By KAROLYN GEPHART
Heritage Gardeners have planned a weekend of Spring Garden Events April 27-28 and everyone is invited to do participate.
This year the garden club has six spectacular private home gardens on their annual Spring Garden Tour. Tickets are being sold at the Chamber, from members or at local businesses. The home tours are 1 – 5 p.m. and tickets can be used for both days.
At the garden club’s meeting place, Marie Workman Garden Center at 112 W. Spreading Oaks, a Spring Vendor Market will be held along with the club’s annual plant sale.
Junior Master Gardeners will be selling cookies and drinks and the garden club will have raffle baskets for winning.
The club is hosting a Tea Party themed Flower Show inside the center and all are invited to see the entries and the winners.
For the first time, the garden club is hosting four gardening presentations by area Master Gardeners and bird enthusiast/shop owner.
Orchid enthusiast Katherine Brown will speak on the topic at 10:30 a.m. in the gardens at the Marie Workman Center on April 27.
As a member of the Galveston Bay Orchid Society, Brown has 15 years of experience in orchid growing and works with novice growers in the group, helping them successfully grow and bloom their orchids. She shares her Master Gardener expertise in vegetable, bulb and flower gardening as a frequent speaker at local garden clubs and events in the area.
Stacey Phillips will present two programs: Planting for Pollinators and Native Plants for the Landscape at 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. in the gardens at Marie Workman Garden Center.
Phillips is the owner of Sunshine Designs, a boutique landscape design and installation company. She is also a Galveston County Master Gardener. She and her husband, Paul, and junior high son live in Friendswood. Phillips specializes in perennials and native plants.
She loves to teach people how to have both beautiful and low maintenance gardens that are magnets for pollinators. Her expertise in perennials also opens up opportunities for people interested in low maintenance gardens to learn more about native plants and where they fit into home landscaping plans.
A familiar face at Wild Birds Unlimited in Pearland is owner Jeff Glattly.
Glattly loves birds and gardens that attract them. Glattly is a frequent speaker on the topic in the area. One of his favorite topics is Hummingbirds and Glattly shares his expertise on the tiny creature that fascinates everyone at 2 p.m. April 28 in the gardens at Marie Workman Garden Center.