!  Check out the planned Speakers, Tours, Workshops  & Breakout Sessions by viewing the slide presentation from the August TMGA Director’s Meeting.

Call for Candidates 
2020 BCMG Board of Directors

We are looking for Bexar County Master Gardeners who would like to serve on our Board of Directors.

Serving on the BCMG Board of Directors will enable you to help our association move forward and follow our mission to support Texas A&M AgriLife Service by educating the community on environmentally responsible gardening and landscaping. The BOD meets once a month, before or after the General Meeting.

Elected Members of the BCMG Board of Directors include:

  • President
  • Vice-President
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Membership Director
  • Two (2) Members-at-Large

Information on the duties of each of the officers can be found on our website.

The slate of candidates for nomination will be presented at our BCMG General Meeting in October.

If you are interested in working with a great group by serving on the 2020 BCMG Board of Directors or have questions, contact Nomination Committee Chair Barbara Lutz

BEEKEEPING BASICS: Still a few spots left in each class!

Register Online Now for AgriLife Extension’s Fall Beekeeping Basics Program.  Texas A&M AgriLife is offering two dates: Fri, Sep 20 @ the Bexar County AgriLife Extension Office & Fri, Oct 11 @ the San Antonio Botanical Gardens. Get all the details on the BCMG Calendar and email Molly Keck if you have questions!  

Our Next BCMG Meeting
Thursday, September 19th from 6-8pm

Come hear about what your local Bexar County Youth Gardens Program has done in your community, learn some cool kid friendly hands-on gardening activities, and become part of your county’s great effort to improve youth education by using outdoor garden classrooms. 
Our special speaker, Ruby Zavala, serves as the Youth Gardens Coordinator for Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service-Bexar County, is a certified Junior Master Gardener leader, and  has been a BCMG since 2015.  
Details on our website.

Ruby Zavala

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!  

 September shifts are 9am to Noon on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
VMS has all dates/times for sign-ups! VMS Code 0100. 

Volunteers for Youth Gardening Program

  • Five more MG volunteers are needed to help with refreshments, registration, plant organizing outside, time keeper, etc. for the Fall Youth Garden Educator Training, Sat, Sep 14 at the San Antonio Botanical Gardens, 555 Funston Rd, 78209 from 7:30am-3pm. Email Ruby Zavalawith any questions. Sign up on VMS; Code: 1200.
  • Volunteers are needed to facilitate youth activities at the Children’s Vegetable Garden. If you are interested in helping youth learn more about gardening, but not sure where to start, email Ruby Zavala. We can help you develop your own Junior Master Gardener lesson that you can use to mentor urban youth as they grow their own gardens at the Children’s Vegetable Garden.
  • Tue, Sep 24, 9am-11:30amBexar County Juvenile Justice Academy (1402 N. Hackberry St, TX 78208 ) and the Youth Gardens Program need two volunteers to talk to families about container gardening and  help with pot-a-plant for approx. 100-150 youth. Email Ruby Zavala with any questions. Sign up on VMS; Code 1200.

Get Ready….The Monarchs Are Coming!
BCMG will be participating in the Monarch Festival at the Pearl on Sun, Oct 20 from 9am to 2pm. We will have a plant sale with pollinators and host plants, and our children’s activities as well. Need 4 MGs for Children’s Activities and 4 MGs for our Plant Sale. Be sure to dress with your best butterfly outfits. Sign up on VMS Now! 

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. Fall Session runs Tuesdays, Sep 10 thru  Dec 10, 8:30-11:30 a.m. Please email Kathy Breniman if you are interested in volunteering on Tuesdays, or if you would like to join the watering team.

Or, volunteer on Saturdays at the Children’s Vegetable Garden Program (CVGP) at the San Antonio Botanical Garden. or helping the Fall watering team on Tuesdays, Thursdays or Sunday. If either works for you, email David Rodriguez.

