Woodlands Landscaping Solutions has been a featured community event hosted by Environmental Services for more than 20 years, and this year’s event boasts a new location, guest speakers, live music, and new exhibitors.
Connect with some of the best local experts at over 30 booths, where they will share current landscaping and gardening know-how that has been proven for this region. Montgomery County Master Gardeners will be on hand to assist with:
- Lawn, tree and plant selection and care
- Vegetable and herb gardening in The Woodlands
- The benefits of amending your soil with compost
- Drip irrigation and rain-water harvesting
- Common bees, butterflies, and insects in the garden
- Plant propagation
- Garden tool repair and maintenance
- Plant problem diagnosis—bring a cutting of your problem plant!
Nathan Wells, from Snakes of The Woodlands
Grab a FREE plant at the Pass-along Plant booth
Meet representatives from Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, North American Butterfly Association, and Texas Master Naturalists, and other organizations.
See a presentation—or two—by our guest speakers Mark Morgenstern from Morning Star Prairie Plants who will speak on the value of native plants in home landscapes, and Tom LeRoy who will address caring for lawns and issues related to them.
Enjoy live music by Andy McCarthy.
Shop the marketplace for plants, backyard birding supplies, gardening tools, and garden-themed gifts.
Planning fall landscaping projects and spring gardens is easier with help from great resources–and you can find them at Woodlands Landscaping Solutions. Don’t miss it! This is a free event.
For information, visit the website’s Event Details page.
Map of location.
The health benefits of vegetables are many, not the least of which is that they are important sources of nutrients, including potassium, dietary fiber, folate (folic acid), vitamin A, and vitamin C. Take the health benefits a step further and grow your own. When you grow your own veggies organically, the nutritional payoff is even higher (not to mention you ensure that no chemicals are being ingested with your zucchini).
Organic fruits and vegetables deliver between
20 and 40 percent higher antioxidant activity, according to a 2014 study published in British Journal of Nutrition.
And don’t forget another important health benefit to growing your own: Working an hour in the garden tending your harvest provides exercise benefits equal to a 30-minute jog.
Did you know growing your own is also good for your soul? “What?” you ask? Well, yes. A 2016 meta-analysis has shown a link between gardening and increased mental health. Getting your hands in the dirt brings you in contact with mycobacterium vaccae, a bacterium found in soil that may stimulate the production of serotonin—one of our “feel good” hormones. Gardening also opens your mind to nature: bird song and insect sounds; colors and textures of plants; cloud patterns; changes in weather; soft breezes. All this good stuff has been found to:
- Reduce stress
- Reduce depression and lower anxiety
- Increase focus and mindfulness
- Inspire a sense of awe
- Create a sense of hope and purpose
Get started on your own vegetable garden
Learn more about growing your own vegetables this weekend. Join Daniel Cunningham, Texas A&M Water University horticulturist as he shares his knowledge in our Fall Vegetable Gardening Class on Saturday, August 25, 2018. Daniel will offer strategies for overcoming the challenges of vegetable gardening in our humid and hot southeast Texas climate. Learn when to plant and which vegetables grow best in the fall gardening season. Find out how to reduce your water footprint. Gather information on ways to conserve and protect our natural resources.
Learn more about growing your own vegetables in Saturday’s class.
Bring your gardening questions and plant problems. Montgomery County Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer your questions with proven information.
Grow Your Own Vegetables is a free class; however, space is limited and registration is required.
Grow Your Own Vegetables Class
Saturday, August 25, 2018
9 a.m. to noon
The Woodlands Emergency Training Center
16135 I-45 South, The Woodlands, TX 77385
For more information about this class and to register, visit the Event Details page on the website.
Plant with a Purpose!
Join us for this free workshop and learn how to create habitat in your landscape while saving water at the same time.
We’ll delve into:
- Importance of keeping invasive species at bay – 8:15 a.m.
- Wonders of pollinators and how to attract them – 9:45 a.m.
- Many benefits of native plants including water conservation – 10:45 a.m.
- Best methods for seed collecting and propagation of the plants you love – 12:45 a.m.
Attend one or more FREE sessions – click here to save your spot.
Experts from the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center and Texas Master Naturalists will lead each session.
