Monthly Meetings


Meetings are normally the 1st Wednesday of each month / September through May

Coffee, Social and Pass Along Plant Exchange at 9:30am
Brief Meeting Followed by the Program at 10am.

Click here for a printable schedule-at-a-glance  (PDF)

September 6

Nursery owner Mark Fanick on Grow Your Own Fall Vegetables—on Your Patio! 

Mark owns San Antonio’s oldest garden center and nursery, started by his grandfather John Fanick. He has ideas on what fall and winter vegetables you can harvest from containers on your patio.  Marks also has tips on how to incorporate leafy, cool-weather vegetables and herbs to mix with ornamentals for attractive seasonal container gardens.

October 4

Using Herbs as Ground Cover and Landscape Ornamentals with Robbi Daves Will

Robbi is a horticulturist and herb enthusiast.  Many of us know Robbi from the Antique Rose Emporium that she managed for many years, and is now a wholesale representative for the original ARE in east Texas. Robbi’s talk will focus on how to get the most of your landscape by using fragrant, edible herbs in place of perennials, annuals and yes, even ground covers!

November 1

The Traveling Gardener:  A Historic Look at the Famous and Beloved Gardens of the World

Presented by Leslie Bingham, a past president of the San Antonio Herb Society who has visited gardens throughout the world.  She’ll share her favorites with us, and undoubtedly plant the seeds for our own future destination vacations! Leslie charmed us as a speaker two years ago when she enlightened us about the herbs, vegetables and edible plants of early Texas holiday feasts.

December 6

Celebrating the Season

Our annual holiday celebration featuring the music and food of the season.  Live entertainment and delicious food at our traditional Tasting Luncheon…where our members –and experienced ‘culinary experts’ share their favorite dishes and recipes with all those who attend.  Invite  your friends—the public is welcome.

January 10     NOTE:  This month’s meeting is held on the SECOND Wednesday due to the New Year’s holiday.

Growing Patio Citrus with David Rodriguez

We’ll follow up on our fall theme of how you can make the most out of small space gardening.  While Mark Fanick told us about appropriate vegetables and herbs to grow in containers on sunny patios, David is going to talk on citrus that you can grow as small shrubs, also in containers.  David is the co-host of the WOAI Lawn and Garden Show and a Horticulture Specialist with Texas AgriLife Extension Service.

February 7

Plant a Texas-Style Cut Flower Garden with Dr. Calvin Finch

Part 1 of a two-part cut-flower series.  We think that all of us would like to go out into our yard and snip a few blooms for a table arrangement. But we know that in Texas, we are limited to exactly what we can grow and when.  Calvin has tips based on his own experience as growing cut-flowers in his San Antonio backyard garden.  Horticulturist Calvin Finch is co-host of the Gardening South Texas show that originates from Milberger’s Nursery every Saturday and Sunday.

March 7

Flower Arranging with Cut-Flowers

We’ve invited Gretchen O’Neill to speak as the natural follow-up on Calvin’s advice about planting a cut-flower garden.  Gretchen owns Petals, Ink Floral Artistry in Austin.  Her family’s business started with an urban patch of land near downtown Austin that they called The Petal Patch.  Since then, they have expanded their growing operation and are now farming seven acres of cut flowers northeast of downtown Austin they call Grassdale. She creates floral designs for every occasion, and most recently has launched Austin’s first mobile flower truck (think food truck) offering for sale 100% locally-grown flowers.

April 4

San Antonio’s Tri-Centennial and the Preservation of Our History

A few years ago, Lewis Fisher tackled the task of writing a history of the San Antonio Conservation Society. What better time to learn about the how the Society has preserved San Antonio’s most historic structures than during the year of our tri-centennial and Fiesta San Antonio.  The book is Preserving San Antonio and it pays homage to the San Antonio Conservation Society—a new Garden Center member organization. It also ties into our Fiesta month—since the Society is the founder and sponsor of the annual Night in Old San Antonio celebration.

May 2

Mexican Herbs and Spices for the San Antonio Kitchen

Not long ago, local restauranteur Cappy Lawton teamed up with chef and food writer Chris Waters Dunn to collaborate on the book, Enchiladas: Aztec to Tex-Mex.  A chapter in the book deals with the selection and growing of herbs that are available throughout the year, that are easily grown in home gardens, and that are the staples of the southwest and Tex-Mex cooking.  Books available for purchase and signing.

New Officers of Garden Center for 2018-2019 will be installed after Chris’ talk.