Gardening calendar: Learn about heat-loving plants in garden classes

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The Mercer Society Gift and Plant Shoppe
10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sundays at 400 Main, Old Town Spring; 281-651-5475, themercersociety.org/ways-to-give/donate. Sales proceeds benefit flood-damaged Mercer Botanic Gardens.
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Urban Harvest’s Starting a Community or School Garden Workshop
8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at University of St. Thomas, 3800 Montrose; register at 713-880-5540; urbanharvest.org/classes-calendar. $20.
Home Orchard Tours
9 a.m.-noon at sites listed at aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/galveston/index.html. Free.
Plumeria Class
With Jim Maas and Loretta Osteen. 10 a.m. at Maas Nursery, 5511 Todville, Seabrook; 281-474-2488, maasnursery.com. $25.

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April calendar of gardening events

TUESDAYS-
SUNDAYS
The Mercer Society Gift and Plant Shoppe
10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sundays at 400 Main, Old Town Spring; 281-651-5475, themercersociety.org/ways-to-give/donate. Sales proceeds benefit flood-damaged Mercer Botanic Gardens.
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Brazoria County Master Gardeners’ 20th Annual Spring Plant Sale
8 a.m.-noon at Brazoria County Environmental Education Station, 799 E. Hospital, Angleton; brazoria.agrilife.org. Free.
Educational Classes
Session 1: Gardening in the Shade: 8-10 a.m. Session 2: Herbs! 10:30-12:30 p.m. at Montgomery County Master Gardeners, 9020 Airport, Conroe; mcmga.com, 936-539-7824, $5 per session or $8 for both.

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Gardening events in the Houston area

TUESDAYS-SUNDAYS
The Mercer Society Gift and Plant Shoppe: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sundays at 400 Main, Old Town Spring; 281-651-5475, themercersociety.org. Sales proceeds benefit flood-damaged Mercer Botanic Gardens.
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Herb Festival at the Wynne Home: 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Sponsored by the Texas Thyme Unit of The Herb Society of America. Herb plants, perennials, pollinator plants, heirloom bulbs and vegetables. Garden and herbal vendors, speakers, artists, music and children’s activities. Wynne Home Arts Center, 1428 11th, Huntsville. 281-787-3895. texasthymeunit.org. Free.
Harris County Master Gardeners Precinct 2 Perennials, Herbs and Peppers Sale: 8 a.m. plant preview, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

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Gardening events in the Houston area

TUESDAYS-SUNDAYS
The Mercer Society Gift and Plant Shoppe: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sundays at 400 Main, Old Town Spring; 281-651-5475, themercersociety.org/ways-to-give/donate. Sales proceeds benefit flood-damaged Mercer Botanic Gardens.
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Galveston County Master Gardeners Spring Fruit Tree and Plant Sale: 8 a.m. seminar, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. sale at Galveston County Fair Grounds, 10 Jack Brooks Road at Texas 6, Hitchcock; aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/galveston. Free.
Urban Harvest’s Starting a Community or School Garden Workshop: 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at the University of St. Thomas, 3800 Montrose; 713-880-5540, urbanharvest.org/classes-calendar. $20.
Vegetable Gardening for Beginners: with Andy Chidester.

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Turkey burger recipe has winning flavor combo

This recipe goes to the head of the class, turkey burger-wise. Its perfectly proportioned, Greek-inspired combo of crumbled feta, red onion and dill makes the meat flavorful and keeps it moist. It would fit right into a plan for eating better in the new year.
You could serve this burger without any condiment, but a dollop of tzatziki or squirt of Sriracha would cool it down or spice it up nicely.
Turkey Burgers with Feta and Dill
Adapted from “Prevention’s Mediterranean Table: 100 Vibrant Recipes to Share for Lifelong Health,” by the editors of Prevention Magazine and Jennifer McDaniel (Rodale, 2017)
We tested these using 16 ounces and 20 ounces of ground turkey, and we preferred the thicker burgers from the 20-ounce portion.

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Upcoming Houston wine events

Texas Wine Festival: The Empty Glass, 104 Market, Tomball. 1-7 p.m. Saturday. $35-$85. 832-698-4722.
Valley Mills Vineyards tasting: Solero Winery, 330 T.C. Jester. Saturday, 6-9 p.m. $30. 713-705-8574.
Houston’s Favorite Foods wine dinner: Atkins Wine Bar, 8877 Cardwell. 4-6 p.m. Sunday. $45. 713-468-5030.
California wine dinner: Chama Gaúcha, 5865 Westheimer. 7 p.m. Oct. 11. $55 plus tax and gratuity. 713-244-9500.
The Prisoner wine dinner: The Palm Restaurant, 6100 Westheimer. 6:30 p.m. Oct. 12. $125. 713-977-8180.
Introduction to Italian wine tasting/seminar: Houston Italian Festival, St. Thomas University. 6:15 p.m. Oct. 12; 3:15 p.m. and 8:15 p.m. Oct. 13.; 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Oct. 14; and 2:30 p.m. Oct. 15. $15.

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Upcoming Houston wine events

Best Cellars Houston dinner, benefiting the T. J. Martell Foundation: Hotel ZaZa, 5701 Main. 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. $750. donate.tjmartell.org/Houston.
Southhold Farm and Cellar wine dinner: Pass & Provisions, 807 Taft. 7 p.m. Thursday. $95. 713-628-9020.
Grape Stomp dinner: Water 2 Wine, 3331 Westpark. 6-9 p.m. Friday. $85. 713-662-9463.
Annual Grape Stomp: Water 2 Wine, 3331 Westpark. 12:30-7 p.m. Saturday. $40. 713-662-9463.
Texas Wine Festival: The Empty Glass, 104 Market, Tomball. 1-7 p.m. Oct. 7. $35-$85. 832-698-4722.
Houston’s Favorite Foods wine dinner: Atkins Wine Bar, 8877 Cardwell. 4-6 p.m. Oct. 8. $45. 713-468-5030.
California wine dinner: Chama Gaúcha, 5865 Westheimer. 7 p.m. Oct. 11. $55 plus tax and gratuity.

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Gardening events in the Houston area

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Bulb Mania: with Houston Garden Club member Dodie Jackson. 9-11 a.m. at Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, 4102-B Main, La Marque; 281-534-3413, email registration to galvcountymgs@gmail.com, aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/galveston. Free, but registration required.
Basic Organic Vegetable Gardening: sponsored by Urban Harvest. 9:30-11:30 a.m. at the University of St. Thomas, 3812 Yoakum; 713-880-5540, urbanharvest.org. $30.
Gardening for Hummingbirds & Birds Class: with Jim Maas, Pat Cordray and Jean Griffin. 10 a.m. at Maas Nursery, 5511 Todville, Seabrook; 281-474-2488, maasnursery.com. $40.
Peckerwood Garden Open Day: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Peckerwood Garden, 20559 FM 359, Hempstead; 979-826-3232; register at peckerwoodgarden.

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