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Brenda's Garden
Brenda's Garden
by Brenda Beust Smith
Monday, March 05, 2007

Two birds of paradise: yellow and purple Strelitzia reginae
(looks like a bird!) and the delicate, feathery,
 red/yellow/orange Caesalpinia gilliesii
(Poinciana or Pride of Barbados).

 

 

“All through the long winter, I dream of my garden. On the first day of spring, I dig my fingers deep into the soft earth. I can feel its energy, and my spirits soar.” -- Helen Hayes
 
 
I hope to see many of you Saturday March 10 at 2 p.m. at the Galveston Home & Garden Show. I’ll be speaking and bringing a limited number of cuttings from my own garden, plants that “definitely” qualify as good choices for lazy gardeners!
 
Show details: Saturday-Sunday, March 10-11: 19th Annual Galveston Home & Garden Show (benefiting the Galveston Island Humane Society), 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Galveston Island Convention Center, 5600 Seawall Blvd.; adults $5, seniors/children $4; advance tickets $4. 100+ exhibitors. Presenters include David Yates of Home Improvement Zone, The Lazy Gardener Brenda Beust Smith, antiques appraiser Ray Simpson, Aramco Blinds on hurricane preparedness and Peggy McGowen on working with an interior designer. Randall’s floral expert on flower arranging and design. Show details: (409) 762-3930 or www.galveston.com. Preview Benefit Friday, March 9, $45, contact Lauraleigh Gourley-Vogel, 409-744-1500)
 
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DEAR BRENDA: My bird of paradise is getting to close to the house and winter has taken a toll on it too. Can I cut it off a bit above the ground. Do you think it would come back? I certainly do not want to kill it as it blooms great. But with all the brown leaves on it now it looks pretty sad. Help! D.
 
 DEAR D: There are two plants called bird of paradise. One is Strelitzia reginae, a cold-tender tropical with a yellow/purple flower that looks kind of like a bird's head.
 
The other is Caesalpinia gilliesii, a cluster of yellow blooms with long red or bright orange feathery like stamens.
 
If you're not sure which one you have, try this: go to www.google.com.  Click on images. then put in each of these names and look at the pictures.
 
The reason it makes a difference is that the Caesalpinia makes a multi-trunked large shrub or small tree and Strelitzia has banana-like leaves that come up from the ground and are directly connected to the roots.
 
Both bloom well here but both are cold-tender and die back in winter. This is normal. In winters past, strelitzia wouldn't come back. But with global warming, they have become root hardy here and easily return. Caesalpinia (or poinciana or Pride of Barbados, as they're also called) have always been root hardy.
 
It's hard to advise you what to do without knowing exactly which one you have. If it's a tree with limbs growing toward the house, you can just cut off those back ones; the front ones will grow taller and larger. If it's the strelitzia, you can dig up the clump, remove plantlets from the backside and replant those. Or move the whole thing forward.
 
DEAR BRENDA: I have a bird of paradise that a neighbor gave me a few years ago. 
 
It is in a pot with an 18" diameter and is about 5' tall. It only has one bloom stock when it blooms. 
 
Can I divide into 3-4 plants and will this dividing put off blooming for a number of years? L. H. 
 
Dear L. H.: It sounds to me like you for sure have a strelitzia (see above). In that case, Yes, you can divide it. Dig it up, and look closely at the rootball. You should be able to remove some of the outside clumps without overly-impacting the center ones. Pull these outer clumps off, remove the dead leaves and replant them at the same depth they were originally planted. 
 
It does take some time for the removed plants to set new roots, and probably these plants won't bloom at this time. 
 
But then replant the main clump and hopefully it will go on blooming.
 
DEAR BRENDA: Check out these pics. I smelled a strong floral fragrance (my wife thinks there is no fragrance but more of an odor) and saw these in our flower bed.

They are among azaleas and a bottle brush bush. I also saw two in the bed around our pecan tree. K.M.

DEAR K.M. Thanks for the pictures. I’d never seen one of these so had to send them around to my plant gurus. They all agree: it’s a stinkhorn mushroom, so-called because many of them do smell (your wife wins) somewhat like “rotting flesh.” The reason for the smell, says Nancy Greig of the Cockrell Butterfly Center, is because these mushrooms utilize flies to disperse their spores. Most mushrooms use the wind. Don’t eat it.
 
DEAR BRENDA: Brenda, I started a small greenhouse in my kitchen window and now I don't know what to do with the flowers. I planted morning glory, black-eyed Susan vine, coleus, moonflower and poppies. They are all growing very tall, not flowering yet. But, it's too early to put them in the ground and yet they are starting to fall over, they are so tall...what should I do??? B.
 
DEAR B: Since you don’t say otherwise, I’m going to assume you live in the Greater Houston area. You "done good" - trust me. Transplant to some slightly larger pots. With all but the poppies, put the plant literally in the bottom of the pot, with maybe only 1 inch of soil underneath. Fill with soil so only the top 1/2 of the plant is above the soil level.
 
Set them outside on pretty days, but bring them in if temperatures drop back down into the 40s at night. Do you have a little red wagon you could set them in? Makes it easier to pull them in and out.
 
