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Mend the Dangerous Disconnect: Kids and Nature

Mend the Dangerous Disconnect: Kids and Nature

THE DANGEROUS DISCONNECTION BETWEEN THE CHILDREN OF TODAY AND NATURE, AND HOW TO MEND IT

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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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2015 July Local Gardening Events/Workshops of Interest

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JULY

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ALL JULY (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/

JULY 1

  • TEXAS BOUND! @ Jessie H. Jones Nature Park : 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM; Kids are invited to a fun-filled, one-day camp.  Using props, games, and hands-on activities, day campers join together in "families" for a journey to Texas.  Find out if you have what it takes to survive the hardships of an earlier period and recreate a homestead of your own.  Ages 7 - 12.  Reservations required beginning Wed., June 24th. FREE  More info: http://www.hcp4.net/Portals/1/Launch/Community/Parks/Parks/jones/Jones%20Home/PDF/Summer15.pdf 

JULY 7, 8, 9, and 10

  • Summer Nature Camp at Jessie H. Jones Park: AGES 10–12, from 9 a.m. to 2:00 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

JULY 8

  • "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/

JULY 9

  • Harris County Master Gardeners' Green Thumb Lecture Series: Fall Vegetable Gardening (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

JULY 11

JULY 14 - 16

  • Mercer Botanic Garden Explorers Summer Camp (9:00 am - 12:00 pm each day): Mercer Botanic Gardens invites children entering kindergarten through first grade in the 2015 school year on an adventure exploring all nature has to offer during its Garden Explorers summer camps! (Grades 2 - 3, July 21 - 23; grades 4 - 5, July 28 - 30) Registration opens Monday, May 11. Camps are three days, 9 am - Noon, $30. Each session is limited, so make a reservation today by calling 281-443-8731.  Mercer address:22306 Aldine Westfield Road, Humble, TX, 77338.  For more info: https://www.facebook.com/events/663047470466353/

JULY 14, 15, 16, and 17

  • 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

JULY 17

  • Summer Children's Camp - Whimsical Wind Art (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

JULY 18

  • OWLS @ Jessie H. Jones Nature Park : 10:00 am - Join a staff naturalist for a lesson on the local "rodent night crew," and get some hands-on experience discovering what is on the menu.  Ages 8 +.  Reservations required beginning Wed, July 8.  FREE. More info: http://www.hcp4.net/Portals/1/Launch/Community/Parks/Parks/jones/Jones%20Home/PDF/Summer15.pdf
  • 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/
  • Night Hike Hunts for Nocturnal Animals at The Houston Arboretum & Nature Center:  Wine, Cheese, & Frogs (For Adults)! 7:30 pm - 10:00pm.  The perfect Saturday night activity in nature!  After an indoor cheese and wine reception, go to a classroom and get acquainted with frogs.  Then head out on the trails for a night hike in search of croaking frogs.  Cost is $45 non-members ($30 members).  For more info: https://houstonarboretum.org/adult-programs/arboretum-night/

JULY 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/

JULY 21 - 23

  • Mercer Botanic Garden Explorers Summer Camp (9:00 am - 12:00 pm each day): Mercer Botanic Gardens invites children grades 2 - 3 in the 2015 school year on an adventure exploring all nature has to offer during its Garden Explorers summer camps! (Grades pre-k - 1st grade, July 14 - 16; grades 4 - 5, July 28 - 30) Registration opens Monday, May 11. Camps are three days, 9 am - Noon, $30. Each session is limited, so make a reservation today by calling 281-443-8731.  Mercer address:22306 Aldine Westfield Road, Humble, TX, 77338.  For more info: https://www.facebook.com/events/663047470466353/
  • Green Thumb Gardening Series – Fall Vegetable Gardening
    From 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm @ Harris County Extension Office, 3033 Bear Creek Drive, Houston, TX, 77084.  FREE.  More info at: http://harris.agrilife.org/events/

JULY 21, 22, 23, and 24

  • Summer Nature Camp at Jessie H. Jones Park: AGES 10–12, from 9 a.m. to 2:00 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

JULY 25

  • ANIMAL TRACKS & SIGNS @ Jessie H. Jones Nature Park : 10:00 am - Join a staff naturalist for a lesson on wildlife tracks & signs that can tell a story about local wildlife. FREE  More info: http://www.hcp4.net/Portals/1/Launch/Community/Parks/Parks/jones/Jones%20Home/PDF/Summer15.pdf
  • Urban Harvest Class: Fall Vegetable Gardening from 9:00 am – 11:30 am with Instructors Jean Fefer and Bob Randall.   In this class you will learn will learn how to plant a Fall/Winter garden, (many veggies can even be planted in containers) when and where to plant, soil preparation, seed germination and transplanting a long list of vegetables, including lettuce, endive, radicchio, cress, kale, chard, cabbage, collards, bok choy, mustard, mizuna, arugula, kohlrabi, carrot, beet, rutabaga, potato, turnip, parsnip, radish, celeriac, broccoli, cauliflower, celery, snow pea, onion, multiplying onion, leek, garlic, garlic chives, cilantro/coriander, sorrel, fennel, parsley, rosemary, sage, thyme, pea shoots and mint. .  Class to be held at University of St. Thomas, Anderson Hall, room 103: 3812 Yoakum Blvd, Houston, TX 77006.  Cost: $45  For more information visit: http://urbanharvest.org/classes-calendar

