2015 April Local Gardening Events/Workshops of Interest

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APRIL

APRIL 4

  • Pollinators in Peril: Citizens to the Rescue! with Michael Eckenfels.  This presentation will provide an overview of the problems and specific actions homeowners can take to help stem the loss of these essential partners.   FROM 9:00 am - 11:00 am @ The Houston Arboretum & Nature Center, 4501 Woodway Drive, Houston, TX 77024; 713.681.8433. Cost is $20 members / $35 non-members.  More Info: http://houstonarboretum.org/events/nature-revealed-pollinators-in-peril/
  • Cornelius Nursery Free Lecture: Perennials best for Texas from 10:15 am - 11:00 am; Explore the wonderful world of perennials and learn to create a garden that has interesting, beautiful plants blooming in every season! Our experts will guide you through planning, garden prep, and care of the most beautiful perennials for Texas!  Located at 2233 South Voss Road, Houston, TX 77057.  Phone: 713.292.0898.  More Info at: http://www.corneliusnurseries.com/events/

APRIL 8

  • "Lunch Bunch" : Aquatic Plants - Not as Hard as You Think" noon-2 p.m. @ Mercer Botanic Garden: 22306 Aldine Westfield Road, Humble, TX, 77338; (281) 443-8731.  Bring your lunch and enjoy presentations that cover the latest trends on gardening and a variety of related topics.  FREELunch Bunch held every 2nd Wednesday of the month.  More info: http://themercersociety.org

APRIL 9

  • Harris County Master Gardeners' Green Thumb Lecture Series: Basic Irrigation & Rainwater Harvesting (second Thursdays through Oct. 8th), 6:30–8:30 p.m. at Barbara Bush Library - 6817 Cypresswood Drive, Spring, TX 77379.  FREE.  Space is limited so please call to register 281.855.5600.  Note: There are other Houston library locations and dates in this same series.  More info:   http://hcmga.tamu.edu/Public/pubGreenThumb.aspx
  • Ornamedible Climbers Class with Angela Chandler from the Garden Academy: 10 am @ The Arbor Gate, 15635 FM 2920, Tomball, TX; (281) 351-8851.  FREE.  More info: http://www.arborgate.com/classes.php
  • Purple Martins: Aerial Insectivores  - Learn more about the amazing species and how to be a successful purple martin landlord.  Thursday, April 9, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. with Mary Anne Weber, from Houston Audubon at the L.G.I. Lecture Hall.  For more info visit: http://www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov/index.aspx

