Master Your Garden is a symposium and floral display exhibition put together by Kingwood Garden Club members, along with local experts, to bring you hands-on information that you can use in your landscape today. Kingwood Garden Center is the main sponsor of the event.

“After the devastating floods and freezes in our area, we felt it was a good time to offer some of our expertise,” said Carole Wiater, vice president of programs for the club and chairperson for the symposium. “I drive through Kingwood and see gaps in the landscape and lawns.”

The community is most acquainted with the club through their biennial home and garden tours.

“It was time we stepped up and helped out our neighbors who need to replace plants and replenish their soil,” she said. So, they put together a half-day symposium featuring local experts. “I wanted people with hands-on knowledge, who can make things grow in our specific area."

Wiater felt the time was perfect to focus on landscape and lawn renewal, so she invited Jacob Martin, green house manager at Mercer Botanical Garden, to present "Easy and Unusual Plants and Their Care."

“He is going to focus on some new things, as well as help us care for what we have. They know a thing or two about renewal,” said Wiater, referring to the April and May floods that decimated Mercer Botanical Gardens last year. The club donated $10,000 to help the botanical garden purchase land and relocate some existing structures. The Botanical Gardens are back open to the public, but more work is needed.

Gudrun Opperman, master gardener and well-know presenter, will speak on "Planting for Year-Round Color."

She and her husband, Hal, have, along with other volunteers, produced hundreds of pounds of produce from the organic gardens at Oak Forest Elementary in Humble ISD. The children learn about growing and eating vegetables.

“So many homes are pretty with blooms in the spring, but just green the rest of the year,” Wiater said. “Color is attainable, even in the winter with the right plants.”

The third session is a panel discussion, "Ask the Experts." Bring your own questions. John Ross, urban forester, and Tom LeRoy, retired Montgomery County extension agent, will take questions from the audience. Also giving advice will be Kay Hyatt and Becky Smith, both master gardeners and Texas Rose Rustlers.

Keep Kingwood Green will be there to answer recycling and composting questions. Hal Opperman, former president, accepted the Mayor’s Proud Partner Award last year for the group’s community efforts to educate residents, students and businesses about the need to recycle.

“The thing that has everyone buzzing is our floral designs that will be displayed throughout,” said Wiater. As many as 20 creative designs using store-bought flowers and trimmings from our landscape will be on view for everyone. The same ladies will create the beautiful arrangements like those seen in the ever-popular Kingwood Garden Club's Home and Garden Tour. Wiater said, “You don’t want to miss this!”


The event will be held on Earth Day, April 22, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. at the Kingwood Community Center, 4102 Rustic Woods Dr. Tickets are $15 and are available at Alspaugh’s Hardware and at the door. Seating is limited; purchase early.

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