On August 27, Keep Pearland Beautiful (KPB) held its first Gardening Expo to celebrate National Planting Day. The forty participants at this event learned about gardening and yard care by visiting with the vendors and participating in hands-on activities.
Pearland Lions Club sponsored the event by donating the use of their building. Brazoria County Beekeepers Association, H-E-B, Keep Pearland Beautiful, Native Plant Society of Houston, Sweet Organics, Sprouts, and Pearland Community Garden, and Pearland Old Townsite Farmer’s Market had educational booths at the event. Children and adults alike were encouraged to make edible compost, seed paper, wildflower seed bombs and plant some popcorn in a cup.
KPB Board President Cassie Mitchel said, “I am pleased with this year’s Gardening Expo! Even with both the Pearland High School football game and the Pearland Little League baseball game happening at the same time, folks came out to learn more about native plants and fall gardening.”
Three years ago Keep America Beautiful started National Planting Day to celebrate the value and power of native species in restoring ecological balance to the environment while creating greener, more beautiful communities. With a national focus on September 12, and activities happening throughout the Fall, national nonprofit Keep America Beautiful, its affiliates and its partners are mobilizing Americans to plant native species of trees, flowers, and plants and make America more “Bee-utiful.”
Native species are losing ground to suburbanization, fragmented habitats, ornamental plants and invasive species. Yet we know that natives are critical to attracting specialized pollinators and insects, which in turn provide food for birds and ultimately many more animals up the food chain. Natives also provide habitat for wildlife. Natives are hardy, low maintenance and require less water than other ornamentals. A reliable reference website about native plants is American Beauties Native Plants, and for Texas, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower: https://www.wildflower.org/.
The next National Planting Day event for Keep Pearland Beautiful is a native planting event in their Yardwise Demonstration Garden on Tuesday October 14, at 9:00 a.m. Call 281-652-1779 or visit www.mykpb.org to learn more about the planting event and the Yardwise Garden.