Spring brings a host of outdoor activities. Here are upcoming garden events in and around Houston.


Master Gardener Open Garden Day and Plant Sale: Harris County Master Gardeners will provide tours of the demonstration gardens and have vegetable plants for sale, while supplies last. Presented by Harris County Master Gardeners with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. 9 a.m.-11 a.m. April 18; 1210 Genoa Red Bluff; more information at hcmga.tamu.edu.

Volunteer Orientation: Mercer Botanic Gardens will discuss volunteer opportunities, maintaining the gardens, educational programs and plant propagation and sales. 6 p.m. April 20; free; 1904 Naplechase Crest, Spring; register by April 18 at hcp4.net/parks/mercer.

Home Planet: Jaime González, of the Nature Conservancy in Texas, will speak on Home Planet: A Panoramic Tour of Greater Houston’s Nature, presenting a panoramic tour of some of Greater Houston’s greatest nature areas. 6:30 p.m. April 18; $18 for HMNS members and $25 for nonmembers; Houston Museum of Natural Science, 5555 Hermann Park Drive; register at hmns.org.

Nine Natives: Beth Clark, landscape architect, will talk on Nine Natives: Creating Simple Gardens, discusses how simple creating a garden is using native plants. 5-7 p.m. April 19; $58; Houston Botanic Garden; register at hbg.org.

Pollinators of Nature Discovery Center: Eric Duran of Nature Discovery Center will exhibit various pollinators that visit the garden in Bellaire. Presented by Native Plant Society, Houston Chapter. 7 p.m. April 21; free; Houston Arboretum and Nature Center, 120 West Loop N.; npsot.org.

Color: A Garden Club of America Flower Show is presented by the Garden Club of Houston. Noon-4 p.m. April 21 and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. April 22; free; Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, 5216 Montrose; gchouston.org.

Spring Fling Festival: Fun and informative, family-friendly event to celebrate spring and Earth Day. Presented by Nature Discovery Center. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. April 24; free; naturediscoverycenter.org.

The Womery: Meg Tapp, president of the Garden Club of Houston, will explain the process of setting up and maintaining a womery. Presented by Urban Harvest. 5-6 p.m. April 26; $20; register for Zoom at urbanharvest.org.

Women’s Restorative Hike: This beginner-friendly, on-hour hike through Mercer Arboretum’s gardens and forest is for those who believe in the restorative power that nature has on the mind, body and spirit. Presented by Mercer Botanic Gardens. 9:15 a.m. April 26; free; 713-274-4160 or register online at hcp4.net/parks/mercer.

Brandi Keller is a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Agent.


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