Farmers find a way to turn a profit off milkweed, for the sake of the monarchs

Milkweed has long been considered a nuisance on North American farmlands but now, more than 100 farmers in Quebec and Vermont are planting it in their fields to help restore the declining population of monarchs, which use that plant exclusively for their eggs and to feed the caterpillars. The farmers are also tapping a new market for the milkweed fibers. After the caterpillars have their fill of the milky sap and find their wings in the fall, the plant’s pods will be harvested for fine winter clothing and other commercial uses. …read more

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GARDEN CAL 0804

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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
. Sales proceeds benefit flood-damaged Mercer Botanic Gardens.

SATURDAY

Planting for Pollinators

9-10 a.m. at Brookwood Community Center Café, 1752 FM 1489, Brookshire; register at katyprairie.org/kpcevents
. Free. …read more

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Houston-area garden 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.
t: Patty Allen, 281-441-8646
SATURDAY, JULY 7
Cactus and Succulent Class: with Jim Maas and Pat Cordray. 10 a.m. at Maas Nursery, 5511 Todville Road, Seabrook; 281-474-2488, maasnursery.com. $40.
Butterfly Gardening: 10 a.m. at Buchanan’s Native Plants, 611 E. 11th; 713-861-5702, register at buchanansplants.com. Free.
Insiders’ Tour at Peckerwood Garden: 10 a.m. at Peckerwood Garden, 20559 FM 359, Hempstead; 979-826-3232; register at peckerwoodgarden.org. …read more

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Golden Delicious pineapple sage

Golden Delicious pineapple sage sounds, well, delicious. We aren’t talking fruit, but the most luscious sage on the planet.
Golden Delicious pineapple sage made its debut about 15 years ago and has steadily climbed in popularity, winning awards across the country. You’ll know why once you grow it. Merely brushing up against the leaves will leave you in a state of olfactory euphoria.
The fragrance of the leaves also constitutes the flavor for drinks, jams and cream cheese. To add to the wow factor is the plant’s golden chartreuse hue, the hottest color in the garden. Everything looks better partnered with Golden Delicious.
In the fall, it sends out brilliant red blossoms that bring both hummingbirds and butterflies. …read more

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

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.
SATURDAY
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. …read more

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