BCMG Teams & Committees
A team is for projects/programs that run all year long.
A committee is for one-time events.
Members can access the phone and email addresses for all leads in the VMS General Roster.
Ask a Master Gardener Team
Co-Leads: Butch Lee & Linda Milikien
Team provides horticulture information, resources, and responds to questions related to horticulture/gardening at public events. Teams also increase the knowledge and awareness of the public of the BCMG and AgriLife Extension mission to provide unbiased, research-based, locally-relevant gardening education to the community.
Sub Team – Green Thumb Team
Lead: Linda Milikien
The Green Thumb Team focuses on general public events.
Sub Team – Red White, and Blue Team
Co-Leads: Butch Lee &
The Red, White, and Blue Team focuses on the Military community of active duty, veterans, and dependents. These events are often held on military bases.
Lead: Judy Warren
The mission of the BCMG Awards Committee is to annually identify and describe the outstanding BCMG people, projects, programs, research and association to submit by the specified deadline to the Texas Master Gardener Association Search for Excellence Awards Program.
Co-Leads: Maria Salvatierra & Debbie Murphy[Description coming soon!]
Communication Team (CommTeam)
Lead: Ann Marie Pease
The Communication Team coordinates both the internal communication (within the membership) as well as the external communication (to the community).
Sub Team – Encyclopedia Team
Lead:[Description coming soon!]
Sub Team – Facebook Team
Lead: Larissa Fryer[Description coming soon!]
Sub Team – Leaflet Team
Lead: Nora Fellows[Description coming soon!]
Sub Team – Publicity Team
Co-Leads: Brigid Oman & Kimberly Casillas[Description coming soon!]
Sub Team – Scion Team
Editor: Michelle Hobbs
Articles Manager: Marsha Krassner
The Scion newsletter is a monthly publication that provides relevant and timely gardening information and gardening educational opportunities for Bexar County Master Gardeners (BCMG) and other interested subscribers.
The newsletter is also an effective marketing tool for increasing readers’ knowledge and understanding of the various programs and opportunities offered by the BCMG program and Texas A&M AgrilLife Extension.
Sub Team – VMS Calendar Team
Co-Leads: Dave Adams & Sara Holland-Adams
[Description coming soon!]
Sub Team – Website Calendar Team
Lead: Ann Vargas[Description coming soon!]
Sub Team – Website Content Team
Lead: Owen Keiser[Description coming soon!]
Sub Team – Website Online Forms & WooCommerce Team
Lead: Lynn Cox
Online forms on the website are used to provide community members with the option to ask gardening questions, request a speaker, and apply for training. Other online forms are created as the need arises. WooCommerce is used to manage BCMG’s online sales. Team members enter product information and run reports as requested.
Children’s Vegetable Garden Teams
The Children’s Vegetable Garden (CVG) Program is a Bexar County AgriLife Extension Program which, through partnerships with community organizations, provides gardening opportunities for children.
The program offers two 16-seek sessions (spring and fall) for children to get hands-on gardening experience from Master Gardener mentors as they tend their plots and learn to plant, grow, and harvest vegetables.
Sub Team – Phil Harberger Park Team
Co-Leads: Kathy Breniman & Linda Cace
The Phil Hardberger Park Team works with the home school community on Tuesdays.
Sub Team – San Antonio Botanical Garden Team
Co-Leads: Mary Fernandez & John Mayer
The San Antonio Botanical Garden Team works with community children on Saturdays.
Culinary Garden Docent Team
Co-Leads: Nancy Mills & Judy Warren[Description]
Note: New Docents will be trained in 2023
Co-Leads: Muriel Lanford & Bill Swantner
The primary purpose of the Education Team is to provide a variety of relevant education on various gardening topics of interest for BCMG monthly membership meetings, which can be used for continuing education. Depending on current resources, the Team may be asked to assist with other education-related events, such as Lunch & Learn, CULTIVATE!, or other educational events.
Gilded Gardeners Team
Lead: Cindy Hernandez
The primary purpose of the Gilded Gardeners Team is decorate at various events.
Heavy Lifters Team
Lead: Jorge Noverola
The primary purpose of the Heavy Lifters Team is help transport and set up heavy materials (canopies, tables, etc.) at various event.
Lead: Art Vazquez
The primary purpose of the Hotline Team is to answer the publics gardening questions that come by phone or from our [email protected] email.
Lunch & Learn Team
Lead: Regina Maspero[Description is coming soon!]
Poinsettia Sale Committee
Lead: Kimberly Casillas
The Poinsettia Sale Committee coordinates all aspects of the sale leading up to the delivery day: coordinating the stock, arranging for online sales, coordinating dates for deliveries, drafting publicity messages, etc. Additional volunteers needed for the delivery day are solicited through the Leaflet and VMS Calendar at a time closer to the event. This supports the BCMG mission of improving horticultural knowledge and practices within Bexar County by providing funding for the educational events.
Lead: Bill Swantner
Description coming soon.
Lead: Angie Kirby
The goal of the Scholarship Committee is to provide a $2,000.00 scholarship to a deserving College/University student majoring in horticulture or related agricultural area. The mission of the committee is to provide information about the BCMG Scholarship and the application process and deadline to Texas Colleges and Universities with Horticultural Departments, to market the Scholarship opportunity within Bexar County, to collect and score the applications based on a predetermined rubric, and to identify the most deserving student to receive the scholarship award. This supports the BCMG mission of improving horticultural knowledge and practices within Bexar County.
Speakers Bureau Team
Lead: Anna Vogler
The mission of the Speakers Bureau Team is to provide educational presentations on a wide range of gardening topics to the public. Speakers present at BCMG education events such as CULTIVATE!, Lunch & Learn, Second Wednesdays at the SABOT, as well as to groups/organizations who request a speaker. Team members can choose the topic(s) they are comfortable giving. Approved presentations are housed in the Speakers Bureau Library for speakers to use. Other team members research and develop new presentation for the Speakers Bureau Library. Team members can choose to be speakers, developers, or both.
Spring Bloom Committee
Lead: Bridget Oman
The primary purpose of this event is to provide the public with MGs and Interns that can answer their gardening questions. A BCMG plant sale is also included at this event.
Top Tomato Committee
Co-Leads: Desiree Linson & Darcy Mix
The Top Tomato Contest is a fun event hosted at Fanick’s Nursery. Community gardeners bring their best tomatoes in a variety of categories to be judged by civic and industry leaders. The Top Tomato Team coordinates the event in conjunction with the Horticulture Agent, Fanick Nursery, and the Ask a MG Team. Any additional volunteers needed for the day of the event are solicited through the Leaflet and VMS Calendar.
Youth Garden Buddies Team
Lead: Andres Villagran, AgriLife Extension Youth Garden Coordinator
Youth Garden Buddies Team (YGBT) focuses on educating and mentoring the next generation through gardening. Our mission is to mentor the next generation in the field of gardening. Much of our work specializes in direct interaction with the youth through school gardens, children’s vegetable gardening, local events/festivals, and preparation for such. This team offers a focus on youth components of BCMG, supporting the mission and purpose of the organization.