“Fun with Ferns” declared “ferntastic”!

“Ferntastic” would best describe “Fun with Ferns”, the first in the summer garden club workshop series, held on Saturday, June 17 at Mercer Botanic Garden. Nearly two dozen attended the two hour workshop Saturday morning as Mercer Volunteer and tropical specialist, Jere Noreager, explored the fascinating world of staghorn ferns. Following an exploration of the staghorn fern, attendees then mounted their own specimen to take home.

Darla Harris, owner of the Fern Plantation located in Houston, walked attendees through several options for growing a rabbit’s foot fern. At the conclusion of her program, everyone had their own clay brick filled with a rabbit foot fern and sphagnum moss to take home.

Upcoming workshops in the series include “Gingers in your Garden” July 22, “Garden to Vase” August 26 and “Intro to Basket Weaving” September 16. All workshops are two hours, beginning at 10 a.m. To register, please visit our events page or call 713-274-4166 for more details. Seats are filling fast, so make your reservation today.

Fern’s Favorites!

Mercer’s resident authority on all that is unique and special about our Gardens, Fern is Mercer’s beloved canine mascot who was rescued at Mercer four years ago. She can tell you the location of every squirrel and bunny resident. She also will help you find the best blooms and the best bench for a little quiet meditation. When you plan your next visit, spend a little extra time… perhaps you will see her on one of her walks in the garden.

Check back as Fern will direct you to the best attractions and events in bloom each month.

It’s July and Fern recommends:

It’s the month of red, white and blueHappy Fourth!

Happy Summer!  The  hottest craze of the summer is at the Mercer Gift Shoppe – Fidget Spinners have arrived!  

The Summer Red Dot Plant Sale is underway in the Mercer Society’s Gift and Plant Shoppe, Look for the Red Dot…many plants are marked with a red dot, the selections are varied and the choices are ideal for summer gardeners.  Stop by soon, at these prices, the red dot specials won’t last long!

Gingers in the Garden.  Ginger Specialist, Ceil Dow is getting ready for a spectacular Ginger workshop on July 22 from 10:00 to 12:00 in the Mercer Visitor Center.  See the events page for more details and to register for this “must attend” workshop.

Plants to see in the Garden – The gardens are dressed in glorious summer colors. To avoid the summer heat, come early in the day or enjoy a lovely stroll in the evening. The colors are breathtaking, you do not want to miss their summer show.

See you in the Mercer Garden!

– Fern