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Communications May 8, 2019

Enjoy a Day in the Tropics at Mercer Botanic Gardens

Harris County residents can explore the world of tropical plants during next month’s all-day Tropical Symposium at Mercer Botanic Gardens. Activities will include tropical plant presentations, a plumeria workshop, a tour of the tropical garden, and an exclusive tropical plant sale.

Discover new tropical plants during the Tropical Garden Walk and Talk with Ceil Dow, The Mercer Society’s ginger grower and a Harris County master gardener. Guests can also learn techniques to propagate plumeria from seeds and cuttings with Galveston County Master Gardener Loretta Osteen.

Keynote speaker Timothy Chapman, a well-known ginger expert, will give an overview of the ginger family, identify select gingers, and discuss new plants debuting at the symposium. Darla Harris, the president of the Texas Gulf Coast Fern Society, will explore ideal fern choices for Houston-area gardens. Mercer Greenhouse Manager Jacob Martin will focus on underrated and cold-hardy tropical species.

The Tropical Symposium will run Saturday, July 13, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Seating is limited, and registration is required. Attendees will receive a light breakfast and a tropical-themed lunch. The cost is $50 for members of The Mercer Society and $60 for non-members. For additional information, contact Mercer’s Education Director Jennifer Garrison at 713-274-4160 or

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.