- Saturday, June 23 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- Join us for all or part of the program
- Lunch provided
- HARC Building, 8801 Gosling Rd, The Woodlands
- Free but registration is required – click here to save your spot
Thank you to our sponsors:
Houston Advanced Research Center, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, Texas Master Naturalists, Woodlands Joint Powers Agency
Getting outside is a good thing. Learning about local nature is great! This fall, the Environmental Services Department is offering a new series of Nature Exploration Walks at The Recreation Center at Rob Fleming Park. Residents are invited to come out for a leisurely walk along the nearby trails with a trained naturalist to learn more about the most common wildlife in our area.
Did you know? “There is a rapidly growing body of studies which show that people are healthier when they spend time in nature. Connecting with the natural world – whether it is in your backyard, out on the lake, or exploring a forest – has been shown to improve a wide range of mental and physical conditions. Conditions such as dementia, asthma, depression, ADHD, autism spectrum disorders, diabetes, and many others respond to time in nature. Physicians are rapidly learning about the benefits and have begun prescribing nature to their patients as a component of treatment and wellness.” Daniel Porter, Medical Director, Lone Star Family Health Center.
Join in for the health of it! Bring the family and discover what nature has to offer! The walks are FREE, but registration is required. Click on the links to learn more and register today!
- September 16, from 9 to 11 a.m.: Who Lives in the Woods?
- October 14, from 9 to 11 a.m.: Wings and Things: Tree Dwellers
- November 4, from 6 to 8 p.m.: Wet-footed Friends: Frogs and Toads
Discover nature at your backdoor with a full schedule of lectures and outdoor experiences, please visit Gardening and Nature Classes and Events offered by the Environmental Services Department.
Fall–our most productive gardening season–provides an opportunity to grow fresh lettuce and other cool season vegetables! Pleasant temperatures are an added incentive to plant a garden in fall. Continue reading
Nationwide, the Composting Council Research and Education Foundation is celebrating the fourteenth annual “International Composting Awareness Week” May 7-13, 2017. Organized to raise public awareness of the benefits of composting, the week will include many different activities across the nation. Continue reading
One person’s weeds are the ingredients of Mark “Merriwether” Vorderbruggen’s gourmet salad! Join The Woodlands Township Environmental Services Department for a virtual adventure in wild dining at the next Walk in the Woods Nature Lecture. Continue reading
An abundance of brown plant material has been provided by the January freeze. Creating a space in the landscape to store and hold this material for composting can serve as an asset for homeowners. Continue reading
Learn quick and easy ways to distinguish snakes at the Environmental Services Department’s upcoming Walk in the Woods Nature Lecture. Join Matt Abernathy, an expert in snake behavior and identification, as he presents Local Snakes 101 Thursday evening at 7 p.m. in the L.G.I. Lecture Hall at McCullough Junior High School.
Recent freezing temperatures resulted in damage to the more tender landscape plants in our area. Before removing and placing this damaged plant material curbside for green waste pickup, consider how this plant material can become an asset to your landscape. Composting this material will create a rich organic soil amendment which benefits both container and landscape plants. Continue reading
Harmless snake or venomous species? Most people can identify a ribbon or garter snake; but, when they see a little Texas brown snake, they may think: baby copperhead! Learn quick and easy ways to distinguish snakes at the Environmental Services Department’s upcoming Walk in the Woods Nature Lecture. Continue reading
Aspiring to produce delicious home-grown tomatoes is the goal of many gardeners. Perhaps the most popular garden vegetable in our area, tomatoes can be challenging to grow in our climate. Beginning and veteran gardeners alike are invited to learn valuable tomato gardening skills at a free Advanced Vegetable Gardening seminar next month! Continue reading
Thinking spring? Now—when lawns and plants are dormant—is the best time to envision and plan a greener landscape! Continue reading
Discover the benefits of composting! The Woodlands Township Environmental Services Department is offering free outdoor composting classes once a month between January and March. Join us to learn and practice new composting skills, meet other like-minded residents, and return to your backyard ready to create useful compost! Continue reading
It’s that time of year for oak, sweet gum, ash, sycamore and other deciduous trees to begin losing their leaves. With a little assistance, fallen leaves can be transformed into wonderful free compost for the garden. Filled with nutrients, leaves are a free source of organic matter and an important ingredient to be added to your compost bin. Continue reading