Harris County Master Gardeners

Harris County Master Gardeners Proven gardening information provided by trained volunteers. Please submit all questions at: https://hcmga.tamu.edu/ask-a-question/

For anyone wishing to visit the Genoa Friendship Garden, it is open Mondays & Wednesdays from 9am-noon.
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Master Gardeners are trained volunteers who assist AgriLife Extension in bringing research-based horticulture information to the public.

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Daylilies typically do best in locations receiving six hours of sun each day although some shade may be helpful during o...
06/14/2021

Daylilies typically do best in locations receiving six hours of sun each day although some shade may be helpful during our Houston hot summer afternoons. To read more of "Daylily Basics
by Lucia Hansen, Harris County Master Gardener", go to https://bit.ly/2TxpYk0 20210608aldtx

Daylilies typically do best in locations receiving six hours of sun each day although some shade may be helpful during our Houston hot summer afternoons. To read more of "Daylily Basics
by Lucia Hansen, Harris County Master Gardener", go to https://bit.ly/2TxpYk0 20210608aldtx

The many benefits of pollinators!  What do you plant to attract pollinators in your yard/garden?
06/13/2021

The many benefits of pollinators! What do you plant to attract pollinators in your yard/garden?

The many benefits of pollinators! What do you plant to attract pollinators in your yard/garden?

The weed everyone loves to hate: the dandelion.  Did you know that cultures around the world use every part of the dande...
06/12/2021

The weed everyone loves to hate: the dandelion. Did you know that cultures around the world use every part of the dandelion as both nutritious food and powerful medicine? And according to some sources, they’re good for your garden in small doses. The bright yellow flowers attract pollinators in the spring and provide an important early nectar source for butterflies.

The Harris County Master Gardeners will host an Ask a Master Gardener table this Saturday at the Tomball Farmer’s Market...
06/11/2021

The Harris County Master Gardeners will host an Ask a Master Gardener table this Saturday at the Tomball Farmer’s Market. The full June schedule is below. We hope to see you at one of the markets!

The Harris County Master Gardeners will host an Ask a Master Gardener table this Saturday at the Tomball Farmer’s Market. The full June schedule is below. We hope to see you at one of the markets!

Aloe is a great plant to start out with as it doesn't require much water or attention and can be grown for years in a po...
06/11/2021

Aloe is a great plant to start out with as it doesn't require much water or attention and can be grown for years in a pot; just be sure to let the soil dry between waterings. Aloe contains “antioxidants, enzymes, Vitamins A and C, and it is highly anti-inflammatory. It can help treat burns, acne and dry skin.” Did you know you can even use it to treat dandruff?
For a list of benefits: https://www.bcm.edu/news/benefits-using-aloe-vera For tips on planting and care: https://gardeningsolutions.ifas.ufl.edu/plants/ornamentals/aloe-vera.html
Growing up in the lower Rio Grande Valley, we always had Aloe vera. I remember seeing fields of it growing. We used the gel in the leaves to relieve burns and sunburn. Happy Friday and Happy Gardening!

Aloe is a great plant to start out with as it doesn't require much water or attention and can be grown for years in a pot; just be sure to let the soil dry between waterings. Aloe contains “antioxidants, enzymes, Vitamins A and C, and it is highly anti-inflammatory. It can help treat burns, acne and dry skin.” Did you know you can even use it to treat dandruff?
For a list of benefits: https://www.bcm.edu/news/benefits-using-aloe-vera For tips on planting and care: https://gardeningsolutions.ifas.ufl.edu/plants/ornamentals/aloe-vera.html
Growing up in the lower Rio Grande Valley, we always had Aloe vera. I remember seeing fields of it growing. We used the gel in the leaves to relieve burns and sunburn. Happy Friday and Happy Gardening!

After a hiatus of over 14 months due to the COVID pandemic, the Ask a Master Gardener program is back!  We are resuming ...
06/10/2021

After a hiatus of over 14 months due to the COVID pandemic, the Ask a Master Gardener program is back! We are resuming our Farmer’s Market table hosting activities. These events will be in compliance with COVID protocols, such as wearing masks and social distancing. However, with most of our volunteers now vaccinated, and with these activities occurring outside, we are ready to take those first steps to get back out there and educate the public. Here are the locations, dates and times for June. We look forward to seeing you!

After a hiatus of over 14 months due to the COVID pandemic, the Ask a Master Gardener program is back! We are resuming our Farmer’s Market table hosting activities. These events will be in compliance with COVID protocols, such as wearing masks and social distancing. However, with most of our volunteers now vaccinated, and with these activities occurring outside, we are ready to take those first steps to get back out there and educate the public. Here are the locations, dates and times for June. We look forward to seeing you!

June is national rose month.  What is your favorite rose?
06/08/2021

June is national rose month. What is your favorite rose?