What this will do is encourage much strong root systems. Everywhere a leaf comes out above ground, a root will come out below ground. 
 
Poppies, of course, come from a central cluster so that won't work with them.
 
Then, I'd say around the middle of March, you can plant them in the ground.
 
Sounds like you've got the perfect spot for a window greenhouse.
 
Just FYI morning glories will reseed year after year, black-eyed Susan vine should be perennial, moonflower I’m not sure about, but poppies and coleus are usually almost always annuals. You’ll have to replant those next year. Poppies will last until it gets hot, coleus should go through the summer and fall (and, who knows, with global warming, maybe they will be perennials. Stranger things are happening in our gardens with the warmer winters).
 
Have fun.
 
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Hope this helps.
 
Brenda
 
 
P.S. Need help with speakers and/or getting publicity for your organization's events? Or want a local plant society website?
 
Both recently updated:
 
• Lazy Gardener's Speaker's List — $5 each.
(Now includes websites for all major horticultural groups in the area)
 
• How to Get Publicity for Your Events — $5 each.
(Now includes notes on getting TV publicity)
 
Make checks payable to Brenda B. Smith
& mail, with self-addressed stamped envelope to: Speakers List or Publicity Booklet,14011 Greenranch, Houston, TX 77039-2103.

Feel free to forward this email notice to friends who might need good publicity for events or speakers for a group.
 
Note from Brenda: I am getting requests to be put on my "mailing list." I don't have such a list, but I do post ALL EVENTS sent to me in my online column, "Brenda's Garden" at www.guidrynews.com (Features).
 
"Bookmark" it to remind you to check for event updates. You can also call up all my recent past Lazy Gardener columns at www.chron.com (search: lazy gardener). They use color pictures with the online columns!

Brenda
 
 
GREATER HOUSTON/GALVESTON/BEAUMONT GARDENING CALENDAR
This is my Master Calendar — ALL the events submitted to me for this column and for my Houston Chronicle Garden Calendar (Saturdays, Star Section, current week only published). All in Houston unless otherwise specified. All are listed almost exactly as submitted. Call and confirm; dates, times, etc., may have changed! 
 
 
March 1: "Edible Wild Plants," by Ed Adams. 7PM, Judson Robinson Community Center, 2020 Hermann Drive, free. Texas Master Naturalist event, free. (713)690-4360 or www.gcmn.tamu.edu
 
Thursday-Saturday, (March 2-5): Azalea Trail, 11 a.m.–6 p.m. Houstonians will celebrate spring once again with the River Oaks Garden Club’s annual Azalea Trail!! This trail features four private homes and gardens, as well as the beautiful Bayou Bend, Rienzi and the River Oaks Garden Club Forum of Civics Building and Gardens. For ticket sale information and locations, please contact The River Oaks Garden Club, 713-523-2483 or www.riveroaksgardenclub.org; free.
 
Saturday (Mar. 3): Easy Azalea Care by Rich Boettler, 10:00 am, Teas Nursery, 4400 Bellaire Blvd., 713-664-4400 www.teasnursery.com; free; no reservation needed.
 
Saturday March 3: Registration deadline for the March 11 Beginning Welding Class presented by Charles Strack, Iron Visions. 12noon Design and build your own trellis! Fee $185 due upon registration. The Arbor Gate, 15635 FM2920, Tomball, 281 351 8851 www.arborgate.com 
 
Saturday-Sunday (March 3-4): Spring Branch African Violet Club Show & Sale; Sat plant sale: 10am-4pm; Sat. show 1-5p; Sun. show & sale, 10am-4pm, Houston Garden Center, 1500 Hermann Dr., 713-462-4257, www.orgsites.com/tx/sbavc;  free.
 
March 6: "Rain Water Harvesting", Marian Marshall & Tina Mardjani at 12 noon. Harris County Extension office, 3033 Bear Creek Dr. Free Master Gardener event. Call 281-855-5600; access http://harris-tx.tamu.edu/hort 
 
Friday, March 9: "Seasonal Color" by Dawn Stover, 10:30a.m., Houston Garden Center, 1500 Hermann Drive; free. Houston Federation Clubs event, 281-252-4539.
 
Saturday, March 10, Fort Bend Master Gardener Perennial Sale. Come see what’s new for spring! Heidi Sheelsey, owner of TreeSearch Farms, will give an overview of plants at the sale at 8:30 AM. The program is free and open to the public. The sale will open at 9:30 AM and will conclude at 1:30 PM or when plants are sold out. Fort Bend County Fairgrounds-Building D, 4310 Highway 36S, Rosenberg , 77471. 281-341-7068 or FortBendMG@ag.tamu.edu
 
Saturday, March 10, "How to Transplant Citrus" by Dianne Norman, 1:30 p.m., Wabash Antiques & Feed, 5701 Washington Avenue, 713-863-8322; FREE A demonstration on root pruning, soil selection and care when transplanting citrus trees. Q & A
 
Saturday, March 10 Second Annual Rose Festival. 10am-3pm. Join us again for this popular event that includes guest speakers and informative booths. Over 100 varieties of old and antique roses will be available. The Arbor Gate, 15635 FM2920, Tomball, 281 351 8851 www.arborgate.com Free
 
Saturday, March 10: "Home & Garden Festival", 10:00am-5:00pm, Downtown Brenham, www.downtownbrenham.com or 1-888-BRENHAM
 
Saturday, March 10th, "Native Gardening & Book Signing - Attracting Wildlife & Dealing with Pests & Predators" by Mark Bowen, 10:00 a.m., and "Wildlife In The Garden" by Margarette Pickett, 11 a.m., Spring Nursery & Landscape, 25252 FM 2978 Road, 281-257-1800, www.springnurseryandlandscape.net, Free.
 
