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Houston's Green Makeover

$220 million overhaul will make Memorial Park too nice? Plan approved amid strange city council concerns

By Barbara Kuntz

The estimated $220 million Memorial Park Long-Range Master Plan to overhaul the city's largest green space has gotten an unanimous thumbs up from Houston City Council. The approval cam ...


Houston Arboretum Class: "Nature Revealed: Introduction to Phenology"

Houston Arboretum and Nature Center

Learn about the cues plants and animals use to shift from winter slumber to spring exuberance. Using observations collected from the Arboretum, learn the biology of seasonal change, current ideas a


"Tapas on the Trails" at Houston Arboretum and Nature Center

Houston Arboretum and Nature Center

This special evening features a romantic walk on softly lit trails with stops throughout the forest to dine on the delicious courses paired with carefully chosen wines. The evening ends at the Mead


Houston Arboretum Winter Native Plant Sale

Houston Arboretum and Nature Center

Using native plants in your yard is beneficial for a variety of reasons: They're lower maintenance, save you money and create habitat for a host of native wildlife — including songbirds,


"Howl at the Moon" at the Houston Arboretum & Nature Center

Houston Arboretum and Nature Center

Guests will enjoy a three-course meal with wine pairings by the Texas Wine School along the moonlit meadow while participating in a  hay maze, star gazing and eliciting the calls of wild beast


Houston Arboretum and Nature Center hosts Backyard Composting Workshop

Houston Arboretum and Nature Center

In Part 1 (3-4 p.m.), learn the science behind decomposition and how to create compost for kitchen wastes and yard debris. Part 2 (4-5 p.m.) will focus on the steps for creating a compost tumbler c


Houston Arboretum and Nature Center hosts Rain Water Harvesting Workshop

Houston Arboretum and Nature Center

In Part 1 (noon-1 p.m.) learn how ancient civilizations built a catchment system that is still used today. Part 2 (1-2 p.m.) will focus on the 10 steps to convert a food-grade plastic barrel into a


Houston Arboretum and Nature Center hosts "Wine, Cheese and Moths"

Houston Arboretum and Nature Center

National Moth Week starts July 19. Ahat better way to learn about these mysterious insects than through an evening hike in the heart of Houston. Enjoy an outdoor wine and cheese reception followed


Arboretum at Night: "Wine, Cheese and Frogs"

Houston Arboretum and Nature Center

The snap of a twig, the fluttering of wings, the chirp behind the woodpile up ahead. What could it be? Nighttime in the summer forest is an enchanting symphony of sounds and mysterious spaces enliv


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Your weekly guide to Houston: Five (plus) don't-miss events — wild Britney Spears impostor included

By Joel Luks

Oh, Houston summer. How we love to hate you. I say let's embrace our sultry alter ego and shout its arrival from the roof tops with this week's event suggestions, which include sum ...


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