Leaflet – October 23, 2019


BCMG Reporting Guidelines for Volunteer Hours (VHs) and Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

Reporting our hours is important for two reasons:

  • Annual Certification – BCMGs must volunteer 30 hours (VH), receive 6 hours of continuing education (CEUs), and attend two BCMG monthly meetings.
  • Funding – Our hours of service (VHs) are reported by AgriLife Extension Service to the state and all funding organizations with accuracy very important, esp. for funding organizations.

See the details of these clarification points on reporting hours at the Members page of our BCMG Website:

  • Report hours as soon as you can
  • Travel “time” is not volunteer time
  • No double dipping
  • Use accurate hours
  • Record hours to the nearest 1/2 hour

Upcoming BCMG Election. The slate of 2020 officers (below) was presented by the Nominating Committee at the October 17th BCMG meeting with no additional nominations from the floor.  Voting will take place at our November 21st meeting. 

President:  Lynn Cox
Vice President:  Muriel Lanford 
Secretary:  Angie Kirby  
Treasurer:  Kathann ElAmin
Membership:  Chris McKnight
 Members-at-Large:  Michelle Hobbs and Art Vasquez

The committee selecting speakers for 2020 has been carefully working to select a wonderful array of speakers for our BCMG general meetings in 2020. Next year’s presentations will include: growing succulents in container gardens, growing desert roses, and growing new plants coming out in 2020. We hope to have speakers on a number of  other topics, including bees, seeds, and mushrooms. STAY TUNED!!

Bags, Bags, Bags!  Collect Now for  Rodeo Plant Sale!  Drop off at the office, or bring to our monthly meetings!

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!

Quick Help for David Rodriguez: Seeking three volunteers to package Crawford Reseeding Lettuce seeds.  Quick turnaround….task must be completed by the end of this week, or next week at the latest.  Seeds, envelopes, and labels can be picked up at the County Extension Office. Email Denise Perez if interested.  VMS Code 1100

MGs Who Have Completed SABOT Culinary Docent Training!  

Come enjoy the cooler weather at the Culinary Garden and finish complete your  annual volunteer certification hours!  Schedule your shifts today!
October shifts are 9am to Noon on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. And, two shifts have been added for BOOtanica on Sat, Oct 26.  VMS  has all dates/times for sign-ups! VMS Code 0100. 

Don’t Forgett!!  Call Nadezhda Garza, 210-536-1460, to get your name on the list of Culinary Docents helping with vegetable prep in the Chef culinary kitchen.

Be the Master Gardener with all the Answers! Volunteer for a shift on our “Ask a Master Gardener” service:  Tuesday and Wednesday mornings from 8am. to Noon.  Check our website page for more information on this service. And, email Denise Perez or Nicolas Vazquez to volunteer!  

Volunteers for Youth Gardening Program

  • Help with pot-a-plant, butterfly blow outs or butterfly life cycle bracelets on Tue, Oct 29, from 5-8pm at the Rudder Middle School Fall Festival, 6558 Horn Blvd, 78240. Email Ruby Zavala if you have any questions. Sign up on VMS  
  • Feedback on the New Youth Gardens Task Force has been great! If you have some insights and good ideas on how we can educate and support our Bexar County youth gardens, please be sure to join us! We want to hear your ideas!  Email Ruby Zavala if you have any questions.

Make presentations on pest management for a Spanish-Speaking group called AVANCE.  These are at-risk families taking a family education program, and we provide a presentation on pantry pests to help them reduce wasted food due to insect infestations and ultimately save money.  Powerpoint in Spanish, props, and notes are provided. 

  • Mon, Nov 4, 11:15am-1:30pm: Two locations, about 10 minutes from one another.  11:15am-12:15pm at 1103 S San Jacinto St, 78207 and 12:30-1:30pm @ 934 Flanders Ave, 78211. 
  • Wed, Nov 6, 12:30-1:30pm @ 934 Flanders Ave, 78211

 If interested, please email Molly Keck.