Saturday, March 10: Perennial Sale and Lecture, 8:30 a.m. “Overview of Plants” by Heidi Sheesley, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. sale, Fort Bend County Fairgrounds-Building D, 4310Highway 36S in Rosenberg, 77471. Fort Bend County Master Gardener event, www.fbmg.com; free. 
 
Saturday-Sunday, March 10-11: 19th Annual Galveston Home & Garden Show (benefiting the Galveston Island Humane Society), 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Galveston Island Convention Center, 5600 Seawall Blvd.; adults $5, seniors/children $4; advance tickets $4. 100+ exhibitors. Presenters include David Yates of Home Improvement Zone, The Lazy Gardener Brenda Beust Smith, antiques appraiser Ray Simpson, Aramco Blinds on hurricane preparedness and Peggy McGowen on working with an interior designer. Randall’s floral expert on flower arranging and design. Show details: (409) 762-3930 or www.galveston.com/homeandgardenshow. Preview Benefit Friday, March 9, $45, contact Lauraleigh Gourley-Vogel, 409-744-1500)
 
Saturday, March 10-11: Cat Spring 23rd Annual Antiques & Garden Festival, 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. March 10, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. March 11, Historic Agricultural Hall, 13035 FM 1094 in Cat Spring: $5.00, 1-979-865-5618
 
March 12: "March Mart" with Suzzanne Chapman, 7 p.m. Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, 2929 Woodland Hills in Kingwood. Lake Houston Gardeners event. 281-324-4838
 
Tuesday, March 13, 2007: "Flower Arranging." 9:30 a.m. Jersey Village Civic Center, 16327 Lakeview Drive. Jersey Village Garden Club event; 713-466-6885; $5.
 
Tuesday (March 13): "Beneficial Insects" by Eddie Holick, 9:30 a.m., Rayford Road Community Center, 2325 Rayford Road. A Woodlands Garden Club event; 281-363-9964; free.
 
Wednesday Mar 14: “How to Start a Community or School Garden: Class 2 - Design” by Gary Edmondson, 2:00-4:30 p.m., Urban Harvest, 1900 Kane St.; 713-880-5540 to register; www.urbanharvest.org for details and directions; free class. Learn the criteria needed to choose a site and design considerations. Place measurements on paper.
 
Wednesday, March 14, 2007: “Gingers, Growth and Care” by Ceil Dow, Master Gardener and Horticulturist, Mercer Arboretum, 10:30 a.m., Amegy Bank, 303 E. Main Street. League City Garden Club event, 281.332.9044, free to public. The March meeting of the League City Garden Club will be held on the 14th of the month beginning with a social time and refreshments at 10:00 a.m. Following will be a program on “Gingers, Growth and Care” presented by Ceil Dow, Master Gardener and Horticulturist, Mercer Arboretum. Ceil is a ginger specialist, and presents a very informative and educational presentation. A brief business meeting will follow. This garden club meets on the second Wednesday of the month, September through May, at Amegy Bank, 303 E. Main Street. Meetings are free and open to anyone with an interest in horticulture.
 
March 15, "Historical Perspective on the plants of the Gulf Coast Texas Prairie," by Dennis Jones. 7PM, Houston Arboretum and Nature Center, 4501 Woodway, free. Native Plant Society event. (713)681-3665 or www.npsot.org
 
Thursday 3/15/07: "Tree Pruning and Planting Workshop", All members to bring their favorite garden tools, 7:30-8:30 p. m., The Houston Civic Garden Center, 1500 Hermann Drive, Men's Garden Club of Houston event, 713-529-3960, www.botanictreasures.com/mgc; free
 
Friday, March 16: Registration deadline for the March 24-25 Herbal Forum at Round Top featuring A&M's Jim Johnson and Austin's Lucinda Houston. Register at www.festivalhill.org - basic fee: $75.
 
 
March 16-18: Houston Orchid Society Flower & Plant Expo 2007, noon-7 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. March 17, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. March 18, George R. Brown Convention Center, 1001 Avenida de Las Americas; 281-286-1471or www.houstonorchidsociety.org; $5. in downtown Houston. Adjoining this event will be the Houston Home Show. Local plant societies will have displays, as will national and international orchid venders. 
 