JULY 28

  • 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
  • Open Garden Day and Workshop on Fall Vegetable Gardening: 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/

JULY 28 - 30

  • Mercer Botanic Garden Explorers Summer Camp (9:00 am - 12:00 pm each day): Mercer Botanic Gardens invites children grades 4 - 5 in the 2015 school year on an adventure exploring all nature has to offer during its Garden Explorers summer camps! (Grades pre-k - 1st grade, July 14 - 16; grades 2 - 3, July 21 - 23) Registration opens Monday, May 11. Camps are three days, 9 am - Noon, $30. Each session is limited, so make a reservation today by calling 281-443-8731.  Mercer address:22306 Aldine Westfield Road, Humble, TX, 77338.  For more info: https://www.facebook.com/events/663047470466353/

JULY 28, 29, 30, and 31

  • Summer Nature Camp at Jessie H. Jones Park: AGES 10–12, from 9 a.m. to 2:00 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

END of JULY

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).

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2015 June Local Gardening Events/Workshops of Interest

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JUNE

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JUNE 6

  • Tomato Contest - Judges Choose Largest and Best Tasting Fruit: 10:00 am  @ The Arbor Gate, 15635 FM 2920, Tomball, TX; (281) 351-8851.  FREE.  More info: http://www.arborgate.com/classes.php
  • Skimmers and Dancers and Darners, Oh My! with Bob Honig. Class about dragonflies  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-skimmers-dancers/

 JUNE 9, 10, 11, and 12

  • Summer Nature Camp at Jessie H. Jones Park: AGES 5–6, from 9 a.m. to noon - 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

JUNE 8 - AUGUST 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/

JUNE 10

  • "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/

JUNE 11

  • Harris County Master Gardeners' Green Thumb Lecture SeriesGrowing and Using Herbs (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

JUNE 13

  • Urban Harvest Class: Top Bar Beekkeeping from 9:00 am - 11:00 am with Instructor Angela Chandler.  In this class you will learn an alternative method for keeping bees that requires a simpler and often less expensive hive.  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
  • 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.
  • “Summer Sale” at Mercer Arboretum & Botanic Gardens located just south of Spring at 22306 Aldine Westfield Rd, Humble, TX 77338. This sale will include a wide range of natives, old roses, and much more, but will be specializing in tropicals and gingers. Get there early for the best selection.  For More info call them at: 281-443-8731.
  • Urban Harvest FREE Class: How to Start a Community or School Garden Info Session - Ever wanted to start a community garden and didn't know where to begin? We can help! Join us Thursday, June 11, noon-1pm or Tuesday, June 23, 6-7pm to learn more about starting a community garden. The session is free, but please RSVP here.  Class location:

    Location: Urban Harvest Office, 2311 Canal Street, Houston, TX 77003 Room: 222

JUNE 15

  • 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/

JUNE 15 - 19

JUNE 16, 17, 18, and 19

  • Summer Nature Camp at Jessie H. Jones Park: AGES 5–6, from 9 a.m. to noon - 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

JUNE 17

  • Summer Children's Camp - Fun Garden Stepping Stones (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

JUNE 20

  • Urban Harvest Class: Low Volume Irrigation from 9:00 am - 11:30 am with Instructor Angela Chandler.  An irrigation system is a practical choice for most garden locations, and this class will teach design, installation and maintenance of drip and micro-spray systems.  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
  • Buchanan's Native Plants FREE Class: Mini Container Garden Workshop @ 611 E 11th Street Houston, TX 77008 at 10:00 AM.  Create your dream garden in miniature!The class is free, but we ask that you pay for the supplies that you use. Please RSVP here as workshop space is limited to 30 students.
  • Green Thumb Gardening Series – Growing & Using Herbs
    From 10:00 am - 12:00 pm @ Harris County Extension Office, 3033 Bear Creek Drive, Houston, TX, 77084.  FREE.  More info at: http://harris.agrilife.org/events/
  • POLLINATORS @ Jessie H. Jones Nature Park : 10:00 AM; To celebrate National Pollinator Week, come learn about their importance, how to attract them to your area, and how you can help ensure their survival with presentations by local entomologists and bee specialists. A tour of the Nature Center landscape included. FREE  More info: http://www.hcp4.net/Portals/1/Launch/Community/Parks/Parks/jones/Jones%20Home/PDF/Summer15.pdf 
  • 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/
  • Night Hike at The Houston Arboretum & Nature Center:  BBQ, Telescopes, & a Night in the Woods 7:30 pm - 10:30pm. Price includes: Dinner, beverages, night hike and observation of the night sky. You will also receive a new membership or renewal of your current membership to the Arboretum.  $35 per person / $70 per family.  For more info: https://houstonarboretum.org/adult-programs/arboretum-night/

