Urban gardens have long played an important role in nourishing city dwellers and enhancing communities, from the victory gardens of World War II to the verdant plots springing up in yards, empty lots and on rooftops today. With the increasing popularity of fresh, local “farm to table” foods and a return to living in the core of many cities, there is a growing interest in urban gardening. Gardening offers flavorful, healthy and inexpensive food, fresh air and exercise, the pride and satisfaction of providing your own food, and a deep connection to the place we call home. Houston gardeners may enjoy abundant produce and flowers at least nine months of the year, with proper plant selection. Master naturalist Glenn Olsen will provide a comprehensive overview of urban gardening in the Houston region with a field trip to a local farmers’ market.
Note: Field trip will be held on a weekend. Participants are responsible for arranging their own transportation for all Personal Development field trips.
Co-Sponsors: The Garden Club of Houston; Texas Master Naturalist-Gulf Coast Chapter; The Garden Club of Houston; Texas Master Naturalist-Gulf Coast Chapter; Native Plant Society of Texas, Houston Chapter; Nature’s Way Resources
COURSE DETAILS, TWO SECTIONS:
SECTION ONE: Six Thursdays, February 16-March 30, 1:30-3 p.m., plus one Saturday field trip to a local farmers’ market (no class March 9) The daytime section has been canceled.
SECTION TWO: Six Thursdays, February 16-March 30, 7-8:30 p.m., plus one Saturday field trip to a local farmers’ market (no class March 9)
FEE: If registering by February 2: $200 After February 2: $210 For Rice alumni: $189
Topics will include the following:
• Garden design tips and techniques
• Organic soil preparation, the key to a productive garden
• Organic composting and mulching
• Vegetables, herbs and fruit trees that grow organically in Houston
• Attracting pollinators for improved vegetable and fruit yield
• Garden maintenance tips and techniques
Instructor: Glenn Olsen grew up on a small organic family farm. He has taught for Houston Audubon, the Garden Club of Houston, the Katy Prairie Conservancy, the Master Naturalist Program and various gardening and nature organizations. Mr. Olsen consults on gardening, sustainable landscaping and other nature-related projects and periodically contributes articles to the Houston Chronicle. He has completed the Master Gardener Program, the Master Naturalist Program and is past president of the Native Plant Society of Texas.