Next Event - 7/11

Shirey/Flanagan Home Garden at 1447 Allston, 10am 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.

Upcoming Events

Thurs. 7/9, 7PM - Weeding Happy Hour at the Entrance Garden Bring your favorite weeding tool to the entrance garden at I-10 and Heights Boulevard for the second of our summertime monthly weeding parties. Refreshments supplied. Mostly socializing; a little weeding.

Thurs. 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.

Last Event - 5/9

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Sutter Home Garden at 456 W. 24th St. A surprising number of people braved the rain and were rewarded with a wonderful peek behind the big red doors of Kay and Stacy Sutter's garden retreat. In progress since 2006, the owners transformed a ho-hum landscape design into a personal oasis by first removing and replacing an unused building with garden beds, decking, and a large koi pond designed and built by Stacy himself. Other water features include a couple of unusual fountains and many of the hardscapes feature salvaged and re-purposed materials including the etched monument stone lining the koi pond. Fast growing, large wax myrtles line the fences and provide privacy from the neighbors and the adjacent bike trail. They love low care plants and lots of color that bring in the bees and butterflies. A few years ago they had an opportunity to take over the lot next door and are in the process of transforming that as well.

June Yard of the Month

spring%20house_247x185.jpg 345 W. 16th Street - Melanee Hamilton has a true green thumb. In her garden you can tell. With limited space she has created a beautiful garden retreat. Along the fence is Aztec grass, boxwood, and a single climbing rose intertwined among the rails. The beds in front of the porch include Indian Hawthornes, Carolina Cherry Laurels and a cottage garden mixture of Agapanthus, Knockout roses, Plumbago, Vinca, Scareola, among others and Cuban gold Duranta, which really sets off the blooms she has incorporated in the mix. You can see her working in her garden on any given day. No wonder it is as beautiful as it is. We want to thank Joshua’s 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.