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Importance of Native Milkweed

Importance of Native Milkweed

The milkweed is the only plant on which monarch butterflies will lay their eggs and caterpillars feed.
We have lost 90% of the monarch population in the last 25 years…

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Weekly Wildflowers of Texas

Weekly Wildflowers of Texas

This summer, we have been talking about and sharing native wildflowers that you can find growing in Houston and southeast Texas…

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DIY Toad Abode

DIY Toad Abode

Toad abodes are a whimsical and practical projects and make charming additions to any garden. Toads are beneficial critters because they consume insects and…

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Arboretum Early Bird Coffee

Arboretum Early Bird Coffee

We proudly announce the arrival of the Arboretum Early Bird Coffee! This coffee is a result of a community partnership between local coffee roaster, Katz Coffee and the Houston Arboretum…

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Owls of Houston and SE Texas

Owls of Houston and SE Texas

Owls are not common backyard birds, but they are very desirable guests who can provide lovely nighttime sounds and excellent pest control…

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Guide to Butterfly Gardening in Houston

Guide to Butterfly Gardening in Houston

There is nothing more calming and enjoyable than walking through a garden enlivened by the colorful and silent beauty of a butterfly’s delicate wings fluttering from flower to flower…

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The Red-tailed Hawk

The Red-tailed Hawk

Every spring we mow our 3 acre meadow to allow some sunshine to get to the ground and make room for new growth. When we went to photograph the freshly mowed prairie grasses we noticed this beautiful Red-tailed Hawk…

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Guide to Recycling in Houston

Guide to Recycling in Houston

According to Waste Management, every year American’s produce enough plastic film to shrink-wrap Texas! You might be surprised to know that it also takes more than 1.5 million barrels of oil…

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Fascinating Frostweed

Fascinating Frostweed

The Frostweed, Verbesina virginica, is an easy-to-grow native Texas plant with dark green leaves and white, autumn flowers. It prefers dappled shade…

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Operation: Save the Bunnies!

Operation: Save the Bunnies!

Our naturalist Tiffany was leaving our Nature Center building when she saw two out of place fuzzy animals near our parking lot. Upon closer inspection…

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