Each fall, gardeners plant bulbs like daffodil, crocus, snowflake and ranunculus in the ground and await the beauty that will emerge in the spring. Some of these varieties will naturalize in the Houston garden.
Other bulbs, including tulips and Dutch hyacinth, demand a bit more care. They need a six- to eight-week stint in the refrigerator to simulate winter before they can be planted.
Regardless of which bulbs you want to plant, The Garden Club of Houston's Bulb and Plant Mart is the place to get them.
The sale, Thursday through Saturday (Oct. 12-14) at St. John the Divine Episcopal Church, offers time-tested varieties that work in Houston-area gardens. This year, the bulb mart celebrates its 75th year; the first sale took place on the steps of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, where the club created and cared for the gardens.
To commemorate the anniversary, the club has created a special all-white bulb garden collection, member and volunteer Jennifer Dolman said. Club president Adele Bentsen and bulb mart chair Margaret Rotan chose early to midseason bulbs, including 'Jeanne d'Arc' crocus, 'Mount Hood' daffodil, white Leucojum and white 'Album' muscari.
The Garden Club of Houston's 75th annual Bulb and Plant Mart
When: Opens 4:30-7 p.m. Thursday with early-bird shopping and a party on the patio featuring live music and light bites. Admission is $20. The plant sale is 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free.
Where: St. John the Divine Episcopal Church, 2450 River Oaks Blvd.
Speakers: Heidi Sheesley with Treesearch Farms will focus on Gulf Coast habitat plants in a presentation on Friday. Nancy Thomas, the club's horticultural award-winning member and past president of the Garden Club of America, will be featured on Saturday morning. There also will be a live butterfly tent from the Houston Museum of Natural Science Cockrell Butterfly Center and a conservation booth with native and drought-tolerant plants.
The mart will stock thousands of bulbs from domestic and international suppliers. Look for amaryllis, iris, daffodils and hyacinths as well as small bulb favorites, anemone, crocus, freesia and ranunculus. Offerings from the gardens of club members include crinums, daylilies and gingers, grown specifically for the mart.
The mart isn't just about bulbs. Heidi Sheesley with Treesearch Farms will focus on Gulf Coast habitat plants in a presentation on Friday. She'll include creeping yellow Turnera, Rosa's Blush dwarf blueberry, Calico pipevine, dwarf Fairy Duster and Heartleaf hibiscus.
Nancy Thomas, the club's award-winning horticultural member and past president of the Garden Club of America, will be on handSaturday at a booth dedicated to "plants that merit attention."
Funds from the sale go to garden and conservation projects around Houston, including Hogg Bird Sanctuary, Houston Hospice, Houston Museum of Natural Science, Rienzi, The Garden Club of Houston Park, Urban Harvest/Gregory-Lincoln Education Center and Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.
On Saturday, the mart will have a family-friendly atmosphere with a pop-up farmers market, food trucks and activities for young gardeners. The club's Junior Gardeners will host a tent to teach kids how to make seed balls of native prairie grasses; they can make one to take home and one to plant along White Oak Bayou....Read more