2016-17 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.

September 7, 2016: “Organic Care of Azaleas” — Bart Brechter, Vice-President of the Texas chapter of the Azalea Society of America & head of Gardens & Landscapes for the Houston Museum of fine Arts

October 5, 2016:  “Growing Curcurbits: Summer, winter squash and cucumbers” — Herman Auer, Galveston County Master Gardener (GCMG)

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


Recent Programs:

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

September 3, 2014:  “Mulches and Compost” — John Ferguson, Owner, Nature’s Way Resources in Conroe

October 1, 2014:  “Answers to Your Gardening Questions” — Randy Lemmon

October 30, 2014:  Bus trip to Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center, Orange, Texas

November 5, 2014:  “Pumpkins, Squashes, and Gourds”  —  Corrie Ten-Have

December 3, 2014:  “Fruit Bearing Trees for Our Yards” Herman Auer, Galveston County Master Gardener (GCMG)

January 7, 2015:  “For the Love of Roses” — John Jons, GCMG

January 20, 2015:  Bus trip to Burton Cotton Gin and Museum

February 4, 2015:  “Grand and Glorious Gardens” — Norman Arnold

March 4, 2015:  “Heirloom Vegetables” — Leah Gunter

March 10, 2015:  Bus trip to Mercer Arboretum & Botanic Gardens

April 1, 2015:  Annual Plant Sale

May 6, 2015:  Spring Luncheon

September 4, 2013: “Herbs from Your Garden to the Dinner Table” — Lucia Bettler, Lucia’s Garden

October 2, 2013: “Heirloom Gardening in the South” — Dr. Bill Welch, Author, Professor and Texas AgriLife Extension Service Landscape Horticulturalist

October 10, 2013: Bus trip to The Arbor Gate nursery in Tomball, lunch at the Whistle Stop Tea Room

November 6, 2013: “Citrus Like You’ve Never Tasted” — John Panzarella, whose Lake Jackson citrus farm is the “largest collection of citrus varieties in Texas north of the Rio Grande Valley”

December 4, 2013: “Good Gardening with Vegetables and Fruits” — Mary Demeny, Galveston County Master Gardener

January 8, 2014: “Get Down To Earth on Getting Good Soil” — John Ferguson, Owner, Nature’s Way Resources in Conroe

January 23, 2014: Bus trip to the 1892 Bishop’s Palace in Galveston, lunch at Olympia Grill at Pier 21

February 5, 2014: “Is Your Garden a Reflection of You?” — Margaret Sinclair, President of the Houston Federation of Garden Clubs and accredited National Garden Clubs Flower Show Judge

March 5, 2014: “Ants . . . Crazy and Firey!” — Dr. Paul Nester, Entomologist, Texas AgriLife Extension Specialist, Texas A & M University

March 18, 2014: Bus trip to tour of Peckerwood Garden and visit to Bluebonnet Herb Farms in Hempstead, lunch at The Garden Cafe

April 1, 2014: Annual Plant Sale

May 7, 2014: Spring Luncheon

September 5, 2012:  “Invasive Plants” — Lisa Gonzalez, Houston Advanced Research Center

October 3, 2012:  “Beneficial Insects” — William Isbell, Entomology Specialist, Harris County Master Gardener

October 11, 2012: Trip to Enchanted Forest in Richmond

November 7, 2012:  “Orchids” — John Stubbings, Owner of Clown Alley Orchids

December 5, 2012:  “Birds of the Seasons” — Royce Pendergast, Galveston Bay Area Master Naturalist and Harris County Master Gardener

January 2, 2013:  “Favorite Plants of the Houston Area” — Tom Leroy, Montgomery County extension agent

January 24, 2013: Trip to Painted Churches of Fayette County

February 6, 2013:  “Designing for Small Beds & Containers” — Carol Brouwer, Ph.D., recently retired Harris County extension agent

March 6, 2013:  “The Rose – America’s true native” — Gaye Hammond, past president of the Houston Rose Society

March 18, 2013: Trip to The Antique Rose Emporium

April 3, 2013:  Brief meeting and 10am Plant Sale

May 1, 2013: Spring Luncheon

January 4th, 2012, Meeting:  “Bees”  – Don Angle, President of Harris County Beekeepers

Horticulture Section – Mary Demeny:  This year’s focus will be on vegetable gardening with a different one each month.  Of course, she will take questions about any subject.  Bring pen and paper to take notes!

January 12th Trip to Moody Gardens Pyramid and Greenhouses

February 1st Meeting: “Keeping Bugs and Plagues in Check” – Gaye Hammond, Past President of the Houston Rose Society

February 15th: First Planting Party to prepare for plant sale — bring your transplants and divisions.

February 21st: Last Planting Party to prepare for April plant sale.

March 7th Meeting: “Plumerias Around the World” – Eulas and Lake Stafford, Eulas Stafford is a Past President of the Plumeria Society of America

April 4th: Annual Plant Sale, 9 am – 12:30 pm

April 13th: Carpool to the sale of The San Jacinto Branch of America of Begonia Society

April 17th: Trip to the Antique Rose Emporium

May 2nd: Spring Luncheon at 11:30, followed by tours of members’ gardens

July 11: Summer Luncheon


4 thoughts on “2016-17 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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