Want to get your loved ones an unusual, thoughtful Christmas gift that keeps giving year after year? Of course you do. Your father doesn't need any more ties, socks or boxers and your mother is only using that coffeemaker because you bought it for her. She secretly hates it.
So head to Urban Harves ... More >>
The abandoned restaurant near the corner of Travis and Congress was known for two things until recently: (1) Being completely and depressingly empty since Wasabi vacated the spot several years ago and (2) having one of the most beautiful patios downtown, with a grassy area covered by a quartet of ba ... More >>
Everyone loves The Orange Show -- but the non-profit Center for Visionary Art needs your help to keep providing Houston with amazing public art displays like the annual Art Car Parade and concerts at the Orange Show monument itself. To that end, Saint Arnold is sponsoring the 2012 Foamraiser tomorro ... More >>
No park barbecues yetYeah, we've had some rain lately, but that doesn't mean the burn ban is going to be lifted. At least not for two weeks.
Harris County was thinking of lifting it, but the proposal was pulled.
"Even though the passage of cold fronts has brought needed rainfall and the num ... More >>
The drought has taken its toll on Houston area plant life of all kinds, but the potential damage this drought could cause to trees seems to generate the most worry among residents. Despite the fact that people who have never visited Houston have the impression we are a dusty cow town akin to Dry Gul ... More >>
Grass carp: You're fired!!When Lake Conroe began to be overrun with the harmful plant hydrilla, Texas officials had the answer -- they brought in a bunch of grass carp to eat that stuff up.
The carp performed admirably: The lake is now essentially free of hydrilla, Texas Parks and Wildlife s ... More >>
Photo courtesy of Paula MurphyCome prepared to the fruit tree sale and don't say you weren't warned.Don't forget! Urban Harvest's annual fruit tree sale is kind of a big deal, and it's happening this weekend at Robertson Stadium on the University of Houston campus. From the press release:
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Oceanfront propertyThe Texas Supreme Court gave a big victory today to beachfront homeowners who suddenly find their homes on public land because of storms, saying the state can't take away their property.
The battle over open beaches in Texas has been going on for a long time, of course, bu ... More >>
Photo by Chasen MarshallHe who smelt it....Depending on who you talk to, Lois the Corpse Flower may finally be doing her thing: stinking up the place."A dead rat," is how one woman described the faint smell. "Cabbagey," said another. "An old aquarium; that decaying, fishy smell," said Katherine E ... More >>
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The oh-so-shy corpse flower, and her groupiesIs it just us, or is it starting to seem like that Corpse Flower deal over at the Houston Museum of Natural Science is just a PR stunt? Either that or someone really needs to do a credential check on the in-house horticultu ... More >>
Visit the Butterfly Center!!The Butterfly Center at the Houston Museum of Natural Science has had a rare "corpse flower" for six years, but the thing has never bloomed.Thank God. Because when one of these things bloom, they stink to high heaven.But all that is going to change. The perfumed, fragr ... More >>
Photo by chotdaI had a hard time choosing between kumquat, grapefruit and Meyer lemon when I decided to plant a citrus tree last month. I guess I should have taken a class or something.
Houston is a great place to grow citrus trees, and this week is a great time to plant one. Tomorrow (Tuesd ... More >>
A little over 10 years ago, we wrote about a "Killer Weed" that had been mistakenly introduced to some Texas lakes and was quickly covering them with a thick blanket of vegetation.Salvinia molesta, also known as Giant Salvinia, reproduces itself faster than the Octomom and is a dire threat to fre ... More >>