Gardening calendar: Learn about heat-loving plants in garden classes

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.
WEDNESDAYS
IN MAY
Gardening Daze
Join horticultural coordinator Matt Abernathy for native-plant landscaping and habitat restoration in the park. 8:30 a.m. at Jesse H. Jones Park and Nature Center, 20634 Kenswick, Humble; 281-446-8588, hcp4.net/community/parks/jones. Free.
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.

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Golden Delicious pineapple sage

Golden Delicious pineapple sage sounds, well, delicious. We aren’t talking fruit, but the most luscious sage on the planet.
Golden Delicious pineapple sage made its debut about 15 years ago and has steadily climbed in popularity, winning awards across the country. You’ll know why once you grow it. Merely brushing up against the leaves will leave you in a state of olfactory euphoria.
The fragrance of the leaves also constitutes the flavor for drinks, jams and cream cheese. To add to the wow factor is the plant’s golden chartreuse hue, the hottest color in the garden. Everything looks better partnered with Golden Delicious.
In the fall, it sends out brilliant red blossoms that bring both hummingbirds and butterflies.

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Gardening calendar: Learn about heat-loving plants in garden classes

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.
SATURDAY
Urban Harvest’s Starting a Community or School Garden Workshop
8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at University of St. Thomas, 3800 Montrose; register at 713-880-5540; urbanharvest.org/classes-calendar. $20.
Home Orchard Tours
9 a.m.-noon at sites listed at aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/galveston/index.html. Free.
Plumeria Class
With Jim Maas and Loretta Osteen. 10 a.m. at Maas Nursery, 5511 Todville, Seabrook; 281-474-2488, maasnursery.com. $25.

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How to repair a garden fountain

A fountain brings a bit of magic to a garden and serves a couple of practical purposes: delivering soothing sounds that help mask traffic noise and attracting birds or other small wildlife.
But when they break, it can be hard to find someone to fix them. Luckily, although fountains can be pricey, the working components are fairly basic. You should be able to get a fountain working again, even if you aren’t particularly handy. You might need a new pump, but that’s easy to find and might put you out only $15 to $30.
Begin by dumping out the debris and stagnant water. If your fountain is too heavy to tip safely, use a shop vacuum to clean out the bowl.
Then figure out how the fountain goes together. The center section probably lifts out.

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Homeowners still recovering from Harvey become do-it-yourselfers

If you think Houston has put itself together and moved forward, look again. Between a shortage of labor and a shortage of cash, thousands of homeowners affected by Hurricane Harvey’s flood waters are still recovering.Those with money or insurance checks grabbed available contractors and resources. But of the estimated 170,000 flooded homes, some 80 percent of them were not covered by flood insurance. FEMA checks covered just a fraction of repair costs.Faced with five- and six-figure contractor bids, many have become do-it-yourselfers. They had no choice but to learn to hang drywall, lay tile and handle other construction tasks. And their work is still under way.

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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.
SATURDAY
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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