Scion – October 2019

Volume 29, Issue 10 – October 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 September 26 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.


Henry Brune     Joan Cleary     Nora Fellows     Judie Frisch     Glenda Haynes

Sharon Kilmer    Ling Yin Liu    Sara Lizcano    Carolyn Martin  Martina Mauldin   

Rebecca Mendez    Mary Most    Joe Noonan    Brigid Oman    Pat Rice

Nora Richards    Melanie Short     John Vann     Ann Vargas



BCMG BOARD MEETING will take place 3 – 5 pm on Thur, October 17 , 2019 at 3355 Cherry Ridge 78230. If you are interested in placing items on the agenda, email  President Grace Emery ([email protected]) by October 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.



October 4 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm, Attend a webinar from the comfort of your own home. Find out more »

Drip Irrigation — Men’s Garden Club Mtg.   October 3, 2019 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm, Oblate Mission & Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes,5712 Blanco Rd.78216. The Men’s Garden Club of San Antonio meets the first Thursday of each month. Meetings are free and open to the public. Join BCMG John Vann as he discusses the benefits of designing and installing a drip irrigation system. Free. 1 CEU.  BCMG Code 001. Find out more »

2019 Texas Pollinator BioBlitz  October 5, 2019 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am, Urban Ecology Center at Phil Hardberger Park (PHP WEST), 8400 NW Military Hwy, 78231. Patty Leslie Pasztor, Texas Master Naturalist and author, will lead the walk identifying butterflies and nectar-producing plants in the park. Walk is free but registration is required. Find out more »

Secrets of a Successful Wildflower Meadow  October 5, 2019 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am, Rainbow Gardens, 8516 Bandera Rd.78250. Come and learn from the expert when and how to plant wildflowers successfully in your area. Speaker: John R. Thomas, Owner, Wildseed Farms, Fredericksburg, TX. Free but registration is required. Find out more »

 Seed Bomb Workshop  October 5, 2019 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm, Rainbow Gardens, 8516 Bandera Rd.78250. Make wildflower seed bombs as gifts or to distribute later in gardens, parks, roadsides, or even private property (with permission, of course).  What better way to help our pollinators than planting the wildflowers they need to survive.  Come on out, get your hands dirty, and have some fun! Workshop follows the “Secrets to a Successful Wildflower Meadow” seminar at 10:00 am, so the start time is flexible. Fee: $5, for make-and-take 20 bombs. Registration is required.  Find out more »

Fall Vegetable Seminar and SALE  October 5, 2019 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm, Fanick’s Garden Center, 1025 Holmgreen Road, 78220. Fall Vegetable Seminar and Sale With David Rodriguez Horticulturist. David will show you how to plant, grow, and harvest your vegetables properly. Free. In addition, there will be a 20% OFF discount. Find out more »

Brown Bag Lunch & Learn: Growing Winter Vegetables  October 11, 2019 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm, Bexar County Master Gardeners, 3355 Cherry Ridge, Ste. 208,  78230. Bring your lunch and join us!  Speaker: Karen Gardner, BCMG Vegetable Gardening Specialist. Free. 1 CEU.  BCMG Code: 001. Find out more »

2019 Monarch Butterfly and Pollinator Festival  October 12, 2019. The Pearl, 312 Pearl Parkway, 78215. 2019 Monarch Butterfly and Pollinator Festival – October 12-20, 2019. Lots of Free festival activities along with educational workshops. Find out more »

Discount!  To get $5 off your ticket for the “Butterflies Without  Borders(Oct 18) or “Holy Agave Spirits! It’s the Bat Man of Mexico” (Oct 19) events, check out with the code “mariposa”

Fall Festival 2019 at Rainbow Gardens  October 12, 2019 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm, Rainbow Gardens, 8516 Bandera Rd. 78250. Our annual Fall Festival is a fun day out for the whole family with free activities for the kids and food, vendors, and in-store sales and promotions. Free. Find out more »

Companion Planting — SA Rose Society Mtg.  October 14, 2019 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm, San Antonio Garden Center, 3310 N New Braunfels Ave 78209. San Antonio Rose Society meetings are free and open to the public.  A frequently asked question among our members is, “What other plants go well with roses in my beds?”  Our experienced members can help you with that! Free. Find out more »

Rain to Drain Experience — SAWS  October 19, 2019 @ 8:30 am – 4:30 pm, San Antonio Water System Headquaters, 2800 U.S. 281, 78212. The field trip is free to Bexar County residents 18 years and older.  Lunch is provided. During this day-long expedition, you will explore an Edwards Aquifer recharge cave, experience the inner workings of a SAWS water production facility, and tour a water recycling plant. Free.  Find out more »