JUNE 21

JUNE 23

  • Open Garden Day and Workshop on Herbs: 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/
  • Urban Harvest FREE Class: How to Start a Community or School Garden Info Session - Ever wanted to start a community garden and didn't know where to begin? We can help! Join us Thursday, June 11, noon-1pm or Tuesday, June 23, 6-7pm to learn more about starting a community garden. The session is free, but please RSVP here.  Class location:
    Location: Urban Harvest Office, 2311 Canal Street, Houston, TX 77003 Room: 222

JUNE 23, 24, 25, and 26

  • 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

JUNE 27

  • 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
  • BITES, STINGS, & ITCHES @ Jessie H. Jones Nature Park : 10:00 AM; Learn about summer outdoor hazards such as poison ivy, venomous snakes, and dangerous arthropods, and see why there’s no reason to fear the outdoors. This class includes tips on avoiding bites and stings, and how to treat their effects. FREE  More info: http://www.hcp4.net/Portals/1/Launch/Community/Parks/Parks/jones/Jones%20Home/PDF/Summer15.pdf 
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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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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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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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2015 February Local Gardening Events/Workshops of Interest

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FEBUARY

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FEB. 7

  • Gardening workshops with  Dr. Joe Novak ($20 per workshop, $110 for series): Workshop #1 Starting Transplants for Your Garden - 9am - 11 am; Saturdays, Feb. 7-March 14 at White Oak Conference Center, 7603 Antoine; 713-895-8021.  More info:  nnmd.org.
  • Eighth annual Tree Planting Competition: Houston Area Urban Forestry Council event co-sponsored by the Harris County Flood Control District, Texas A&M Forest Service, and CenterPoint Energy.  Details: 10 a.m. at the Harris County Flood Control District retention basin, 7600 block of W. Little York; 713-688-8931, 713-688-8932.  More info: haufc.org. FREE. (rain date 14th)
  • 7th annual Texas Camellia Show and Sale: 1-4 p.m. at Walker Educational Center, 1402 19th, Huntsville, TX.  FREE.  More info: coushattacamelliasociety.com

FEB. 11

  • "Lunch Bunch" : Native Trees and Plants for the Landscape" is set for 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.  Space is limited so please call to register 281.855.5600.  More info:  http://themercersociety.org/

FEB. 12

  • Harris County Master Gardeners' Green Thumb Lecture Series: Spring Vegetables - Harvesting Know How (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

FEB. 14

  • Gardening workshops with  Dr. Joe Novak ($20 per workshop):  Workshop #2 Make Your Garden Grow—Really!  9am -11 am; Saturdays thru March 14 at White Oak Conference Center, 7603 Antoine, Houston, TX; 713-895-8021.   More info: nnmd.org.
  • Urban Harvest Class (cost $45): Growing Great Tomatoes - 9:00 am - 11:30 am with Instructor Jean Fefer, Ph.D, a Harris County Master Gardener.  Location: University of Houston, Central Campus, Charles McElhinney Hall, room 106.  More info: http://urbanharvest.org/classes
  • Harris County Precinct 2 Master Gardeners' Fruit Tree Sale: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at Campbell Hall, Pasadena Fairgrounds, 7600 Red Bluff, Pasadena.  FREE.  More info: hcmga.tamu.edu

FEB. 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/

MID-FEB (Exact date in Feb. TBA)

  • 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

FEB. 20

  • Emerald Ash Borer Workshop: sponsored by Houston Area Urban Forestry Council and International Society of Arboriculture - Texas Chapter. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. at Harris County Flood Control, 7522 Prairie Oak, Houston, TX; 713-688-8931, 979-324-1929, isatexas.com. Members and students $100, $135 nonmembers before Feb. 13, $150 after.

