Next Event - Saturday, 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.

Upcoming Events

Thurs. 9/10, 6:30PM - Weeding Happy Hour at the Rose Garden Bring your favorite weeding tool and join us at the Rose Garden at 20th and Heights Boulevard for a little weeding and a lot of socializing.

Sat. 10/10, 10am - 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 will be led by Jaime Gonzalez, Conservation Education Director for the Katy Prairie Conservancy. Please join us to learn how this pocket prairie and others like it benefit our urban environment and how you can incorporate prairie landscape into your own home garden. Because of Medical Center parking challenges, we will plan to carpool from the parking lot of Boulevard Realty at 15th and Heights Boulevard leaving promptly at 9:30am. Some individual parking may be available - - details to come. The Dryden/TMC light rail stop is also a short walk from the prairie.

Thurs. 10/12, 7-9PM - Harvest Pot Luck Please join us for a harvest celebration at the Heights Firestation. Turkey, gravy, and beverages will be provided. Bring your favorite side dish or or dessert.

Last Event - 8/6

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2nd Annual Plant and Seed Swap and Meet and Greet Thank you those who braved the heat and attended the plant and seed swap at the Heights Firestation. We hope everyone came away with something special. We would like to thank our door prize donors: Joshua Kornegay of Joshua's Native Plants for bringing several iron garden ornaments, Dee Melancon of Heights Pages for a stunning succulent planter, Heather Buchanan of Buchanan's Native Plants donated a beautiful arrangement of annuals in a white glazed pot, and Ken Cousino of Quality Feed for a peach tree.

August Yard of the Month

spring%20house_247x185.jpg 1651 Columbia - Butterflies, birds and color are at the top of the list for Beth and Rick Johnston‘s yard. They have 5 types of butterfly host plants and two types of native berries for the birds. Almost all of the plants are Texas natives and provide year round color. They credit much of their garden’s success to John Gardner of Buchanan's Native Plants who has been very generous with his knowledge of plants. We want to thank Another Place in Time for donating a gift certificate for the Yard of the Month award and to congratulate Rick and Beth for their serene and wildlife friendly garden.
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.