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Name That Plant: Tapeworm Plant

The tapeworm plant, or ribbon bush (Homalocladium platycadum), is a shade-loving plant perfect in a pot or growing in the ground. Although it is somewhat drought tolerant, it thrives in high humidity. It is a hardy evergreen to about 25 degrees and typically will come back from the roots in the spring. You can find […]

Meet Mercer Volunteer Tina Davies

Get Tina Davies talking, and there’s no telling what you’ll learn. Before becoming a Mercer volunteer, this educator studied everything from mushroom taxonomy to music. Growing up in Lubbock, Texas, Davies always had an interest in the natural world. After graduating from the University of Texas in Austin with a degree in botany and liberal […]

Want to Make a Difference? Become a Volunteer!

Start your year off right by becoming a Precinct 4 volunteer! Opportunities are available through Precinct 4’s Legacy Tree Program, Jesse H. Jones Park & Nature Center, and Mercer Botanic Gardens. Join Precinct 4’s Legacy Tree Program to care for heirloom fruit and nut trees along the trails or foster a historic tree at home. […]

Mobile Kitchen at Mercer Botanic Gardens

Fresh food from Mercer may soon be on your child’s menu! In June 2018, The Mercer Society was awarded a $9,000 United Way Community Building Grant to purchase a Charlie Cart, which is a mobile kitchen specializing in hands-on learning experiences. Mercer will debut the Charlie Cart during the Winter Children’s Camp Wednesday, Jan. 2 […]

Exploring Mercer’s West Side Arboretum

Taking the path less traveled at Mercer Botanic Gardens leads to amazing sites! Escape the crowds and head to Mercer’s West Side Arboretum for views of native plants, wildlife, and natural scenery. Continue reading to learn about what you’ll find on Mercer’s West Side. Hickory Bog Located just across the street from the East Side Gardens, […]