March 16: Registration deadline for the 12th annual Herbal Forum at Round Top
 
Saturday March 17 Sixth Annual Herb Luncheon presented by Molly Fowler, The Dining Diva, and Ann Wheeler, Log House Herb Farm. 11am. Learn about different types of herbs and how to grow them while you enjoy a scrumptious lunch. Fee $35 due upon registration. The Arbor Gate, 15635 FM2920, Tomball, 281 351 8851 www.arborgate.com
 
Monday Mar 19: “How to Start a Community or School Garden” by Dr. Bob Randall, 1:00-3:45 p.m., Urban Harvest, 1900 Kane St.; 713-880-5540 to register; www.urbanharvest.org for details and directions; free class. Start a garden at a school, place of worship, or vacant lot for education, donation to the hungry, or improving your community. Learn the basics of planning, finances, and garden design. Dr. Bob Randall has advised over 150 community garden projects since 1987.
 
Tuesday, March 20: "Everyday Ikebana” by La Verl Daily, 10:00 a.m., Sugar Land Community Center, 226 Matlage Way, Sugar Land; Sugar Land Garden Club event; 281-565-4658 or sugarlandgardenclub.org; free.
 
March 20: "Ferns" Mike Lowery at 6:30 pm at the Harris County Extension office, 3033 Bear Creek Dr. Free Master Gardeners event. Call 281-855-5600; access http://harris-tx.tamu.edu/hort 
 
Wed.-Thurs. March 21-22. Daylily and plant sale. 10:00 AM - 7;00PM and 10;00AM- 4;00 PM. Klein United Methodist Church, 5920 FM 2920 - Info 281-356-2543 Cypress Creek Daylily Club event.
 
Thursday Mar 22: “Setting up a Fruit and Vegetable Garden at your Home” by Gary Edmondson and Howard Starr, 6:15-8:45 p.m., Urban Harvest, 1900 Kane St.; 713-880-5540 to register; www.urbanharvest.org for details and directions; $25. How to choose a site and build a garden. Includes soil, irrigation systems, building materials, tools, and design of beds and pathways. An excellent introduction to fruit and vegetable gardening in our climate.
 
Friday and Saturday, March 23-24 Herbal Forum at Round Top. Open to the public: plant sale, herbal themed gifts and book shop. No admission fee for the sale areas. Info at www.festivalhill.org 
 
Friday-Saturday, March 23-24: March Mart, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Mercer Arboretum & Botanic Gardens, 22306 Aldine-Westfield in Humble, 281-443-8731 or www.hcp4.net/mercer; free.
 
Saturday, March 24: "Herbs for Now & Later" by Ann Wheeler, 11 a.m., Martha's Bloomers, 8101 Hwy. 6 Bypass in Navasota, 936-870-4044 or www.marthasbloomers.com; free.
 
Saturday, March 24 Vegetable Gardening for the Gulf Coast presented by Tom Leroy and Bill Adams. 10am. Learn great tips as well as garden basics from these two entertaining pros! Free. The Arbor Gate, 15635 FM2920, Tomball, 281 351 8851 www.arborgate.com Free.
 
• Saturday, March 24: Friends of Mandell Park Plant Sale, 9 am.-noon, Mandell Park, Richmond Ave. at Mandell, Mary Nurre (marynurre@houston.rr.com or 713-812-9095) or Teresa Byrne-Dodge (teresabyrnedodge@my-table.com or 713-529-5500; free.
 
Saturday (Mar. 24) Cottage Garden Sale, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at League Park on East Main Street in League City; League city Garden Club event, 281.332.9044; free. Mark your calendars now for the annual spring “Cottage Garden” Sale. League City Garden Club members have been growing flowers, shrubs and trees for this event, with proceeds going toward a scholarship for a deserving Clear Creek student majoring in Agriculture and Life Sciences. 
 
Sunday March 25 Herbs Made Easy presented by Ann Wheeler, Log House Herb Farm. 1pm. With the knowledge from this class you can start your own herb garden or simply add herbs to your existing beds. The Arbor Gate, 15635 FM2920, Tomball, 281 351 8851 www.arborgate.com Free.
 
Monday Mar 26: “Sell What You Grow at a Green Market” by Ray Sher, 4:00-6:00 p.m., Urban Harvest, 1900 Kane St.; 713-880-5540 to register; www.urbanharvest.org for details and directions; $30. Backyard gardeners in the city as well as farmers in the countryside can sell at a local farmers’ market. Find out how to set up shop, including packaging, displays, pricing and market rules. Ray Sher sells produce from his backyard garden.
 
Tuesday, March 27 Herbs Made Easy presented by Ann Wheeler, Log House Herb Farm. 10am. With the knowledge from this class you can start your own herb garden or simply add herbs to your existing beds. The Arbor Gate, 15635 FM2920, Tomball, 281 351 8851 www.arborgate.com Free.
 
March 27: "Plant Propagation" Green Thumb series at the Central Market, 3815 Westheimer-6:30- 9 pm. Free to public. Call 281-855-5600; access http://harris-tx.tamu.edu/hort 
 
Wednesday Mar 28: “How to Start a Community or School Garden: Class 3 - Implementation” by Gary Edmondson, 2:00-4:45 p.m., Urban Harvest, 1900 Kane St.; 713-880-5540 to register; www.urbanharvest.org for details and directions; free class. Critique garden designs from Class 2 , determine materials needed and cost of your garden build. Review fruits that grow well in the Houston area.
 
