Here’s the latest from the Bexar County Master Gardeners!

February 15, 2017

TOMORROW: Come & Hear Rosarian Ed Bradley @ BCMG Mtg & Ed Seminar

Thu, Feb 16, 1-3pm: Growing Healthy Roses with Rosarian & MG Ed Bradley. Attend for 2 CEUs of annual 3 required at BCMG meetings (Code 003). See MG Calendar! And, pick up your 2017 Membership Card at the meeting.BCMG Board Meets Thu, Feb 16

The BCMG Board of Directors will meet after the Monthly Mtg/Seminar on Thu, Feb 16, at 3355 Cherry Ridge. All members are welcome to observe the meetings; however, in order to accommodate seating, please email the President Jack Downey, that you will be attending.Volunteers for Kindred Elementary School Community Fair
When/Where: Wed, Mar 22, 3-5pm at 7811 Kindred Street  San Antonio 78224

Need two volunteers to man a booth and answer questions on home vegetable gardening. For details, email Anna Vogler.  Vol Code: 980

 Please send in your Birdies for Charity donation. 100% of your donation supports BCMG projects and activities and it’s tax deductible!

Our Two Children’s Vegetable Gardens (CVG) Are Starting!

Help out with the Saturday classes and the Watering Team at SABOT,  or on Tuesdays  at Phil Hardberger Park.

Spring 2017 CVG session @ SABOT begins Sat, Feb 18 and continues thru Jun 3 (8am – Noon each Saturday). Email  Mary Fernandez, or John Mayer. WORK PARTY, this morning, 9am-Noon! (See Vol Events below.)

Spring 2017 CVG session @ Hardberger Park begins Tue, Feb 21 and continues thru Jun 6 (9am – Noon each Tuesday) for children ages 7 to 14. Email Nancy Brown, or call 210-315-5015.

TODAY is Last Day to Drop Off Satsuma Orders!

Texas Superstars $15 each, in 1-gal containers; you can order Seto  and Artic Frost (all other varieties are sold out). Monies from this sale support the BCMG Scholarship Fund and Educational Outreach efforts. Use order form on the BCMG website and drop off your check (payable to Bexar County Master Gardeners) today, Wed, Feb 15, not later than Noon with Angel or Nick at the Bexar County Extension Office, 3355 Cherry Ridge, Suite 212, 78230.
Plant pick-up: 12:30-3:30pm on Thu, Feb 16 at 3355 Cherry Ridge, Suite 208, 78230. Stay and attend the Rose Talk by Local Rosarian and Master Gardener Ed Bradley from 1-3pm!

Bexar County Master Gardener Intern Training Class #61 begins next Wednesday, Feb 22, and continues weekly on Wednesdays until May 24, 2017. Welcome the new students when you see them!

See All the Details on MG Calendar!
– Wed, Feb 15, 6:30-9pm: Secrets of Growing Quality Cacti & Succulents, 1 CEU, Code: 002
– Thu, Feb 16, 1-3pm: Growing Healthy Roses (BCMG Seminar), 2 CEUs, Code: 003

– Thu, Feb 16, 5-8pm: Perennials for San Antonio – Tried, True & Maybe New to You, 2 CEUs, Code: 002.  Fee: $25 per person.

– Thu, Feb 16, 6:30–8:30pm: Phytonutrient Gardening, 1 CEU, Code: 002

– Sat, Feb 18, 9am-Noon: The Allergy Friendly Garden (Boerne), 3 CEUs, Code: 002

– Sat, Feb 18, 9:30-11:30am: It’s Time to Prune!, 2 CEUs, Code: 002

– Sat, Feb 18, 9:45-11:45am: Art and Science of Pruning, 1 CEU, Code: 002

– Sat, Feb 18, 2-3pm: Fruit Tree Pruning 101, 1 CEU, Code: 002

– Wed, Feb 22, 9am-Noon: Fairy Gardens!, 3 CEUs, Code: 002

– Mon-Tue, Feb 27-28: Landscape Design School, 12 CEUs, Code: 001

– Tue-Thu, Feb 28-Mar 2: 2017 National JMG Leader Trg, 11 CEUs, Code: 001

– Thu, Mar 23, 6-8pm: Creating Awesome Containers (BCMG Mtg), 2 CEUs, Code: 003

– Fri, Mar 31 (Classroom) & Field Day–Sat, Apr 1 or Sun, Apr 2: Beekeeping Basics, 10 CEUs, Code: 001


If you are interested in attending, please email David Rodriguez, Extension Agent-Horticulture, Bexar County. BCMG CEU Code: 001.

