2015 May Local Gardening Events/Workshops of Interest

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MAY

MAY 2

  • Moths & Butterflies with Maggie Honig  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.  Come and learn how they find food, escape predators, and enrich our lives, and learn to recognize some of the more common species. More Info: http://houstonarboretum.org/events/nature-revealed-moths-butterflies/
  • Cornelius Nursery Free Lecture: Native Plants for Texsas Gardens from 10:15 am - 11:00 am;   Presentation of native plants are often easy to care for and naturally resistant to many common pests.  Located at 2233 South Voss Road, Houston, TX 77057.  Phone: 713.292.0898.  More Info at: http://www.corneliusnurseries.com/events/
  • Urban Harvest Class - Summer Vegetable Gardening from 9:00 am - 11:00 am with Instructor Angela Chandler.  Learn what varieties to plant and when, soil prep, fertilization, seed planting, transplanting and trellising.   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
  • Feng Shui in the Garden: 10:00 am @ The Arbor Gate, 15635 FM 2920, Tomball, TX; (281) 351-8851.  In honor of Mother's Day with instructor Katherine Ashby- exploring Feng Shui secrets to enhance the home and garden with shapes, colors, and symbols that inspire the feminine aspects of both men and women. Come and unleash your creative side with plants, colors, shapes and symbols that make us feel nurtured and loved. Find out which corner of your garden should encourage togetherness, receptivity and even marriage. Everyone will receive a Feng Shui template to use for their home and garden.   FREE.  More info: http://www.arborgate.com/classes.php
  • Summer Nature Camp Registration at Jessie H. Jones Park: Registration begins May 2nd at 8:00 am for 2015 Summer Nature Camp programs.  It's held during summer break each year, is a four-day (Tuesday through Friday) nature program for children between the ages of 5 and 12.  More details at: http://www.hcp4.net/Community/Parks/Jones/Programs/Kids/SNC

MAY 9

  • Art In The Garden (Annual Event): 10:00 am - 3:00 pm @ The Arbor Gate, 15635 FM 2920, Tomball, TX; (281) 351-8851.  The Incomparable Felder Rushing - Felder will be speaking at 10 am, so be here early for a good seat!  Other Special Guests Included: Lorenzo, Stephanie Shroyer, Houston Llew, Randy Lemmon.   FREE.  More info: http://www.arborgate.com/classes.php
  • Cornelius Nursery Free Lecture: Beautiful & Practical Groundcovers in the Landscape from 10:15 am - 11:00 am.  Discover the remarkable variety of groundcovers that can meet almost every need, from warm sunny areas to cool shade, damp areas or steep slopes.  Located at 2233 South Voss Road, Houston, TX 77057.  Phone: 713.292.0898.  More Info at: http://www.corneliusnurseries.com/events/
  • Urban Harvest Class - The Kitchen Garden: From Garden to Table from 9:00 am - 10:30 am with Instructor Mary Demeny.  In this class, you'll discover the seven steps to having a successful organic garden, what and when to plant, container vs. raised bed gardens, how to make organic fertilizer, and all about fruits, veggies, herbs, and even beneficial weeds you can grow right outside your kitchen door.  Class to be held at University of St. Thomas, Welder Hall, room 115: 3812 Yoakum Blvd, Houston, TX 77006; campus map: Bldg. #13.  Cost: $35  For more information visit: urbanharvest.org/classes
  • Urban Harvest Class -  Heat Proofing Your Garden from 11:00 am - 12:30 pm with Instructor Angela Chandler.  Join us to learn some simple techniques that will help reduce heat stress on your veggies and fruits and improve the quality of your summer harvest.  Class to be held at University of St. Thomas, Welder Hall, room 115: 3812 Yoakum Blvd, Houston, TX 77006; campus map: Bldg. #13.  Cost: $35  For more information visit: urbanharvest.org/classes
  • Urban Harvest CHILDREN's Gardening Series - The second Saturday of the month bring the kids out to our Farmers Market (3000 Richmond Ave.) for the next FREE Children's Gardening Series class. Students will learn all about wild edible berries growing around them all over Houston. Classes are from 9:30-10 and repeated at 10:30-11. Sign up students at the green "Information Tent" as space is limited. More info: http://urbanharvest.org/children-s-gardening-series
  • Premier Sharpening: 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm @ The Arbor Gate, 15635 FM 2920, Tomball, TX; (281) 351-8851.  Premier Sharpening will bring their mobile sharpening setup to The Arbor Gate! Bring in your pruners, kitchen knives, pizza cutters, shears, hand pruners, shovels, axes, machetes, and other tools. Sharpening runs about $1 per inch of blade for knives, and between $5 and $10 for tools.

