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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

Volunteer Spotlight: Houston Zoo Collegiate Conservation Program Bookmark

Volunteer Spotlight: Houston Zoo Collegiate Conservation Program
Mercer Botanic Gardens strives to match volunteers with their interests. When the Houston Zoo’s Collegiate Conservation Program contacted Mercer for a project this summer, they were tasked with removing several types of invasive plant species encroaching on the park’s conservation nursery border. Since 2011, the group has partnered with organizations across the Houston area on conservation projects from restoring habitats to clearing fields. “During our summers, we strive to expose interns to a variety

Saving Rare and Endangered Species Bookmark

Saving Rare and Endangered Species
When Mercer Botanic Gardens joined the Center for Plant Conservation (CPC) in 1989, it made a pledge to protect some of the country’s most imperiled plants. In late August, Hurricane Harvey put that pledge to the test. At the time, Mercer maintained about 30 plant species for the CPC’s National Collection of Endangered Plants. Many of these plants are grown in Mercer’s Conservation Nursery, Endangered Species and Native Plant Garden, and Prairie Dawn Preserve, while their seed is preserved at Mercer Botanical