2021 November WaterSaver Landscape Design School

The 2021 November WaterSaver Landscape Design School is Coming!

Our next WaterSaver Landscape Design School has been scheduled for:

November 13, 2021, at 9:00 am to 1:00 pm at the SABOT!

(Volunteers, please go to this page for information : Volunteers)

A series of classes will be presented on topics useful for renewing and maintaining  your landscapes after a brutal winter. Light refreshments will be served. Classroom wall will be open for air flow and masks are required inside the classroom when distancing and/or fresh air flow is not possible. If guidelines change, students will be notified before the class. Sponsored by San Antonio Water System and Trinity Glen Rose Groundwater Conservation District. Space is limited.

Fee: $35 ($31.50 SABOT member). Registration Required; deadline is November 12 by 2 p.m. FOUR WaterSaver Rewards Eligible

For more information, and to register, go to Menu above, Programs and click 2021 Fall WaterSaver Landscape Design Schools.

30th Annual Herb Market at the Pearl

Plants, food, education, and fun. What more is there? Activities for all ages. Masks and social distancing will be required unless rules change before then.The fun will take place between 9:00 am & 1:00 pm at the Pearl, adjacent to the Pearl Stable.


October Activities

Monarch Butterfly Presentation, October 6, 2021, ONE REWARDS POINT

Presenter: Julian Chavez is a 2015 UTSA Graduate in the Environmental Science Program.

There were seed bombs for everyone to take home and the ability to plan a monarch garden utilizing magnetic boards.

See pictures

Essentials of Gardening Class, October 18, 2021, 12:00 noon; TWO REWARDS POINTS

Speaker: Drake White, The Nectar Bar Landscaping Company

Topic 1: Propagation of Native Plants

Topic 2: How to Grow Native Plants from Cuttings, Seeds, etc.

Drake White is the founder of The Nectar Bar, a native landscape company, that is dedicated to the conservation of our pollinators. The Nectar Bar specializes in native pollinator gardens, habitat restoration within ecoregions, and community stewardship practices, for both business and residential. The Nectar Bar

The Gardener’s Notebook:

It’s October, my favorite month of the year. Not because of the cooler weather, lower humidity and better chances of rain, but because it’s my birth month. I’ll be another year older and so much wiser, mostly because being a member of GVST and writing this newsletter keeps me learning about all things gardening and everything that grows in the San Antonio area. Membership in GVST has opened many doors and allowed me to meet many gardening and landscaping experts and professionals. Growing up on a farm …..(see more by signing up, using the Menu above, under About GVST to receive the GVST Newsletter every month). DE

October Volunteer Opportunities

The Monarch Butterfly Presentation @ SABOT, held  October 6, 2021, was a great success. Hopefully next year there will be even more Monarchs migrating through and finding fabulous butterfly gardens for their use.

Monthly SAWS Information Table at SABOT. three volunteers needed.

No experience is required, just a friendly face. Board member Richard Geisler will give Volunteers a short briefing/training as Volunteers may be asked questions regarding the SAWS WaterSaver Rewards Program and/or water conservation landscaping methods. Besides helping out,  Richard, perks include getting to know other GVST members and access to the Gardens that same day. If you would like to help out and have fun, click    Volunteer.

Herb Festival @ Pearl, four volunteers needed  Volunteer

GVST has been asked to distribute information at the San Antonio Botanical Gardens once a month for SAWS. Volunteers may sign up for one, or both, two-hour spots. The booth will be set up for a period of four hours in a location to be determined by SABOT.

We are enjoying FAll and our Calendar is loaded with WaterSaver Rewards events so you can use SAWS coupons to replenish your gardens. The coupons are for $30, $50, and $70. Additional events on the Calendar, with no Reward points, will help you  learn how to work smarter, not harder.  We are continuing our in-person Essentials of Gardening classes and you are welcome to bring a “brown bag” lunch or refreshments for yourself to enjoy during the class. As of now, MASKS WILL BE REQUIRED. We will send out a notice if the situation changes so check your email and Facebook regularly. If you have plants to donate, please bring them. If you are looking for plants, we may have them!  We would love to see you at the Garden Center.


Andrew Waring, President

Upcoming Events


Event Venue Date
WaterSaver Landscape Design School San Antonio Botanical Gardens
  • November 13, 2021 9:00 am
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About Us

Our fundamental efforts are focused on water conservation, and environmental awareness while working collectively with fellow private, public and educational organizations to serve as an educational resource for the community.

Announcing Two 2021 Scholarship Recipients


Joining GVST has its perks!
For more information and how to join click About GVST on the Menu above.

2021 Event Photos: Watersaver Landscape Spring  Tour

In June, we conducted our second virtual WaterSaver Landscape Design Tour (the Spring Tour). If you missed the Tour broadcast June 26, or if you want to see if it is as wonderful the second time around, the video is available on Facebook and also on YouTube. Just go to the GVST website Home page Menu and click on either icon. Give the Facebook video about 60-90 seconds to start downloading. You will see some beautiful, water saving landscapes. GVST Home Page