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Mercer Botanic Gardens Announces 2017 March Mart Plant Sale Bookmark

Mercer Botanic Gardens Announces 2017 March Mart Plant Sale

Make your St. Patrick’s Day a little greener by heading to Mercer Botanic Garden’s annual March Mart Plant Sale Friday, March 17 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday, March 18 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Make your St. Patrick’s Day a little greener by heading to Mercer Botanic Garden’s annual March Mart Plant Sale Friday, March 17 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday, March 18 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Early entrance for The Mercer Society (TMS) members begins Friday, March 17 at 8 a.m.

This premier two-day event offers tax-free shopping with no admission charge. Featured items include monarch butterfly host plants such as native and tropical milkweed; stunning tropical gingers; Louisiana iris selections from the Mercer collection; special selections of Mercer-grown plants; and Gulf Coast natives. Visitors can also learn about local prairies and wildlife, specialty plant care, and the importance of trees and rare plant species from experts stationed at education booths throughout the park.

Plan your shopping strategy in advance by attending the March Mart Preview on Wednesday, March 8 from noon to 2 p.m. or Saturday, March 11 from 10:30 a.m. to noon. The 2017 March Mart Plant Guide and map will be available for purchase in the Gift Shoppe. Plants will be organized throughout Mercer in the following groups: annuals and perennials, gingers, natives, shade plants, succulents, trees and shrubs, and tropicals. Vines will be found throughout the sale area according to their growing requirements. Vendors with carnivorous plants, ferns, and orchids will also be onsite.

March Mart began in 1974 as a fundraiser featuring plants donated by local garden club members in old coffee cans and milk cartons. Since then, it has grown into one of the largest plant sales in the Gulf Coast region, with more than 6,000 attendees each year. March Mart now offers nearly 1,200 species of plants on a site spanning several acres.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their own wagons to transport purchases as only a limited number of wagons are available for use on a first-come, first-served basis. A large plant holding area will be available to allow multiple wagon loads.

The sale is sponsored by TMS, a nonprofit 501(c) (3) organization, and is operated by more than 150 volunteers, many of whom work year-round on plant committees to research, propagate and care for the plants sold at March Mart.

Interested in learning about the volunteer opportunities at Mercer? Discover the many ways to offer your time and talent by visiting www.hcp4.net/community/parks/mercer/volunteering.

With leadership from Commissioner R. Jack Cagle, Mercer Botanic Gardens is a Harris County Precinct 4 Parks facility located one mile north of FM 1960 at 22306 Aldine Westfield Road in Humble, 77338. For more information, contact Mercer at 713-274-4160 or visit www.hcp4.net/community/parks/mercer.



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