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Wetlands at Jones Park Help Control Flooding

While flood control has become a major priority in recent months, Jones Park has long preserved one of the area’s original flood control systems: wetlands. In the Houston area, rainwater runoff is channeled through a system of streams and tributaries east into the San Jacinto River and finally south to Galveston Bay. Some of this […]

Jones Park Nature Center Renovations Begin

By Darlene Conley Hostetler, Jones Park director August 2017 was a month many Texans will never forget. Hurricane Harvey brought approximately 38 inches of rainfall over a five-day period to the Humble and Kingwood area and up to 50 inches of rain over the entire region. The San Jacinto River at Highway 59 crested at […]

Nursery Bounces Back in Time for Winter

For decades, Mercer Botanic Gardens served as a sanctuary for all varieties of plants. When Hurricane Harvey struck, floodwaters up to 8 feet high swept through the greenhouses, overturning tables and displacing hundreds of plants. When news of Hurricane Harvey’s destruction broke, botanic gardens from across the country contacted Mercer to offer help and botanical […]

Saving Rare and Endangered Species

When Mercer Botanic Gardens joined the Center for Plant Conservation (CPC) in 1989, it made a pledge to protect some of the country’s most imperiled plants. In late August, Hurricane Harvey put that pledge to the test. At the time, Mercer maintained about 30 plant species for the CPC’s National Collection of Endangered Plants. Many […]

Mercer Arborist Helps Bring Monarchs to the Greenway

Mercer volunteer Fred Camarillo didn’t set out to be the butterfly man. He picked up the moniker one day while giving a presentation to students in Spring ISD. “All of a sudden, a kid yelled out, ‘It’s the butterfly man!’ It wasn’t my favorite name at first,” he said. “But, if that’s what it takes […]

Grant Benefits Mercer Botanic Gardens

Volunteers at Mercer Botanic Gardens have a new tool to help prepare for Mercer’s largest plant sale of the year. In January, Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust awarded The Mercer Society (TMS) the Metal to the Petal Utility Vehicle grant to replace a utility vehicle damaged during Hurricane Harvey. “The vehicle will help our volunteers transport […]

The Mercer Society Gift and Plant Shoppe Relocates to Old Town Spring

Want to support Mercer Botanic Gardens and find the perfect gift for the gardener in your family? Check out The Mercer Society Gift Shoppe at 400 Main Street in Old Town Spring. Filled with botanic treasures, holiday gifts, and an assortment of plants, The Mercer Society Gift and Plant Shoppe is open Monday through Saturday […]