APRIL 11

  • Keep Houston Beautiful Day - 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM Rain or Shine at Multiple locations throughout Houston.  The event kicks off the national Great American Cleanup and celebrates the Don't mess with Texas Trash-Off in Houston.  This year we will also be encouraging you to join us as we help one of nature’s most magical creatures, the monarch butterfly, by planting milkweed seeds throughout the community.  Registration Now Open!  More info at: http://www.houstonbeautiful.org/keep-houston-beautiful-day.html
  • Spring Plant sale & Presentation:  9 am - 2 pm (or until sold out) @ White Oak Conference Center, 7603 Antoine, Houston, TX; 713-895-8021.  Proceeds go to raise funds for white Oak Butterfly & Hummingbird Garden.  The Presentation by Horticulture Expert Heidi Sheesley from Treesearch Farms begins at 9 am and the sale commences at 10 am.  More info at: www.treesearchfarms.biz/
  • The Southern Garden Class with Dr. William Welch from Texas A&M, and Chris Wiesinger from Southern Bulb Co.: 10 am @ The Arbor Gate, 15635 FM 2920, Tomball, TX; (281) 351-8851.  FREE.  More info: http://www.arborgate.com/classes.php
  • Exploring Nature: Edible Wild Plants with Dr. Mark Vorderbruggen: 9:00 - 1:00 @ The Houston Arboretum & Nature Center, 4501 Woodway Drive, Houston, TX 77024; 713.681.8433.  Topics will include: Hands-on plant identification, Responsible harvesting techniques, Preparation of foods, Dangerous mimics and poisonous plants, Edible landscaping.  Cost: $40 - Members / $65 - Non-members.  More Info: http://houstonarboretum.org/events/edible-wild-plants-4-11-15/
  • Peckerwood Garden Open Day - Enjoy a 1 hour guided tour of Peckerwood Garden and an opportunity to purchase many of the plants featured in the garden from their nursery.  Peckerwood Garden Open Day hours are 10:00-4:00 pm. Guided tours cost $10 per person and are offered each day at 11 am and 1 pm.  You may reserve a place on the tour of your choice in advance.  Peckerwood Garden is poised on the edge of three climatic zones is one of America's most unique garden environments, with a collection of rare plants.  Located at: 20559 FM 359 Road, Hempstead, Texas, 77445.  Phone: 979-826-3232.  More info: http://www.peckerwoodgarden.org/
  • Cornelius Nursery Free Lecture: Plant for butterflies & Hummingbirds from 10:15 am - 11:00 am; Experts guide you in choosing the right plants to attract Hummingbirds and Butterflies! Plus create the perfect conditions to turn your garden into a haven for these flying beauties. Located at 2233 South Voss Road, Houston, TX 77057.  Phone: 713.292.0898.  More Info at: http://www.corneliusnurseries.com/events/
  • SFA Gardens at Stephen F. Austin State University will host its annual Garden Gala Day Spring Plant Sale and Earth Day Celebration from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday, April 11, 2015 at the SFA Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet Street, in historic Nacogdoches, Texas.
  • Urban Harvest Class - Constructing the Home Vegetable and Fruit Garden, from 9:00 am - 11:30 am with Instructor Danny Millikin. This class is for anyone who wants to build a vegetable or fruit garden at their home. Each step of the process will be demonstrated or shown in the garden.  Class to be held at University of St. Thomas, Welder Hall, room 115: 3812 Yoakum Blvd, Houston, TX 77006; campus map: Bldg. #13.  Cost: $45  For more information visit: urbanharvest.org/classes
  • Last Urban Harvest Fruit Tree Sale of 2015 - Local experts will be on hand at the eastside Famers Market, 3100 Richmond Avenue from 8 am until noon to answer questions and help you select the right tree for your orchard.  There will be a variety of quality, local fruit trees that are suited for the Gulf Coast region.  More info at: http://urbanharvest.org/blog/-/blogs/never-too-early-to-start-your-orchard-fruit-tree-sale-set-for-april-11

APRIL 12

  • Landscape Design Class with Gaye Hammond: 11 am @ The Arbor Gate, 15635 FM 2920, Tomball, TX; (281) 351-8851.  FREE.  More info: http://www.arborgate.com/classes.php
  • Create a Patio Garden with Instructor Joe Blanton (part of the Sustainable Home & Garden series): 2:00 - 4:00 @ The Houston Arboretum & Nature Center, 4501 Woodway Drive, Houston, TX 77024; 713.681.8433.  Cost: $40 - Members, $65 - Non-members.  Living in an apartment or townhouse doesn’t mean living without plant life!   GREAT MOTHER'S DAY ACTIVITY!  More Info: http://houstonarboretum.org/home-and-garden/

APRIL 18

  • A Tree for Every Place Class with Paul Cox.: 10 am @ The Arbor Gate, 15635 FM 2920, Tomball, TX; (281) 351-8851.  FREE.  More info: http://www.arborgate.com/classes.php
  • Urban Harvest Class - Compost: At the Root of Healthy Soil   from 9:00 am - 11:30 am with Instructor Angela Chandler.  This class will give you the basic knowledge you need to choose the methods that work best for you, and turn green waste into garden gold. We will cover everything from basic bins to vermi-composting.  Class to be held at University of St. Thomas, Welder Hall, room 115: 3812 Yoakum Blvd, Houston, TX 77006; campus map: Bldg. #13.  Cost: $45  For more information visit: urbanharvest.org/classes
  • Garden Conservancy’s Houston Open Day - Visit special private gardens (atleast 6) in Houston on this tour presented annually by the Garden Conservancy. Held from 10 AM - 4 pm, the Houston tour benefits Peckerwood Garden, and their volunteers are organizing a plant sale and refreshments as part of the day.  Admission to the private gardens is $7 per person.  More info at: https://www.gardenconservancy.org/events/all-events/houston-tx-open-day
  • Strawberry Field Day at PIF - 9 am - 11 am at Westbury Community Gardens (12581 Dunlap, Houston TX, 77035)  Plant It Forward farms will host Strawberry Field Day.  All are welcome to walk through the berry patch to observe this Ag Extension prototype strawberry operation focusing on how they use NEEM oil to treat mites on strawberries.  More info at: http://westburycommunitygarden.org/?event=strawberry-fields-day-at-pif
  • Cornelius Nursery Free Lecture: Flowers & Vegetables from 10:15 am - 11:00 am; Discover fabulous flowers and vegetables from one of the premiere growers in the country!  Located at 2233 South Voss Road, Houston, TX 77057.  Phone: 713.292.0898.  More Info at: http://www.corneliusnurseries.com/events/

