Scion- October 2021

Volume 31, Issue #10 – October 2021

Lynn Cox,
BCMG President


Fall is here! At least according to the calendar. I’ll wait until the temperatures moderate a little more before I do my fall planting. Thanks to a friend, I now have five evergreen sumacs to add to my garden! I’ve been looking for over a year now for these natives. If you want to learn more about fall gardening and other tasks, join Anna Vogler and me for Fall Gardening Tasks at the San Antonio Botanical Garden on Wednesday, October 13 at 10 AM. Register here.

I also want to put in a plug for the annual Bexar County Master Gardeners Poinsettia Sale. This year we have five colors to choose from: red, white, variegated, red glitter, and new for this year – pink! These are big, florist quality poinsettias from the premier grower of poinsettias in the state, Peterson Brothers, located here in San Antonio. You will be able to place orders on our website now through November 30, and pick them up Thursday, December 2, just in time for the holidays. There is a limited quantity of some colors so place your order now! Proceeds from the sale help fund our college scholarships and educational programs. Thank you, in advance for your support!

And finally, bring your family to the Monarch Festival at Confluence Park, Saturday, October 16. Master Gardeners will have a fun activity for the kids, answer your garden questions, and have pollinator-friendly plants for sale. Come join the fun!

And as always, call us at 210-631-0400 for unbiased, researched-based answers to your gardening questions!

Happy gardening!


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Please check out the many of FREE classes and webinars listed in this issue.

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BCMG offices are closed to Drop-ins, so you must have an appointment to go in. Call before going over.

Agrilife Extension offices are open for business.

All monthly meetings for 2021 will be on-line webinars held on Zoom, until further notice.

Monthly meeting presentations are always free and open to the public.

The first time you use Zoom, allow a few minutes extra to get set up. Zoom can be used free on home PCs, Macs and on smartphones.

Pre-Registration on Zoom is required for each webinar. (Equivalent to the “Sign-in sheet”). Register weeks ahead of time or even just a few minutes before the webinar and the link will be sent to you in email .


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Gardening Education Opportunities

Lawn Basics 101

October 2 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Milberger’s Landscaping & Nursery, 3920 North Loop 1604, San Antonio, TX 78247.

Presented by David Rodriguez, Horticulturist, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. Join David at this FREE Earth-Kind® Seminar and learn about getting your lawn ready for winter. Space is limited.  Call 210-497-3760 to sign up. Free and Open to the Public. Find out more »

Beekeeping 101 Online Course

October 5 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Interested in becoming a beekeeper?  This Beekeeping 101, 4-part, live online series will help you learn the basics to get started.  We’ll answer: what do I buy, where do I get bees, where do I put bees, what do I do with them?  All the answers to get you going your first year. A Beekeeping Field Day is also scheduled for those local to San Antonio or willing to drive. Fee: $45.  Find out more »

The Wide World of Potting Soils – San Antonio Garden Center Mtg.

October 6 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am

San Antonio Garden Center, 3310 N New Braunfels Ave., San Antonio, TX 78209. 

Presented by Bill Swantner, Bexar County Master Gardener.  Bill will share how to take the mystery out of choosing the right soil for the right plant and container.  There are so many different mixes to choose from, and Bill says he’s tried them all.  Find out more »

Lunch & Learn With a Bexar County Master Gardener – Butterflies as Pollinators

October 8 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Bexar County Master Gardeners, 3355 Cherry Ridge, Ste.208, San Antonio, TX 78230. 

Bring your favorite lunch and learn from one of our Bexar County Master Gardeners.  These lunch seminars are free.  However, because of COVID restrictions, reservations are required and must be made in advance because seating is limited.  Please check each event’s date for registration information. Find out more »

Fall is for Planting Trees, Shrubs and Much More

October 9 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Milberger’s Landscaping & Nursery, 3920 North Loop 1604, San Antonio, TX 78247.

Presented by David Rodriguez, Horticulturist, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. Fall is an ideal time to plant in South Central Texas because our cooler night temperatures and better rain chances promote faster root and plant growth.  Join David at this FREE Earth-Kind seminar and learn what you can do in your specific landscape this fall.  Find out more »

Fall Gardening Tasks

October 13 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

San Antonio Botanical Garden, 555 Funston Place, San Antonio, TX 78209.

Presented by Anna Vogler and Lynn Cox, Bexar County Master Gardeners.  While the calendar says it’s fall, our temperatures often say it’s still summer.  How do you determine when fall is actually happening in Texas?  Fall gardening means different things to different gardeners. Find out more »

Fall Color

October 16 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Milberger’s Landscaping & Nursery, 3920 North Loop 1604, San Antonio, TX 78247.