Wednesday March 28: "Status of Endangered Cacti & Succulents in Texas" by Jackie Poole of Texas Parks & Wildlife. Houston Cactus & Succulent Society event. Houston Garden Center, 1500 Hermann Drive. 7:30PM, Free, info 713-827-8545.
 
Thursday Mar 29: Registration deadline for Saturday March 31 class “Propagation: Starting Your Own Plants in Container” by Jean Fefer, Ph.D., 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Urban Harvest, 1900 Kane St.; 713-880-5540 to register; www.urbanharvest.org for details and directions; $30. Learn to start plants from seeds, cuttings, divisions, and layering. Includes a hands-on workshop on propagation by cuttings. Bring a pair of small pruning shears. Other materials will be provided.
 
Friday (Mar. 30): Friday: Plant Sale, 8 a.m.- 5 p.m., 110 Lakeshore Dr., El Lago, Dig'n Design Garden Club event; 281-326-7850; free
 
Saturday, March 31: "Jazz Up Your Landscape Plantings" by Dr. Doug Welsh, 11 a.m., Martha's Bloomers, 8101 Hwy. 6 Bypass in Navasota, 936-870-4044 or www.marthasbloomers.com; free.
 
Saturday, March 31, " How to Raise Chickens & Bunnies with Sustainable Gardening" by Donna Fay Hilliard, 1:30 p.m., Wabash Antiques & Feed, 5701 Washington Avenue, 713-863-8322; FREE Learn how to use chickens and bunnies to benefit your garden. Q & A
 
March 31-April 1: Woodlands Home & Garden Show, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel Convention Center, 1601 Lake Robbins Dr., The Woodlands. 200+ exhibitors; $8 adults, $6 seniors, children 12 & under free (cash only). Special presentations by Brenda Beust Smith. See website for details: www.woodlandsshows.com
 
 
April 3: "Garden Art" Gudrun Opperman at 12 noon. Harris County Extension office, 3033 Bear Creek Dr. Free Master Gardener event. Call 281-855-5600; access http://harris-tx.tamu.edu/hort  
 
April 7: Rockport Herb Festival & Plant Sale, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Rockport-Fulton High School Commons, 1801 Omohundro in Rockport; free. Rockport Herb & Rose Study Group event, www.rockportherbs.com; free
 
Sat., Apr. 7: Easy Lawn Care by Rich Boettler, 10:00 am, Teas Nursery, 4400 Bellaire Blvd., 713-664-4400 www.teasnursery.com; free; no reservation needed.
 
Tuesday, April 10 Distinctively Better Plants presented by Rand Hopkins, Monrovia Nursery. 10am. Learn about some unique plants and great new introductions from this famous nursery. The Arbor Gate, 15635 FM2920, Tomball, 281 351 8851 www.arborgate.com Free.
 
 Tuesday, April 10, 2007: "Container Gardening and Summer Annuals" by Suzanne Chapman. 9:30 a.m. Jersey Village Civic Center, 16327 Lakeview Drive. Jersey Village Garden Club event. 713-466-6885. $5.
 
Saturday, April 14: Spring Garden Gala plant sale, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Stephen F. Austin State University ’s Mast Arboretum, intramural field on Wilson Drive, 936-468-4404 or http://arboretum.sfasu.edu; free. “We will offer a great selection of rare, unusual, and Texas-tough trees, shrubs, succulents, and herbaceous perennials, as well as many heat loving tropicals,” said Dawn Stover, Mast Arboretum research associate. “All of the plants are produced at SFA by the staff, students and volunteers.”  Greg Grant, Pineywoods Native Plant Center research associate, will have a number of his introductions available as well, including the pink flowered ‘Pam Puryear’ and large flowered ‘Big Momma’ Turk’s cap, according to Stover. “Many of the rare Aromi hybrid deciduous azaleas will be offered, as will a good number of the rarely available native East Texas red buckeye,” Stover said. Proceeds from the plant sale help support the SFA Mast Arboretum, the Ruby Mize Azalea Garden , the Pineywoods Native Plant Center and educational programs.
 
Saturday, April 14, " Organic Lawn Solutions" by Kevin Topek, 1:30 p.m., Wabash Antiques & Feed, 5701 Washington Avenue, 713-863-8322; free. Identifying diseases and pests that attack lawns and how to avoid the dreaded Brown Patch. 
 
Saturday, April 14, Southern Garden Classics presented by Dr. William Welch, Texas A & M. 10am. Bill’s love of Texas plants shines through in this popular class. The Arbor Gate, 15635 FM2920, Tomball, 281 351 8851 www.arborgate.com Free.
 
Cockrell Butterfly Center Spring Plant Sale , Saturday April 14th. , 9:00 to 3:00, Houston Museum of Natural Science, 7th Floor Parking Garage, One Hermann Circle Dr. 713-639-4753, hmns.org
 
Saturday-Sunday (Apr. 14-15): Historic Houston Heights Home & Garden Tour, noon-6 p.m., 713-861-4002 or www.houstonheights.org; $15 in advance; $17 day of tour.
 
