Leaflet – November 27, 2019

Order Your Poinsettias NOW!
Deadline is Monday, December 2nd.

Floral Quality Poinsettias make great gifts! Locally grown by one of the largest growers in the area! Order plants online at: https://www.bexarmg.org/  Pick up your order on Dec 6, 2019 from 11:30 am to 5:00 pm.

  • 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!

This is one of our BIGGEST plant sales of the year! Funds help support our educational outreach and scholarships.


Texas AgriLife Extension Service & Bexar County Master Gardeners offices will be closed
Thursday & Friday, November 28 & 29, in celebration of Thanksgiving!

STILL NEED CEUs TO MEET THE SIX CEU ANNUAL REQUIREMENT?? Here are some approved online sources for you:

Please record any/all of these CEUs as Code 001, and include the Title for each. If you have any questions, email Lisa Nixon, Membership Coordinator.

  Jay White, owner and publisher of Texas Gardener Magazine, presented Pest Free Organically on November 21st, 2019 at our BCMG Meeting. Jay has shared the links for a Master Gardener’s Discount. Order your Texas Gardener, 1-year magazine subscription today at this specially discounted price just for Master Gardeners! For limited time only.
All prices include Shipping and Taxes. 
Printed Magazine:  $18.71
Online Version:  $14.96

All MGs Who: 

  • Complete (and record in VMS) their certification hours by December 15, and 
  • Pay their dues by December 31 

Will receive a new name badge FREE. A second badge may be purchased.

New badges will be available for pick up at the January 16 Rodeo Kick-off meeting. Badges with the old logo are not to be worn after the January meeting. Find more information, and to pay online, visit our website.

MGs & Interns Interested in SABOT Culinary Docent Training: 
Grace Emery will be conducting training for up to 10 docents on Tuesday, December 10th from 10am-12:30pm.  Culinary Docent Training will be at the volunteer office to the right of the SABOT entry kiosk. The door is marked Private. Please wear your badge. Sign up will be available on VMS
Once trained, you will be able to volunteer at the Culinary Garden all year long!

You are invited to the 2019 BCMG Holiday & Member Recognition Party coming up a week from Thanksgiving Day on Thursday, December 5th!
Please RSVP to Barbara Lutz by Tuesday, December 3rd.

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

NOTE:  Any MG who is not going to meet their required volunteer and/or CEU hours for certification, but wants to continue their active MG status for 2020, should contact David Rodriguez early. Please provide him an explanation of your situation, and a summary of the hours you have recorded in VMS for 2019.

Calling All Rodeo Construction Workers!
It’s time to get organized!  Please email Grace Emery your name, email address and cell phone number.  We plan to use emails or text messages to communicate the work agenda for each construction day.  Appreciate you volunteering now to be a member of the 2020 Rodeo Construction Team.

PLEASE NOTE:  Forklift Certification for Rodeo grounds will be held on December 5th at 6:00 pm. This is not a “teaching class.”  This is only for certification. Please email Grace Emery to register or for more information.

    Bags, Bags, Bags!  Collect 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!

MGs Who Have Completed SABOT Culinary Docent Training!  

Come and complete your  annual volunteer certification hours!  Schedule your shifts today!  December shifts are 10am to 1pm on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, plus Mon, Dec 23. VMS  has all dates/times for sign-ups! VMS Code 0100. 

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!  

Still Need Help with Poinsettia Plant Sales on Fri, Dec 6, 2019 at the BCMG Office.

  • 15 volunteers to help unload poinsettias from 8:30-11am.
  • 10 volunteers to help during pickup from 11:00 am-2:30 pm.
  • 8 volunteers to help during pickup from 2:30-6pm. 

Volunteers can work one or all 3 shifts if you prefer. This is a great way to earn volunteers hours if needed for 2019!  Sign up on VMS. Code 700. 
 If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Vicki Jamvold or call 210-461-2849.

Congratulations to 2020 Bexar County Master Gardeners Board of Directors:  
President:  Lynn Cox
Vice President:  Muriel Lanford 
Secretary:  Angie Kirby 

Treasurer:  Kathann ElAmin
Membership:  Chris McKnight (not pictured)

 Members-at-Large:  Michelle Hobbs (not pictured) and Art Vazquez

A Hearty Welcome to our new Board members!  And, a sincere Thank You to the MGs who will continue on the Board (in new or same positions) and to the outgoing members for all your hard work in 2019.  We are a volunteer organization with the good fortune to have leaders who are professional, talented and dedicated.  Looking forward to another great year in 2020!

For Your 2020 Calendar!  Bexar County Master Gardener (BCMG) holds educational seminars/general meetings on the third Thursday each month. The meetings alternate between afternoon (1-3pm) and evenings (6-8pm) at 3355 Cherry Ridge, Suite 208, 78230.  For more information contact the BCMG President. 1 CEU; BCMG Code 002.

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:

New!! Essentials of Gardening on Monday 16 December, 2019 from 12pm-3pm at the Garden Center, 3310 N. New Braunfels at Funston. See Flyer here.  1 CEU per session. Code 001.  
— 1st Presentation 12:15pm-1:15pm. Claudette Rogers: Milberger’s Landscaping and Nursery. “How To Properly Care and Maintain Your Holiday Treasures.”
— 2nd Presentation 1:30pm-2:30pm. David Rodriguez: Bexar County Extension Agent-Horticulture “2019 Is Almost Gone. What You Should Do To Get Ready In Your Yard, Beds and Landscaping for 2020.”
Free and Open To The Public. $5.00 Donation Requested. Light Potluck Provided And Items Always Welcomed. Plant Sale And Swap. Door Prizes. 

Fruit Tree Seminar, hosted by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension. You won’t want to miss one! Everyone wants their own orchard!  Learn from the best experts in the area on January 24, 2020 at the San Antonio Botanical Garden.  Flyer & Agenda HERE. Space is limited and this class will fill up, so be sure to register early!  No registrations at the door. 7 CEUs; Code 001

JMG National Leader Training & 20th Anniversary Celebration, February 24-26, 2020 in College Station. Details Online. 1 CEU per hr; Code 001

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.

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

SAWS Customers: A water flow sensor lets you track your water use in real time using your smartphone. Through Dec. 2, you can pick up one of SAWS favorite models for free after SAWS rebate — you only pay the tax and shipping!

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