M.D. Anderson Prairie At southwest corner of Holcombe and Fannin The M.D.
Anderson Prairie is a 1.8 acre native prairie reconstruction located in the heart of
the Texas Medical Center. The project is led by M.D. Anderson Cancer Center with project support from Katy Prairie
Conservancy and other conservation groups. The prairie is a living nursery, wildlife habitat, and a peaceful respite
for both caregivers and families undergoing treatment for cancer. The prairie serves as an urban ecology station where
ecologists are tracking wildlife colonizing this pocket of nature. Our tour was led by Jaime Gonzalez, Conservation
Education Director for the Katy Prairie Conservancy. He explained the historical context of the coastal prairie to
Houston, how this prairie and others like it benefit our urban environment, and how we can incorporate prairie
landscape into our own home gardens.
November Yard of the Month
NE Corner of Ridge and Julian -Chris and Gene
Feronti bought the house next door with the intention of investing in rental property, but the house turned out to be too far gone to be
saved. They may have bought a lemon, but boy, do they know how to make lemonade. In the height of the drought, using neighbors’ orphan plant
donations and sad plants from box store reduced price tables, and *no* irrigation, they have turned the entire lot into a fabulous succulent
and cactus garden. In the process they have engaged their neighbors in the garden and also host a community compost pile. What a great
story and what a beautiful and unique garden for our area. We want to thank Joshua's Native Plants for donating a gift card for our Yard
of the Month Award.
Send nominations for next month's Yard-of-the-Month to us on our contact page.
Latest Gardening Project
Heights 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.