FEB. 21

  • Gardening workshops with  Dr. Joe Novak ($20 per workshop): Workshop #3 Composting for the Home Garden - 9 am -11 am, Saturdays thru March 14 at White Oak Conference Center, 7603 Antoine, Houston, TX; 713-895-8021.  More info: nnmd.org.
  • Brazoria County Master Gardeners' Fruit and Citrus Tree Sale: 8 a.m.-noon at the Brazoria County Fair Grounds, 901 S. Downing, Angleton; 979-864-1558.  FREE.  More info: brazoria.agrilife.org

FEB. 22

  • Urban Harvest Class (cost $45): Constructing the Home Vegetable and Fruit Garden with Instructor Danny Millikin - 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm @ Westbury Community Garden, 12581 Dunlap Street, Houston, TX 77035.  More info: http://urbanharvest.org/classes

FEB. 24

  • Open Garden Day and Workshop on Spring Vegetable Gardening9:00 am - 11:30 am @ Harris County Extension Office, 3033 Bear Creek Drive, Houston, TX, 77084.  FREE.  More Info: http://harris.agrilife.org/events/

FEB. 28

  • Rose Pruning Made Simple Class with Gaye Hammond from Houston Rose Society: 10am @ The Arbor Gate, 15635 FM 2920, Tomball, TX; (281) 351-8851.  FREE.  More info: http://www.arborgate.com/classes.php
  • Gardening workshops with  Dr. Joe Novak ($20 per workshop): Workshop #4 Soil Management for the Home Garden - 9 am - 11 am, Saturdays thru March 14th at White Oak Conference Center, 7603 Antoine, Houston, TX; 713-895-8021.  More info at: nnmd.org.
  • Tomato and Pepper Sale and Symposia: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm @ Harris County Extension Office, 3033 Bear Creek Drive, Houston, TX, 77084.  Tomato and pepper varieties as well as other vegetables and herbs suited to our summer growing season.  More info at: http://harris.agrilife.org/events/
  • Urban Harvest Class (cost $45): Spring Vegetable Gardening - 9:00 am - 11:30 am with Instructor Ray Sheer.  Location: University of Houston, Central Campus, Charles McElhinney Hall, room 106.  More info: http://urbanharvest.org/classes
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SEPTEMBER

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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/

Sept. 5

SEPT. 9

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

SEPT. 10

  • Harris County Master Gardeners' Green Thumb Lecture Series: Indoor Gardening - Pest Control & Animal Safety (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

SEPT. 12

  • 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/

SEPT. 21

  • 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/

SEPT. 22

  • Open Garden Day and Workshop on Indoor Gardening: 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/

SEPT. 26

  • A FREE How-To Gardening Event - Woodlands Landscaping Solutions: Discover the possibilities with hot tips and cool plants for your water-wise landscape!  Visit Booths and demonstrations! Meet gardening Experts! Plant Sale!  Wild Birds Unlimited! When: Saturday, Sept. 26th from 9:00 AM to Noon.  Where: Parks, Recreation, Environmental Services Facility Millennium Forest Gardens @ 8203 Millennium Forest Drive

  • Fall Sale and Symposia: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm @ Harris County Extension Office, 3033 Bear Creek Drive, Houston, TX, 77084.  Landscape plants, perennials and even some fall vegetables.  More info at: http://harris.agrilife.org/events/
  • The Houston Arboretum & Nature Center Class - Medicinal Wild Plants:  9:00 am - 1:00 pm. Fun and informative workshop identifying medicinal wild plants.  Cost is $65 for non-members ($40 for members) For More Info: https://houstonarboretum.org/events/medicinal-wild-plants/
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OCTOBER

  • ALL OCTOBER  - Tricks & Treats at Jessie H. Jones Nature Park

    The park comes to life with family-friendly creatures along a FREE trick-or-treat trail. Enjoy games, hayrides, and live creepy critters during this fun, safe JJPV sponsored event.

  • 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/
  • Mercer Botanic Garden Party Gala in Oct. 2015: 22306 Aldine Westfield Road, Humble, TX, 77338; (281) 443-8731, Dates and times to be announced.  More info at http://themercersociety.org/fun-stuff/

OCT. 8

  • Harris County Master Gardeners' Green Thumb Lecture Series: Propagaion & Seed Saving, 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

OCT. 14

  • "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/

OCT. 19

  • 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/

OCT. 27

  • Open Garden Day and Workshop on Propagation & Seed Saving: 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/
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2015 November Local Gardening Events/Workshops of Interest

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NOVEMBER

NOV. 11

  • "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/

NOV. 14

  • Pioneer Day at Jessie H. Jones Nature Park: Volunteers and re-enactors demonstrate settler life in Stephen F. Austin’s colony during the 1820s and early 1830s. Old-fashioned crafts, demonstrations, and period re-enactments bring the homestead to life

NOV. 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 until.  FREE.  More info: http://www.hcp4.net/Calendar/

NOV. 24

  • Open Garden Day and Workshop on Holiday Plant Care: 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/
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2015 December Local Gardening Events/Workshops of Interest

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DECEMBER

DEC. 9

  • "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/

DEC. 21

  • 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/
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