2015 March Local Gardening Events/Workshops of Interest

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MARCH

  • See Daffodils in bloom peaks mid-Febuary thru March at Mrs. Helen Lee's Garden in Gladewater, TX.  The garden opens, depending on Mother Nature, around the middle of February and remains open through March or until the daffodils are no longer in bloom.  The garden is open during this time seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 4:00 p.m..  For Road Conditions and predicted blooming schedule, contact the Mrs. Lee's Daffodil Gardens directly at (903)845-5780 or visit www.daffodilgarden.com/daffodils_home.htm
MARCH 1
  • Tomato Grafting Class with Tom Leroy, a Montgomery County Extension Agent Emeritus & Asst. Texas Master Gardener Program Coordinator: 11am @ The Arbor Gate, 15635 FM 2920, Tomball, TX; (281) 351-8851.  FREE.  Reservations required. More info: http://www.arborgate.com/classes.php
MARCH 5
  • Cool Trees & Shrubs Class with DR. David Creech from SFA Gardens:  10am@ The Arbor Gate, 15635 FM 2920, Tomball, TX; (281) 351-8851.  FREE.  More info: http://www.arborgate.com/classes.php
MARCH 6
  • EarthKind Grounds Maintenance Workshop ($35 fee with lunch provided):  8 am - 4 pm @ Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service-Harris County office, 3033 Bear Creek Dr., Houston, TX 77084 Workshop for professional groundskeepers, turfgrass and landscape managers, golf course superintendents, technicians, service providers and interested members of the public.  Register online at: agriliferegister.tamu.edu/EarthKind or by phone 979-845-2604.  More info: https://agriliferegister.tamu.edu/
MARCH 6 - 8
  • Annual Azalea Trail - Home and Garden Tour presented by the River Oaks Garden Club.  Tickets cost $5 per single admission, or $20 for 6 tickets, or $15 for pre-sale tickets before March 1st.  More info: www.riveroaksgardenclub.org

MARCH 7

  • Nature Fest: 9:00am - 3:30pm @ Jesse Jones Park and Nature Center, 20634 Kenswick Dr, Humble, Texas 77338.  Enjoy a fun, educational day, guided nature tour, and more.  FREE.  More info: www.hcp4.net/Calendar/
  • Gardening workshops with  Dr. Joe Novak ($20 per workshop): Workshop #5 Pest Identification and Management in the Home Garden -  9am - 11 am, Saturdays thru March 14 at White Oak Conference Center, 7603 Antoine, Houston, TX; 713-895-8021. More info: nnmd.org
  • FREE Composting Classes: 10 am - 11 am @ Parks, Recreation and Environmental Services, 8203 Millennium Forest Drive (next to The Woodlands High School).  Sponsored by Montgomery County Master Gardener Association and Waste ManagementNO registration required! Call 281-210-3800 for more information or visit: www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov/
  • Gunter's Heirloom Vegetables Class with Leah and Pam Gunter: 9am - 1 pm @ The Arbor Gate, 15635 FM 2920, Tomball, TX; (281) 351-8851.  FREE.  More info: http://www.arborgate.com/classes.php
  • Growing Your Own Class with Dave and Trish Whitinger: 10am@ The Arbor Gate, 15635 FM 2920, Tomball, TX; (281) 351-8851.  FREE.  More info: http://www.arborgate.com/classes.php
  • Urban Harvest Class (cost $70): Starting a Community or School Garden Series (this is a two class series).  Class 1: Community Engagement and Planning - 9:00 am - 11:30 am with Instructor Becky Blanton.  Location: Urban Harvest Classroom, room 206, 2311 Canal Street, Houston, TX 77003.  On 03/28/15 is Class 2: Garden Design, Fruits and Vegetables.  More info: http://urbanharvest.org/classes
  • Garden Ecology with Maggie Honig 9:00 am - 11:00 am @ The Houston Arboretum & Nature Center, 4501 Woodway Drive, Houston, TX 77024; 713.681.8433.  This class explores the relationships among garden plants and the creatures that live with them in the greater Houston area.  Cost: $20 - Members, $35 - Non-members.  More Info: http://houstonarboretum.org/events/nature-revealed-garden-ecology-3-7-15/

MARCH 8

  • Spring Vegetable Gardening Class with Tom LeRoy and Bill Adams (authors of The Southern Kitchen Garden): 11am @ The Arbor Gate, 15635 FM 2920, Tomball, TX; (281) 351-8851.  FREE.  More info: http://www.arborgate.com/classes.php
  • Landscaping with Texas Native Shrubs & Vines with Glenn Olsen (part of the Sustainable Home & Garden series): 3:00 - 5:00 @ The Houston Arboretum & Nature Center, 4501 Woodway Drive, Houston, TX 77024; 713.681.8433.  Cost: $20 - Members, $35 - Non-members.  More Info: http://houstonarboretum.org/home-and-garden/

MARCH 11

  • "Lunch Bunch: March Mart Preview": 12 pm - 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. FREE.  Lunch Bunch held every 2nd Wednesday of the month.  More info: http://themercersociety.org/

MARCH 12

  • Harris County Master Gardeners' Green Thumb Lecture Series: Documenting Your Garden (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
  • Choosing the Best Herb for the Purpose Class A with Ann Wheeler from Log House Herbs: 10am@ The Arbor Gate, 15635 FM 2920, Tomball, TX; (281) 351-8851.  FREE. More info: http://www.arborgate.com/classes.php
  • Hummingbirds 101: Everything you wanted to know about hummingbirds and more!  Thursday, March 12, 2015 at 7:30 p.m at Cliff Shackelford, Texas Parks & Wildlife Department, L.G.I. Lecture Hall.  More info:  http://www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov/index.aspx

