Q: How can I support plants and the planet all year?

A: Gardeners by nature are generous folks, and propagating, growing and sharing plants is what we all need for our souls to thrive. We share plants with each other and share the triumphs and the trials of what we grow, from everyday houseplants, vegetables, native garden plants and even the unusual and rare delicacies that excite us.

Now that I’m retired from Mercer Botanic Gardens, I keep up with all the excitement there from volunteers and staff and am thrilled to share in their good news. Remodeling and renovations are now occurring on their former visitor center (known for many years as the BIC — Botanic Information Center), as well as the new construction that will culminate with stunning updates as seen in their master plan, on the property to the south and west of the original gardens. This park is a treasure for all of the Houston area to support. Volunteers are always essential to all parts of this fabulous park, and along with their time growing plants for the planet, they also give generously with funding that is being used locally, nationally and globally in support of plants. This funding can range from attending the amazing plant sales to buy plants, seeking matching grants from corporations and giving generously from their pockets. They have given funds that contribute to endangered and rare plant programs that will allow endowments to support the research and efforts to replant wild places and prevent extinction! Also, funding supports internships to educate and encourage the next generations in their endeavors to support biodiversity of all life on Earth.

There are always great ways to support plants and the planet throughout the year.

Suzzanne Chapman
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Suzzanne Chapman, retired botanical collections curator at Mercer Botanic Gardens, promotes organic gardening, growing native plants, and protecting the environment. Send your questions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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