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Pollinator Festival


Saturday October 3rd
Starting at 8 a.m.
TMS Member Shopping

Saturday October 3rd
10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Public Shopping



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*Please purchase your Membership by October 1st, at 6 p.m. In order to access early shopping and receive your membership discount.

Schedule of Online Events

Virtual Pollinator Festival & Plant Sale

Saturday, October 3, from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.

This year’s Pollinator Festival & Plant Sale is 100% Virtual!

Links to the plant sale, presentations, crafts, and more will be shared on our Facebook event page this Saturday, Oct. 3!


8 a.m. —8 p.m. Pollinator Plant Sale

Starting at 8 a.m.: TMS Members Only Early Shopping Opportunity

Starting at 10 a.m.: Public Shopping

Shop the plant sale at themercersociety.square.site TAX FREE all day!

Find the right pollinator plants for your garden! Pollinator nectar and host plants, including plenty of Texas native plants such as coneflowers, milkweed, and passionflowers, will be available for purchase with proceeds benefiting Mercer Botanic Gardens. All of the plants for sale are Mercer Grown, cultivated at Mercer’s Horticultural Propagation Center greenhouses.


8:15 a.m. Texas Pollinator BioBlitz

Join the Texas Pollinator BioBlitz — an annual, statewide effort to increase the awareness of Texas pollinators! Follow this link to see how you can participate while visiting Mercer Botanic Gardens.


8:30 a.m. Scarecrow Contest

Vote for your favorite scarecrow!


8:45 a.m. Pollinator Round-up

Follow butterflies, bees, beetles, and more on this quick pollinator round-up!


9 a.m. Buzz Around the Beehive

Beekeeper Jerry Maxwell, and son Daniel, harvest honey from the Mercer beehive and install a second hive in the bee corral.


9:30 a.m. Kids’ Craft: Egg Carton Bee

Craft an adorable honeybee with easy-to-find items at home!


9:45 a.m. Pollinator Coloring Pages

Unwind while coloring these pollinator themed coloring pages.


10 a.m. Texas Native Bees

Experience the rich range of diversity in Texas’ native bees.


11 a.m. Create a Monarch Waystation

This publication is packed with information about starting a Monarch Waystation in your own backyard!


11:15 a.m. Magic of Monarchs

Curious about the basic needs, the life cycle, adaptations, and migration patterns of Monarch butterflies? Would you like to learn how you can help conserve this amazing insect? This webinar includes great photos and video clips — perfect for curious children and even inquisitive adults! Parents, print the accompanying “Monarchs Worksheet” PDF for your children prior to viewing for additional interaction with the webinar.


11:45 a.m. Making Seed Balls

Ms. Leia, with the Houston Zoo, helps us make seed balls for our pollinator gardens!


Noon: Pollinators Magnified

Tips and techniques from photographer Jose Madrigal for capturing amazing photos of pollinators and dragonflies up close and in flight. Visit Jose on the web at jmadimages.smugmug.com or on Instagram @jmadimages.


1 p.m. Kids’ Craft: Coffee Filter Butterfly

Create a colorful butterfly with a tie-dye look!


1:15 p.m. Recipe: Sweet Snack Thanks to Bees!

Kids’ Craft: Pollinator Preferences!

Celebrate pollinators with these Houston Zoo at-home activities! Follow the recipe “A Sweet Snack Thanks to Bees° for a yummy treat. Then, identify your favorite flower colors and fragrances while working through “Pollinator Preferences.” Perfect for families with children ages 4 and up.


1:30 p.m. Those Amazing Monarchs!

Butterfly enthusiast Christina McKinney shares information on raising caterpillars to butterflies.



The sale will start Saturday, October 3rd, at 8 a.m. for TMS Members. The public sale will begin on Saturday, October 3rd, at 10 a.m. and end at 8 p.m.

We CANNOT ship plants. Orders must be picked up at the Horticultural Propagation Center located at: 3602 Hirschfield Rd. Spring, Texas 77373

A minimum order of $25 is required to apply the TMS Member Discount Code.

All orders are CURBSIDE PICKUP only.

You will be able to chose your Pickup times for this sale!Otherwise, you will be assigned a pickup time based on first-come, first-served for Wednesday, October 7th through Saturday, October 10th.

If you can not make your scheduled pickup time, please let us know by calling 713-274-4166 or sending an email to msociety@hcp4.net.

Thank you for your continued support during these uncertain times. Stay safe!


October 3
8:00 am - 8:00 pm


Mercer Botanic Gardens


Online Sale