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Find Rare and Unusual Plants at March Mart Bookmark

Find Rare and Unusual Plants at March Mart
Mercer’s East Side Gardens may be closed for now, but volunteers and staff are working diligently behind the scenes to bring you plenty of exciting new plants to browse during March Mart, The Mercer Society’s largest plant sale of the year. This year’s March Mart will also serve as a grand reopening celebration of Mercer’s East Side Gardens, which has been closed since sustaining severe flood damage during Hurricane Harvey. Public shopping begins Saturday, March 17 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Mercer’s East

Mercer Arborist Helps Bring Monarchs to the Greenway Bookmark

Mercer Arborist Helps Bring Monarchs to the Greenway
Mercer volunteer Fred Camarillo didn’t set out to be the butterfly man. He picked up the moniker one day while giving a presentation to students in Spring ISD. “All of a sudden, a kid yelled out, ‘It's the butterfly man!’ It wasn’t my favorite name at first,” he said. “But, if that’s what it takes to make a difference, I’ll be the butterfly man.” The name is fitting. As president of the Spring Creek Education Society, Camarillo now spends his free time advocating for the dwindling monarch butterfly population.

Volunteer Spotlight: Chris Mihalik Bookmark

Volunteer Spotlight: Chris Mihalik
While most people head to the grocery store or a local farmer’s market for produce, Mercer volunteer Chris Mihalik only has to walk outside. “I grow and eat a lot of my own vegetables,” she said. “I don’t have to spend much time in the produce section at the grocery store.” Mihalik grows zucchini, pumpkin, basil, parsley, rosemary, cilantro, figs, oranges, plums, and more. She turns much of her unconsumed produce into preserves, baked goods, and jellies to share with friends, neighbors, and other Mercer