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Bulb and Plant Mart, Oct. 2-4

Stars and Stripes craniums
Two popular bulbs are the Stars & Stripes crinum (top) , and the White Butterfly Ginger.

Garden Club of Houston sponsors 72nd annual event 

One of the largest and oldest horticultural events in Texas, the 72nd annual Bulb and Plant Mart, sponsored by the Garden Club of Houston, (GCH) will be held Oct. 2-4 at St. John the Divine Church, 2450 River Oaks Blvd. at Westheimer Rd. The Mart opens Thursday, Oct. 2, from 4:30-7:30 p.m. for “Early Bird Shopping” ($20 entrance fee) and includes bluegrass entertainment by The Purple Hulls, beverages and nearby stores offering 20 percent of their sales to Mart proceeds. Sales continue Friday, Oct. 3, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 4, from 9 a.m.- 2 p.m. All sales are tax-exempt and admission and parking are free. For additional information, visit gchouston.org.

More than 500,000 top-quality bulbs from domestic and international suppliers from Amaryllis to Zantedeschia (Calla Lily) will be available at the Mart, including over 200 varieties of Tulips, Iris, Amaryllis, Daffodils and Hyacinths and small bulb favorites, Anemone, Crocus, Freesia, Ranunculus, and Watsonia. Experienced as well as beginning gardeners will find an expanded collection of hard-to-find and unusual Crinums, Daylilies, Gingers, perennials, trees, shrubs, vines, herbs and citrus plants, including unique offerings from the gardens of GCH members, grown just for the Mart.

Special exhibits include the live butterfly tent from The Museum of Natural Science Cockrell Butterfly Center and the “Conser­vation” booth, featuring a variety of native and drought tolerant plants curated by experts in ecological conservation and education. The “Plants that Merit Attention” booth, hosted by Nancy Thomas, horticultural award-winning Garden Club of Houston member and Garden Club of America Past President, will present noteworthy selections collected specifically for the Mart.

New this year is the “Bulb Bar,” where shoppers can create their own take-home containers of forced bulbs, including Amaryllis, Paperwhites and mixed Tulips. For a small fee, all materials, including soil, rocks, bulbs and container are provided.

Established in 1924, The GCH was founded by a group of women interested in sharing their love and knowledge of gardening with the community and to promote the quality of the environment through education, conservation and civic improvement. Proceeds from the Mart support GCH projects including The Museum of Fine Arts, Rienzi, Medical Center Park, Buffalo Bayou Partnership, Urban Harvest, and Houston Hospice Gardens.

White Butterfly Ginger

Bulb and Plant Mart, Oct.  2-4

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