2017-18 GBTB Calendar

Gardeners By The Bay (GBTB) garden club meets the first Wednesday of each month, September through April. Meetings are held at Clear Lake United Methodist Church, Fellowship Hall, 16335 El Camino Real, Houston, 77062. Hospitality with refreshments begins at 9:00 am, followed by a monthly presentation at 9:30am.


October 4, 2017:  “Health & Fragrance to Improve Air Quality with Indoor Plants” – Tricia Bradbury, Fort Bend County Master Gardner Program

November 1, 2017:  “Our Neighborhood Bats” – Diana Foss, Urban Wildlife Biologist, Wildlife Diversity Program, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

December 6, 2017:  “Creative Container Arrangements for the Christmas Holidays” – Gay Estes, Flower Show Judge

January 3, 2018:  “Encouraging Butterflies in our Gardens” – Tish Reustle, Master Gardner, Bee Keeper

February 7, 2018:  “A Passion for Plumeria” – Loretta Osteen, Galveston County Master Gardner

March 7, 2018:  “Hibiscus Society Pre-Spring Hibiscus Sale Seminar” – Larry Bruner, Space City Chapter, American Hibiscus Society

April 4, 2018:  “Gardeners by the Bay Plant Sale”

May 2, 2018:  “Gardeners by the Bay Luncheon”



Recent Programs:

October 4, 2016:  “Health & Fragrance to improve Air Quality with Indoor Plants” – Tricia Bradbury, Fort Bend County Master Gardner Program

October 19, 2016: Tour of McGovern Centennial Gardens in Hermann Park

November 2, 2016:  “Looking at Oleanders with Different Eyes” —  Lydia Miller, President of the International Oleander Society, which has its headquarters in Galveston

December 7, 2017:  “Small Trees Recommended for Small Yards” Sandra Devall, GCMG

January 4, 2017:  “Plants for Shady Spaces” — Tricia Bradbury, Fort Bend County Master Gardener and Texas Master Naturalist

February 1, 2017:  “Balance in Garden Design: Plan before you plant”– Karen Lehr, GCMG with a Master’s Degree in Landscape Architecture

February 28, 2017: Tour of Bayou Bend

March 1, 2017:  “Red Hot Chile Peppers, and Some Cool Ones Too” — Gene Speller, GCMG

April 5, 2017:  Annual Plant Sale

September 2, 2015:  “Insects in the Garden — Friend or Foe?” — Dr. William Johnson, Galveston County Extension Agent — Horticulture

October 7, 2015:  “Successful Propagation Techniques” — Herman Auer, Galveston County Master Gardener (GCMG)

November 4, 2015:  “Gardening Activities for Autumn”  —  Skip Richter, Harris County Extension Agent — Horticulture, and author of Month by Month Gardening -Texas.

December 2, 2015:  “Our Gardening and our Health” John Ferguson, Owner, Nature’s Way Resources in Conroe

January 6, 2016:  “Blooming Tough Plants Through Deluge and Drought” — Sandra Devall, GCMG

February 3, 2016:  “Delightful Daylilies” — Neil Shimek, Shimek’s Gardens in Alvin

March 2, 2016:  “Hardy and Tropical Ferns for Shade and Sun” — Darla Harris, Texas Gulf Coast Fern Society

April 6, 2016:  Annual Plant Sale



4 thoughts on “2017-18 GBTB Calendar

  1. I am relatively new to Houston. Moved here from northern Missouri. An entirely different growing challenge, as you can imagine. What time do your meetings start? I would love to attend a meeting to get an idea of how to proceed with my yard’s “remodeling”. Thanks!!

    • Thank you for contacting us, Alexis. Welcome to Houston!

      We have many members that have moved to this area from different climates. You’ll be in good company.

      Gardeners By The Bay (GBTB) meetings are the first Wednesday of the month at University Baptist Church, 16106 Middlebrook Drive, Houston, TX 77059.
      Hospitality with refreshments begins at 9:00 am with the meeting at 9:30.

      Hope to see you soon!

      Martha Melcher

    • Hi, Karen,

      Thank you for asking about the plant sale. It will be at the University Baptist Church again, at the Southwest Portico, where we had it last year.

      Hope to see you there!

      Martha Melcher

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