The Garden Lover's Guide to Houston


The Houston area offers an abundance of resources and activities for gardeners and garden lovers, if people only know where to look:

Love roses?

Go to the Garden Center in Hermann Park.

Want fresh vegetables?

Pay in advance for a weekly supply at Central City Co-op.

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The Houston area offers an abundance of resources and activities for gardeners and garden lovers, if people only know where to look:

Love roses?

Go to the Garden Center in Hermann Park.

Want fresh vegetables?

Pay in advance for a weekly supply at Central City Co-op.

Can’t live without daffodils?

Find twenty varieties at the Bulb and Plants Mart.

In this handy, versatile guide to all things related to gardens in Houston and its environs, Texas Master Gardener Eileen Houston presents the book she wished had been available when she first moved to the city. Writing about public gardens, garden events, farmers’ markets, garden clubs, retail nurseries, volunteer opportunities, and more, Houston shares her favorite finds in an opening section, called “Best of the Best,” listing places and events she believes garden enthusiasts will not want to miss.

For each garden site, event, and outlet, readers learn what they need to know about times, fees, locations, and contact information. A map and key help identify which destinations will require some planning and which can be easily enjoyed, depending on where readers live or work. Helpful descriptions focus on the special features or distinctive ambience of each place or happening.

A chapter on retail sources is packed with advice: where to buy native or organically raised plants; how to find specialty shops and nurseries devoted to specific kinds of plants, such as African violets, bonsai, tropicals, roses, orchids, and cacti;· which retailers offer fountains, benches, sculptures, and antique garden accessories.

At the end of the book, Houston steers readers to her recommended garden books and websites.

Anyone interested in exploring the gardening scene in Houston and surrounding areas—whether resident or visitor, participant or spectator—will discover in this book much to do and share with family, friends, and

fellow gardeners.

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Editorial Reviews

Texas Gardener's Seeds
. . . I am always grateful for books designed to introduce me to places where I can find gardening inspiration. Such books don't get much better than Eileen Houston's The Garden Lover's Guide to Houston, released this month. This guide is packed with information about gardens available for year-round visitations in the Houston area. Ms. Houston's book is also outstanding for its excellent organization.
Houston Chronicle
It's a must for a newcomer. But grab a second copy for yourself so you don't overlook horticultural treasure such as the Rose and Japanese garden in Hermann Park, the world of daylilies at Shimek's Gardens or the Houston Arboretum and Nature Center.
Review of Texas Books
This book is recommended for public libraries in the Houston area and private libraries for readers who love everything associated with gardening.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781585446131
  • Publisher: Texas A&M University Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/2007
  • Series: W. L. Moody Jr. Natural History Series , #38
  • Pages: 216
  • Sales rank: 1,389,642
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

EILEEN HOUSTON completed the Texas Master Gardener program in 2003 and currently serves on the publications committee of the Harris County Master Gardener Association. She earned a B.F.A. from Rice University and has written commentary, reviews, and articles for Houston area newspapers.

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Table of Contents

Foreword   William D. Adams     ix
Preface     xi
Acknowledgments     xiii
Introduction     1
Map of Greater Houston Area     3
Best of the Best     3
Gardens Open to the Public     5
For Children of All Ages     15
Annual Garden Events     25
Farmers' Markers, Pick-It-Yourself Farms, and Christmas Tree Farms     37
Day Trips     53
Garden Clubs and Plant Societies     89
Volunteer Opportunities     97
Retail Sources     103
Books for Houston Gardeners     175
Helpful Websites     179
Index     185
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