Gardening events in the Houston area

IN JANUARY
The Mercer Society Gift and Plant Shoppe: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sundays, 400 Main, 281-651-5475, themercersociety.org/ways-to-give/donate. Sales proceeds benefit flood-damaged Mercer Botanic Gardens.
SATURDAY
Urban Harvest Fruit Tree Sale: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Houston Community College West Loop Campus, 5601 West Loop S.; urbanharvest.org/fruit-tree-sale. Free admission; fruit trees starting at $12.
SATURDAY-SUNDAY
Weekend Market: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday at Another Place in Time, 1102 Tulane; 713-864-9717. Free.
Conroe Camellia Show and Plant Sale: sponsored by the Coushatta Camellia Society. 1-4 p.m. at the First Christian Church, 3500 North Loop 336 W.

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Gardening events in the Houston area

SATURDAY
Winter Bird Count: 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.
Insider’s Tour: The North Dry Garden: 10 a.m.-noon at Peckerwood Garden, 20559 FM 359, Hempstead; 979-826-3232; register at peckerwoodgarden.org. Members free, nonmembers $15.
TUESDAYS-SundaysIN JANUARY
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, 281-651-5475, themercersociety.org/ways-to-give/donate. Sales proceeds benefit flood-damaged Mercer Botanic Gardens.
MONDAY
Getting Your Beds Ready for Bulbs: with Flors Tieldt. Tomball Garden Club program. 9:30 a.m.

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Winter-blooming plants help bees over winter in your yard

Winter and early spring are lean times for honeybees as they emerge from their hives, where food supplies are dwindling, to forage. Adding clusters of winter-blooming plants around the yard will give them much needed nourishment.
Bees take in carbohydrates from floral nectar and protein from floral pollen. Being aware of bloom times and providing flowers that overlap the seasons are important for beekeepers who want to successfully overwinter their colonies.
Some bees, including many wild varieties, begin searching for food when sunny days push temperatures up to 55 degrees Fahrenheit or more.

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Gardening events, Dec. 9-16

SATURDAY
Santa at the Enchanted Forest: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., 10611 FM 2759, Richmond; 281-937-9449, myenchanted.com. Free.
Trees and Stars Winter Celebration: with the Houston Astronomical Society. 6:30-9:30 p.m. at the Houston Arboretum and Nature Center, 4501 Woodway; 713-681-8433, register at houstonarboretum.org. $30 members, $45 nonmembers, $15 children ages 5-12.
SATURDAY-SUNDAY
Weekend Market: 9 a.m.-5 Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday at Another Place in Time, 1102 Tulane; 713-864-9717. Free.
Friday-Dec. 17
Weekend Market: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 16, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 17 at Another Place in Time, 1102 Tulane; 713-864-9717. Free.
DEC. 16
Critters’ Christmas: edible decorating for wildlife. 10 a.m. at Jesse H.

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Gardening events in the Houston area

SATURDAY
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, $10 nonmembers.
SATURDAY-SUNDAY
Weekend Market: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday at Another Place in Time, 1102 Tulane; 713-864-9717. Free.
WEDNESDAY
Holiday Interior and Exterior Landscaping: with gardener Diane Bulanowski, designer Chuck Kremers and stylist Susan Kuhn. 6 p.m. at Buchanan’s Native Plants, 611 E. 11th; 713-861-5702, tickets at buchanansplants.com. $25.
Friday-DEC. 3
Weekend Market: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 2, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 3 at Another Place in Time, 1102 Tulane; 713-864-9717. Free.
DEC.

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Gardening events in the Houston area

SATURDAY
Urban Harvest’s Edible Landscapes: 9:30-11:30 a.m. at the Houston Museum of Natural Science, Moran Hall, 5555 Hermann Park Drive; 713-880-5540, urbanharvest.org. $30.
Pecan Celebration: with Kelsey Low. 10 a.m.-noon at Houston Arboretum and Nature Center, 4501 Woodway; 713-681-8433, register at houstonarboretum.org. $20 members, $35 nonmembers; ages 13 and older.
DIY Paper: with Kelsey Low. 1-3 p.m. at Houston Arboretum and Nature Center, 4501 Woodway; 713-681-8433, register at houstonarboretum.org. $20 members, $35 nonmembers; ages 16 and older.
Plant Texas Natives: 10 a.m. at Jesse H. Jones Park & Nature Center, 20634 Kenswick, Humble; reservations at 281-446-8588, hcp4.net/community/parks/jones. Free.

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Gardening events in the Houston area

SATURDAY
Lone Star African Violet Council 2017 Convention: show 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., plant sale 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Wyndham Houston West Energy Corridor, 14703 Park Row Blvd.; Karla Ross, 281-748-8417, kjwross@yahoo.com. Free.
Christmas Open House: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. at Cornelius Nursery, 2233 S. Voss; 713-292-0898, workshop schedule at corneliusnurseries.com. Free.
Unplugged Adventure: Putting Down Roots Volunteer Prairie Planting: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at Katy Prairie Conservancy’s Indiangrass Preserve, 31950 Hebert, Waller; katyprairie.org/directions. Free.
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, $10 nonmembers.

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Gardening events in the Houston area

SATURDAY
Urban Harvest’s Starting a Community or School Garden Workshop: 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at the University of St. Thomas, Jerabeck Athletic Center, Building 30, 3812 Yoakum; 713-880-5540, urbanharvest.org $20.
45th annual Herb Fair: presented by the South Texas Unit of The Herb Society of America. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at Judson Robinson Community Center, 2020 Hermann Drive; herb plants, jellies, blends, crafts, bath and beauty products, light refreshments; herbsociety-stu.org. Free.
Open Gardens Day: sponsored by Montgomery County Master Gardeners. 9-11 a.m. at Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, 9020 Airport, Conroe; 936-539-7824, mcmga.com. Free.
The Secret Life of Squirrels: with Kelsey Low. 9:30-11:30 a.m.

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