The June edition of Urban Dirt is available here:  https://hcmga.tamu.edu/files/2021/06/2021-06-hcmga-urban-dirt.pdf
06/05/2021

The June edition of Urban Dirt is available here: https://hcmga.tamu.edu/files/2021/06/2021-06-hcmga-urban-dirt.pdf

The June edition of Urban Dirt is available here: https://hcmga.tamu.edu/files/2021/06/2021-06-hcmga-urban-dirt.pdf

With all the rain we have had lately and still to come...how about creating a rain garden?  http://counties.agrilife.org...
06/04/2021

With all the rain we have had lately and still to come...how about creating a rain garden? http://counties.agrilife.org/harris/files/2011/05/raingardens.pdf

With all the rain we have had lately and still to come...how about creating a rain garden? http://counties.agrilife.org/harris/files/2011/05/raingardens.pdf

Still true.  There are lots of great presentations on our video page and the YouTube channel:  https://www.youtube.com/c...
06/03/2021

Still true. There are lots of great presentations on our video page and the YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmIhsYf4bJEHqUIFb2vVpkQ

Can’t get enough FREE online learning and video streaming while at home? There are lots to choose from, and better than Netflix!
From our friends at Mercer Botanic Gardens on June 13: https://www.facebook.com/events/723429165136536/
Our HCMGA Green Thumb live lecture on June 16, Lawns and Alternatives: https://www.facebook.com/events/625580281379920/

And more! Click on the Video link and Events link on pages for our site as well as these others:
https://www.facebook.com/HarrisCountyHorticulture/
https://www.facebook.com/Aggie-Horticulture-26803072143/
https://www.facebook.com/agrilifeextension/

Did you know World Environment Day is held each year on June 5 to encourage worldwide awareness and action to protect ou...
06/02/2021
World Environment Day

Did you know World Environment Day is held each year on June 5 to encourage worldwide awareness and action to protect our environment? This year, the United Nations will formally launch the Decade on Ecosystem Restoration - which is a strategic focusing of efforts on the protection, restoration, and appreciation of the various ecosystems that make up our planet. Learn what you can do to help at https://www.worldenvironmentday.global/

World Environment Day is the United Nations day for encouraging worldwide awareness and action to protect our environment.

Saturday May 22, 2021.
05/22/2021

Saturday May 22, 2021.

Happy Friday and happy gardening!
05/21/2021

Happy Friday and happy gardening!

Happy Friday and happy gardening!

CONGRATULATIONS to the Green Thumb Gardening Lecture Series for winning SECOND place in the TMGA Search for Excellence A...
05/19/2021

CONGRATULATIONS to the Green Thumb Gardening Lecture Series for winning SECOND place in the TMGA Search for Excellence Awards for Educational Program! The Education Team and all the speakers quickly transitioned to a virtual program in 2020, only missing two planned lecture months when the pandemic hit. Our collaboration with Harris County Public Library System and Houston Community College have made our talks more accessible throughout the county. These talks are intended to help ALL Harris County residents improve their gardening and horticulture skills. Many thanks to those that attend! PLEASE SHARE!

CONGRATULATIONS to the Green Thumb Gardening Lecture Series for winning SECOND place in the TMGA Search for Excellence Awards for Educational Program! The Education Team and all the speakers quickly transitioned to a virtual program in 2020, only missing two planned lecture months when the pandemic hit. Our collaboration with Harris County Public Library System and Houston Community College have made our talks more accessible throughout the county. These talks are intended to help ALL Harris County residents improve their gardening and horticulture skills. Many thanks to those that attend! PLEASE SHARE!

Tomorrow is World Bee Day!!  World Bee Day is celebrated on May 20.  On this day Anton Janša, the pioneer of beekeeping,...
05/19/2021

Tomorrow is World Bee Day!! World Bee Day is celebrated on May 20. On this day Anton Janša, the pioneer of beekeeping, was born in 1734. The main purpose of the international day is to spread awareness of the significance of bees and other pollinators for our survival.
You can celebrate by buying honey and other hive products from your nearest local beekeeper and setting up a pollinator farm on your balcony, terrace, or garden.

Tomorrow is World Bee Day!! World Bee Day is celebrated on May 20. On this day Anton Janša, the pioneer of beekeeping, was born in 1734. The main purpose of the international day is to spread awareness of the significance of bees and other pollinators for our survival.
You can celebrate by buying honey and other hive products from your nearest local beekeeper and setting up a pollinator farm on your balcony, terrace, or garden.

05/17/2021
aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu

As we grow tomatoes, we often see issues with pests and various tomato diseases. If you are seeing wilted or curled leaves on your tomatoes, here is a resource from the Texas A & M Extension service on this very subject:

https://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/vegetable/files/2013/09/EHT-064.pdf

05/17/2021

Reminder: Green Thumb lecture "Integrated Pest Management" is Tuesday, May 18, at 11am. This is a FREE talk available at https://www.facebook.com/harriscountypl/live.
Be aware of scammers posting our event and asking for credit card information. We will never ask that from you.