NEW!  IRRIGATION EFFICIENCY, Mar 20-22, San Antonio – BCMG Calendar

PROPAGATION, Mar 24-25, Arlington –  TMGA website

NEW INFO! RAINWATER HARVESTING , Apr 10-12,  San Antonio – BCMG Calendar

VEGETABLE, Oct 17-19, Bexar County MGs, San Antonio

We now have an easier way to check out speaking opportunities! Head over to theBCMG webpage for a look at the Speakers Schedule. Here’s the direct linkto the Schedule! If you see RED, that means we need your help. Please emailKaren Gardner or call  210-571-3903 if you can help. It’s a great way to knock out your volunteer hours!

Dues are Due!

Pay your Annual Dues of $25 (payable to Bexar County Master Gardeners; drop off, or mail to: 3355 Cherry Ridge, Suite 208, 78230) before March 1, 2017.

SIGN-UPs for many VOLUNTEER EVENTS can now be accomplished online using the Event Calendar in the VOLUNTEER MANAGEMENT SYSTEM (VMS). Find number of volunteers still needed , who has signed up, Project Code and even request an event reminder!

When: Wed, Feb 15, 9am-Noon
Where: CVG @ SABOT (off Pershing & Old Austin HWY)
Info: Need helpers to polish the garden in preparationfor the first day of the program: help cut and prep “seed potatoes” and bring a large sharp knive and cutting board. EmailDavid Rodriguez if you can help on short notice. Vol Code ??.RODEO 2017 (Feb 9-26): Sign-up for Greeter, Van Driver, Youth Programs, Plant Sales, and Tree Give-Away shifts with the contacts listed on our Let’s RODEO page at the BCMG website.  Vol Code 609b.San Antonio Spring Home & Garden Show
When: Fri, Feb 24 -Sun, Feb 26; Set-Up begins Tue, Feb 21
Where: Alamodome, 100 Montana St, 78203
Info: Help is needed to man BCMG Booth & answer gardening questions, help with the plant sale, and assist BCMG Speakers on the Garden Stage. Also, need help to set up and tear down the booth& plant sale area beginning on Tue, Feb 21. Volunteer slots are set on the individual dates at the BCMG Volunteer Management System under the General Event Calendar.  Volunteer codes 607a, b and c. Contact Anna Vogler- anna.vogler@bexarmg.org for questions.NEW –  Feed a Bee Pollinator Event
When: Mon, Feb 27, 7:30-11:30am
Where:  St. John Berchman’s Catholic School, 1147 Cupples Rd, 78226
Info: Looking for pollinator loving volunteers to help prep beds for seeds and plants and/or the educational booths (either presenting or assisting with activities). Breakfast at 7:30am, keynote address, educational rotations to booths, and planting and seed throw.  Please contact Molly Keck at mekeck@ag.tamu.edu if you can help. Vol Code: ???

Monarch Festival at the Zoo: Volunteers needed to sell Milkweed and other plants important to the Monarch Butterfly onMar 4-5 (Sat-Sun) from 10am to 2pm.Saturday volunteers should arrive at 8am to help unload and position plants. Sign up on VMS. Contact Jack Downey for details. Vol Code: 600.

NEW –  Spring Break Nature Camp
When: Mon-Fri, Mar 13-16, 9am-2:30pm
Where: 3355 Cherry Ridge, 78230
Info: Volunteers needed to help 25 Kids participate in various activities related to nature (bird watching, falconry, entomology, horticulture, agriculture, herpetology, experiments, crafts, etc). Held at Extension office with Wednesday field trip to Hardberger Park.  Come all week, or just one day!  Please contact Molly Keck at mekeck@ag.tamu.edu if you can help. Vol Code: ???NEW –  Kindred Elementary School Community Fair
When: Wed, Mar 22, 3-5pm
Where: 7811 Kindred Street  San Antonio 78224
Info: Need two volunteers to man a booth and answer questions on home vegetable gardening. For details, email Anna Vogler.  Vol Code: 980Help out at our Children’s Vegetable Gardens (CVG) this Spring!

Email Mary Fernandez, or John Mayer for information on the Saturday classes and the Watering Team at the SABOT CVG. Contact Nancy Brown, or call 210-315-5015 for details on the Tuesday CVG at Phil Hardberger Park.


VAN DRIVERS:  Shuttle services are provided every day of Rodeo for volunteers. Email Jack Downey, or call  (210) 771-7312 to sign up for following Van Driver shifts:

Feb 17, Fri, 7:30-11:30am and 3:30-8:30pm

Feb 18, Sat, 3:30-8:30pm

Feb 19, Sun, 3:30-8:30pm

Feb 21, Tue 7:30-11:30am

Feb 22, Tue, 7:30-11:30am

Feb 23, Thu, 7:30-11:30am

Feb 24, Fri, 7:30-11:30am

Feb 25, Sat, 7:30-11:30amGREETERS:  Currently only one open shift.  Please email Liz Davenport if you can work on Feb 25, Sat, 4-8pm.

