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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 .
Peckerwood Garden, 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
some pointers.
Min. Age: 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
Gardening Events/Programs:
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.
Noon. Free.
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.
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