2015 August Local Gardening Events/Workshops of Interest

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AUGUST

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  • AUG thru OCT  is peak blooming season at Chappell Hill Lavender Farm: 2250 Dillard Road, Brenham, Texas 77833; (979) 251-8114.   During the cutting season which usually begins in August, you can casually stroll the fragrant rows and cut your own fresh lavender. There is no admission charge to visit the farm.  More info: http://www.chappellhilllavender.com/
  • Beginning of August - Martin Madness (Exact dates TBA for 2015) FREE.  More Info: http://www.houstonaudubon.org/- Purple Martin Watch Parties: Houston Audubon is hosted 4 Purple Martin Watch Parties last summer: on July 25, 2014 and August 8, 2014 they met at Stafford; on July 30, 2014  and August 2, 2014 at Willowbrook Mall. All parties began at 8 PM. At Stafford they met at the Fountains Shopping Center, in the parking lot in front of Old Navy and Rack Room Shoes. See directions below for directions to The Fountains. Meeting location for Willowbrook Mall on August 2, 2014: Park between Fed Ex Office and Fitness Unlimited on the south bound feeder of 249. We meet at 8 PM in front of Fitness Unlimited (17571 State Highway 249, Houston TX 77064).

AUGUST 1

  • SNAKES OF HARRIS COUNTY @ Jessie H. Jones Nature Park : 10:00 am - Only a few of the local snake species pose any threat to humans. Attend this program to learn about the snakes that inhabit this area and how to properly identify them.  FREE  More info: http://www.hcp4.net/Portals/1/Launch/Community/Parks/Parks/jones/Jones%20Home/PDF/Summer15.pdf
  • The Houston Arboretum & Nature Center Class - Biodiversity: Understanding Plant Diversity Patterns (with Dr. Michale Huston):  In the first half of the class explore the Arboretum's plant diversity along an environmental gradient during an outdoor field project.  Discuss the effects of environmental conditions change on plants, animals, people, societies, species diversity and ecosystem processes.  Cost is $35 for non-members ($20 for members) For More Info: https://houstonarboretum.org/events/nature-revealed-plant-diversity/
  • Night Hike Hunts for Nocturnal Animals at The Houston Arboretum & Nature Center:  Wine, Cheese, & Bats! 7:30 pm - 10:00pm.  The perfect Saturday night activity in nature!   A classroom presentation about bats by Dr. Cullen Geiselman where she will give a summary of the world’s bat species, their habitats, and life histories. Next you’ll head out into the night for a ‘bat walk’ on the moonlit trails to spotlight and detect our local bat species using an ultrasonic bat detector!  Cost is $45 non-members ($30 members), and $15 for children.  For more info: https://houstonarboretum.org/adult-programs/arboretum-night/
  • Urban Harvest Class: Constructing the Home Vegetable and Fruit Garden from 9:00 am – 11:00 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. We will look at choosing a site, choosing soil, an irrigation system, building materials and tools are all part of this class. NOTE: Dress for being outdoors,  Class to be held at University of St. Thomas, STRAKE Hall, room 207: 3812 Yoakum Blvd, Houston, TX 77006.  Cost: $45  For more information visit: http://urbanharvest.org/classes-calendar

AUGUST 3 - 14 (Weekly summer camps)

  • 2015 Summer Break Camp @ The Houston Arboretum & NatureCenter - Fun-filled week long camps that explore the natural world through active hands-on indoor and outdoor adventures and hikes at this 155-acre nature sanctuary. Children are taught in classes by age: (5 & 6 yrs., 7 & 8 yrs., and 9-12 yrs.). Half days 9:00 Am - noon (cost: $145 members/ $190 non-members), or full days from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm (cost: $275 members/ $340 non-members). Registration & More info: http://houstonarboretum.org/events/spring-break-camp/

AUGUST 4

  • Summer Children's Camp - All About Hummingbirds (for ages 6-12 - $50 each): 9:00 am - 12:30 pm  @ The Arbor Gate, 15635 FM 2920, Tomball, TX; (281) 351-8851.  Bring water and your own sack lunch to enjoy a picnic under the big tent.  More info: http://www.arborgate.com/classes.php

AUGUST 4, 5, 6, and 7

  • Summer Nature Camp at Jessie H. Jones Park: AGES 7–9, from 9 a.m. to 1:00 pm - Held Tuesday through Friday featuring a variety of themed nature subjects and held mostly outdoors, camp sessions include ranger talks, guided nature walks through the forest, and visits to the ponds, swamps, and Spring Creek. The games, activities, and crafts are suited for age brackets of 5 & 6,  7 through 9, and 10 through 12.  More Info: http://www.hcp4.net/Community/Parks/Jones/Programs/Kids/SNC

