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 . 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
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
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