This is a 12-week course e led by Mercer’s Education Director, Scott Meadows, and a talented group of experts who will present lessons and workshops covering the most important aspects of home gardening and horticulture in the Houston region. Classes begin September 17 and will be held every Tuesday through December 10 (except the week of Thanksgiving).
The tuition fee for Tier 1 is $200 for members of The Mercer Society (TMS) and $225 for non-members, and includes a textbook, T-shirt, and one-year membership to TMS. Please see the TMS website for membership benefits.
Introduction to The Gulf Coast Gardener Program and Houston Issues
This introductory course includes a history of Mercer Arboretum & Botanic Gardens (MABG) and a tour of the grounds. The second half of the lecture covers horticultural issues specific to the Houston region such as climate and soils.
Instructor: John Ferguson
During this two-part presentation, learn about various types of mulches and soil amendments, and then learn how to produce high quality compost.
Botany for Gardeners
Instructor: Scott Meadows
This lecture and lab will cover the basic elements of botany where students will be introduced to a scientific perspective on plants, which will allow them to appreciate their gardens and landscape in a whole new dimension.
Plant Types and Identification
Instructor: Anita Tiller
This practical class offers an introduction to the plant kingdom through plant identification using specimens native to southeast Texas. Students will also learn about conservation work carried out at MABG.
Instructor: Christine LeChance
Learn smart, effective, and sustainable methods for irrigating home gardens and landscapes, along with suggestions for plants that thrive on lower watering regimens.
Pruning and Plant Care
Instructor: Suzzanne Chapman
Through this lecture and demonstration, discover the various pruning needs for a variety of landscape plants and the proper methods used to attain the best results.
Instructor: Angela Chandler
This hands-on, intensive workshop highlights various techniques of plant propagation using seed and cuttings, seed collection, and storage of heirloom plants.
Instructor: Paul Winski
Learn about the plant diseases that afflict gardens, plus how to identify, prevent, and control them.
Garden Insects & Pest Management
Instructors: Will Isbell & Mark Bowden
The first segment of class highlights the variety of beneficial, harmful, and nonthreatening insects found in the garden. During the second portion, learn about the natural methods to keep potentially harmful pests in check and how to manage them with minimal chemical use.
Instructor: Michael Potter
Find out about the turf grasses best adapted for home lawns in Harris County and surrounding areas. Pest and disease problems, and maintenance of each variety, will also be discussed.