Bexar County Youth Gardeners

Spring 2014 Children's Vegetable Garden

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    Do you know the history of the Children’s Garden?  David Rodriguez, Bexar County Horticulturist Agent with the Bexar County AgriLife Extension office will be sharing the history on Thursday, August 7th at the Men’s Garden Club Meeting.  The meeting begins at 7:30pm and is held at the Grotto Ministry Center located at 5712 Blanco Road….inside NW 410, 0.6 miles, near Oblate Drive.  The meeting is free and is open to the public.

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    Do you have a child or children 8 to 13 in age interested in learning how to vegetable garden and being a good steward for the environment?

    If so, The Children’s Vegetable Garden Program is the place to be this fall.

    This is a 16 consecutive Saturday morning program hosted at the beautiful San Antonio Botanical Garden which starts on August 23 and concludes on December 6.  Applications for the fall session are being taken through August 18; hurry as space is limited.  For more information about the program and to register, please visit

    Volunteer at the Fall Children’s Garden…..

    Volunteer Orientation for the Fall 2014 Session of the Children’s Vegetable Garden Program will be held at the San Antonio Botanical Garden Educational Room, 555 Funston, San Antonio on Aug 9 (Sat) 1:30-3:30pm If you are interested in learning about vegetable gardening and mentoring youth, this is the perfect way to get started!  2 CEUs.  For more information about the orientation please contact Angel Torres at or 210-467-6575.

    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 290+ 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

    Earth-Kind Landscape School to be held in San Antonio


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

    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:

    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.

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