February 2020
Top Gardening Trends for 2020
From the victory gardens of World War II to the manicured, mid-century modern gardens of the 1950s, the biggest gardening trends often reflect our hopes, dreams, and lifestyles – and the 2020 trends are no different.

After generations of heavy pesticide use, finicky exotics, and sprawling lawns requiring significant water use, Americans are embracing environmentalism, conservation, and healthy lifestyles.

As a result, today’s gardens are often mixed-use beds featuring a blend of hardy natives that can withstand drought and flooding, pollinator host plants, and ornamental edibles. Read more below to learn more about some of this year’s top gardening trends.

Revel in the Rose

Roses aren’t just the perfect plant to give your sweetie on Valentine’s Day. With more than 150 species and thousands of hybrids, this classic flower is perfect for almost any occasion. 

In honor of this versatile plant, we’ve highlighted the history of roses, how to grow them, and where to see different rose varieties at Mercer.

March Mart Volunteers Needed

The Texas Gulf Coast’s premier plant sale is just around the corner, featuring a variety of unusual and hard-to-find plants, trees, and shrubs. Like any spectacular event, it takes lots of dedicated hands to put on such a large-scale plant sale. Mercer needs your help, and now is the time to get signed up as a volunteer!

Name That Flower

This graceful shrub grows up to 7 feet tall and has pointed narrow leaves 4 to 9 inches long. The white fragrant flowers appear in cascades around Thanksgiving and continue to bloom through spring.

A native of China and Southeast Asia, this plant is best suited for well-drained soil and partially shaded gardens protected from high winds and late afternoon sun. The shrub should be planted in fertile soil to avoid pests and disease.

Save The Date

Cooking Thyme: Seeds and Roasted Eggplant Salad
Wednesday, Feb. 5, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. 

Lunch Bunch: Vegetable Gardening in Small Places
Wednesday, Feb. 12, at noon

Cooking Thyme: Emancipation Proclamation
Breakfast Cake
Wednesday, Feb. 19, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. 

The Great Plant Switch! From Invasive to Inviting
Wednesday, Feb. 26, from 9 a.m. to noon

Tell Us What You Think
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Children's and family-friendly programs and events
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Message From Commissioner R. Jack Cagle

Thank you for reading this edition of Leaflet. I hope you learned something new about the services, activities, and programs Mercer offers to the community. Our parks provide educational and recreational opportunities as well as environmental benefits, such as cleaner air and reduced flood risk.

Dedicated park-lovers like you make Mercer the beautiful park it is today. Since opening with only 14 acres, Mercer now boasts more than 300 acres that serve our growing community. As your county commissioner, I’m so very proud of the work your Precinct 4 staff and volunteers perform every day to improve access to greenspaces, such as Mercer. We pledge to continue this service in the future. 

Please stay tuned for our next issue to learn more about Mercer events, activities, and news!