Kids, Kows and More Agriculture Expo: Help with youth activity booths focused on gardening, agriculture, natural resources and livestock Wed & Thu, Nov 20 & 21, 8:30am to Noon. Breakfast/Lunch provided. Location for this Agriculture Literacy program : 3201 E Houston St, 78219 (in the new cattle barns). Email your questions to Natalie Cervantes.   Sign up on VMS (Code 1200).

The  Hardberger Park Children’s Vegetable 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, Now 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.

BCMG November Meeting
Thursday, November 21st from 6-8pm  

Come and Hear Jay White, owner and publisher of Texas Gardener Magazine, present Pest Free Organically. Jay will discuss the Integrated Pest Management (IPM) triangle and practical, science-based organic control measures that will allow you to grow incredible edibles and ornamentals without relying on “the sides” (pesticides, herbicides and fungicides). An avid hobby gardener, he has earned a B.S. and M.S. in Agriculture. Details on our website.


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.

BCMG BOARD MEETING will take place 3 -5 pm on Thu, Nov 21 at 3355 Cherry Ridge 78230.. If you are interested in placing items on the agenda, email President Grace Emery by Fri, Nov 15. All members are welcome to observe the meetings; however, in order to accommodate seating, please email President Grace Emery that you will be attending.

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:

Butterfly Identification Walking Workshop will be presented by MG Jessica Leslie on Sat, Oct  26 from 9:15-11am at SABot, 555 Funston Pl, 78209. CEU Code 001; 1.5 CEUs

Japanese Landscaping: Watersaving Lessons from Kumamoto En will be presented by MG Stephanie Jones on Thu, Oct 31 from 10-11:30am at SABot, 555 Funston Pl, 78209. CEU Code 001; 1.5 CEUs

BROWN BAG – LUNCH & LEARN FOR November:  Fall is for Planting Trees will be presented by MG Paul Bauml, who is also Tree Care Specialist.Join the lunch group on  Friday, Nov 8 at Noon in the County Extension Office, Suite 208. 1 CEU, Code 001

NOVEMBER BCMG Monthly Meeting & Educational Seminar:  Meet Jay White and learn all about being Pest Free Organically on Thu, Nov 21, 6-8pm at 3355 Cherry Ridge, Suite 208, 78230. 1 CEU per hr presentation; Code 002

15 Bugs Every Gardener Should Know will be presented by Molly Keck on Thu, Nov 21 from 7-8pm at Guadalupe County  MG Meeting,  210 East Live Oak, Seguin 78155. CEU Code 001; 1 CEU

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

Watch for 2020  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.

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.

It’s That Time Again…the BCMG Poinsettia Sale! 
PLEASE pass along the 2019 Flyer to all your friends and organizations in which you are a member!

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Floral Quality Poinsettias, locally grown by one of the largest growers in the area!
Place your orders by Dec 2, 2019 and pick up your order on Dec 6, 2019 from 11:30 am to 5:00 pm.

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

  • 6 1/2- inch pots in a variety of colors:  Red, White, Variegated, Red Glitter
  • 4-inch pots in Red.
  • Green foil pot wrapper and tax included for all orders!

Order plants online at : https://www.bexarmg.org/ or print the mail-in form.

Great Gardening Events on the BCMG Calendar.  Bookmark the Calendar and visit it frequently!  Here is a sampling of what is coming up:

  • Oct 23 – Texas Native Trails Working Workshop
  • Oct 24 – Create an English Style Border with Texas Flair
  • Oct 24 – Family Fairy Gardening
  • Oct 26 – BOOtanica Plant Sale (see Flyer below) & BOOtanica
  • Oct 26 – Monarch Class
  • Oct 26 – Oil and Vinegar Infusions
  • Oct 26 – Plant ID Using Dichotomous Keys and Online Resources
  • Oct 27 – BOOtanica Plant Sale (see Flyer below)


SABot Scarecrow Trail Exhibit:  Now thru Nov 10 from 9am to  5pm. Scattered throughout the Botanical Garden, visitors will be treated to Scarecrows created by community organizations and partners.

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

Tickets on Sale  for Moonlight in the Garden of Good and Evil, Sat, Oct 26, 6-10pm (Details Here) and Wine Down at the Garden, Sat, Nov. 16, 2019 | 6 – 10 p.m. (Details Here). Both events at SABot, 555 Funston, 78209.

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