In the Garden

In this informative and interactive workshop, learn how to transform your yard into a more colorful and less costly wildscape!

Non-native turfgrass requires weekly maintenance and can be costly and drab. Houston Arboretum Conservation Director Joe Blanton will teach you how to evaluate your existing yard and implement minor changes so it qualifies for certification by Texas Parks and Wildlife as a Backyard Wildlife Habitat. Bring along a sketch, diagram or photographs of your backyard and a current plant inventory for critique by the instructor and fellow participants.
Date: Sunday, February 17
Time: 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Instructor: Joe Blanton, the Arboretum’s Conservation 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: $30 for members; $45 for non-members.
Note: Various tools found on the internet will be demonstrated as well as an interactive DVD from the book Texas Wildscapes: Gardening for Wildlife, Texas A&M Nature Guides Edition (2009) by Kelly Conrad Bender. Upcoming Houston Arboretum native plant sales, book sales, and landscaping classes will be profiled. The above mentioned book which contains the interactive DVD resource will be available for sale in the Nature Shop. Registration minimum is 6 and is limited to 8, due to the interactive nature of the class.
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By submitting this form, I certify that all the above participants are in good health and agree to indemnify the Houston Arboretum & Nature Center for all claims arising in connection with above programs without limit and regard to cause thereof or the sole, joint, or concurrent negligence of any parties including Houston Arboretum & Nature Center. I also agree that by submitting this form I also give permission for all the participants registered to be videotaped or photographed for use in Houston Arboretum & Nature Center publications, news publications or broadcasts or on the Houston Arboretum & Nature Center website.

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Minimum Enrollment: The Arboretum reserves the right to cancel any program if minimum registration has not been met. A full refund will be issued for programs cancelled by the Arboretum for this reason.

Inclement weather: Programs are held rain or shine; refunds will not be given due to weather unless class is cancelled by Arboretum. If severe weather is a possibility, the Arboretum will make every effort to contact participants regarding class cancellations or rescheduling. Please call our main line at 713-681-8433 or check our web site for updates. In severe weather, we will also announce class cancellations through 740 AM KTRH radio.

Cancellation due to unforeseen circumstances: In the event a class or program must be cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances, the Arboretum will make every effort to notify participants as soon as possible and if the class will not be offered again, provide at the Arboretum's discretion, a prorated credit or refund.

Upcoming programs in this category include:

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11 May

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