MARCH 14

  • Gardening workshops with  Dr. Joe Novak ($20 per workshop): Workshop #6 Growing Vegetables in Containers - 9 am - 11 am at White Oak Conference Center, 7603 Antoine, Houston, TX; 713-895-8021.  More info: nnmd.org.
  • Choosing the Best Herb for the Purpose Class B with Ann Wheeler from Log House Herbs: 10am@ The Arbor Gate, 15635 FM 2920, Tomball, TX; (281) 351-8851.  FREE. More info: http://www.arborgate.com/classes.php

MARCH 14-15  & 21-22

  • Spring Native Plant Sale @ The Houston Arboretum & Nature Center, 4501 Woodway Drive, Houston, TX 77024; 713.681.8433.  FREE to attend. 9:00 am – 4:00 pm (Members-only preview sale March 13 &  20). Members receive discounts on all plant sale purchases and enjoy exclusive preview sale days on Fridays.  More Info: http://houstonarboretum.org/events/spring-native-plant-sale/

MARCH 15

  • No Till Gardening Class with Angela Chandler from The Garden Academy: 11am@ The Arbor Gate, 15635 FM 2920, Tomball, TX; (281) 351-8851.  FREE. More info: http://www.arborgate.com/classes.php

MARCH 16

  • 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/

MARCH 16 - 20

  • 2015 Spring Break Camp (Planet Defender Superheroes!) @ The Houston Arboretum for children ages 5 – 12.  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).  More info: http://houstonarboretum.org/events/spring-break-camp/

MARCH 19

  • Attracting Bluebirds To Your Garden Class with Linda Crum: 10am@ The Arbor Gate, 15635 FM 2920, Tomball, TX; (281) 351-8851.  FREE.  More info: http://www.arborgate.com/classes.php

MARCH 20 & 21

  • March Mart Plant Sale @ Mercer Botanic Gardens, 22306 Aldine Westfield Road, Humble, TX, 77338; (281) 443-8731.  Friday and Saturday, March 20 and 21, 2015. Mercer’s largest plant sale, is held each March and highlights unusual and choice plant varieties unavailable in local markets. Friday: VIP Membership: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; TMS Members: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; General Public: noon to 4 p.m.; Saturday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.  More info at: http://www.hcp4.net/mercer/marchmart/index.htm
  • Spring Native Plant Sale @ The Houston Arboretum & Nature Center, 4501 Woodway Drive, Houston, TX 77024; 713.681.8433.  FREE to attend. 9:00 am – 4:00 pm (Members-only preview sale March 13 &  20). Members receive discounts on all plant sale purchases and enjoy exclusive preview sale days on Fridays.  More Info: http://houstonarboretum.org/events/spring-native-plant-sale/

MARCH 22

  • Gardening with Children Class with Stephanie Baker: 11am@ 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: 1:00 - 4:00 @ 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-3-22-15/

MARCH 24

  • Open Garden Day and Workshop on Documenting Your Garden: 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/

MARCH 26

  • Butterflies in the Garden Class with Nancy Greig from the Cockrell Butterfly Center: 10am@ The Arbor Gate, 15635 FM 2920, Tomball, TX; (281) 351-8851.  FREE.  More info: http://www.arborgate.com/classes.php

MARCH 28

  • Texas Wildlife and Woodland Expo: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. @ Lone Star College-Montgomery, 3200 College Park Dr., Conroe, TX 77384. Come learn eco-friendly tips that can help bring balance to your backyard -- and your life!  More info: http://expo.tamu.edu/
  • Lemonade Gardening Class: What to do when your climate hands you lemons with Dee Nash:  10am@ The Arbor Gate, 15635 FM 2920, Tomball, TX; (281) 351-8851.  FREE.  More info: http://www.arborgate.com/classes.php
  • Westbury Community Garden’s 5th Birthday Celebration - 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. @ 12581 Dunlap, Houston, Tx 77035.  There will be guided garden tours, prairie wildflower talks, children activities, contests, educational booths and displays, and more!  More info: http://westburycommunitygarden.org/
  • 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/
  • Urban Harvest Class (cost $70): Starting a Community or School Garden Series (this is a two class series).  Class 1: Community Engagement and Planning - 9:00 am - 11:30 am with Instructor Becky Blanton.  Location: Urban Harvest Classroom, room 206, 2311 Canal Street, Houston, TX 77003.  On 03/28/15 is Class 2: Garden Design, Fruits and Vegetables.  More info: http://urbanharvest.org/classes
  • Earth Day 2015 marks the fifth annual community-wide stewardship project for The Woodlands Township. Connect with neighbors and the outdoors by joining or leading a cleanup crew bagging trash from the streets, pathways and streams. You gather your friends, and we provide the bags!  Pre-registration ends March 21st, Check in on Sat. March 28th is: 8 to 10 a.m., Clean up: 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., Celebrate: 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.    More info:   http://www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov/index.aspx

MARCH 29

  • Hey Gardeners! Create a Vegetable Garden Wherever You Are Class with instructor Dee Nash: 11 am@ The Arbor Gate, 15635 FM2920, Tomball, TX; (281) 351-8851.  FREE.  More info: http://www.arborgate.com/classes.php
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