Scion- May 2022

Volume 32, Issue #5 – May 2022

Nancy Mills,
BCMG Member at Large


Hello to all!  My name is Nancy Mills and at the present time I am serving as one of the Members At Large for the 2022 BCMG Board.  I was part of the 63rd Intern class (2019) and became involved in a variety of volunteer activities. Some of these include the Children’s Vegetable Garden at the San Antonio Botanical Garden (SABOT) and as a Docent for the SABOT’s Culinary Garden. I also volunteered for the 2020 Rodeo as well as the Youth Task Force. I served as the Secretary for the 2021 BCMG Board, and presently volunteer as a Coordinator for the Speaker’s Bureau and the Youth Task force. As you can tell, I really enjoy all the opportunities to work with other Master Gardeners and the community in various ways.

I am a retired educator with 34 years of experience, 17 of those in Elementary school classrooms and 17 as an NEISD Literacy Specialist. During my stint as a Specialist, I gave many presentations on literacy, wrote literacy curriculum, and trained the trainers (teachers) to become presenters as well.

I am also a “retired” military spouse. My husband, Michael, retired from the Dental Corp after 30 years and presently is an associate professor in Periodontics at the UT Health Science Center. We raised three children and lived in Florida, Greece, Virginia and Germany, with most of our time spent right here in San Antonio.  I am the grandmother (Mimi) of 6 wonderful grandchildren.

The Master Gardener program has given me so many opportunities to explore my passion for gardening! It certainly is a great way to spend my retirement!

Nancy Mills

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

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Gardening Education Opportunities

Current Water Issues Facing San Antonio – Free

May 4 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am

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

Presented by Gail Gallegos, San Antonio Water System. This program will offer ways to become a better water consumer by focusing on current issues such as water restrictions and rates.  A Q&A will follow the presentation. Find out more »

Earth-Kind Garden and Landscape Series: Utilizing Texas Superstar Plants – $20

May 4 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

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

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 final session of a six-part series. Find out more »

Landscape and Patio Citrus – Free

May 7 @ 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 »

Lunch & Learn with a Bexar County Master Gardener – Gardening with Herbs – Free

May 13 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

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

Presented by Grace Emery, Bexar County Master Gardener. Bring your favorite lunch and learn from one of our Bexar County Master Gardeners. Seating is limited to the first 25 respondents, so advance reservations are required.  All others will be waitlisted and notified in the event of a cancellation. Find out more »

Growing Texas Superstar® Color Plants – Free

May 14 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

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

Presented by David Rodriguez, Horticulturist, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. It isn’t easy to become a Texas Superstar® plant.  Only the toughest, most reliable and best-looking plants make the cut.  In this free seminar, David will tell you all about these hardy plants and direct you to the ones most likely to bring loads of color into your garden. Find out more »

Drip Irrigation – $10

May 18 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

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

Presented by John Vann, Bexar County Master Gardener. Find out more »

Growing Plumeria – Free

May 19 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Seguin AgriLife Extension Services Building, 210 E Live Oak St., Seguin, TX 78155.

Presented by Jerry McNulty, Guadalupe County Master Gardener. Monthly meeting presented by Guadalupe County Master Gardeners. Find out more »

Sustainable Landscapes – Free

May 21 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

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

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

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

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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

The phones and the Hotline are being operated from Master Gardener 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.

What is AmazonSmile?

An easy, convenient way for you to support BCMG every time you shop, at no cost to you.

Available at on your web browser and can be activated in the Amazon Shopping app for iOS and Android phones.

Amazon smile has the same prices, selection and convenient shopping experience as

How to Sign Up

Simply go to on your web browser or activate AmazonSmile in the Amazon Shopping app on your iOS or Android phone within the Settings or Programs & Features menu

On your first visit to AmazonSmile, you will be prompted to select a charitable organization to receive donations from your future eligible AmazonSmile purchases.

Use the Search feature to Select:   Bexar County Master Gardeners

That’s it! AmazonSmile will donate 0.5% of your eligible purchases to Bexar County Master Gardeners.

On your web browser, you can add a bookmark to to make it even easier to return and start shopping with AmazonSmile.

Use your existing Amazon  user name and password to sign on to Amazon Smile. No need to create another Amazon account.

Note: Amazon will remember your selected charity. You do not have to select BCMG each time you purchase from We are grateful for all you do and all you give to Bexar County Master Gardeners.

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