This is a 16 consecutive Saturday morning program hosted at the beautiful San Antonio Botanical Garden which started on August 23 and concludes on December 6.  Volunteers are always welcome to help each Saturday! If you are able to volunteer, please contact David at dhrodriguez@ag.tamu.edu.

Check out the NEW Bexar County Youth Gardens Program FaceBook Page 

Website for Youth Gardens Program is now HERE

Welcome to the Bexar County Master Gardener Website!

Bexar County Master Gardeners are trained, certified volunteers who support the educational horticulture programs and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension service in Bexar County. We work with County Extension Agent-Horticulture David Rodriguez to help create and maintain gardens that showcase plants for our area; help with trial gardens and field research; share planting, composting, and irrigation methods; present information at garden and trade events; answer horticultural inquiries over the telephone; organize and/or present educational programs to various groups; introduce children to gardens through programs in schools and the Children’s Vegetable Garden; and increase awareness of integrated pest management, water conservation, and other environmental stewardship issues.

Master Gardener training sessions are held in spring. Classes are held on Wednesdays from 12 pm to 4 pm. After acceptance into the program, intern students are required to submit to a background check, attend the 13-week course, and complete 50 hours of volunteer service within a year before they are certified as a Master Gardener. Lectures by experts in their field, hands-on activities, and field trips make up the classroom experience. A large variety of volunteer activities offered throughout the year provide ample opportunity to complete the service requirement. After initial certification, Master Gardeners are required to complete 30 hours of service and 6 continuing education hours each year to re-certify.

Learning and teaching others is the Bexar County Master Gardener mission. We are “hands-on” gardeners who are interested in sharing all aspects of gardening with anyone who will listen.

Barbara Lutz                                                                             President 2014 -2015

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Did you know the BCMG organization has a FaceBook Group?  It is an Open Group (anyone can see the group, who is in it, and what they have posted).  Using social media (FaceBook) is a method of outreach to promote horticultural education and service to the community.  It is a great way to share gardening news and ideas, ask questions about plants, or post a favorite botanical photo.  

Why not join the 345 members of the BCMG FaceBook Group today!  Anyone (BCMG member, or not) anywhere (out of the County, or out of the state) can join.  If you have a FaceBook account, just log in and search for Bexar County Master Gardeners.  Click on “Join Group” in the upper right of the screen and you will receive an invitation to the group.

For photos, ribbons and results from the Horticulture  Show at the Festival of Flowers click HERE

At the Bexar County Master Gardeners (BCMG) Meeting on Thursday, November 20th from 6-8pm, you can learn all about Heritage, Heirloom and Pass-along Plants with Numa Laiche and Jamie Daily.  1.5 CEUs.  Meeting is free and open to the public at Colonies House Meeting Room, 3511 Colony Dr, San Antonio.  Social at 6pm.  If you have questions, please call 210-467-6575.

Weekly e-Blasts and News:  BCMG sends out an e-Blast on Tuesdays and an abbreviated news blast on some Fridays.  To read the past two e-Blasts, please go here


Need Information or Have Gardening Questions?  Contact the Bexar County Master Gardener Hotline, Monday - Friday, 9am - 4pm. Phone: 210-467-6575 Or, Email: info@bexarcountymastergardeners.org

For the Complete Information on Events and Volunteer & Learning Opportunities, please go to our Calendar found here

Read about Bexar County's Youth Gardening Program:  http://today.agrilife.org/2013/05/14/bexar-county-youth-gardens/

If you have questions about plants in general, or plants with problems, listen  to David Rodriguez's Home and Garden Show on WOAI (1200 AM) between 7-10am, Saturday Mornings.  To call in a question during that time, call 210-737-1200 or 1-800-383-WOAI.   

Bexar County Master Gardeners is offering for sale “The Vegetable Book – a Guide to Texas Gardening” by Dr. Sam Cotner for $25, sales tax included. 

Stay  Up-to-Date on the Latest News in the World of Horticulture: 

AgriLife Extension Opens Doors to Texas Strawberry Industry Revitalization David Rodriguez and Master gardeners have a small comparison study at CVGP and also down South in Poteet.

Maroon Bluebonnets:

Texas Headed for Another Record Drought

Since the Cooperative Extension Program is celebrating 100 years this year (2014), David Rodriguez suggests that this would be a good read and provide a better understanding of the History and the Importance of Extension to our membership. http://www.csrees.usda.gov/qlinks/extension.html

Water Resources for Homeowners:  http://water.tamu.edu/water-resources-homeowners/ 

Interested in Becoming a Master Gardener?   The Master Gardener Program provides invaluable training and educational opportunities.  Individuals can advance their gardening expertise, plus gain self-satisfaction through volunteer efforts.  The volunteer aspect of the Master Gardener program allows individuals to dedicate their time and talents to enhancing the quality of life for citizens of their community using the science and art of horticulture. Registration for the next session, Class 59, will available in November.  For more information, call 210 467-6575.