Garden Calendar: May 24-30

Fruit trees and organic pest management: 9:30-11:30 a.m. (trees), noon-1:30 p.m. (pests) at Houston Makerspace, 100 Hutcheson; edibleearthresources.com. $35 for one class, $55 for both.

Enjoy a Night Blooming Garden: 10 a.m. at Enchanted Forest, 10611 FM 2759, Richmond; 2 p.m. at Enchanted Gardens, 6420 FM 359, Richmond; myenchanted.com.

Butterfly and hummingbird gardens: 10:15 a.m. at Cornelius Nursery, 1200 N. Dairy Ashford and 2233 S. Voss; corneliusnurseries.com.

Open Garden Day: 9-11:30 a.m. at the Master Gardener Demonstration Gardens, Harris County Texas AgriLife Extension Service, 3033 Bear Creek Drive; 281-855-5600, hcmga.tamu.edu.

Sponsored by Friends of the Texas Room at the Houston Public Library. 6 p.m. (reception), 7 p.m. program at the Julia Ideson Building, 500 McKinney; dorothy_houghton@sbcglobal.net.

Sponsored by Gulf Coast Fruit Study Group. 6:30 p.m. at Harris County Texas AgriLife Extension Service, 3033 Bear Creek; gcfsg.weebly.com.    

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Exhibit traces Houston's history through its gardens

Houston’s historical timeline is typically highlighted with the Allen brothers’ founding of the city in 1836, oil booms and busts, NASA and the rise of a glitzy skyline that sparkles over once-muddy streets.

The exhibit, which opens with a reception 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday, will include images and stories of historical gardens, a juried presentation of recent public and private garden design and a McDugald Steele-designed vignette.

An obvious milestone is the 14-acre formal and informal woodlands at Bayou Bend, the Latin Colonial home of the late philanthropist and garden visionary Ima Hogg.

While researching the exhibit, Moore discovered three major ideas influencing home garden design at the turn of the century: house and garden integrated for living, a particular style for both and the suggestion of country living.

[…] it was mostly the wealthy who could afford gardens, and the public park was where people went to see exuberant flowering displays, enjoy social time walking the promenade and get away from the density of the city.

Buffalo Bayou Park, a 2.3-mile stretch of green belt between Shepherd and Sabine, is being transformed into a gem, not only with more amenities for users, but also with an emphasis on restoring and preserving landscapes that were altered during the years.

Today, Houston is bursting with garden clubs, plant societies and nurseries that share the tools and know-how to again grow food at home, plant wildlife habitats and try the latest cultivars.Imaginative individual gardens thrive, new place-makers in a sprawling city landscape.    

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Spotlight Your Home’s Best Side: Staging Helps Sell Faster

(MCT)—Maria Sapuppo needed to sell her comfy bi-level with five bedrooms and three bathrooms last year, but her real estate agent warned it looked a little too “lived-in” as it was and suggested staging it. Sapuppo, a River Vale, N.J., mother of two, agreed since she says she had a hard time looking at her […]    

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Everyone Needs an Estate Plan, Regardless of Wealth

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(MCT)—Unless you’re rich, you may think the term “estate planning” doesn’t apply to you. Well, think again.

The need for an estate plan has nothing to do with whether you’re worth millions or just a few hundred dollars. Everyone has something to pass on.

“People make a big mistake when they think, ‘I don’t need to do planning because I don’t have that much,’” says Marvin Blum, a Dallas-Fort Worth estate planning attorney. “Everybody has something, and without exception, everybody needs a will.”

Your estate includes your home and other real estate; tangible personal property, such as cars and furniture; and intangible property, such as bank accounts, investments, and pension and Social Security benefits.

At the very least, you need to decide what you’d like to happen with your estate when you die. But estate planning involves more than just having a will. Consider these questions:

If you and your spouse died suddenly in an auto accident, who would take care of your children?

If you could no longer manage your money because of illness, who would make financial decisions for you?

“A properly thought-out estate plan answers these and many other questions,” says Thomas Murphy, a certified financial planner in Dallas. “Many estate planning issues have little to do with money and a great deal to do with control.”

