Scion- December 2021

Volume 31, Issue #12 – December 2021

Lynn Cox,
BCMG President


Where has this year gone? I felt like 2020 would never end and now I can’t believe how fast 2021 has gone.

Two years ago, the Bexar County Master Gardener membership elected me as their President. My term started out normally: our part of the 2020 Rodeo was a big success, the Children’s Vegetable Programs were underway, our CULTIVATE! Educational Event was scheduled for March, and we had a full calendar of festivals and speaking engagements coming up. And then things changed, and the Bexar County Master Gardeners changed with it. We focused on answering questions and providing gardening education via phone, email, a new Facebook page, and a new focus for our Scion. We learned to use YouTube and online tools to both improve our own education and to provide online learning opportunities for our community.

As we moved into 2021, we have finally been able to resume many of our educational activities: the Children’s Vegetable Garden Programs, the Culinary Garden Docent Program (with the addition of the CHEF program), Speaker’s Bureau presentations (both in-person and online), as well as many other services.

It has been my honor to serve the Bexar County Master Gardeners and the Bexar County gardening community these past two years.

The Bexar County Master Gardeners 2022 Board of Directors has been elected and will serve the organization and the community well!

May everyone enjoy the coming holidays!


You can now print or download Member Articles to your computer. Just click the Blue Button beneath the article you wish to save, and a pdf version of the article will pop up on your screen. From there, you can print or download using the indicators at the top right of your screen.

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. Closed on December 24 and 25 for Christmas and January 1 and January 3 for New Years.

Monthly Presentations will resume in January 2021.

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Gardening Education Opportunities

Growing Holiday Citrus at SABOT 

December 8 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm, San Antonio Botanical Garden, 555 Funston Place
San Antonio, TX 78209. Free 

      Growing Holiday Citrus Presented by Anna Vogler and Lynn Cox, Bexar County Master Gardeners. Oranges and other citruses have long been a holiday tradition.  Come and learn how to grow the best tasting citruses in your landscape and on your patio.  Join Bexar County Master Gardeners Anna Vogler and Lynn Cox and learn which varieties work best in Bexar County.  Find out more »

Lunch & Learn With a Bexar County Master Gardener – The Legend of the Poinsettia

December 10 @ 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.  We will be meeting from Noon to 1:00 PM on the second Friday of each month.  These lunch seminars are free.  However, because of COVID restrictions, reservations are required and must be made in advance because seating is limited.  Find out more »

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Texas Super Sweet Onion named latest Texas Superstar

Choose the right Christmas tree this holiday season

Three tips to recycle fall leaves

When Do I Plant Wildflower Seeds For Spring Blooms?

Top Tips For a Successful Fall Vegetable Garden

Mosquito populations booming after rains

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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 go to Aggie Horticulture Facebook, where they have regular information and educational videos

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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 following MGs who earned their Master Gardener certification pin in November 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.  The next pin distribution will be December 6 at the Christmas Party. 

Adams, David
Armstrong, Donna
Chu, Marin Rose
Couch, James
Ferguson, Jerry
Fernandez, Mary
Fink, Allison *
Frisch, Judie
Fryer, Larissa *
Hodgins, Holly
Holland-Adams, Sara
Hughes, Sharon

Iltis, Rosalie
Knight, James
Krassner, Marsha
Kuivenhoven, Laura
Lee, Ronald (Butch)
Lhota, Karen Ann
Long, Veronica
Mendez, Rebecca
Meyer, Donna
Milbourn, Catherine
Parsons, Marybeth
Porr, Susan H.

Quandt, Mary
Rascoe, Anna
Rea, Ruth
Sells, John
Simmons, Anne Marie
Staysniak, Wayne *
Tauer, Jan
Valdez, Mary
Valdez, Richard
Waring, Andrew
Wood, Kimber

* Class 63 graduate