MG BOOTH/PLANT SALES: Email Aurelia Hovell using “2107 Rodeo Sign Up” in subject line, then include in email body: your name, email address, phone contact and day/date/time slot for 1st and 2nd choices for each shift you choose.

Feb 16, Thu, 12:30-4:30pm: 1 MG

Feb 16, Thu, 4-8pm: 1 MG

Feb 17, Fri, 12:30-4:30pm: 1 MG

Feb 18, Sat, 9am-1pm: 2 MGs

Feb 19, Sun, 12:30-4:30pm: 1 MG

Feb 20, Mon, 9am-1pm: 1 MG

Feb 21, Tue, 4-8pm: 1 MG

Feb 22, Wed, 8:30am-1pm: 1 MG

Feb 25, Sat, 9am-1pm: 2 MGs

Feb 25, Sat, 4-8pm: 1 MG

Feb 26, Sun, 1:30-6:30pm: 3 MGs


Dinner Tonight: This recipe from South Carolina might take you away to the beaches for a night: Pan-Roasted Grouper with Carolina Gold Rice Salad. Family Flashlight Night. Explore the San Antonio Botanical Garden (555 Funston Place, 78209) at night on Saturday, Feb 17th from 6-8pm.  Get your flashlights and headlamps ready!  The theme, Outdoor Play at Night, encourages families to discover the nocturnal side of the Garden.  Imagine what it’s like to go camping at the Garden in a Tent City. Entrance Fees:  Adults, $10; Children (age 3-13), $7; Children (under age 3), Free; Senior Citizens (65 and over), Active Military (current ID, dependents not included), and Students (current ID), $8.  Free for Garden members.

BCMG Membership Cards are not being mailed out this year. You can get yours at the Tomorrow’s Meeting (Thu, Feb 16), or pick up your card in the BCMG office from Carol Law (Wednesdays & Fridays).

Rodeo Volunteers, when you come to the Rodeo for your shift, please bring any boxes you may have that can be used by people who buy plants at the MG Booth to transport their purchases home.

Just Announced: 2017 Lone Star Tree Appraisal Workshops will be held on Fri, Mar 3, in Buda, TX from 9am to 5pm and on Fri, Mar 24, in Ft. Worth, TX from 9am to 5pm; fee: $295. Visit the ISA Texas website for details.


At the January 19th Board of Directors meeting, the Board agreed to submit a change to the Bylaws for approval by the membership at our February 16th Meeting/Seminar.  This change will provide for an electronic voting option for the Board of Directors and allow board members to vote on issues when they might otherwise not be able to attend a meeting. The proposed change is being published in the e-Blast/Leaflet and in the Scion prior to the meeting. If you have any comments or questions, please email President Jack Downey.

The Board of Directors may vote by electronic means (i.e., email) when it is deemed necessary by the President of the Board of Directors or a majority vote of the Board of Directors. Paper copies of each individual vote will be retained by the Secretary and attached to the next monthly meeting minutes as a permanent file.  This Presidential authority should be used sparingly so as to not preclude effective and thorough board discussion of issues.

UTSA Student Garden

Our newest community garden will be comprised of six raised beds (40′ x 5′ in a 50′ x 50′ fenced enclosure.  Over 50 UTSA students are working on the project and are seeking Master Gardener mentors and teachers. Two objectives: (1) teach the students gardening practices from A to Z  (garden and classroom presentations), and (2) involve the gardening students in our community projects so they experience working in the community. We need volunteers and, especially a Garden Leader, preferably with experience in our on-going community or children’s gardens. Email Jack Downey, for more information.

Next MG Class Set to Begin Wed, Feb 22, 2017!  Application and Class Schedule for BCMG Class #61 are available on our website, along with all the details on how the program works and what to expect.

Nominate a Fellow MG or Yourself for BCMG Leadership Team

Our BCMG Vice President, Ruben Lozano, is serving as chairperson for this year’s Nominating Committee. Please email Ruben if you are interested in serving on the board and the specific position: President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, At-Large Member, At-Large Member or Membership Director. Term of office is one year (July 1 to June 30).  Every certified Bexar County Master Gardener is eligible for election to the Board. Self-nominations are encouraged!!

Keep Saving Those Clear, 2-Liter Bottles! Youth Gardens Program needs to collect 300 clear, 2-liter soda bottles for summer camp terrariums. Please rinse clean, take off the label, and keep the bottle cap on. Bring your donations to Ruby Zavala’s office, 3355 Cherry Ridge Dr. Suite 212.

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