Garden Conservancy tour takes you into four private gardens

By Diane Cowen

If you need garden or landscaping ideas, or just an afternoon passing through some pretty gardens, try the Garden Conservancy’s Open Days Tour in Houston on March 25. Not only will you soak up some nature, you’ll be donating to a good cause: Peckerwood Garden. And Peckerwood’s annual sale of unusual plants will be held at the Habitat House in Spring Branch.

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List of gardening events in the Houston area

By By Kathy Huber List of gardening events in the Houston area

Fall vegetable gardening, landscape design, plant sale, other activities. 9 a.m.-noon at Brazoria Environmental Education Station, 585 CR 443, Angleton; bcmg.org/brazoria.

Gardening in Small Spaces: with Harris County extension horticulturist Skip Richter. 10 a.m. at the Arbor Gate, 15635 FM 2920, Tomball; 281-746-6320, arborgate.com.

A Passion for Plumeria: with Galveston County Master Gardener Loretta Osteen. 1-3 p.m. at Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, 4102 Main, La Marque; 281-534-3413, email reservations to galvcountymgs@gmail.com, aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/galveston.

Bee Forum: with Angela Chandler of the Garden Academy and Matt and Kelly Brantley of BZ Honey. 11 a.m. at the Arbor Gate, 15635 FM 2920, Tomball; 281-746-6320, arborgate.com.

Petal Pushers Garden Club’s Welcome Back Social: 7 p.m. at Burgess Recreation Center, 4200 Kalwick, Deer Park; 281-479-1223.

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What's blooming? Gardeners share what they are growing in and around Houston

By By Melissa Ward Aguilar Summer has arrived. Gardeners are busy adding heat-tolerant plants to the garden as our spring bloomers wilt.
We asked gardeners to show us how their garden grows. Here’s what has been blooming around town in our neighbors’ gardens.
Send photos of your best blooms and gardening tips to melissa.aguilar@chron.com

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Schedule of area gardening events

By By Kathy Huber Brazoria County Master Gardeners’ 10th Annual Fruit and Citrus Tree Sale: 8 a.m.-noon at the Brazoria County Fairgrounds, 901 S. Downing, Angleton; 979-854-1558, ext. 110, brazoria.agrilife.org.

Starting a Community or School Garden Workshop: sponsored by Urban Harvest. 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at the University of St. Thomas, room 108, Hughes House, 3921 Yoakum Blvd.; 713-880-5540, urbanharvest.org. $20.

Basic Fruit Tree Care & Planting: sponsored by Urban Harvest. 6-8 p.m. at the Houston Museum of Natural Science, Moran Hall, 5555 Hermann Park Drive; 713-880-5540, urbanharvest.org. $35 members, $45 nonmembers.

Basic Fruit Tree Care & Planting: sponsored by Urban Harvest. 10 a.m.-noon at Houston Museum of Natural Science, Moran Hall, 5555 Hermann Park Drive; 713-880-5540, urbanharvest.org. $35 members, $45 nonmembers.

Houston Botanic Garden Master Plan: with Adriaan Geuze of West 8 Urban Design & Landscape Architecture.

Nancy Stallworth Thomas Horticulture Lecture sponsored by the Garden Club of Houston. 10 a.m. at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, 717 Sage. gchouston.org.

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Create a backyard oasis for bees, birds, butterflies

By By Jill Carroll

Creating backyard oasis for bees, birds, butterflies keeps pollination cycle going Which is why it’s not so surprising that her backyard in west Houston near the Energy Corridor is a certified backyard wildlife habitat. The state certification is awarded to backyards that meet certain requirements – such as at least half of the plants being native to Texas as well as having consistent food, shelter and water sources for wildlife. Backlas is one of many local gardeners who appreciate – and try to attract – pollinators, such as bees, even though some species are stingers that sometimes can cause allergic reactions. The decline of bees due to use of pesticides and other factors has caused alarm in the commercial farming industry because, quite simply, they need bees to do their work, too. Kiki Neumann, a folk artist who lives on two acres near the Garden Oaks area, started keeping bees in hives last year to help her and her neighbors’ gardening efforts. Virtually all area nurseries have a wide variety of plants to choose from – large, small, annual, perennial, edible and ornamental. Several species hang out in our area for months throughout the year and are drawn to plants that provide high-energy nectar.

