Roses focus of environmental seminar

Urban Harvest Children’s Series: 12:30-1 p.m. and 1:30-2 p.m. at Urban Harvest Farmers Market, 3000 Richmond; 713-880-5540; urbanharvest.org.

Soil and Composting: with Master Gardener Carlos Domenech. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Meeting Room at Clear Lake Park, 5001 NASA Parkway, Seabrook; 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday at the Trini Mendenhall Sosa Community Center, 1414 Wirt; 10 a.m.-noon Jan. 18 at the Maude Smith Marks Library, 1815 Westgreen; and 6:30-8:30 p.m. Jan. 21 at Recipe for Success, 4400 Yupon.

River Oaks Garden Club’s Sadie Gwin Blackburn Environmental Seminar. 9:30 a.m. at the Brown Auditorium Theater, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1001 Bissonnet; registration required for free admission, 713-639-7771 or mfah.org.

Water Management Seminar: noon-4:30 at the United Way Building, 50 Waugh; speakers, registration at ohbaonline.org; $30 includes lunch. …read more

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The fruit tree season begins

Urban Harvest’s Fruit Tree Care: with Bob Randall. 10 a.m.-noon in Room 206, Science and Technology Building, University of Houston, 3601 Cullen; 713-880-5540, urban harvest.org. $24 members, $36 nonmembers.

Growing Avocado and Papaya: with Jerry Hurlbert of the Texas Rare Fruit Growers Association. 9-11:30 a.m. at Galveston County AgriLife Extension, 4102 Main, La Marque; 281-534-3413, aggie- horticulture.tamu.edu/galveston.

Spring Vegetable Gardening: sponsored by Urban Harvest, 2:30-5 p.m. in the multipurpose room at Oberholtzer Hall, University of Houston, 4361 Wheeler; 713-880-5540, urbanharvest.org. $24 members, $36 nonmembers.

Tomball Garden Club meeting. 9:30 a.m. in the Amegy Bank community meeting room, 28201 Texas 249, Tomball; tomballgardenclub@yahoo.com.

Spanish language tree workers safety workshop: sponsored by the Houston Area Urban Forestry Council. 7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at the Houston Arboretum and Nature Center, 4501 Woodway; 713-688-8931, mmerritt@tfs.tamu.edu; early registration $50 council member, $60 nonmember, through Jan. 7; $65 late registration, includes lunch, materials; isatexas.com. …read more

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Fruit tree classes begin after the holidays

Urban Harvest’s Fruit Tree Care: with Bob Randall. 10 a.m.-noon in Room 206 of Science and Technology Building, University of Houston, 3601 Cullen; 713-880-5540, urbanharvest.org. $24 members, $36 nonmembers.

Spanish language tree workers safety workshop: sponsored by the Houston Area Urban Forestry Council. 7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at the Houston Arboretum and Nature Center, 4501 Woodway; 713-688-8931, mmerritt@tfs.tamu.edu; early registration $50 council member, $60 nonmember, through Jan. 7; $65 late registration, includes lunch, materials; isatexas.com. …read more

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Create a miniature garden as a gift

Saturday
Miniature fairy garden class: 10-11:30 a.m. at Maas Nursery, 5511 Todville, Seabrook; 281-474-2488; maasnursery.com. $45, includes materials.
Saturday through Dec. 21
Native Plant Sale: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. daily at the Houston Arboretum & Nature Center, 4501 Woodway; plant list at houstonarboretum.org.
Dec. 21
Winter Solstice: 7-9 p.m. at the Houston Arboretum and Nature Center, 4501 Woodway; register at houstonarboretum.org. $25 members, $30 nonmembers, $15 ages 9-16 (9 minimum age allowed). …read more

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It’s all about bonsai and citrus this week

Urban Harvest’s Citrus Tasting: 9-11:30 a.m. Saturday and noon-2:30 p.m. Sunday at Urban Harvest’s Farmers Market, 3000 Richmond; 713-880-5540, urbanharvest.org.

Fruit and Citrus Trees in Houston?

Growing Citrus in Houston: with Bob Randall. 6:30-9 p.m. in Room 206 of Science and Technology Building, University of Houston, 3601 Cullen; 713-880-5540, urbanharvest.org. $24 members, $36 nonmembers. …read more

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Be prepared for Jack Frost’s visit to your garden

[…] keep the frost cloths handy to protect tender plants in the weeks ahead.

1 Rake and collect fallen leaves; use as mulch or in the compost pile.

Or bag raked leaves; add a little water to make leaf mold.

1 Plant cool-season blooms including alyssum, dianthus, Drummond phlox, English daisies, ‘Osaka Purple’ mustard, Swiss chard, toadflax and violas in cool-season beds and containers.

Plant the bulbs with the pointed end up and the flat side of the bulb facing the front of the bed.

Watch the garden calendar for upcoming fruit-tree sales. …read more

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Gardening soothes Lost Boy’s memories of fear, deprivation

Gardening soothes refugee’s childhood of fear and deprivation

Ajak, as a boy of only 7, ran for his life for 14 years, dodging bullets and crocodiles, hobbling on skinned feet, starving and dehydrated, often gulping water thick with stagnation and animal feces.

Happy, content children remind him of his life before civil war, before he was hunted, before the years at a refugee camp in Kenya, when his father was alive and family mattered more than anything else.

Passage after passage in the self-published book describes the boy Ajak’s days in the brush or jungle, hearing others’ screams of torture, afraid to sleep for fear of being eaten by a wild animal and walking, always walking, in search of safety.

[…] the Sudanese-American will put any book profits (he’s planning a sequel) toward buying school supplies for the children in the villages wracked by civil war.

School, almost everywhere, is a chalkboard under a tree, with a village volunteer as the teacher, without pens, pencils or paper. …read more

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Garden clubs hold end-of-year meetings

Monday
Tomball Garden Club meeting: 9:30 a.m. at Amegy Bank, 28201 Texas 249, Tomball; tomballgardenclub@yahoo.com. Free.
Wednesday
Good Gardening With Vegetables and Fruits:with Master Gardener Mary Demeny. Gardeners by the Bay meeting. 9 a.m. at University Baptist Church, 16106 Middlebrook, Clear Lake; gbtb.org. Free.
Dec. 10
Growing Citrus in Houston: with Bob Randall. 6:30-9 p.m. in Room 206 of Science and Technology Building, University of Houston, 3601 Cullen; 713- 880-5540, urbanharvest.org. $24 members, $36 nonmembers. …read more

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Learn about rain gardens and nature ponds at Houston Arboretum r

Sunday
Designing Rain Gardens and Nature Ponds: with Joe Blanton. 1-3:15 p.m. at the Houston Arboretum and Nature Center, 4501 Woodway; 713-681-8433, register at houstonarboretum.org. $40 members, $65 nonmembers.
Nov. 30
Reptiles and Raptors: with Adrian and Laura Berg of Crossbone Corns and Kevin Gaines of Wildlife Revealed. 11 a.m., 12:30, 2 and 3:30 p.m. at the Houston Arboretum and Nature Center, 4501 Woodway; 713-681-8433; register at houstonarboretum.org. $15 members, $25 nonmembers, $10 ages 2-15, ages 1 and younger, free. …read more

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