Scion- March 2022

Volume 32, Issue #3 – March 2022

Judy Warren ,
BCMG Vice President


Welcome to Spring…We keep hoping that the weather will be fine enough for us to finish clearing out the leaves and cutting back the frozen plants, to be ready for new growth to emerge.  I’m Judy Warren, the current BCMG Vice President.  If you are like me, you can’t wait for this cold weather to end!  There are so many tasks that await us in our yards and gardens.

The San Antonio Water System is collaborating with Bexar County AgriLife Extension and the Bexar County Master Gardeners to bring you information you need to be a successful gardener in Bexar County, all while conserving water.  CULTIVATE! will be available via Zoom on Friday, March 18 from 9 am-2:30 pm and Saturday March 19 from 9 am – 1 pm.  Sessions range from “How to Find Plants that Thrive,” to “Planting for Pollinators,” to “Basics of Landscape Care,” to four other sessions.  Register online here to participate:  I’m looking forward to participating myself. 

As a Master Gardener and San Antonio resident for only a few years, I have found so much pleasure in my garden – planting varieties that thrive with less water and also attract bees and butterflies.  I look forward to sharing another passion – engaging children and youth in school gardens – “Growing Good Kids,” in a future Scion.     

Judy Warren, Vice President, Bexar County Master Gardener Association

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.


If you attended last month’s presentation “Finding Research Based Information” by Skip Richter, you know that he promised a list of his resources. Here is a link to those resources he mentioned: References for Gardening Information Online

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Bexar County Master Gardeners continues its participation in the Champions fore Charity fundraiser and the effort to match a $1000 challenge donation. We are half way there!!! We currently have received $500 towards our goal!!  We ask for your support to help us meet that challenge AND receive an additional 7% match from the Valero Texas Open.

Did you know that you may be able to make a qualified charitable distribution (QCD) directly from your IRA to BCMG? Consult your tax or financial advisor for more information on this strategy that may even lower your taxable income.

We appreciate your consideration. Your donations are welcome through April 11th. The link to make donations is on our website at


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Gardening Education Opportunities


Let’s Kick Off Spring!

March 2 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am

San Antonio Garden Center at the San Antonio Botanical Gardens, 3310 N New Braunfels Ave, San Antonio, TX 78209.  

Presented by David Rodriguez, Horticulturist, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service  Find out more »

Spring into Summer Veggies

March 2 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Rainbow Gardens Nursery, 8516 Bandera Rd, San Antonio, TX 78250.

$10. Spring into Summer Veggies with Karen Gardner, Bexar County Master Gardener  Find out more »

Home Grown Lecture Series 2022

Home Grown Lecture Series 2022 – Tomatoes on the Patio

March 3 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Home Grown Lecture Series 2022 Thursdays, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM (CST) Online, Registration Free

  • March 3, 2022 – Tomatoes on the Patio – Brandi Keller, County Extension Agent-Horticulture
  • April 7, 2022 – Starting Plants from Cuttings – Paul Winski, County Extension Agent-Commercial Horticulture

Find out more »

Plantastic Gardening Seminar (Register by March 1)

March 4 @ 8:30 am – 3:30 pm

Gillespie County AgriLife Extension Service,38 Business Court, Fredericksburg,TX 78624.  

Plantastic Gardening Seminar Presented by Gillespie County AgriLife Extension Service Pre-registration Form due by March 1, 2022 Find out more »

BCMGs at 2022 South Texas Gardening Expo

March 5 @ 8:30 am – 12:00 pm

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 13153 Iron Horse Way, Helotes, TX 78023.  

FREE classes start at 9:00 AM

Bexar County Master Gardeners will present the following seminars:

  • Growing Herbs – Grace Emery – 9:00 & 11:00 AM
  • Good Bugs/Bad Bugs – Bill Swantner – 9:00 & 11:00 AM                                    
  • Container Gardening – Bill Swantner 10:00 AM
  • Rain Barrels – Lou Kellogg – 9:00 & 10:00 AM
  • Texas Turf – Lou Kellogg – 11 AM
  • Drip Irrigation- John Vann – 10:00 AM
  • Growing Vegetables- Michelle Hobbs – 11:00 AM

Find out more »

Spring Vegetable Gardening

March 5 @ 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 Find out more »

2022 Coastal Bend Landscape Conference (Pre-register by Mar 7)

March 9 @ 8:30 am – 2:45 pm

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service – Nueces County, 710 E Main Ave., Suite 1
Robstown, TX 78380.  

$30-$50.  2022 Coastal Bend Landscape Conference Available Online or In Person. Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service 710 E Main Ave., Suite 1 Robstown, Texas 78380.

Topics: Pesticide Rules and Regulations, Citrus Diseases and Pest Management, Common Landscape Pests, Vegetable Diseases, Common Turf Issues, Proper Pruning Methods, Program is available online for $30 and in person for $50, with lunch included. Find out more »

Earth-Kind Garden and Landscape Series: Making Every Drop of Water Count in Lawn and Landscape

March 9 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service – Bexar County, 3355 Cherry Ridge, Ste. 208
San Antonio, TX 78230.  

$20 – $75

Earth-Kind Garden and Landscape Series Presented by David Rodriguez and Certified Master Gardeners.  The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service invites you to come learn how to maximize your garden while preserving and protecting the environment.  The general public, landscape professionals, and Master Gardeners will all benefit from this six-part series. Fee: $20 per session or $75 for all 6 sessions.

  • Session 2 (March 9th)- Making Every Drop of Water Count in Lawn and Landscape
  • Session 3 (March 23rd)- Spring Vegetable Garden
  • Session 4 (April 6th)- Growing Herbs
  • Session 5 (April 20th)-Growing Fruits and Citrus
  • Session 6 (May 4th)- Utilizing Texas Superstar Plants

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Lunch & Learn With a Bexar County Master Gardener – Preparing Your Lawn for Spring

March 11 @ 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.  Please check each event’s date for registration information. Find out more »

CULTIVATE! Earth Friendly Gardening & Landscaping – Free Online Sessions

March 18 @ 9:00 am – 2:30 pm

  • How to Find Plants that Thrive / Bill Swantner    9:00 – 10:00 AM
  • Earth-Kind® Roses / Lynn Cox    10:30 – 11:30 AM
  • Growing Vegetables in Bexar County / David Rodriguez    12:00 – 1:00 PM
  • Planting for Pollinators / Natalie Cervantes    1:30 – 2:30 PM

Find out more »

CULTIVATE! Earth Friendly Gardening & Landscaping – Free Online Sessions

March 19 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

  • Wild About Wildflowers – Growing Texas Wildflowers / Linda Cace    9:00 – 10:00 AM 
  • The Basics of Landscape Ground Covers/Lynn Cox    10:30 – 11:30 AM
  • Texas Superstars® – More than Just a Pretty Plant! / Lynn Cox    12:00 – 1:00 PM

Find out more »

Growing a Spring Vegetable Garden

March 19 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

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

Presented by David Rodriguez, Horticulturist, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. Find out more »


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Pesticides: Proper use key to produce food, protect human

Are Ladybugs Harmful?

Texas Super Sweet Onion named latest Texas Superstar

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 the AgriLife Extension receptionist.

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Last year, Amazon Smile donated $82 to the Master Gardeners, at no cost to Amazon customers. If you shop 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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