In the Garden

In Southeast Texas, our vanishing wetlands are an ecosystem vital to the water quality of both surface and groundwater supplies. Rain gardens and nature ponds are a great way for homeowners to help by recreating some of the functions of this vanishing ecosystem in their own yards. An added benefit is the wide variety of widlife that these habitats attract.

A rain garden is a shallow depression designed to capture stormwater runoff from a roof or parking lot and allow it to soak into the ground within a couple of days. When planted with native plants adapted to both wet and dry conditions, the resulting habitat attracts a variety of wildlife.A nature pond is a small backyard pond that uses either a plastic liner or impervious clay layer to hold water throughout the year. Nature ponds can attract wildlife to your backyard that you never knew existed in Houston! In this class you’ll learn the design fundamentals for each of these water features, then accompany Adult Programs Director Joe Blanton on an informative tour of the recent rain garden additions surrounding the Arboretum’s Visitor Center building. Three nearby nature ponds will also be explored.
Date: Sunday, April 27
Time: 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Instructor: Joe Blanton, the Arboretum’s Adult Programs Director, is certified by National Wildlife Federation as a Backyard Habitat Designer. Before joining the Arboretum staff, Joe designed, implemented and/or managed 16 outdoor environmental education classrooms for Urban Harvest and HISD.
Cost: $40 for members; $65 for non-members. Plant lists will be distributed and example specimens will be highlighted. No prior botany knowledge required. Closed toed shoes are highly recommended. Registration limited to 25.
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Upcoming programs in this category include:

27 April

In the Garden

Designing Rain Gardens & Nature Ponds (3:00-5:00 p.m.)

11 May

In the Garden

Plant a Butterfly Feeder Hanging Basket (2:00 – 4:00 pm)