Golfers stop to admire this League City backyard
It isn’t unusual for golfers to stop near the eighth hole on the Magnolia Creek Golf course in League City to admire the view. [Read more…]
In a fast-growing city, couple creates peaceful backyard retreat
League City might be growing by leaps and bounds, but there still are some hidden pockets of land where oak trees stand tall and backyard pastoral meadows exist. [Read more…]
A San Leon yard beckons a traveling couple home
After 42 years of marriage and living in various places across the United States, Lana and Al Barber have finally settled into their forever home they bought eight months ago in San Leon.
It wasn’t so much the house that drew them to this particular area, but the yard, and the yards surrounding theirs, they said. [Read more…]
With her work cut out for her, a Friendswood gardener transforms a backyard
Friendswood couple finds common ground redesigning property
In 2013, David Stein and Tina Mortellaro decided to completely redesign both front, back and side yards of their Friendswood property. And they haven’t stopped. [Read more…]
A horticulturist transforms the long-neglected grounds of a former Galveston orphanage
It’s great if you love your job. And it’s even better if you love where you live. Consider Mitzy Mills-Barringer incredibly lucky — she has both. [Read more…]
Island horticulturist blooms in job tending to a rainforest
Managing 2,000 different species of plants in a 40,000-square-foot garden sounds like a full-time job — because it is. Just ask Donita Brannon, horticultural exhibits manager at the Rainforest Pyramid at Moody Gardens. [Read more…]
Santa Fe gardener feeds family and others from his farm’s bounty
Joe Winter points to an area in his Santa Fe garden where sulcata tortoises like to roam.
“You can see their trails,” he said.
As he walks a fast pace through row after row of fruit trees, produce, herbs and mounds of dirt on 20 acres, Winter is in his element. [Read more…]
Gardeners experiment with aquaponics in hopes of sharing what they learn
Not long ago, a small group of Galveston County Master Gardeners began an intriguing experiment in Carbide Park in La Marque. The gardeners took a 300-gallon tank and filled it with about 75 blue gill perch, some koi and goldfish to cultivate what so far has been a successful aquaponic garden. [Read more…]