Explore the Canyon  October 19, 2019 @ 8:30 am – 12:00 pm, Government Canyon State Natural Area, 12861 Galm Road 78254. NOTE NEW START TIME: 8:30 AM. Join us the third Saturday of every month for a new adventure!  Natural Area entrance fees apply ($6.00). Knowledgeable guides discuss the flora, fauna, natural and cultural history of this awesome natural area on this exploration. 8:30 am – 12:00 pm. Length of walk and interpretive topic will vary, depending on the group. Open to all ages but minors must be accompanied by an adult; group size limited to the first 12 people; no pets please. Find out more »

28th Annual Herb Market  October 19, 2019 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm, Pearl Farmers Market, 312 Pearl Pkwy 78215.  The Herb of the Year is Giant Blue Hyssop. Stroll through Farmers Market vendors and booths for herbs and gifts.  Local chef Rebel Mariposa of La Botanica will be cooking up something special during our Feature Presentation, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm.  Enjoy music from The Reen at this Free event for the family! Find out more »

Texas Native Plant Week  Texas Native Plant Week — October 20-26, 2019. To recognize the role of native plants in conservation and to provide incentive for schools to teach children about the importance of native plants, the State of Texas established the third week in October as Texas Native Plant Week. Many organizations and communities celebrate Texas Native Plant Week with festive events, native plant sales, and educational opportunities and outside activities.  For the complete list, click here »

Create an English Style Border with Texas Flair  October 24, 2019 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm, Northeast Community Learning Center, 8750 Tesoro Dr.78217.  If you yearn for a quaint English cottage garden in your Texas landscape, then you are in luck!   In this course, you will be introduced to an ample pallet of native plants that will help you emulate an English-style border and will attract bees, butterflies, Fee: $35.  Find out more »

Monarch Class  October 26, 2019 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am, Rainbow Gardens, 8516 Bandera Rd. 78250. You will learn how to tag, release, and track Monarchs, along with some pointers on how to raise butterflies. Speaker:  Drake White, certified Texas Master Naturalist, designer and project manager for the Butterfly Learning Center at Phil Hardberger Park. Free. Find out more »

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

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.

Sandy Oaks Olive Orchard Field Trip

Bexar County Master Gardeners, come on our Field Trip Thu, Oct 10, beginning at 11 am with lunch and a program at the Sandy Oaks Olive Orchard, 25195 Mathis Rd., Elmendorf, TX 78112.  1 CEU, Code 001

BCMG Members may bring one guest.  Enjoy Roasted Chicken Served with Mashed Potatoes & Roasted Vegetable for $18 per person (includes tax & gratuity).
Seating is limited, so register early!
Registrations made by BCMG Member only.  Register Online  (with payment) or pay at the BCMG Office (Tues. & Thurs., 10 am – 2 pm) not later than Mon, Oct 7th.

BUGTOBERFESTGourmet Insect Meal!
Keynote Presentation and Four-course Insect Tasting
October 19 @ 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
$25 per person ($22.50 SABOT members) for keynote and tastings;
$35 ($31.50 members) for keynote and tastings with drink pairing (21+ years of age with valid ID)
Families can sink their teeth into four chef demonstrated recipes featuring creepy crawlers. Local chefs will enlighten visitors about the sustainability and high protein power of insects. Menu forthcoming, but trust it will be memorable and healthy. Ticketed program features Jonathan Cammack, chief operating officer at EVO Conversion Systems and a Professor of Entomology at Texas A&M University. Dr. Cammack will talk on the modern entomophagy movement or the use of insects as food and feed. Talk begins at 10:00 a.m., tastings begin at 11:00 a.m. All ages welcome. This San Antonio Botanical Garden and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service event is part of the Monarch Butterfly and Pollinator Festival and is sponsored by San Antonio Water System.
Register for October 19
Insect Activities | 10:00 – 2:00 p.m. | Included with general admission
Join the San Antonio Botanical Garden and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service for an expedition into entomophagy, the eating of insects as food. Enjoy small bite insect-based food samples and family activities such as cricket races, maggot art, and more.
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] 

Bexar County Master Gardener Poinsettia Sale!

Place your orders by Dec 2, 2019.
Pick up your order on Dec 6, 2019 from 11:30 am to 5:00 pm.
Choices of 4 -inch pots or 6 1/2- inch pots in a variety of colors.
Order them online at : or print the mail in form.

If you have not volunteered recently, please pick a date, or dates, and sign up on VMS today. 
  – October 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. 

2019 Monarch Butterfly and Pollinator Festival

Get Ready….The Monarchs Are Coming!
BCMG will be participating in the Monarch Festival at the Pearl on Sun, Oct 20,2019 from 9 am to 2 pm. 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! 

…. MORE Volunteer Opportunities available on the VMS Calendar!

SAVE THE DATE: Annual MG Holiday Party !
The BCMG Holiday and Member Recognition Party will be at the San Antonio Garden Center on Thursday, December 5 from 11 am-1 pm.