Mercer Botanic Gardens’ Invasive To Inviting

February 26, 2020 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm America/Chicago Timezone
Mercer Botanic Gardens
22306 Aldine Westfield Rd
Humble, TX 77338
Jennifer Garrison

The Great Plant Switch! From Invasive to Inviting

The last week of February is designated as National Invasive Species Awareness Week. What are some common invasive plant species in the Texas Gulf Coast region? How do these species affect the local environment? Spend the morning visiting with and learning from local plant experts to understand more about the effects of invasive plant species in our public lands and our own backyards. Learn which Texas native plants can be selected to replace invasive species in your garden. The morning includes presentations, educational booths, a make-your-own seed ball station, a Texas native tree giveaway, and breakfast refreshments. Research Scientist Dr. Erin Kinney with Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC) is excited to share information on HARC’s invasive species guide and website at 9:30 a.m. Kinney will explain how to navigate and how to use the online tools to familiarize yourself with local invasive species and their impact on our ecosystems. At 11 a.m., Native Prairies Association of Texas director of education Della Barbato presents Nine Natives–nine plants native to the Greater Houston area that are not only beautiful and easy-to-grow but provide benefits for local pollinators and other wildlife. Educational booth hosts include Mercer Botanical Center, Harris County Master Gardeners–a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Native Plant Society of Texas, and HARC. The Texas native tree giveaway is coordinated through the Harris County Precinct 4 Legacy Trees Project.

Meet at Mercer’s East Side Gardens. This is an outdoor event–dress for the weather. For more information, call 713-274-4160.