Gardening events in the Houston area

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The Mercer Society Gift and Plant Shoppe
10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sundays at 400 Main, Old Town Spring; 281-651-5475, themercersociety.org/ways-to-give/donate. Sales proceeds benefit flood-damaged Mercer Botanic Gardens.
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Growing Cucurbits
With Galveston County Master Gardener Herman Auer. 9-10:30 a.m. at Galveston County Bayside Community Center, 4833 10th, Bacliff; registration 281-309-5065 or aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/galveston/index.html. Free, but registration required.
Peckerwood Garden Open Day
10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Peckerwood Garden, 20559 FM 359, Hempstead; 979-826-3232; register at peckerwoodgarden.org. Members free, nonmembers $10.
Big and Bold Pots
10 a.m.

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April calendar of gardening events

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SUNDAYS
The Mercer Society Gift and Plant Shoppe
10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sundays at 400 Main, Old Town Spring; 281-651-5475, themercersociety.org/ways-to-give/donate. Sales proceeds benefit flood-damaged Mercer Botanic Gardens.
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Brazoria County Master Gardeners’ 20th Annual Spring Plant Sale
8 a.m.-noon at Brazoria County Environmental Education Station, 799 E. Hospital, Angleton; brazoria.agrilife.org. Free.
Educational Classes
Session 1: Gardening in the Shade: 8-10 a.m. Session 2: Herbs! 10:30-12:30 p.m. at Montgomery County Master Gardeners, 9020 Airport, Conroe; mcmga.com, 936-539-7824, $5 per session or $8 for both.

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Gardening events in the Houston area

TUESDAYS-SUNDAYS
The Mercer Society Gift and Plant Shoppe: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sundays at 400 Main, Old Town Spring; 281-651-5475, themercersociety.org. Sales proceeds benefit flood-damaged Mercer Botanic Gardens.
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Herb Festival at the Wynne Home: 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Sponsored by the Texas Thyme Unit of The Herb Society of America. Herb plants, perennials, pollinator plants, heirloom bulbs and vegetables. Garden and herbal vendors, speakers, artists, music and children’s activities. Wynne Home Arts Center, 1428 11th, Huntsville. 281-787-3895. texasthymeunit.org. Free.
Harris County Master Gardeners Precinct 2 Perennials, Herbs and Peppers Sale: 8 a.m. plant preview, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

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Gardening events in the Houston area

TUESDAYS-SUNDAYS
The Mercer Society Gift and Plant Shoppe: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sundays at 400 Main, Old Town Spring; 281-651-5475, themercersociety.org/ways-to-give/donate. Sales proceeds benefit flood-damaged Mercer Botanic Gardens.
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March Mart: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Mercer Botanic Gardens, 22306 Aldine-Westfield, Humble; 713-274-4160, hcp4.net/Community/Parks/Mercer. Free.
23rd annual Plant and Gift Sale of the Herb Society of America-Pioneer Unit: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. at Festival Hill Institute, 248 Jaster, north of Round Top; herbsocietypioneer.org. Free.
Shut Up and Plant Something: with Greg Grant. 10 a.m. at the Arbor Gate, 15635 FM 2920, Tomball; 281-351-8851, arborgate.com. Free.

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Get the professional look for your flower planters

A flower planter or hanging basket bought ready-made at a nursery: lush with showy, vibrant blooms, providing an instant splash for your porch, stoop or deck.
Your DIY flower container: sparse-looking for weeks, with one plant that dies, and scraggly stems, small blooms or yellowing leaves as the season goes on. Still, many gardeners keep trying.
“The benefits of doing it yourself would be choosing your own color scheme, choosing plants that are going to work best for your area and getting to see it grow in,” says landscaper Jamie Gulley.

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Gardening events in the Houston area

TUESDAYS-SUNDAYS
The Mercer Society Gift and Plant Shoppe: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sundays at 400 Main, Old Town Spring; 281-651-5475, themercersociety.org/ways-to-give/donate. Sales proceeds benefit flood-damaged Mercer Botanic Gardens.
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Educational Classes: 8-10 a.m.: Floral Plants for Montgomery County. 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Vegetables for Montgomery County at Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, 9020 Airport, Conroe; 936-539-7824, mcmga.com. $5 per session, $8 for both.
Gunters’ Heirloom Vegetables: 9 a.m. at the Arbor Gate, 15635 FM 2920, Tomball; 281-351-8851, arborgate.com. Free.
Spring Vegetable Planting Class II: with Jim Maas, Pat Cordray and Paul Nesrsta. 10 a.m.

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Keep plumerias indoors until Easter to avoid threat of freeze

Q: When should I move my plumerias back outside?
Joe Peddy, Houston
A: In around Thanksgiving and out around Easter was the motto of Eulas and Lake Stafford, the late plumeria experts who generously shared their advice with area gardeners. Of course, first check the forecast. It’s best to move plumerias indoors for winter storage when night temperatures drop below 50 degrees, often around the fall holiday. Return the tropical plants to fresh air and encourage them out of dormancy when spring nights remain 50 degrees and warmer.
The long-range forecast shows no freezes, and day and night temperatures look promising as we near Easter on April 1.
Q: I’ve seen blueberries in some local nurseries.

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Gardening events in the Houston area

TUESDAYS-SUNDAYS
The Mercer Society Gift and Plant Shoppe: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sundays at 400 Main, Old Town Spring; 281-651-5475, themercersociety.org/ways-to-give/donate. Sale proceeds benefit flood-damaged Mercer Botanic Gardens.
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First Saturday Birding: with Al Barr. 7:45 a.m. at Jesse H. Jones Park and Nature Center, 20634 Kenswick, Humble; 281-446-8588, hcp4.net/community/parks/jones. Free, ages 10 and older.
NatureFest: 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at Jesse H. Jones Park and Nature Center, 20634 Kenswick, Humble; 281-446-8588, hcp4.net/community/parks/jones. Free.
Landscaping Basics: with Enchanted designers. 10 a.m. at Enchanted Forest, 10611 FM 2759, Richmond; 2 p.m.

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