Monthly Meetings


Meetings are the 1st Wednesday of each month

Coffee & Social   ·   9:30am
Brief Meeting & Program ·   10am

September 7

Jenny Peterson, “Cancer Survivor’s Garden Guide: A Very Personal Garden Therapy Story”

Designer, author and Master Gardener charmed us last year with a program based on her book, “Indoor Décor Design”.  This year, she returns with her personal story of how the joy of creating her own healing garden led her through cancer recovery. Her new book includes plant lists and how simple gardening tasks can become exercise regimens that help with both mind and body. Book signing of “A Cancer Survivor’s Garden Guide” included.


October 5

Debbie Gonzales, “Bring the Beauty of Fall Indoors:  Floral Design that Celebrates the Season” 

Fall is a special time of year to explore new flower material, new colors and new ideas to bring autumn indoors.  Debbie is owner of Oakleaf Florists and was a popular instructor at Garden Center’s Floral Design School last Spring.


November 2

Artists Among Us: A Fall Shopping Bazaar”

Fiber Artists of San Antonio and the San Antonio Bead Society are member organizations of San Antonio Garden Center.  Nine members from each of the groups will set up shop so that we can browse and buy their original wearable and decorative art, and jewelry.  Sale hours will begin at 9:30 before the regular meeting, and continue until 12:30—pausing only for a brief business meeting at 10.


December 7

Music of the Season Performed by Thomas Masinter

Holiday music and foods are a tradition at San Antonio Garden Center.  This year, music will be provided Tom Masinter, professional pianist, composer, music director and arranger. Aside to being an accomplished musician, he also regarded as one of the Southwest’s premiere piano restorers and historians.   Food will be provided by Garden Center members, who bring their favorite holiday dishes to share with friends and members.


January 4       

Judy Barrett, “Yes, You Can Grow Roses!”

Afraid of failure?  Tried so many times you’ve given up?  Judy Barrett will restore your faith in having beautiful roses in your yards with back-to-basics information on selection, organic techniques and pruning.  Judy is a popular garden writer and speaker.  She was the founder and  publisher of Homegrown Texas magazine.  Her other books include Easy Edibles, What Makes Heirloom Plants So Great? What Can I Do with My Herbs? and Recipes From and For the Garden.

Includes book signing.


February 1

Mary Irish, “Tomato-Potato-Chile”

Horticulturist, landscape designer and author takes us on a guided history through the discovery and development of these three food essentials that are a significant part of the cuisine of cultures around the world.  Mary was a long-time gardener, consultant, public garden horticulturist and award winning designer in Arizona and Southern California.  Her books include The Texas Getting Started Guide, A Place All Our Own, and Trees and Shrubs for the Southwest.  She now lives in Castroville and is involved in the greenhouse and plant sales program at San Antonio Botanical Garden.


March 1

Mary Zocchi, “Let’s Grow Lilies—They’re Not Just for Easter Anymore” 

Learn from an expert about the many hybrid varieties of lilies—and how to grow them. Mary is originally from Virginia, but has lived in San Antonio for the past five years. She is currently a Professor of Mathematics at Northwest Vista College.  In Virginia, she was active in garden clubs and lily societies. She is also the current vice president of the National Lily Society, and in July co-chaired the 69th International Lily Show & Symposium, held in Chicago.


April 5

John Bloodsworth, “Viva Fiesta!”

125 + years of fun Fiesta facts.  John works closely with the Battle of Flowers Association to promote the Association’s events, but he is also a Fiesta aficionado who has written and been interviewed extensively on all aspects of San Antonio’s annual 10-day celebration.  He is a freelance writer for several local, regional and national magazines.  He also heads up The Publicity Ranch, a public relations and marketing firm.


May 3

Bob Webster, “Easy Summer Gardening”

Summer gardening San Antonio can be challenging, but why make it harder than it has to be?  Bob will will introduce us to new products, tools and plants to conquer the job.  Bob will also be glad to answer your gardening questions along the way.  Bob is best known as the “Dean of Radio Gardening Show Hosts”, having hosted the KTSA Garden Show continuously since 1992.  He is a strong proponent of organic gardening is also the co-owner of Shades of Green nursery.