Presented by David Rodriguez, Horticulturist, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. One of the great things about living in South Central Texas is that we have a gorgeous “Second Spring” from September to December every year.  In this FREE seminar, David will show you how to make your landscape explode with vibrant colors this fall. Find out more »

Back to the Basics Beef Cattle Series (Online Presentation)

October 19 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Tuesday, October 19, 2021 – 12:00-2:00 PM ❖ Marketing Calves and Cull Cows – Why timing is important? Dr. David Anderson, Extension Economist – College Station. Fee: $15/class.  Find out more »

Winterizing Irrigation Systems – Guadalupe County MG Lunch & Learn

October 20 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Guadalupe County AgriLife Extension, 210 East Live Oak, Seguin, TX 78155

Guadalupe County Master Gardeners Lunch & Learn Program. Speaker: Marvin Borth, Guadalupe County Master Gardener. Find out more »

BCMG October Monthly Meeting – The Bulb Hunter: A Story Seeking Out Botanical Treasures

October 21 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Bulb collecting adventures turn into a life-altering quest, as Chris searches for heirloom bulbs across the South.  Find out more »

Fall Is For Planting

October 30 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

The Garden Center, 10682 Bandera Rd., San Antonio, TX 78250.

Presented by David Rodriguez, Horticulturist, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. Join David for this FREE seminar and learn about what and how to plant in the fall.  Bring a notebook and all your gardening questions! Free and Open to the Public. Find out more »

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When Do I Plant Wildflower Seeds For Spring Blooms?

Three Tips To Recycle Fall Leaves

Top Tips For a Successful Fall Vegetable Garden

Youth gardening programs grow great kids

Aquaponics for Beginners course now available online

Mosquito populations booming after rains

Plant a pollinator garden to supply immediate food in response to freeze setback

Back to the Basics series on Beef Cattle Production

Early spring lawn to-do list a little different this year

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Frequently check the BCMG Calendar, as that is where all the new, upcoming programs will be posted. Click Here

Past webinars are posted on YouTube for your viewing (or reviewing) pleasure! Check often for new postings! Click here for the list.

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Click to see the full list of available recorded FREE video classes and events:

Just a few of them are:

  • Fall Blooming Flowers and Biennials Planted in Fall
  • Growing Muscadine Grapes in Texas
  • Toys (tools) For Gardening
  • Compost versus Mulch
  • Planting Strawberries
  • Harvesting Pecans
  • Raised Garden Beds, Location, Soil Mixtures and more!
  • Home Fruit Production – Tips for Success!
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Many free, on-line courses you can take at your leisure, covering a range of gardening topics. Developed by Agri-Life Extension, Texas A&M.

Get the full list of FREE classes here

  • Landscape Water Conservation
  • Low-Volume Irrigation
  • Irrigation System Auditing
  • Safe Use and Handling of Pesticides
  • Safe Use and Handling of Fertilizers
  • Composting
  • Designing an Earth–Kind® Landscape
  • Landscaping for Energy Conservation
  • Creating Native Habitat
  • Earth–Kind® Roses
  • Integrated Pest Management

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Call in to Live Radio on Saturday mornings, with your gardening questions for David.
Call in: 210-737-1200 or 1-800-383-9624 on Saturdays from 7 am to 10pm

Or just listen to the show, and learn from everyone else’s questions!

WOAI 1200 AM – Lawn and Garden Show
Host: David Rodriguez, Bexar County AgriLife Extension Horticulturist.

Past shows are archived here, for easy listening on your computer, tablet or phone, anytime! Listen on your phone while you drive!

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Ask a Master Gardener

Master Gardeners are available to help you with your gardening questions. We provide unbiased, research-based, locally relevant gardening information. Free service. You can reach us:

By phone: 210-631-0400 (Ask to speak to a Master Gardener)

Mon-Fri 9 am – Noon, 1-4 pm (Closed on county holidays)

Or Submit A Question Online

Even during Covid-19 precautions, the phones and the Hotline are being operated from home telephones; hotline calls are being directed by AgriLife Extension receptionist Nick Vasquez.

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Stuck inside ordering online? If you are buying on Amazon, please consider using their charitable site to place your order. It’s easy! Just sign in under using your regular Amazon login (bookmark it for easy access) , designate Bexar County Master Gardeners as your charity of choice (upper left corner of the screen), and that’s it! Each time you order from AmazonSmile, a small percentage of your order will be donated to BCMG, at no cost to you. We are grateful for all you do and all you give.

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Congratulations to the 34 MGs who earned their certification pin through September 25, 2021.   These MGs have completed at least 6 hours of Continuing Education, attended at least 2 BCMG monthly meetings and logged in at least 12 volunteer hours to earn their 2022 certification. 

Anderson, Betty

Ballez-Griffin, Sylvia

Bauml, Paul

Bills, Terri L.

Bourquin, Jayne

Breniman, Kathy

Brune, Henry

Butterworth, Leslie K.

Cace, Linda

Campos, George C

Dare, Dwight

Dare, Joyce E

Godwin, Glen J

Gutierrez, Olivia

Hernandez-Lascurain, Sandra

Kennady, Monta C

Lamm, Barbara A

Lutz, Barbara B. B

McLaughlin, Linda D.

McShane, Sherri

Milikien, Linda

Mims, Charles  H.

Mims, LaVunn

Montez, Maria  G

Moss, Anne

Ortiz, Gloria

Qualls, Peggy

Rose, Catherine

Sells, John

Short, Melanie

Simpson, Patricia A

Snow, Art

Socher, Nancy P

Thorton, Wendy

Vann, John

Vogler, Anna M

Warren, Judy

Whitaker, Jane