Master Gardener Opportunities

Volunteer Opportunities

Find More Volunteer Opportunities on the VMS Calendar!

Scholarship Committee Member

Ask a Master Gardener Booth

Co-Chair Lunch & Learn Coordinator

Co-Chair Wanted at Top Tomato Contest!

Author a Scion Article: Any Gardening Topic!

Don’t forget that you can get volunteer hours for writing articles for the Scion.  There is an ongoing need for articles on almost any gardening topic: garden plants, vegetables, fruits, house plants, pollinators, or even composting, drip irrigation, starting seeds, garden tools, etc. But other articles are welcome too! 

If you are interested please pick a topic, then email the Scion Editor with your proposed topic to prevent duplication. The article should be 1-2 pages (which includes space for pictures – so it is really like writing a 1-page article).  We will be glad to edit, add pictures and do the layout as needed. These articles will be used to add more educational content to our Scion.

Guidelines for Scion articles are:

1. Articles must give the reader knowledge about gardening, in some way. 

2. Articles should be 1-2 pages long, preferably in Microsoft Word format (but never in pdf format).
3. All photos must be credited. If you use a photo from the internet, we must list the website the photo came from.

4. Deadline for articles is the 28th of each month, for the next month Scion. If I receive it after the 28th, I will publish it in the following month Scion.

5. All articles will be proofread by 2 people for grammar, spelling and punctuation errors.

6. You receive volunteer hours for writing articles. When you enter your hours in VMS, use Project code 700 and enter “SCION” on the description line.

Code 700: 1 VH/Writing Hour

SaBoT Culinary Garden Docents (Sign up on VMS)

5 Docents are needed each Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday.  

Sign-up on the VMS Culinary Garden Calendar.

Upcoming Busy Dates are:
Mar 19 –  Celebrate Wildflowers!
Apr 2 – Viva Botanica!
Apr 16 &17 – Opening weekend of Steve Tobin’s Rooted Exhibition

Dates: Each Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday
Time: 9:00am – 1:00pm or 10:00am – 2:00pm (but we are flexible)
Contact Coordinator: Grace Emery with any questions

Code 150: 1 VH/Shift Hour.  Find all the details HERE 

Assist with Seminars (Sign up on VMS)

Hardberger Park Children’s Vegetable Garden

Want to spark the gardening bug in a new generation of gardeners? The Hardberger Park Children’s Vegetable Garden may be the place for you. The garden serves homeschooled children ages 5 and up. Volunteers are needed to educate children and parents on good garden practices and to assist with program set-up and garden maintenance. If you are not available on Tuesdays, you can still contribute by joining our watering team.

The Spring session at Hardberger will run Tuesdays, Feb 22 – June 7, 8:30-11:00 a.m.Volunteer orientation will be held Tuesday, Feb 15, 10-11 am.  Regular participation is appreciated, but we have a long season and know that volunteers will not be able to make every session.

For Additional Information please contact Kathy Breniman

Speakers Bureau – Coordinators Team

Additional Members Needed!

Earn VHs at home matching speakers with program requests and updating the log. Team members take turns covering this important duty. Training and support provided. For additional info or to volunteer, contact Anna Vogler. Both Interns and MGs can apply.

Code 500: 1 VH/Work Hour

Education Team 

Additional Members Needed!

The Education Team collaborates to find and book the speakers for our BCMG Monthly Meetings. For additional info or to volunteer, contact Muriel Lanford. Both Interns and MGs can apply.

Code 700: 1 VH/Work Hour

Facebook Team 

Additional Members Needed!

Duties: Organize and co-edit the Facebook Page as a Moderator or Editor.
For more information or to volunteer, email Larissa Fryer 

Code 700 1 VH/Work Hour

Hotline Team 

Days: Fridays
Shift Time: 9:00am – 12:00pm
Location:  Work from home!
Duties: Answering questions from the public 
Contact:Jim Strong, Hotline Team Coordinator
Training: Available (CEs)

Learn More Here!
Code 300: 3 VH/Shift

Continuing Education Opportunities

For a complete listing of all activities offering Master Gardener Continuing Education (CE) see the EVENT CALENDAR on the BCMG Webpage!

