2021 WaterSaver Landscape Design School - Virtual - May 10-26

Our GVST WaterSaver Landscape Design School is going Zoom! Two days a week, three weeks!

Refresh your knowledge and learn more about gardening from experienced gardeners in the San Antonio area such as Laura Rogers, Andrew Waring and Ron Csehil. A series of six classes, to be presented on May 10, 12, 17, 19, 24 and 26, from 10:30 am to noon, the class limit will be fifty so register early. In addition to the classes, GVST will send you four books: San Antonio Landscape Care Guide, Gardenstyle SA 100 Best Plants, Native & Adaptive Landscape Plants and the GVST WaterSaver Landscape Design School Study Guide. With the books, you can follow along during the presentations and make notes.

The fee of $30.00 is for the six classes, the four  books, and a personal consultation. A GVST consultant will go to each participant’s home for a no contact visit to see the site and to talk, after the visit, about the participant’s and what personal suggestions the consultant would make. Each session will include time at the end for questions and answers. For  information on the sessions, go to the Design School Menu link, under Programs, above.

To register: Design School


April Activities

Essentials of Gardening Class (Virtual)

Getting to Know Rainbow Gardens-Bandera Rd. with Laura Jarvis, Event Coordinator. Come join GVST as we explore Rainbow Gardens nursery on Bandera Road.

  • April 19, 2021
  • Time: 12:00 – 2:00
  • Registration Required at  Register
  • Speakers: Laura Jarvis & Karen Stamm (3 videos)

(1)’How to Prepare for a Trip to the Nursery’
(2)’Your Plants Froze – Now What?’ (3)’Native Plants for a Butterfly Garden’

Interested in conserving water while saving money? SAWS has amazing conservation programs available to its customers!

The Gardener’s Notebook  

I have noticed how the cold weather was actually good for some plants and seemed to make them grow and bloom. My wisteria bloomed like never before and the red tip Photinias are growing and showing all around town. Another perennial in my yard that has come back strong this spring are my wood ferns on the side of my garage that is in full shade. They grow inches taller every day and are almost full height now. The cold must have been good for the white flowering Spiraea that is blooming in my neighborhood. ……….See more……..sign up above under About GVST and receive the GVST Newsletter every month. DE

Dr. Stein’s Pruning Video Learn to love ugly!  Greg Grant: Dealing with 2021 Freeze Damage



Zooming and Blooming

You are probably still cleaning up after the Big Freeze, just as am I. However, GVST is busy filming episodes for the newish Youtube site and planning our Essentials of Gardening classes. We are making the final decisions for our May Landscape Design School and putting together our Spring Home Tour.  We all lost some plants but the survivors are blooming like crazy, sort of a reward for our patience. So, keep the faith and enjoy the Spring blooms. We have loaded our Calendar with WaterSaver Rewards events so you can watch and use the coupons to replenish your gardens. There are additional events, all to help you learn how to work smarter, not harder. Check out these links.

Also, on our Newsletter this month is a list of links to help you receive your vaccinations if you have not done so. We look are looking forward to  our classes, events and seeing your smiling face, soon! Hope you have a wonderful Easter.

Andrew <andrew@gardeningvolunteers.org>

Andrew Waring, President

Upcoming Events


Event Venue Date
Spring into Texas Superstar Annuals - Online Learning - Rewards Eligible via Zoom
  • April 17, 2021 10:00 am
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Essentials of Gardening - Getting to Know Rainbow Gardens-Bandera Rd. Reward Point via Zoom
  • April 19, 2021 12:00 pm
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Rainwater Harvesting - Online Learning - Rewards Eligible via Zoom
  • April 19, 2021 6:00 pm
Learn more

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