AUGUST 8

  • HOMESTEAD FUN @ Jessie H. Jones Nature Park : 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM; Sample homemade ice cream and watermelon, play horseshoes and other old-fashioned games, and witness other daily activities of Texas settlers that bring the Redbud Hill Homestead to life.   FREE  More info: http://www.hcp4.net/Portals/1/Launch/Community/Parks/Parks/jones/Jones%20Home/PDF/Summer15.pdf
  • Urban Harvest Class: Propogate Your Own Plants: from 9:00 am – 11:00 am with Instructor Jean Fefer. Learn the various sexual and asexual ways to start plants from seeds, cuttings, divisions, and layering. Topics include the proper storage of seeds, seed dormancy, and methods of sprouting hard-to-sprout seeds. NOTE: Dress for being outdoors,  Class to be held at University of St. Thomas, STRAKE Hall, room # 207: 3812 Yoakum Blvd, Houston, TX 77006.  Cost: $45  For more information visit: http://urbanharvest.org/classes-calendar

AUGUST 12

  • "Lunch Bunch:" 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/

AUGUST 13

  • Harris County Master Gardeners' Green Thumb Lecture Series:  Low Maintenance Landscaping (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

AUGUST 13-15

AUGUST 15

  • PROJECT WILD EDUCATOR PROJECT @ Jessie H. Jones Nature Park : 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM; Learn how to teach young people of all ages about ecology and wildlife using fun, hands-on educational activities.  Receive a TEKS aligned curriculum and activity guide. TEEAC and SBEC accredited.  Bring a lunch and wear comfortable shoes and clothing.  Materials fee: $30.  All formal and non-formal educators welcome.  Register by email at RBeizung@hcp4.net   More info: http://www.hcp4.net/Portals/1/Launch/Community/Parks/Parks/jones/Jones%20Home/PDF/Summer15.pdf
  • Urban Harvest Class: Starting a Community or School Garden: from 8:45 am – 2:00 pm. In this 5 hour comprehensive workshop, the presenters will take you through the process of building community, setting goals and exploring funding options, to the nuts and bolts of creating the garden and helping to ensure its sustainability. Morning snacks and drinks will be provided - please bring your own sack lunch. The last portion of the class will include a tour of Plant It Forward Farm located on the campus. PLEASE NOTE: Registration is from 8:30 -8:45. Workshop to start at 8:45.  Class to be held at University of St. Thomas, ROBINSON Hall, room # 116: 3812 Yoakum Blvd, Houston, TX 77006.  Cost: $20  For more information visit: http://urbanharvest.org/classes-calendar

AUGUST 17

  • 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.   FREE.  More info: http://www.hcp4.net/Calendar/

AUGUST 22

  • HUMMINGBIRDS @ Jessie H. Jones Nature Park : 10:00 AM; Join Texas Parks & Wildlife Information Specialist Mark Klym to learn about local hummingbirds, their migration patterns, and how you can be involved in tracking their numbers.  FREE  More info: http://www.hcp4.net/Portals/1/Launch/Community/Parks/Parks/jones/Jones%20Home/PDF/Summer15.pdf
  • Urban Harvest Class: Rainwater Harvesting for Homeowners: from 9:00 am – 11:00 am.  Learn the ABC's of Rainwater Harvesting for Homeowners. We will cover rainbarrels and cisterns for the do-it-yourself water harvester. The Houston area has periods with high rainfalls alternating with periods of practically no rainfall.  Class to be held at University of St. Thomas, STRAKE Hall, room # 207: 3812 Yoakum Blvd, Houston, TX 77006.  Cost: $45.  For more information visit: http://urbanharvest.org/classes-calendar

AUGUST 25

  • Open Garden Day and Workshop on Low Maintenance Landscaping: 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/

AUGUST 29

Urban Harvest Class: All About Herbs: from 9:00 am – 11:00 am.  This class will cover the many herbs that can be grown in Houston. In this class you will learn how to plant from seed or transplant, how to fertilize and maintain these easy to grow plants and how to incorporate them into your landscape design.  Class to be held at University of St. Thomas, STRAKE Hall, room # 207: 3812 Yoakum Blvd, Houston, TX 77006.  Cost: $45.  For more information visit: http://urbanharvest.org/classes-calendar

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