In the Garden

Did you know that many plants native to the Houston area are wonderful sources of food for wildlife? Join us on March 3 to learn about the vast variety of plant, tree, and shrub species native to the Houston area and the benefits that they can bring to your yard.

Date: Sunday, March 3
Time: 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Description: Many flowering plants produce nectar that attracts thirsty hummingbirds and butterflies. Some native plants provide tasty leaves for hungry caterpillars, or seeds for ravenous birds and small mammals. Quite a few species are “living buffets” where every part: the flowers, nectar, leaves and seeds are feasted upon by all kinds of wildlife! Learn what plants to use in your yard to accomplish a variety of goals: attract wildlife, survive harsh weather conditions, and beautify your yard throughout the year. After a classroom presentation, you will tour the Arboretum’s 2 acres of landscaped grounds, including several demonstration gardens. Your tour will conclude with a preview of over 50 native species available for sale during the Spring Native Plant Sale. Shade trees, ornamental trees, shrubs, vines, ferns, groundcovers, grasses, wildflowers, and bog and rain garden plants will be profiled.
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. No prior knowledge of botany required. Recommended books will be available for sale in the Nature Shop. Closed toed shoes are highly recommended.
Register online
This class is full and now closed to registration. Please contact the Houston Arboretum and Nature Center to inquire about available openings.

Thank You

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)