For Tommy and Johnnie Wells of Dallas, it’s a matter of ensuring that their estate passes to their heirs without complications.

“For us, it’s been to make sure that we can direct this to our children in the right way that will not burden them in any way,” says Johnnie, 69.

For example, the Wellses want to ensure that Tommy’s disabled daughter from a previous marriage doesn’t lose her disability benefits because of what she inherits.

“What we have to be careful of is that we don’t give her a lump sum that is going to disqualify her from her disability income,” says Tommy, 75.

Tommy also inherited mineral rights in a natural gas well, and the couple is trying to delicately navigate how it will pass those on to his grandchildren.

“We want to be fair to all of them, and at the same time, (deal with) the dynamics between the kids and the grandchildren,” Johnnie says. “One son doesn’t have any children at all, so that would be bypassing them entirely. We don’t want to leave him out.”

    

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Plant society sales highlight garden calendar

Backyard Basics – Culinary Herbs: sponsored by Fort Bend Master Gardeners. 8:30-11 a.m. at the Fort Bend Texas AgriLife Extension Service, 1402 Band, Rosenberg; reservations required, 281-342-3034, fortbendagrilife.org, fbmg.com. $15, $25 per couple.

Sugar Land Garden Club 15th annual Spring Garden Tour: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at seven sites in East New Territory, U.S. 90 at Ellis Creek Boulevard, Sugar Land; sugarlandgardenclub.org. $15, available at each site.

Children can create containers 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at Plants for All Seasons, 21328 Texas 249; 281-376-1646.

Rainwater Harvesting: with Galveston County Master Gardener Tim Jahnke. 9-11 a.m. at Galveston County AgriLife Extension Service, 4102 Main, La Marque; 281-534-3413, aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu.

Fun Gardening Projects for Kids: with Gaye Hammond. 10 a.m. at Enchanted Forest, 10611 FM 2759, Richmond; 2 p.m. at Enchanted Gardens, 6420 FM 359, Richmond; myenchanted.com.

Art in the Garden: with Felder Rushing and Houston Llew. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Arbor Gate, 15635 FM 2920; 281-351-8851, arborgate.com.

Colorful Roses and Azaleas: 10:15 a.m. at Cornelius Nursery, 1200 N. Dairy Ashford and 2233 S. Voss; corneliusnurseries/clinics.

Peckerwood Garden open days and plant sale: tours at 1 and 3 p.m., sale noon-5 p.m. at 20571 FM 359, Hempstead; 979-826-3232, peckerwood garden.org.

Plant a Butterfly Feeder Hanging Basket: with Joe Blanton. 2-4 p.m. at the Houston Arboretum and Nature Center, 4501 Woodway; 713-681-8433, houston arboretum.org. $40 members, $65 nonmembers.

Greening the News: with Lisa Gray. 7-9 p.m., Houston Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas program at the Houston Arboretum & Nature Center, 4501 Woodway; npsot.org/houston.    

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Real Estate Is a Better Investment than Gold

Almost every day, I hear advertisements about buying gold because it is such a great investment. As I have heard these claims, I have wondered how real estate stacks up to gold as an investment. Surprisingly, some correlations exist between buying gold and buying real estate. Both investments are considered a good hedge against inflation […]    

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Water Garden and Pond Tour this weekend

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Saturday with the Master Gardeners: tips and advice 8:30-11 a.m., drip irrigation 10 a.m. at Fort Bend Master Gardeners’ Demonstration Gardens, 1402 Band, Rosenberg; 281-341-7068, fbmg.com. Free.
Lake Olympia Garden Tour: sponsored by the Lake Olympia Garden Club. 9 a.m.-1 p.m., maps available at Kenwick Pool, 2890 Kenwick, Missouri City; keeneellie@att.net. $10.
Daylily flower show and plant sale: sponsored by the Houston Hemerocallis Society and the Houston Area Daylily Society. Sale 10 a.m.-3 p.m., show 1-3 p.m. at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 1819 Heights; ofts.com/hhs. Free.
Herbs: 10 a.m. at Plants for all Seasons, 21328 Texas 249; 281-376-1646. Free.
Native Plants – Texas Style:10:15 a.m.    

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