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Monday, August 3, 2009 Back to Issue Archive
Garden Like a Master
By Donna Fossum
What really sets Master Gardeners apart from other home gardeners is their special training in horticulture.

Are you new to South Texas? Or, have you been here a while, but still want to know more about landscaping in our area? If you have some spare time, you might want to consider becoming a Bexar County Master Gardener.

What really sets Master Gardeners apart from other home gardeners is their special training in horticulture. In exchange for their training, Master Gardeners contribute time as volunteers, working through their local Extension office to provide horticulture-related information to their communities.

Master Gardeners work closely with the Bexar County Extension Office by answering horticultural questions through the hotline, giving educational talks to local groups, and introducing youth to gardening. They also offer support to 4-H and related programs by presenting information at garden and trade events, organizing educational programs and conferences, and creating and maintaining demonstration gardens.

Before you sign up, ask yourself:

  • Do I want to learn more about the culture and maintenance of many types of plants?
  • Am I eager to participate in a practical and intense training program?
  • Do I look forward to sharing my knowledge with people in my community?
  • Do I have enough time to attend training and to complete the volunteer service?

Applications are being accepted now through August 21 for Class #50, which takes place every Wednesday from noon-4 p.m. August 26-November 18. For more information on the program, including cost, qualifications and a downloadable application, visit

Donna Fossum is a conservation planner for San Antonio Water System.

Last Digit
of Street
0 or 1 Monday
2 or 3 Tuesday
4 or 5 Wednesday
6 or 7 Thursday
8 or 9 Friday
No watering on weekends with a sprinkler, soaker hose or irrigation system. Areas without a street address, such as medians and neighborhood entryways, water on Wednesday.
Watering with an irrigation system or sprinkler is allowed only once a week from 7-11 a.m. and 7-11 p.m. on your designated watering day as determined by your address.
Friday, May 23, 2014
0 in. Bermuda (Full Sun)
0 in. Buffalo (Full Sun)
0 in. St. Augustine (Full Sun)
0 in. St. Augustine (Shade)
0 in. Zoysia (Full Sun)
0 in. Zoysia (Shade)
Rain benefits continue this week with established plants. No water necessary. Hand water newly planted plants. Donna Fossum, SAWS Conservation Planner.

Ask A Garden Geek
What do I do with my crepe myrtles? There are no more flowers.
Remove the twigs with seed pods, but not branches with diameters larger than a pencil, and the tree will re-flower shortly.
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Seasonal Star
Turk's Cap
(Malvaviscus Drummondii)
Perennial, ornamental plant that grows 2-4 feet tall, with unique flowers that are twisted into a tube displaying extended red stamens. Flowers range in color from red to white and they bloom in summer and fall. Very drought tolerant, adapts well to different soils, grows well in full sun or partial shade. Turk's cap is highly attractive to hummingbirds.
Past Peak
(Agapanthus spp.)
Also know as Lily of the Nile, this South African native perennial grows 24-36 inches tall. Produces a 2-6 foot tall stem topped with a cluster of white to dark blue trumpet-shaped fragrant flowers, blooms late spring to early fall. Typically planted in full sun to part shade, agapanthus thrives in the South Texas heat.
Event Calendar
What's Bugging You?
Aug. 8 10 a.m. - Noon
19399 NW Military Hwy.
Who doesn't love creeping, crawling bugs? Holly Camero will lead an exploration into the world of six-legged creatures. Lots of live critters and specimens to observe and examine!
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