November 11th, 10am

Bonnie Brae Median Garden and Mandell Park We will be venturing outside the Heights to Montrose to visit the esplanade on Bonnie Brae at Yaupon. Willem Kegge has transformed the narrow median into a garden for pollinators and children. Willem will explain how he turned the hard packed clay into soft loam over time and on a shoe string budget. This is a true labor of love. Afterward we will go down to the other end of the block to visit the newly transformed Mandell Park. This volunteer maintained park hosts a small pocket prairie garden, vegetable gardens and several bioswales to contain and utilize excess rainwater. Directions: Take Montrose Blvd. to Richmond Ave. and turn right. Turn left on Yupon St. about 4 blocks west of Montrose. The first right off of Yaupon is Bonnie Brae with the median garden.

Upcoming Events

spring%20house_247x185.jpg Harvest Potluck, Nov. 15th, 7pm. at the Heights Fire Station at 12th and Yale Our final event of the year. Please join us for our harvest celebration. Turkey and libations are provided; bring a side or dessert. John Gardner, Houston Garden Guru and Buchanan's plant expert, will give a short talk entitled "Listen to the Butterfly--Observation in the Garden." We would like to thank We Olive and Tea Sip for donating gift baskets for door prizes and also Bird's Barbershop for haircut gift certificates. Please let us know if you plan to attend.

Last Event 10/14

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414 W. 13th Residence Garden Tour Sarah and Rich Doty are a long time Heights couple who recently updated their garden. The front garden is shaded by several Camphor trees which made for a poor lawn. Ravenscourt Landscaping and Design helped the Dotys' overcome this problem by designing a garden that was low maintenance and attractive. They used several waves of low maintenance ground covers that grow in shade and other shade tolerant plants along the house. Low maintenance was important to them both. Sarah and Rich also wanted a garden along the side of their home that would attract birds and pollinators. The side yard along the alley was a long strip of lawn to start with. The grass was removed and a winding path put in. This space was turned into a "Pollinators Cafe." The plants are mostly native and something is meant to be in flower most of the year. It was knocked back by our 2 day winter hard freeze but came back with only a few plants needing replacing. The deluge of rain has not disturbed the garden much at all. Another fun feature is the back deck which Rich has painted into a runway. Shawn and Laurin of Ravenscourt Landscaping and Design were there to answer our questions. The design and plantlist for the front yard and Pollinator Cafe are behind the links.

November Yard of the Month

spring%20house_247x185.jpg 456 W 24th Street Stacy and Kay Sutter moved to their home in August, 2006. The house came with “Professional landscaping”, which consisted of a few azaleas and a crepe myrtle.  It also had a small building in the back between the house and garage, leaving a very small space for yard. Shortly after they moved in, they moved the extra building and started putting in beds. Stacy and Kay both love a little dirt therapy. Stacy designed and built the Koi pond which they have filled with Butterfly Koi and water lilies. Kay spends most of her free time digging in the beds that now surround the house.  They try to keep something flowering for the bees and butterflies, and moving water for other yard wildlife. Several years ago, they had the opportunity to take over the lot next door. They had the lot graded and laid sod and built the fence.  This area is still their work in progress, but they will work it in pieces.

We would like to thank Zone 9 Tropicals for this month’s Yard-of-the-Month gift certificate.

Send nominations for Yard-of-the-Month to us on our contact page.

Latest Gardening Project

IndexPhotos/ecologyclub.jpgRose Garden on Heights Boulevard and 20th The garden club planted iris, snowbell bulbs and lirope in the newly expanded beds at the rose garden to compliment the roses. We want to give a big thank you to our volunteer helpers from Heights High.