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Little Blue Library at Mercer Bookmark

Little Blue Library at Mercer
For many patrons to Mercer Botanic Gardens, a visit to the park isn’t complete without a stop at Baldwin Boettcher Library. So, when the library closed last year due to severe flood damage, Commissioner R. Jack Cagle, Jim Nutter, interim director at Mercer Botanic Gardens, and Edward Melton, director of the Harris County Public Library system (HCPL), started working together to bring books back to the garden. They called it ‘Operation Dreamers and Schemers.’ “We looked at innovative ways to keep a library

Saving Pollinators at Mercer Bookmark

Saving Pollinators at Mercer
Mercer’s always been butterfly friendly, but now it’s a certified waystation. Mercer recently introduced a new Pollinator Garden, funded in part by a grant from the Native Plant Society of Texas. Located near the Children’s Garden, this garden features pollinator favorites such as milkweed, black-eyed Susans, and Mexican sunflowers. The garden’s location was chosen carefully as a transition between the Shakespeare Garden and the Children’s Garden, which also contains nectar-producing plants. Jacob Martin, Mercer’s greenhouse manager, said Mercer hopes the garden will help spread awareness

Volunteer Spotlight: Darian Paul Bookmark

Volunteer Spotlight: Darian Paul
When it comes to volunteering, 16-year-old Darian Paul chooses to follow her passions. Since becoming a Mercer volunteer at 13, the teen has participated in volunteer projects that correspond to her interests in art, science, and gardening. “I was always interested in science,” she said. “When I learned how cool butterflies were, I started doing more research and really educated myself about butterfly gardens.” She came across multiple websites that offered information on butterflies and what they need to