Precinct 4 Residents Receive Tips From Plant Expert

Forester and arborist John Ross recently presented helpful tips and information on gardening with native plants during the monthly Lunch Bunch at Mercer Botanic Gardens.

With the region’s vast climate changes, warming trends and potential for limited rain, Ross described the importance of using native plants.

There are several advantages of gardening with native plants, including less water use, low maintenance, plus freedom from pesticides and fertilizers.

“I have a great love for Mercer,” Ross exclaimed. “And I also have a great love for natives.”

Mercer’s next Lunch Bunch on Wednesday, March 11 from noon to 2 p.m. includes an in-depth look at March Mart 2015. Attend this preview to get an early glimpse of the March Mart map and plan your shopping strategy for one of the largest plant sales in the Gulf Coast region! Featured items this year include “The Thelma Mercer Collection,” special selections of Mercer-grown plants, and varieties native to our region.

John Ross discussed the various benefits of gardening with native plants.
John Ross discussed the various benefits of gardening with native plants.

To learn more about the various programs and events at Mercer Botanic Gardens, call 281-443-8731 or visit www.hcp4.net/community/parks/mercer.

With leadership from Commissioner R. Jack Cagle, Mercer Botanic Gardens is a Harris County Precinct 4 Parks facility located one mile north of FM 1960 at 22306 Aldine Westfield Road in Humble, 77338.

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