APRIL 19

  • Bee-Friendly Forum - An informal meeting to disucss all things BEE!: 11 am  @ The Arbor Gate, 15635 FM 2920, Tomball, TX; (281) 351-8851.  FREE.  More info: http://www.arborgate.com/classes.php
  • Peckerwood Garden Open Day - Enjoy a 1 hour guided tour of Peckerwood Garden and an opportunity to purchase many of the plants featured in the garden from their nursery.  Peckerwood Garden Open Day hours are 10:00-4:00 pm. Guided tours cost $10 per person and are offered each day at 11 am and 1 pm.  You may reserve a place on the tour of your choice in advance.  Peckerwood Garden is poised on the edge of three climatic zones is one of America's most unique garden environments, with a collection of rare plants.  Located at: 20559 FM 359 Road, Hempstead, Texas, 77445.  Phone: 979-826-3232.  More info: http://www.peckerwoodgarden.org/

APRIL 20

  • Children's Story Time in the Garden: 10:30 am - 11:30 am @ Mercer Botanic Gardens,  22306 Aldine Westfield Road, Humble, TX, 77338; (281) 443-8731.  Children’s Librarian, along with Mercer volunteers, share some of their favorite nature books with children and their parents in the Mercer gardens. A craft project is included. Check in at the Visitor Center for the specific location.  Recurring on the Third Monday of the month until.   FREE.  More info: http://www.hcp4.net/Calendar/

APRIL 23

  • The Evergreen Herb Garden Class with Henry Flowers from Festival Hill Gardens: 10 am @ The Arbor Gate, 15635 FM 2920, Tomball, TX; (281) 351-8851.  FREE.  More info: http://www.arborgate.com/classes.php

APRIL 25

  • Easy Herbs, Easy Recipes Class with Ann Wheeler from Log House Herbs & Chef Chris Crowder: 10 am @ The Arbor Gate, 15635 FM 2920, Tomball, TX; (281) 351-8851.  FREE.  More info: http://www.arborgate.com/classes.php
  • Urban Harvest Class - Organic Pest Control from 9:00 am - 11:00 am with Instructor Ray Sher.  Learn how to design a simple habitat that works wonders for your garden by attracting and sustaining the creatures that destroy the pests in your garden.    Class to be held at University of St. Thomas, Welder Hall, room 115: 3812 Yoakum Blvd, Houston, TX 77006; campus map: Bldg. #13.  Cost: $45  For more information visit: urbanharvest.org/classes
  • Cornelius Nursery Free Lecture: Easy Care Flowers from 10:15 am - 11:00 am; Discover gorgeous plants and flowers that are not only beautiful, but Texas-tough, too!  Find out exactly where and how to plant and care for each in your garden that is as pretty as it is easy!  Located at 2233 South Voss Road, Houston, TX 77057.  Phone: 713.292.0898.  More Info at: http://www.corneliusnurseries.com/events/

APRIL 26

  • Texas Month-By-Month Gardening with Skip Richter 1 pm @ The Arbor Gate, 15635 FM 2920, Tomball, TX; (281) 351-8851.  Houston horticulturist Robert "Skip" Richter makes it easy with a in-depth month-by-month breakdown of what to plant, when to plant, and how to take care of it in order to have a beautiful Texas garden all year round.  FREE.  More info: http://www.arborgate.com/classes.php

APRIL 28

  • Open Garden Day and Workshop on Irrigation & Rainwater Harvesting: 9:00 am - 11:30 am @ Harris County Extension Office, 3033 Bear Creek Drive, Houston, TX, 77084.  FREE.  More info at: http://harris.agrilife.org/events/

APRIL 28-29

  • Florescence - Flower Show (Tickets cost $15, seniors:$10 Students: $7.50, members are free): 10 am - 5 pm @ the Houston Museum of fine Arts.  Florescence is one of the largest competitive national flower shows sanctioned by the Garden Club of America in the United States.   More info: flohouston.org
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