05/17/2021

Just a short walk through the garden three months after the freezeJust a short walk through the garden three months after the freeze

#GoPublicGardens Although it is technically a park and not a garden, Terry Hershey Park is filled with beautiful flowers...
05/16/2021

#GoPublicGardens Although it is technically a park and not a garden, Terry Hershey Park is filled with beautiful flowers, trees, birds and bunnies along the walking/running/biking trails.
Photo credit: Jo Ann Stevenson, Harris County Master Gardener

#GoPublicGardens It was a beautiful day yesterday at The John Fairey Garden.  Check out this treasure in Hempstead.  It ...
05/16/2021

#GoPublicGardens It was a beautiful day yesterday at The John Fairey Garden. Check out this treasure in Hempstead. It is worth the drive.
Photo credit: Jo Ann Stevenson, Harris County Master Gardener

05/15/2021
Houston Botanic Garden

#GoPublicGardens The Houston Botanic Garden (off I45 South) is a relatively new garden in the Houston area. Today is a great day to visit. https://hbg.org/

Houston Botanic Garden

#GoPublicGardens  The Houston Arboretum is another great place to visit.  Lots of flora and fauna, hiking trails, kids a...
05/15/2021

#GoPublicGardens The Houston Arboretum is another great place to visit. Lots of flora and fauna, hiking trails, kids activities and much more. Photo credit: Jo Ann Stevenson, Harris County Master Gardener

#GoPublicGardens  Mercer Botanic Gardens is another great  (and free!) public garden to visit in the Spring area.  Photo...
05/14/2021

#GoPublicGardens Mercer Botanic Gardens is another great (and free!) public garden to visit in the Spring area.
Photo credit: Jo Ann Stevenson, Harris County Master Gardener

#GoPublicGardens  McGovern Centennial Gardens is a great place to visit this weekend.  Photo credit:  Jo Ann Stevenson, ...
05/14/2021

#GoPublicGardens McGovern Centennial Gardens is a great place to visit this weekend.
Photo credit: Jo Ann Stevenson, Harris County Master Gardener

#GoPublicGardens  Go Public Gardens is an initiative to drive the public to visit, value, and volunteer at public garden...
05/14/2021

#GoPublicGardens Go Public Gardens is an initiative to drive the public to visit, value, and volunteer at public gardens in their area and when they travel.
The campaign brings a special focus from the Friday before to the Sunday after Mother’s Day (May 7-16, 2021) called Go Public Gardens Days!
You can safely visit your local garden or check out many gardens offering FREE virtual profiles from the safety of home. For more: http://bit.ly/GPGVirtualGardens

#GoPublicGardens Go Public Gardens is an initiative to drive the public to visit, value, and volunteer at public gardens in their area and when they travel.
The campaign brings a special focus from the Friday before to the Sunday after Mother’s Day (May 7-16, 2021) called Go Public Gardens Days!
You can safely visit your local garden or check out many gardens offering FREE virtual profiles from the safety of home. For more: http://bit.ly/GPGVirtualGardens

What is your favorite tomato and why??Happy Friday and happy gardening!
05/14/2021

What is your favorite tomato and why??
Happy Friday and happy gardening!

What is your favorite tomato and why??
Happy Friday and happy gardening!

Don't miss out on this tax free event
05/07/2021
Water-Efficient Products Sales Tax Holiday

Don't miss out on this tax free event

You can buy certain water-efficient and water-conserving products tax free during the Water-Efficient Products Sales Tax Holiday.

Happy Friday and Happy Gardening!
05/07/2021

Happy Friday and Happy Gardening!

Happy Friday and Happy Gardening!

Good article from National Geographic.  Some excerpts are:"Steeped in legend and lore, bluebonnets have inspired natural...
05/06/2021
How did the bluebonnet become a symbol of Texas?

Good article from National Geographic. Some excerpts are:
"Steeped in legend and lore, bluebonnets have inspired naturalists, artists, and gardeners for centuries.... Why the name? People think they resemble old-fashioned women’s bonnets."

Beautiful, abundant, and surprisingly hardy, these legendary blooms captivate flower lovers.

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1202 Genoa Red Bluff Rd
Houston, TX
77084

General information

HCMGA is a nonprofit, 501(c)3 incorporated association, affiliated with the Texas AgriLife Extension Service in Harris County and the Texas A&M System.

Opening Hours

Monday 07:30 - 16:00
Tuesday 07:30 - 16:00
Wednesday 07:30 - 16:00
Thursday 07:30 - 16:00
Friday 07:30 - 16:00

Telephone

+1 713-274-0950

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Hello MGs! Does anyone know if there are any leftover fruit trees (specifically citrus?) still at GFG from the previous plant sale? I have a gardener from one of our community gardens that are interested in purchasing at cost, or looking for citrus fruit tree donations to build an orchard and sound block from the highway they are near. Thank you so much in advance for any recommendations!
Has anyone out here tried the liquid aereation stuff?
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