MAY 10

  • Plant a Butterfly Feeder Hanging Basket 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.  More Info: http://houstonarboretum.org/home-and-garden/
  • 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/

MAY 13

  • "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.  FREE.  Lunch Bunch held every 2nd Wednesday of the month.  More info: http://themercersociety.org/

MAY 14

  • Harris County Master Gardeners' Green Thumb Lecture Series: Basic Pest Control for Gardeners (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

MAY 16

  • National "Kids To Park Day":  A nation-wide day of outdoor play organized by National Park Trust (NPT) in cooperation with a host of local and national collaborator.  Parks and events listed by city and state: http://parktrust.org/youthprograms/national-kids-to-parks-day
  • 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-5-16-15/
  • Cornelius Nursery Free Lecture: The Art of Landscape Design from 10:15 am - 11:00 am.  Get help from the experts as you explore the basics of landscape design.  Located at 2233 South Voss Road, Houston, TX 77057.  Phone: 713.292.0898.  More Info at: http://www.corneliusnurseries.com/events/
  • WILDLIFE BABIES @ Jessie H. Jones Nature Park : 10:00 AM; Join a staff naturalist and a local wildlife rehabilitator to learn about the wildlife babies that can be seen in the spring, and find out what to do if you ever find an orphaned wildlife baby..FREE  More info: http://www.hcp4.net/Portals/1/Launch/Community/Parks/Parks/jones/Jones%20Home/PDF/Summer15.pdf 

MAY 18

  • 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/

MAY 23

  • 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/
  • WILDLIFE GARDENS @ Jessie H. Jones Nature Park : 9:00 AM - NOON; Learn how local wildlife relies more on humans for their habitat, especially the pollinators. Discover the role of native plants and tour the Nature Center’s wildlife gardens.FREE  More info: http://www.hcp4.net/Portals/1/Launch/Community/Parks/Parks/jones/Jones%20Home/PDF/Summer15.pdf 

MAY 26

  • Open Garden Day and Workshop on Basic Pest Control for Gardeners: 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/

MAY 30

  • Urban Harvest Class -  Heat Proofing Your Garden from 11:00 am - 12:30 pm with Instructor Angela Chandler.  Keeping chickens as pets is becoming widely acceptable in suburban areas. Come learn the many benefits of keeping backyard poultry along with information about various breeds, housing designs and expected maintenance.  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
  • ALL ABOUT TEXAS BATS @ Jessie H. Jones Nature Park : 9:00 AM - NOON; Curious about bats? Join Texas Parks & Wildlife Urban Wildlife Biologist Diana Foss to discover which bat species are found in Harris County, the role they play in the wild, threats they face, what makes them so vital to the balance of life, and how you can be involved in monitoring. FREE  More info: http://www.hcp4.net/Portals/1/Launch/Community/Parks/Parks/jones/Jones%20Home/PDF/Summer15.pdf 
  • Drip Irrigation & Rainwater Harvesting Compared: A FREE program by the Woodlands Township.  This free, water-wise class, demonstrates how to install your own drip irrigation system, adapt existing sprinklers and set up a rain barrel to conserve water in the home landscape. 1 Class -- 2 Topics -- 3 Dates: Saturdays May 30th, June 27th, and July 25th.  Registration is now open. Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m.; Class runs 9 a.m. to noon @ 8203 Millennium Forest Drive, The Woodlands 77381.  More info: http://www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov/index.aspx?NID=1034
  • Buchanan's Native Plants FREE Class: Falling in Love A Bee @ 611 E 11th Street Houston, TX 77008 at 10:00 AM.  Learn from the bee expert Micki Fine why bees are so important to our future and find out how you can get involved to help support the bee population.The class is free, but we ask that you RSVP here.
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