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:

On Thu, Sep 12, from 6:30-8:30pm, come to the Herb Society Meeting (Potluck begins at 6:30pm) at the SA Garden Center (3310 N. New Braunfels, 78209) for Raised Beds & Urban Gardening with MGs Liz & Nick Campanella. Learn about creative use of items for raised beds, and also, how to prepare the urban garden for fall & winter.  Deborah Wilson will also talk about the herb of the Month, Feverfew. 1 CEU; Code 001

BROWN BAG – LUNCH & LEARN FOR September:  Growing Kitchen Herbs will be presented by BCMG President Grace Emery.Join the lunch group on Friday, Sep 13 at Noon in the County Extension Office, Suite 208. 1 CEU, Code 001  

SEPTEMBER BCMG Monthly Meeting & Presentation:  Learn more about the Youth Gardens Program with Ruby Zavala.  Mark your calendar for Thu, Sep 19, 6-8pm at 3355 Cherry Ridge, Suite 208, 78230. 1 CEU; Code 002

Fall Beekeeping Basics Program is being offered two dates: Fri, Sep 20 @ the Bexar County AgriLife Extension Office & Fri, Oct 11 @ the San Antonio Botanical Gardens. 

Winter Vegetables with Calvin Finch is set for 9:30-11am on Sat, Sep 21 at Dreamhill Estates, 6802 Dorothy Louise Drive, 78229.CEU Code 001; 1.5 CEUs

Fall & Winter Vegetable Gardening with David Rodriguez is set for 10:30am to Noon on Sat, Sep 21 at Milbergers, 3920 North Loop 1604, 78247.CEU Code 001; 1.5 CEUs

Landscape Design School – Series XXVI, Course III will be held at the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum, 1000 George Bush Dr W  in College Station on Mon & Tue, Sep 23 & 24 from 8am to 4pm each day.  All four courses earn 48 CEUs (12 CEUs per course) and qualify Master Gardeners for the designation of “Landscape Design Steward.” Note: courses can be taken in any order.  Details and application online.

Growing a Fall & Winter Vegetable Garden with David Rodriguez is set for 6:30-8:30pm on Tue, Sep 24 at Northeast Community Learning Center, 8750 Tesoro Dr., 78217.  Register online; Fee: $35. CEU Code 001; 2 CEUs

Growing a Fall & Winter Vegetable Garden with David Rodriguez is set for 6:30-8:30pm on Tue, Sep 24 at Northeast Community Learning Center, 8750 Tesoro Dr., 78217.  Register online; Fee: $35. CEU Code 001; 2 CEUs

Fall Gardening To-Do’s with David Rodriguez is set for 10:45am to Noon on Sat, Sep 28 at The Garden Center, 10682 Bandera Road,, 78250.  CEU Code 001; 1 CEU

Fall Vegetable Seminar (and Sale: 20% off everything)with David Rodriguez is set for 10:30-Noon on Sat, Oct 5 at Fanick’s Garden Center, 1025 Holmgreen Road, 78220.  CEU Code 001; 1.5 CEUs

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.
Rainwater Harvesting– Sep 26-28 hosted by Tarrant County, Fort Worth
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:

  • Sep 13, 14, 15 – Fall Planting Days Kick-Off
  • Sep 14 – The Savanna Ecotone
  • Sep 17 – Rainscaping
  • Sep 18 – Native Cacti & Succulent Landscapes

Did you know that BCMG is a member of the San Antonio Garden Center?  Here is the Garden Center’s Fall Newsletter

WaterSaver Coupons Are Back!  SAWS customers can apply for up to four WaterSaver Coupons NOW through Oct. 15. You many also be eligible for an Irrigation Design Rebate!

Essentials of Gardening classes hosted by the  Gardening Volunteers of South TX will take place on Mon, Sep 16 from Noon to 2:30pm with presentations from the San Antonio River Authority’s Hillary Lilly and  Lee Marlowe, followed by Leslie Bingham speaking on the Herb of the Year (Giant Blue Hyssop). $5 donation (pot luck); SA Garden Center, 3310 N. New Braunfels, 78209.

David Rogers’ Big Bugs, larger-than-life sculptures, at the San Antonio Botanical Garden NOW thru December 8th.

SABOT Fall Plant Sale: Sat & Sun, September 21-22, 10am-5pm. SABOT Members enjoy early shopping at 9am.

Brews and Blooms:  Craft Brew | Music | Food | Lawn Games!!  Sat, Sep 14, from  6 – 10 pm at SABOT. AndEarly Bird Tickets Now On Sale  for Moonlight in the Garden of Good and Evil, Sat, Oct 26, 6-10pm at SABOT.

Check out the Urban Wildlife Game Series last session coming up in September!
Sep 24 (Tue): Get Ready to Hunt with Dr. Maureen Frank, Extension Wildlife Specialist