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Upcoming gardening events

By By Kathy Huber Fruit Tree Training & Pruning: first in three-class series sponsored by Urban Harvest. 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at University of St. Thomas, room 14, Malloy Hall, 3918 Yoakum; 713-880-5540, urbanharvest.org. $75 members, $120 nonmembers.

Designing Our Green Homes & Communities Through Permaculture: first in seven-class series sponsored by Urban Harvest. 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at the University of Houston, room 206, Science & Engineering Classroom Building, 3601 Cullen; 713-880-5540, urbanharvest.org. $270 members, $383 nonmembers.

Growing Citrus in Your Back Yard: with Galveston County Master Gardener Chris Anastas. 9-11 a.m., at the Texas AgriLife Extension Service, 4102 Main, La Marque; 281-534-3413, aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/galveston.

Citrus Greening: with Galveston County Master Gardener Robert Marshall. 11 a.m.-noon at the Texas AgriLife Extension Service, 4102 Main, La Marque; 281-534-3413, aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/galveston.

Cactus & Succulent Society of America Meeting – Field Trip Day: with Richard Stamper, Houston Cactus & Succulent Society. 7:30 p.m. in the Cheri Flores Garden Pavilion, McGovern Centennial Gardens, 1500 Hermann; hcsstx.org.

Harris County Master Gardeners at Precinct 2 lecture series. 10 a.m. in the Clear Lake meeting room, 5001 NASA Parkway. hcmga.tamu.edu.

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Gardening events scheduled in the Houston area

By By Kathy Huber Gardening events scheduled in the Houston area

Harris County Master Gardeners’ Fruit and Nut Tree Sale and Lectures: plant overview 8 a.m., sale 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, 3033 Bear Creek Drive; 281-855-5600, hcmga.tamu.edu.

Waller County Master Gardeners’ Fruit Tree Event: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Tegler Autos, 850 Business 290 N., Hempstead; pick up pre-orders, purchase other trees, register for March 5 Spring Fling Gardening Seminar; txmg.org/wallermg.

Fruit Culture Day: presentations 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at the Arbor Gate, 15635 FM 2920, Tomball; 281-746-6320, arborgate.com.

Alternative Garden Techniques – Reinventing the Past: with Mary Karish.

Tomball Garden Club program. 9:30 a.m. in the Amegy Bank Community meeting room, 28201 Texas 249, Tomball; tomballgardenclub.com.

Gardening for Butterflies: with Cockrell Butterfly Center horticulturist Soni Holladay.

Heritage Gardeners of Friendswood program. 9:30 a.m. at the Marie Workman Garden Center, 112 West Spreading Oaks, Friendswood; 281-992-4438, heritage gardener.org.

Conservation and Environmental Issues: with Kathy Lord of the Bayou Preservation Association.

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Calendar of gardening events

By By Kathy Huber Montgomery County Master Gardeners’ Fruit and Nut Tree Sale: 8 a.m. program, 9 a.m.-noon sale at Montgomery County AgriLife Extension Service, 9020 Airport, Conroe; 936-539-7824, plant list at mcmga.com.

Successful Spring Vegetable Gardening: with Master Gardener Luke Stripling. 9-11:30 a.m. at the Galveston County AgriLife Extension Service, 4102 Main, La Marque; 281-534-3413, reservations galv@wt.net, aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/galveston.

Harris County Master Gardeners’ Open Garden Day and Soils and Compost Seminar: 9-11:30 a.m. at Harris County AgriLife Extension Service, 3033 Bear Creek; 281-855-5600, hcmga.tamu.edu.

Gardening Daze: plant identification and weeding in native flower beds with Teri MacArthur at 8:30 a.m. or vegetable tending in the heritage garden with Doug Ebeling at 9:30 a.m. at Jesse H. Jones Park & Nature Center, 20634 Kenswick, Humble; 281-446-8588, hcp4.net/community/parks/jones.

Fig Tree Pruning and Propagation: with Galveston County master gardener Terry Cuclis. 9-10 a.m. in the Master Gardener Demonstration and Research Garden/Orchard, 4102 Main, La Marque; 281-534-3413, reservations galv@wt.net, aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/galveston.

Harris County Master Gardeners’ Fruit and Nut Tree Sale and Lectures: plant overview 8 a.m., sale 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at Harris County AgriLife Extension Service, 3033 Bear Creek; 281-855-5600, hcmga.tamu.edu.

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