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


Master Gardener Open Day and Plant Sale: Harris County Master Gardeners will be hosting demonstration garden tours and selling vegetable seedlings, while supplies last. Brought to you by Harris County Master Gardeners with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. 9-11 a.m. April 18; 1210 Genoa Red Bluff; more information at hcmga.tamu.edu.

Orientation of volunteers: Mercer Botanic Gardens will discuss volunteer opportunities, garden maintenance, educational programs, and plant propagation and sales. 6 p.m. on 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, featuring a scenic tour of some of Greater Houston’s greatest natural areas. 6:30 p.m. April 18; $18 for HMNS members and $25 for non-members; Houston Museum of Natural Sciences, 5555 Hermann Park Drive; register at hmns.org.

Nine natives: Beth Clark, Landscape Architect, will speak on Nine Natives: Creating Simple Gardens, discussing how simple creating a garden is using native plants. 5-7 p.m. April 19; $58; Houston Botanical Garden; register at hbg.org.

Nature Pollinator Discovery Centre: Eric Duran of the Nature Discovery Center will exhibit various pollinators that frequent the Bellaire garden. 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. 12pm-4pm on April 21 and 10am-4pm on April 22; free; Houston Museum of Contemporary Art, 5216 Montrose; gchouston.org.

Spring Festival : Fun and informative family event to celebrate spring and Earth Day. Presented by the Nature Discovery Centre. 10am-2pm on 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; sign up for Zoom at urbanharvest.org.

Restorative hike for women: This one-hour, beginner-friendly hike through the gardens and forest of Mercer Arboretum is for those who believe in the restorative power nature has on mind, body, and spirit. Presented by Mercer Botanic Gardens. 9:15 a.m. on 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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