February 10th, 10am
Arbor Gate Field Trip, 15635 FM2920 in Tomball.
The garden club visited Arbor Gate 3 years ago and decided that was at least 2 years too long to visit again. Arbor Gate
is much more than a garden center--it is quite literally an inspired collection
that includes unusual plants,artisan-created decorative pieces, and a constantly changing array of items that
bring beauty, comfort, and even flavor to the home and garden. We are arranging carpooling for those that want it. More about this event soon.
Linda B. Gay Talk, Jan. 24th, **Cancelled**
We regret that our scheduled speaker has canceled all appointments until further notice due to health concerns. We wish
Ms. Gay a speedy recovery and hopefully we will be able to reschedule this talk at some future date.
Melly McCutcheon Home Garden Tour at 1128 Harvard, March 10th
Melly is a 3rd generation gardener from Georgia. Her garden reflects a blend of her mother's whimsy and her grandmother’s taste for formal flower beds. The combination
ended up with an actual metal "flower bed" in her yard and a formal sitting sofa blooming with flowers and a huge chicken painted with a Monet
style pattern. The backyard took 8 years to complete her vision. First a paver walkway with a flower design patio was installed.
Then her friend, Lisa Owens, came from Georgia and spent several months painting the mural on the side of the garage wall. Stone walls edged the flower
bed and slowly plants were added. The final touch was adding the quote from Wordsworth to the Juliette balcony, "A poet could not but be gay, in such
a jocund company". Her mother in law loved William Wordsworth and when she passed, Melly dedicated the garden to her with homage of 1,500 bulbs!
Melly feels her garden brings her closer to the people she has loved and who influenced her the most in her life.
Annual Plant and Seed Swap, March 21, 7pm at the Heights Fire Station on 12th and Yale
Start dividing plants for the plant and seed swap. There will be door prizes and refreshments. More soon.
Last Events 11/11 and 11/15
Bonnie Brae Median Garden and Mandell Park
We ventured outside the Heights to Montrose to visit the esplanade on Bonnie Brae at Yaupon.
Willem Kegge has transformed the narrow median into a garden for pollinators and children. Willem will explained how he turned the hard
packed clay into soft loam over time and on a shoe string budget. This is a true labor of love. Afterward we went down to the other end of
the block to visit the newly transformed Mandell Park. This volunteer maintained park hosts a small pocket prairie garden,
vegetable gardens and several bioswales to contain and utilize excess rainwater.
Harvest Potluck at Heights Firestation
What a wonderful feast we shared as our final event of the 2017!
John Gardner, Houston Garden Guru and Buchanan's plant expert, gave a short talk entitled "Listen to the Butterfly--Observation in the Garden."
We also would like to thank We Olive and Tea Sip for donating gift baskets for door prizes and also Bird's Barbershop for haircut gift certificates.
Yard of the Month
Yard-of-the-Month is suspended for the winter and will resume in March.
Latest Gardening Project
Rose Garden on Heights Boulevard and 20th
The garden club planted iris, snowbell bulbs and lirope in the newly expanded beds at the rose garden to compliment the roses. We want to give a
big thank you to our volunteer helpers from Heights High.