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    BCMG now accepting Scholarship Applications for 2014/2015:  To learn more about the required qualifications and to get an application please click HERE

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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 190+ 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.


    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 create and maintain gardens that showcase plants for our area; we share planting, composting, and irrigation methods; we present information at garden and trade events, organize educational programs and conferences; answer horticultural inquiries over the telephone; present educational programs to various groups; introduce children to gardens through programs in schools; and increase awareness of integrated pest management, water conservation, and other environmental stewardship issues.

    The next Master Gardener training sessions will be held in Spring 2014.  After acceptance into the program, students are required to submit 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.

    Please enjoy our website.

    Lisa Nixon

    President

    Bexar County Master Gardeners 2013 - 2014

    The 2014 Alamo Area Horticulture Show and Contest
    will take place during the Festival of Flowers on May 24, 2014
    at the 
    Alzafar Shrine, 901 N. Loop 1604 (between Blanco Rd. and Stone Oak Pkwy)

    The Festival of Flowers is presented by Texas A&M AgriLIFE Extension, Bexar County Master Gardeners, and the San Antonio Water System.
      

    Additional Information can be found by clicking the links below:

    Click Here to visit Festival of Flowers Website

    http://www.bexarcountymastergardeners.org/invasive-nandina-domestica

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

    Childrens Vegetable Garden?

    The Spring Semester of the Children’s Vegetable Garden began on February 22nd and will be conducted every Saturdayconcluding on June 7th.  To read the weekly agenda please go here


    Keep 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.

    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 has closed for the next Master Gardener class - Class 58, which will begin on March 5th.  For more information call 210 467-6575. 

    TAKE NOTE !!

    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 Morning.  To call in a question during that time, call 210-737-1200 or 1-800-383-WOAI.   

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

    INFORMATIVE WEBSITES

    What’s happening this week throughout the state with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service? http://agrilifeextension.tamu.edu/

    Plant Answers by Dr. Jerry Parsons

    Aggie Horticulture

    Saws Conservation

    Texas Master Gardeners Association

    TCEQ drought information

    INTERESTING READS

    State funding of capital projects versus water conservation

    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