Pamper Yourself, Don’t Pollute
Do you use commercial shampoo, condition, lotion, make-up, deodorant, antiperspirant or other personal hygiene and beauty products? Have you read the labels? Can you identify and understand all those complicated chemical names? Let’s discuss some of those chemicals and their effects. Then discover simple recipes to create your very own product with the textures and smells you’ll love all day. Coconut oil, olive oil, honey, rosemary, lavender, sage, tea tree are just a few of the possible ingredients.
Gardening with Color – Creating the WOW Factor
The use of color can make or break a landscape. Like an artist creates a masterpiece on canvas, the use of color in the landscape is one of the most important design elements to create the “WOW” factor that we strive for. Color can be used to lighten up a dark shady corner or calm an overly bright one. Come learn the tips, tricks and trends employed by landscape designers in using color in the landscape to make a property pop!
Woody Trees and Shrubs to Make Your Neighbors Envy You
Tired of the being part of a cookie cutter landscape world? Think you need a little diversity? Don’t want to water that much? Want to think outside the box? Well there’s a world of plant material that will make your landscape a singular spot in the neighborhood. Join Dr. Creech as he runs through a list of woody trees and shrubs (and a few perennials) that will set you apart from your neighbors. With a focus on water saving, fruit, flower and form there’s more to grow than you might imagine. From shade trees, to small flowering trees, to shrubs, to hollies, to screens, to accent points – be part of adding to the excitement of adventuresome Horticulture in Texas.
Everyone loves growing things you can eat, and everyone loves growing flowers that attract pollinators and beautiful flying insects. There are many vegetables, fruits and herbs that provide delicious food while also providing habitat and food for butterflies, bees, hummingbirds and other pollinators. In this talk, Angela Chandler will share ideas of specific edible plants you can grow that benefit the pollinating wildlife.
What’s New and Unique in the Plant World
Uniquely different and new introductions from this premier grower.
The Art of Espalier
Espalier is where practical gardening meets living art. Originally used to save space in a garden, espalier quickly grew as an ornamental practice. Many woody plants can be trained as espalier – apples, pears, figs, citrus, camellias, climbing roses, even Japanese maples. Espalier looks difficult, but it is easy to become proficient with a few simple tips about timing and technique. Once they are established maintenance is quick & easy.
Lunch with the Experts: Solving House Plan Problems with Landscaping Feng Shui
Odd-shaped or unbalanced buildings can be a feng shui problem that is eliminated with strategically placed landscaping. Come and learn the art of landscaping from the feng shui perspective, including shapes, colors and types of plants to enhance the harmony, balance and beauty of your home.