Sunday, April 15, Welding II , presented by Charles Strack, Iron Visions, 12 noon, Prerequisite: beginning welding. Fee $185 due upon registration. The Arbor Gate, 15635 FM2920, Tomball, 281 351 8851 www.arborgate.com
 
 
Tuesday, April 17: "Natural History & Cultivation of American Pitcher Plants" by Mike Howlett, 10:00 a.m., Sugar Land Community Center, 226 Matlage Way, Sugar Land; Sugar Land Garden Club event; 281-565-4658 or http://sugarlandgardenclub.org;  free.
 
April 17: "Herbs in the Kitchen" Lucia Bettler at 6:30 pm Harris County Extension office, 3033 Bear Creek Dr. Free Master Gardener event. Call 281-855-5600; access http://harris-tx.tamu.edu/hort.
 
Thursday (Apr. 19): Earth Day Celebration “Nectar and Host Plants for Local Moths and Butterflies” by Farrar Stockton, 7 p.m., Houston Arboretum and Nature Center, 4501 Woodway. Native Plant Society event, 713-681-3665 or www.npsot.org; free.
 
April 19-21: Daylily Plant Sale and companion plants, 9:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. April 19-20-21; 8725 Cedardale Lane—corner Bracher in Spring Valley Village, one block off Westview-Bingle Rd. Houston Area Daylily Society event; 713-697-0362; annarosaglidden@yahoo.com; free.
 
Saturday, April 21, Butterflies and More! Presented by Eddie Holik, Director Cockrell Butterfly Center, 10 am. Planting tips to attract butterflies to your garden. Also butterfly identification. Free. The Arbor Gate, 15635 FM2920, Tomball, 281 351 8851 www.arborgate.com
 
Saturday (April 21): “Orchid Growing and Care” - Saturday, April 21 at 11 am. Presented by Dr. Rainer Fink. Orchid Specialist. Free Saturday Seminar held at Martha’s Bloomers, 8101 Hwy. 6 Bypass, Navasota . Register two ways: call 936 870-4044 or email: registration@MarthasBloomers.com
 
Saturday-Sunday, April 21-22: Antique Rose Emporium Open House Growing Field Tours; 10,000 FM 50 Brenham/Independence. For more information call 979-836-5548, email arebuzz@industryinet.com or visit www.weareroses.com; free.
 
Tuesday, April 24, What’s Hot! Preparing and planting for our Houston heat. Presented by Linda Gay, Director Mercer Arboretum, 10am. Free. The Arbor Gate, 15635 FM2920, Tomball, 281 351 8851 www.arborgate.com
 
Tuesday, April 24: Registration deadline for the Harris County Master Gardener Spring Plant Sale and Symposium will be Saturday April 28 at the Harris County Extension Office, 3033 Bear Creek Dr., Houston, TX Plant material overview will be open to all at 8:00 am. The plant sale is from 9:00 am until 2:00 pm. The Symposium topics and speakers are as follows:10:00 am: Habitat Gardening - Diana Foss, Texas Parks & Wildlife; 11:00 am: Feeding Baby Butterflies - Karen Breneman, Master Naturalist; Noon until 1:00 pm Lunch and Time to Shop (Lunch provided to all pre-registered participants); 1:00 pm: Feeding Adult Butterflies - Karen Breneman; 2:00 pm : Butterfly Garden Design - Carol S. Brouwer, PhD, County Extension Agent - Horticulture, Texas Cooperative Extension, Texas A&M University System. Door prizes will be handed out at 3:00 pm when symposium concludes. Pre-registration $15.00 includes lunch, call 281-855-5600 or access http://harris-tx.tamu.edu/hort; registration at the door $10 for full day, $5.00 for half day (no lunch). Preregistration dead line is April 24, 2007 Plant material will be open to all for overview at 8:00 am. Plant sale from 9:00 until 2:00.
 
April 24: "Good Plants for Houston", Green Thumb series at the Central Market, 3815 Westheimer at 6:30-9 pm. Texas Cooperative/Master Gardener event. Free to Public. Call 281-855-5600; access http://harris-tx.tamu.edu/hort
 
Saturday, April 28: "Accessorizing the Landscape" by Dr. Bill Welch, 11 a.m., Martha's Bloomers, 8101 Hwy. 6 Bypass in Navasota, 936-870-4044 or www.marthasbloomers.com; free.
 
April 24: Registration deadline for the April 28: "Harris County Master Gardener Spring Plant Sale and Symposium" Sat. at the Harris County Extension office, 3033 Bear Creek Dr., Plant overview: 8 am; Plant Sale 9 am - 2 pm; Symposium 10 am - 3-pm. Topics: Habitat Gardening, Feeding Baby Butterflies, Feeding Adult Butterflies and Butterfly Garden Design. Noon until 1 pm is Lunch and time to sop (lunch provided to all preregistered participants. Pre-registration $15 includes lunch, Registration at the door $10 for full day, $5 for half day (no lunch). Preregistration deadline is April 24,th 2007. Call 281-855-5600 or http://harris-tx.tamu.edu/hort.

