Next Event - Thursday 8/6, 7-9pm

2nd Annual Plant and Seed Swap and Meet and Greet at the Heights Firestation on 12th and Yale. Back by popular demand. We will have light refreshments with beer and wine, many door prizes, and of course, the swapping of plants and seeds. It doesn’t matter if you are a beginning gardener or an expert; we are just fun, friendly folks who love to garden and want to share. If you can, please bring a few plants or collected seeds from your garden. Start your cuttings now to insure root growth. Place your seeds in an envelope or plastic bag with a description and if you like, instructions on when to plant. Last year’s event was such fun and this is a great way to share what you like in your garden with others.

Upcoming Events

Thurs. 8/13, 7PM - Weeding Happy Hour at the Rose Garden Bring your favorite weeding tool to the rose garden at 20th and Heights Boulevard for the third of our summertime monthly weeding parties. Refreshments supplied. Mostly socializing; a little weeding.

Sat. 9/12, 10am - Butler Home Garden Tour at 435 W 18th St. Denise Butler’s garden scape was designed by Jeff Law of Kabloom Landscaping and recently featured on KHOU’s Debra Duncan show. Jeff’s challenge was to convert a small backyard dominated by an unattractive hot tub into an eye-catching and personal outdoor living space which he accomplished with his unique artistic flare. The spa, which could not be removed, was incorporated into a multi-level seating arrangement. The outdoor kitchen repurposes unique pieces that Denise collected such as her grandmother's dining table into a cabinet, an old metal pot into a sink, and wine crates into a small kitchen island. Shelving units display some of her fossil and geode collection. The narrow area along the side of the garage was utilized by turning it into an outdoor shower and place to bath the dog. Jeff will be there to give a short talk with tips about how to personalize your garden space.

Last Event - 7/12

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Shirey/Flanagan Home Garden at 1447 Allston Mark and John live in an historic bungalow on the corner of 15th and Allston and the owners' love of gardening is evident everywhere. The garden flows around the entire house and is reminiscent of a cottage style garden that would have been planted when the house was new. There are annuals, tender perennials, roses and several unique trees such as the Ulmus parvifolia (commonly known as Chinese elm or Lacebark Elm) in the patio and a beautiful young Texas ebony (Ebenopsis ebano). It is also a collector’s garden with interesting plants tucked in here and there. The brick patio and driveway on the 14th street side of the house are made from bricks reclaimed from the streets of Galveston.

July Yard of the Month

spring%20house_247x185.jpg 309 E. 13th Street - Gottfried and Anne Schiller moved to Houston ten years ago this month from Europe where they were both avid gardeners. Gottfried is from Dresden, Germany and Anne is from the states but spent 21 years in London. Gardening here in Houston has been on ongoing experience for them but they have enjoyed the process. The front yard is a shade garden with many varieties of trees and shrubs including hydrangeas, camellias, hostas, a fig tree and even a blood orange tree where there is sun! There is a raised stone pond built by Gottfried loved by the fish, toads, and frogs alike. The birds love to visit as well. The sunny backyard includes a Queen palm tree, an angel trumpet tree, yews, a plumeria among several other plant varieties and raised beds for growing vegetables. Please drive by and see this lovely garden. We want to thank Zone 9 Tropicals for donating a gift certificate for the Yard of the Month Award.
Send nominations for next month's Yard-of-the-Month to us on our contact page.

Latest Gardening Project

IndexPhotos/ecologyclub.jpgHeights Boulevard Entrance Garden Thank-you Richard Devine of National Tree and Shrub for donating replacement plants and mulch and many thanks also to our volunteers who helped us get the Heights Boulevard Entrance Garden ready for summer.