Mercer Arboretum & Botanic Gardens, 713-274-4166, 22306 Aldine Westfield Rd.
one mile N. of FM 1960, Humble 77338.
Buchanan's Native Plants
, 713-861-5702, 611 E.11th, Heights. 77008.
Arbor Gate Plant Nursery
, 281-351-8851, 15635 FM 2920, Tomball.
Joshua's Native Plants
& Garden Antiques. Houston Heights.
Mercer Arboretum & Botanic Gardens
, 281-443-8731, 22306 Aldine Westfield Rd. one mile N. of FM 1960, Humble 77338 .
20559 FM 359, Hempstead, TX. peckerwoodgarden.org .
Adam Black, director of horticulture at Peckerwood Garden.
The Woodpecker: with its unique head construction can bang away with its beak, like a jackhammer, searching for insects; but it does not injure its head. Wow !
Dog Park Etiquette 101.
James Hamm, president of the International Assn of Canine Professionals, shares
: Pups under 4 months are more likely to contract infections.
Enter with Caution
: Most of the congestion takes place around the entry fences.
Be patient and let other dogs disperse before entering.
Pick Up After Pups
: Common courtesy calls for always cleaning up after your
dog. Most of the parks listed below provide bags, but pack your own just in case.
No treats allowed
. Bringing treats or toys into the park area is a No-No.
Aerate Lawn Now :
A summer of dry, compacted soil, grass clippings and other debris can block the
grass from getting fed properly. Rent an aerating machine at a home improve-
-ment center, split the cost with a neighbor ? The aerator will create plugs in the
lawn, which can be 3 in. by ½ in. across.
The day after a big rain or watering is a good time to aerate. After this process,
continue regular maintenance of your lawn.
Heloise Hints 9-30-2017
Sat. Oct. 7 Cornelius Nursery, 713-292-0898, 2233 S. Voss, Fall Festival: family
activities. 9 a.-7 p. Pumpkin decorating classes @ 10 a.-2 p. & 4 p. Free.
Sat. Oct. 7 Houston Arboretum & Nature Center, 713-681-8433, 4501 Woodway,
Nature Revealed: Monarch Butterflies w/Kelsey Low. 9:30 a.-11:30 a. $20/$35.
Sat. Oct. 7 Peckerwood Garden, 979-826-3232. 20559 FM 359, Hempstead.
Oak Collection: 10a.-noon. Members: Free. Non: $15.
Sat. Oct. 7 Maas Nursery, 281-474-2488, 5511 Todville, Seabrook. Jim Maas
& Joe Miller: Hibiscus Class & Hibiscus Grafting. 10 a. $35.
Sat. Oct. 7 Arbor Gate Plant Nursery, 281-746-6320, 15635 FM 2920, Tomball,
Perennial Companions to Heirloom Bulbs w/ Heidi Sheesley. 10 a. Free.
Sat. Oct. 7 Buchanan's Native Plants, 713-861-5702, 611 E. 11th , Heights.
Fall Festival: 10 a.-4 p. Free.
Sat. Oct. 7 Enchanted Gardens, 281-341-1206, 6420 FM 359, Richmond,
Pumpkin Palooza. 10 a.-4 p. Free.
Sat. Oct. 7 Enchanted Forest, 281-937-9449, 10611 FM 2759, Richmond,
Fall Festival: 10 a.-4 p. Free.
Sat. Oct. 7 Parker Williams Branch Library, 281-484-2036, 10851 Scarsdale,
Fall Vegetables w/Harris County Master Gardeners. 10:30 a.-noon. Free.
Sat. & Sun: Oct. 7-8 Another Place in Time, 713-864-9717, 1102 Tulane: Weekend Market. Sat: 9 a.-5 p. Sun: 10 a.-5 p. Free.
Sat. & Sun: Oct. 7-8 Judson Robinson Jr. Community Ctr., 281-748-8417, 2020 Hermann Dr. Spring Branch African Violet Club Annual Fall Sale. Sat: 10-4 p.
Sun: 10 a.-3 p. Free.
Sun. Oct. 8 Houston Arboretum & Nature Center, 713-681-8433, 4501 Woodway,
Edible Wild Plants w/Mark Vorderbruggen. 1-5 p. $40-$70.
Sun. Oct. 8 Urban Harvest's Designing Bountiful Gardens Through Permaculture:
first of 6 lessons taught by the Permaculture Guild of Houston @ various locations.
1-5:30 p. 713-880-5540 urbanharvest.org $310.
Mon. Oct. 9 U.Houston Clear Lake, 2700 Bay Area Blvd. Native Plant Society of Texas-Clear Lake Chapter program: Sage Advice: A Review of Texas Salvias w/
Stephen Brueggerhoff, Brazoria Co. Exten. Horticulture Agent. Free. $ Parking.
Tues. Oct. 10 McGovern Centennial Gardens, 1500 Hermann Dr. Cherie Flores
Garden Pavilion, The Plumeria Society of America Meeting. 7:15 p. Free.
Wed. Oct. 11 Arbor Gate Plant Nursery, 281-746-6320, 15635 FM 2920, Tomball,
What your weeds are trying to tell you w/Angela Chandler. The Garden Academy.
Thurs. Oct. 12 Genoa Friendship Garden Education Bldg. 1202 Genoa Red Bluff,
Indoor Plant Purifiers w/Linda Gay. Harris Co. Master Gardener Event. 10 a.-
11:30 a. Free.
Thurs. Oct. 12McGovern Centennial Gardens, 1500 Hermann Dr. Cherie Flores
Garden Pavilion; Rose Treasures of New Orleans-Surviving Heat, Hurricanes
& Floods w/Leo Watermeier, Houston Rose Society Program. 7:30 p. Free.