Scion – October 2023

Welcome Fall! We are entering into the best part of the year to add new landscape plants, shrubs and trees to your garden. It is also a great time to start your “cool season” vegetables. We hope this issue inspires you to spend more time in the garden now that the temperatures are starting to cool. Happy Gardening!

In the Garden…with Bexar County Master Gardeners

Marsha Krassner, Principal Editor “In the Garden”

October Monthly Garden Checklist

How to Get the Most Out of Your Small Garden

By Bonnie Giddens, Bexar County Master Gardener Intern

Growing a Fall Vegetable Garden, Part 2: COOL Weather Vegetables

 Summary by Michelle Hobbs, Bexar County Master Gardener

Photo from Galveston County, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension

Palm Trees & Creating a Tropical Garden

 by Janet Tapp, Bexar County Master Gardener

BCMG News!

Presenter Karen Gardner, BCMG

September Lunch and Learn Presentation

Growing Unusual Vegetables – Presented by Karen Gardner, BCMG

Summary by Sherri McShane, Bexar County Master Gardener

Cyndi Tourtellot

Congratulations Bexar County Master Gardener of the Summer!

Cyndi Tourtellot

Texas A&M AgrilLife Extension News!

Mexican white oak named Texas Superstar shade tree

Native tree offers aesthetics, Texas-toughness for all conditions

A group of Mexican white oak trees on Texas A&M University campus as a bicycler rides by on the adjacent sidewalk.
Mexican white oaks on the Texas A&M University campus. The native trees were named the newest Texas Superstar plant. (Texas A&M AgriLife photo by Michael Miller)

Looking for a Texas Superstar-worthy shade tree? The Mexican white oak fits the bill.  

Mexican white oak, also known as Coahuila oak, Mexican oak, Monterrey oak, Monterrey white oak or net-leaf white oak, performs as a handsome shade, street or park tree across the state, said Mike Arnold, Ph.D., Texas A&M AgriLife Research horticulturist and Texas Superstar executive board member, Bryan-College Station.

The tree is a relative newcomer to the Texas nursery trade, but it has proven to be a great addition as a shade tree because it can tolerate hot, dry, windy conditions, he said.

With a unique blend of adaptability and beauty, this shade tree swiftly earned its place as a Texas Superstar plant, captivating both homeowners and landscaping professionals in the field…

Gardening Education Opportunities

The BCMG Calendar has many new and interesting programs open to the public. Click Here for this month’s offerings.

UPCOMING: Fall/Winter Dig it! series will start October 17th at various San Antonio Public Library branches around town.

Helpful Resources

Ask a Master Gardener

Question: What is the least stressful time of year to plant grass and add new landscape plants? I have been told that fall is a good time for both, but when specifically, would you recommend that I do this? 

Answer: The fall is a great time to plant grass and new plants as it allows the plants to get established and build a good root system without the stresses of the extreme heat of summer. Container grown plants that are woody perennials can be put in the ground anytime but generally the optimal time would be October through December. The grass will need to be transplanted using grass squares and you want to purchase it while it is still growing prior to it going dormant due to frost or shorter winter days.

Answer by Art Vazquez, BCMG

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.

WOAI Lawn and Garden Show

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!

Do you need help choosing plants for your landscaping needs?

Click here for options highly recommended by Texas A&M AgriLife

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