Next Event - Saturday, July 9th, 10am

Cactus King at 7900 I-45 Field Trip! Cactus King is conveniently located north of the 610 Loop on I-45 North. They have an extensive nursery containing large landscape plants, hundreds of cactus species, tons of euphorbias, hybrid sansevierias, caudiciforms, and many other succulents families.Cactus King has a huge variety of xeriscape succulents including a diverse selection of large sized and rare specimens suited for the Gulf Coast region. From agaves to yuccas, cycads to barrel cactus, and a huge selection of euphorbias. They grow many species native to Texas, America, Mexico, South America, India and the Far East, and Africa. They also have many rare African and Madagascaran varieties not found anywhere else. Lyn, the owner, will be our tour guide and will be able to answer any questions you have. We can caravan or catch a ride by meeting at the parking lot of Boulevard Realty at 16th and Heights Boulevard at 9:30am or we will meet you there.

Upcoming Events

Thursday July 14th 7pm, Weeding Party at the Rose Garden, Heights Boulevard and 20th Bring you favorite weeding tool and join your fellow gardeners as we spruce up the rose garden. Refreshments.

Thursday August 10th 7pm, Hummingbird Feeder Craft Project at the Heights Firestation Save a small decorative bottle and join us in crafting a hummingbird feeder. Learn about how you can help feed hummingbirds during the upcoming fall migration. Refreshments and a door prize.

Saturday September 9th 10am 309 E. 13th St, Gottfried and Anne Schiller residence garden

Saturday October 8th 10am Last Organic Outpost at 711 N. Emile St.

Thursday November 10th 7pm Harvest Potluck at Heights Firestation

Saturday November 12th 10am 5411 Braeburn Drive (Meyerland), Toby Turner residence garden

December No meeting

Last Event - 6/11

Slideshow 2! Example 4: Ken Burns extension
2434 White Oak Drive, Tirey gardens This unique terraced garden was the result of a drainage project that “got out of control” according to the owner. The site slopes unexpectedly to a picturesque untouched creek that drains into the canalized White Oak Bayou. Tiered beds of native and unusual plants guide you to the lowest terrace overlooking the creek. Planted with flood friendly plants, this space acts as a retention pond for the neighborhood. Two doors down we also visited the owner’s current residence garden. This modern garden with a pool also takes advantage of its creek-side location. Both gardens were thoughtfully designed by expert plantsman Will Fleming who was also on hand to answer all our questions.

June Yard of the Month

spring%20house_247x185.jpg 1519 Arlington Phil Hartford moved to the Heights from Australia around 3.5 years ago. The new construction provided a blank canvas, a project he could make his own. He expanded the garden beds around the edges to frame the lawn, then planted citrus along the fence-line to capture the abundant Houston sunlight; the fence is also used to climb roses and sweet peas during the spring. Native plants are scattered throughout the garden beds to provide color and general ground cover. Phil loves to cook and entertain, so it was also important for him to have herbs and vegetables at his fingertips. On the house itself, he used a variety of climbers to provide a canopy of greenery and shield the house from the summer sun--a white flowering wisteria, stephanotis and pink coral vine. The yard has a deliberate relaxed, growing-at-wild look. The plants are allowed to grow tall and provide people with a feeling of lush greenery with pops of color. Phil finds Houston a tough place to garden, but he is obviously up to the challenge. Thank-you to Buchanan's Native Plants for providing the gift certificate for this outstanding June Yard-of-the-Month.
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 This past May the garden club updated the entrance garden trimming back the lantana, replacing the Mexican Mint Marigold with coral drift roses, blue salvia and blue daze; and mulching to hold down the inevitable weeds. Hopefully it will make a colorful splash over the summer. Thank you to Jeb with Landscape Innovations for digging out the mint marigold and to all our volunteers for helping to make the entrance garden a more welcoming space.