GARDENLINE PROFILE: Houston Bulb & Plant Mart - Oct. 11-13
In the past, I've shown you some pictures of lawns from listeners who swear by what we do here at the KTRH GardenLine, or bear witness to how well "The Schedule" works. I've always been thankful for those submissions, but I've never been more grateful than this past weekend's submission. Robert and Nancy Short sent "Before" and "After" pictures of their GardenLine success. As you'll see, the difference is quite striking, proving once again that "the schedule really works."
Again, while I've had plenty of pictures with thank you notes over the years, never have I had such picture perfect proof with the submission of a "before" picture. Truth be told, Robert and Nancy didn't take the "before" picture as a means to prove how well the schedule worked. Turns out, they were using a national lawn fertilization company, and obviously were not happy with the results. So, I suppose as a way to prove how bad the lawn fertilization company was doing, and as a means to get out of their contract they shot what you will see as the "before" picture. Then, in less than one year after following my lawn fertilization schedule, the results sort of speak for themselves.
Now, I may just be preaching to the proverbial choir via these email tips. That's because most people that are signed up for these tips, should be committed to much of what I teach each weekend. So, I suppose my goal to the "schedule-committed" is to pass this email tip on to someone you know who needs this kind of help in their lawns. Pass it along to someone who doesn't listen to the GardenLine.
Thanks again to Robert and Nancy Short for documenting so perfectly what I already knew: GardenLine works! The Schedule works! My Weekly Tips Work! Let's get GardenLine and these tips working for more and more people.
Dust off your little red wagon, bring your family's truck/mini-van/SUV and get your booty over to the Houston Bulb and Plant Mart. It's still at the Westminster United Methodist Church (Corner of Bering & San Felipe) Thursday October 11th through the 13th. I'd like to think that my radio show is the premier gardening event in Houston, but in reality this event really does earn that title from year to year.
The main purpose of the Houston Bulb & Plant Mart is to get you premier bulbs, tubers and rhizomes from the best growers here and abroad. Yes, there are other plants for sales that aren't in the bulb family, but if you've ever wanted the best Amaryllis, Tulips, Daffodils, Paperwhites, Crocus etc. etc. etc., then you need to make plans to be at this major Houston gardening event.
And as noted in the name of the event, it has become way more than just a bulb sale. Unusual and hard-to-find plants have also become an important aspect of this annual event. You will not only find things that local nurseries don't have, but that do well in the Houston area, including unusual fruit trees.
The profits from this sale benefit the Garden Club of Houston's (www.gchouston.org) beautification projects, and has for years. Beneficiaries in the past have included the gardens of the hospice at the Texas Medical Center and gardens at the Museum of Fine Arts. The club also donates leftover bulbs to school and park beautification projects. So, while you're helping improve your gardens with top-notch bulbs, remember the money you pay is helping other worthwhile beautification projects too.
Houston Bulb & Plant Mart — October 11, 12, 13
Westminster United Methodist Church
5801 San Felipe at Bering
Hours: Thur. and Fri. 9:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m.-2 p.m
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