Wednesday, April 25: "Dwarf Aloes" by Richard Stamper. Houston Cactus & Succulent Society event. Houston Garden Center, 1500 Hermann Drive. 7:30PM, free; 713-827-8545.
 
Saturday, April 28, " How to Make Compost Tea" by Karen Saxon, 1:30 p.m., Wabash Antiques & Feed, 5701 Washington Avenue, 713-863-8322; FREE A demonstration on making Compost tea with our KIS brewer, plus learn the benefits of using compost tea. Q & A
 
Saturday, April 28, Basilmania III presented by Ann Wheeler, Log House Herb Farm, 10am. Free. More than you ever imagine about this easy-to-grow herb and its many varieties! The Arbor Gate, 15635 FM2920, Tomball, 281 351 8851 www.arborgate.com
 
April 28: "Harris County Master Gardener Spring Plant Sale and Symposium" Sat. at the Harris County Extension office, 3033 Bear Creek Dr., Plant overview: 8 am; Plant Sale 9 am - 2 pm; Symposium 10 am - 3-pm. Topics: Habitat Gardening, Feeding Baby Butterflies, Feeding Adult Butterflies and Butterfly Garden Design. Noon until 1 pm is Lunch and time to sop (lunch provided to all preregistered participants. Pre-registration $15 includes lunch. Registration at the door $10 for full day, $5 for half day (no lunch). Preregistration dead line is April 24,th 2007. Call 281-855-5600; access http://harris-tx.tamu.edu/hort
 
May 1: "Designing from the Garden" Pat Hermes at 12 noon. Harris County Extension office, 3033 Bear Creek Dr. Free Master Gardener event. Call 281-855-5600; access http://harris-tx.tamu.edu/hort.
 
May 1-2: Florescence flower show, Museum of Fine Arts, Beck Building, 5601 Main Street. River Oaks Garden Club, the Garden Club of Houston and the Museum of Fine Arts event, www.riveroaksgardenclub.org or 713-523-2483; free.
 
Saturday & Sunday, May 5 & 6: Houston Cactus & Succulent Society spring plant sale. Houston Arboretum & Nature Center, 4501 Woodway Drive. 9:00AM to 5:00PM, info 713-827-8545.
 
Sunday, May 6: Daylily Festival, 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Shimeck Gardens, 3122 County road 237 in Alvin; 281-331-4395; free. 
 
Saturday, May 12: "Basil, Basil & More Basil" by Ann Wheeler, 11 a.m., Martha's Bloomers, 8101 Hwy. 6 Bypass in Navasota, 936-870-4044 or www.marthasbloomers.com; free. 
 
Saturday, May 12, Art in the Garden, 10am-4pm. This annual event showcases Arbor Gate artisans and their creations. Come stroll through our display gardens in full bloom just for the occasion! Free. The Arbor Gate, 15635 FM2920, Tomball, 281 351 8851 www.arborgate.com
 
May 15: "Container Gardening" Glen Graves at 6:30 pm Harris County Extension office, 3033 Bear Creek Dr. Free Master Gardener event. Call 281-855-5600; access http://harris-tx.tamu.edu/hort; free.
 
Thursday (May 15): “Texas Vinculture” by Fritz Westover, 7 p.m., Houston Arboretum and Nature Center, 4501 Woodway. Native Plant Society event, 713-681-3665 or www.npsot.org; free.
 
Saturday, May 19, Gingers for Houston, presented by Heidi Sheesley, Treesearch Farms, 10am. Free. Explore these colorful, easy to grown heat lovers. The Arbor Gate, 15635 FM2920, Tomball, 281 351 8851 www.arborgate.com
 
Sunday, May 20: Daylily Festival, 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Shimeck Gardens, 3122 County road 237 in Alvin; 281-331-4395; free.
 
 Sunday, May 20: Celebration of Daylilies, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Payne's in the Grass Daylily Farm, 2137 Melanie Lane, Pearland, 281-485-3821, www.paynesinthegrassdaylilyfarm.com: free to the public
 
May 29: "Lawn Care" Green Thumb series at the Central Market, 3815 Westheimer at 6:30-9 pm. Texas Cooperative/Master Gardener event. Free to Public. Call 281-855-5600; access http://harris-tx.tamu.edu/hort.
 
Saturday-Sunday (June 2-3): Water Garden and Pond Tour, 40 ponds/gardens, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Houston Pond Society & Lone Star Koi club event, 281-398-5999 or dcook1830@aol.com., www.houstonpondsociety.otg or www.;onestarkoi.com; $10. 
 
Saturday (June 9): ”Attracting and Identifying Birds” - Saturday, June 9 at 11 am. Presented by Jerry Walls, Director of Christmas Creek Nature Preserve and Naturalist, Jesse Jones Park and Nature Center . Free Saturday Seminar held at Martha’s Bloomers, 8101 Hwy. 6 Bypass, Navasota . Register two ways: call 936 870-4044 or email: registration@MarthasBloomers.com
 
Thursday (June 15): “Cacti of the Llano Uplift” by Bobby Crabb, 7 p.m., Houston Arboretum and Nature Center, 4501 Woodway. Native Plant Society event, 713-681-3665 or www.npsot.org; free.
 