Invasive Jumping and Hammerhead Worms

Beekeeping 101 – In Person or Virtual

South Texas Gardening Expo

NEW! South Texas Gardening Expo
Date: Saturday, March 5, 2022
Time: Doors open at 8:30, classes start at 9:00
Location: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
13153 Iron Horse Way, Helotes, TX 78023

Grace Emery: 2  one-hour presentations on growing herbs
Bill Swantner: 2  one-hour presentations on good bugs/bad bugs
 Bill Swantner: 1  one-hour presentation on container gardening
Lou Kellogg: 2 one-hour presentations on rain barrels
Lou Kellogg: 1 one-hour presentation on Texas turf
John Vann: 1 one-hour presentation on drip irrigation
Michelle Hobbs: 1 one-hour presentation on growing vegetables

Cultivate! Earth Friendly Gardening & Landscaping – Free Online Sessions

Friday, March 18, 2022 & Saturday March 19, 2022

Home Grown Lecture Series 2022

March 3, 2022 – Tomatoes on the Patio
April 7, 2022 – Starting Plants from Cuttings
May 5, 2022 – Home Butcher: Making Boudin
June 2, 2022 – 10 Reasons for Yellowing Leaves
July 7, 2022 – Identifying Pest & Disease Issues in the Garden
August 4, 2022 – Safety in the Home Garden
September 1, 2022 – All About Mint
October 6, 2022 – Proper Pruning in the Landscape
November 3, 2022 – Holiday Meats-Not Just Turkey!
December 1, 2022 – Plantable Christmas Tree Alternatives

Earth-Kind Series

February 23:  Introduction to Soils, Mulch & Compost
March 9:  Making Every Drop of Water Count in Lawn & Landscape
March 23:  Spring Vegetable Garden
April 6:  Growing Herbs
April 20:  Growing Fruit & Citrus
May 4:  Utilizing Texas Superstar Plants

Times: 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Cost: $20 per session or $75 for all 6 sessions 
Speaker:  Horticulturist David Rodriguez and Certified Bexar County Master Gardeners
Registration Required: Register here. 
Location: Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office. 3355 Cherry Ridge Dr., Ste. 208, SA TX, 78230
Code 001: 1 CE per instructional hour. 

AgriLife Seminars

Topic: Spring Cleanup & To-Do’s
Instructor: David Rodriguez

Code 001: 1 CE per instructional hour.

Master Gardener at the SABoT Summer Series

March: Propagation 101

April: Pollinator Gardening

May: Japanese Gardening – Texas Style!

June: Surviving the Summer Heat

July: Shady Characters in the Garden

Aug: Texas Native Annuals & Perennials for Your Landscape

The Advanced Training Course, Trees & Tree Care

Date: March 31 – Apr 2, 2022
Location: The Spring 2022 session will be taught virtually
Participation Requirements: To be eligible for the Advanced Master Gardener Trees and Tree Care training, an individual must possess an up-to-date Master Gardener certification, or be an employee of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. Master Gardener application must be approved by their local County Extension Agent.
Fee: $125 and if you wish to purchase a denim shirt, it will be an additional $40.
Registration Deadline: March 1st, 2022.  

Please send your form to Nick Vazquez. He will get approval from the County Extension Agent and email the form back to you with the authorized signature. When you receive your signed form, you will then mail it with your check to the Tarrance County MGs at the address listed on the form. AgriLife will not mail your form and check to TCMGA for you.

Code 001: CE Per course Schedule

Special Note: If you are approved to take this class, you will be asked to make Speakers Bureau presentations about this topic. BCMG has suspended reimbursement for Advanced Courses in 2022.
Form:  Please fill out the form and send it to Nick Vazquez, for approval, before making the payment. 

Lunch & Learn

Preparing Your Lawn for Spring

Date: Friday, March 11, 2021 (Second Friday)
Time:  12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Speaker: MG Lou Kellogg
Location: AgriLife Extension Office, Ste 208
Registration Required: Registration is OPEN; Text Only to 210-416-3578 or email Bill Swantner

Code 001: 1 CE
Note:  If you do not get a response, Bill did not get your registration.

April Lunch & Learn: Canceled

BCMG Monthly Meeting:
The Aroid Addiction
, March 17, 2022

Virtual Learning for CE Credit

CE Training is available Online, Including The Practicing Gardener by Bill Swantner, Horticulture & Gardening Webinar Series with David Rodriguez, & Entomology Webinar Series with Entomologist Molly Keck

See this Flyer for all the opportunities!