Saturday (July 14): ”Snakes of All Kinds” - at 11 am. Presented by Jerry Walls, Director of Christmas Creek Nature Preserve and Naturalist, Jesse Jones Park and Nature Center . Free Saturday Seminar held at Martha’s Bloomers, 8101 Hwy. 6 Bypass, Navasota . Register two ways: call 936 870-4044 or email: registration@MarthasBloomers.com; free.
 
Thursday (July 19): “Plants of the Katy Prairie” by Jaime Gonzales, 7 p.m., Houston Arboretum and Nature Center, 4501 Woodway. Native Plant Society event, 713-681-3665 or www.npsot.org; free.
 
Thursday (Aug. 16): “Burning the Prairie” by Mark Kramer, 7 p.m., Houston Arboretum and Nature Center, 4501 Woodway. Native Plant Society event, 713-681-3665 or www.npsot.org; free.
 
Thursday (Sept. 20): “The Quiet Beauty of Our Coastal Prairie” by Carolyn Fannon, 7 p.m., Houston Arboretum and Nature Center, 4501 Woodway. Native Plant Society event, 713-681-3665 or www.npsot.org; free.
 
Saturday (Sept. 29): ”Lesson’s from a Rose Rustler” - Saturday, Sept. 29 at 11 am. Presented by Mike Shoup, Antique Rose Emporium. Free Saturday Seminar held at Martha’s Bloomers, 8101 Hwy. 6 Bypass, Navasota . Register two ways: call 936 870-4044 or email: registration@MarthasBloomers.com
 
Thursday (Oct. 18): “Prairie Assessment and Restoration at Brazos Bend State Park” by Al Childs, 7 p.m., Houston Arboretum and Nature Center, 4501 Woodway. Native Plant Society event, 713-681-3665 or www.npsot.org; free.
 
November 2,3,4, 2007 20th Annual Fall Festival of Roses. Antique Rose Emporium, 10,000 FM 50 Brenham,Texas 77833. FREE. For more info contact 979-836-5548 or arebuzz@industryinet.com or visit our website at www.weareroses.com
 
Thursday (Nov. 15): Native Plant & Seed Swap and Social (check time) Thursday (June 15): 7 p.m., Houston Arboretum and Nature Center, 4501 Woodway. Native Plant Society event, 713-681-3665 or www.npsot.org; free. 
 
 ATTENTION ORGANIZATIONS!
 BRENDA HAS TWO BOOKLETS YOU MIGHT FIND HELPFUL.

 
• “LAZY GARDENER’S SPEAKERS LIST” — Pages of horticulture/environmental speakers in the Greater Houston area, many of whom speak for free, their credentials and how to contact them. Constantly updated. $5.00 each.
 Make checks payable to Brenda B. Smith and mail with a self-addressed stamped (39¢) envelope to: Lazy Gardener’s Speakers List, 14011 Greenranch, Houston, TX 77039.
 
• “HOW TO GET PUBLICITY FOR YOUR EVENTS” — After 30 plus years of putting organizational events into the Houston Chronicle, Brenda has developed a list of publicity-related tips to do — and NOT to do — if you need the public to attend in order for your activity to be a success. $5.00 each.  Make checks payable to Brenda B. Smith and mail with a self-addressed stamped (39¢) envelope to: Publicity Booklet, 14011 Greenranch, Houston, TX 77039.
 
 
IF YOU FOUND THIS COLUMN HELPFUL, YOU MIGHT LIKE SOME OF BRENDA’S FLYERS FROM HER GARDENING TALKS:
 
 ($1 each plus a self addressed, stamped envelope; 3 flyers will fit in one envelope. Make checks payable to Brenda Beust Smith and mail to: Flyers, 14011 Greenranch, Houston, TX 77039)
 
 • RAIN/BOG GARDEN DESIGN. Turn that low spot into an asset to help store water for drought periods.
 
 • ECOLAWNS. How to have a healthier, more environment-friendly lawn from a lazy gardener’s perspective.
 
 • 10 COMMANDMENTS OF LAZY GARDENING. It’s a mindset with very practical steps.
 
 • DEER NO! PLANTS. Tips and planting suggestions.
 
And, from Brenda’s now out-of-print “Lazy Gardener’s Guide” ($1 each) — designs for:
A BUTTERFLY GARDEN
AN HUMMINGBIRD GARDEN
AN ANTIQUE ROSE GARDEN
A WILDFLOWER GARDEN
A GARDEN IN SHADE ALL DAY (NO DIRECT RAYS)
A GARDEN IN FILTERED OR PARTIAL SUN
A GARDEN IN ALL DAY SUN OR AFTERNOON SUN
A TROPICAL GARDEN FOR WINTER BEAUTY 
 
($1 each plus a SASE; 3 flyers will fit in one envelope. Make checks payable to Brenda Beust Smith and mail to: Flyers, 14011 Greenranch, Houston, TX 77039)




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