Community can help beautify their neighborhood
Nature lovers and flower enthusiasts will soon have an opportunity to receive free plants to supplement their gardens.
The Woodlands Wildflower Festival is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 20, from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at Hughes Landing. The free, family-oriented event features thousands of wildflower seed packets in different varieties to be distributed to the community. Exhibits related to gardening and native plants will be set up to educate attendees.
Lorrie Parise, manager of PR and Community Relations at The Howard Hughes Corporation, said that the event has been running for 31 years.
“It was created to show a love for wildflowers and to reforest certain areas like medians and yards with the natural beauty of wildflowers,” Parise said.
In addition to providing the community with the opportunity to beautify their neighborhoods, she added, “the Howard Hughes Corporation plants wildflowers annually in medians and green space areas.”
Seeds available at the festival will include Texas Bluebonnet, Baby Blue Eye, Corn Poppy, Gloria Pink Cosmos and other native flowers.
“We have a variety of seeds. There’s nearly 25 varieties of seed packets we’ll be distributing,” Parise added. “It’s going to be nearly 70,000 free seed packets that we’ll be distributing to the community.”
The lovable mascot of The Woodlands, Puffy Pine Cone, along with mascot friends including Bridgeland Bill will make special guest appearances from 11 a.m. to noon at the festival. The event also will feature carnival games including inflatable rides, entertainment and interactive music.
“We’re moving it really around Restaurant Row so we’re going to have a lot of carnival games,” Parise said. “We’re even going to have a drum band and they’re going to have a lot of audience participation where the children and adults can join in and bang drums with them.”
The Howard Hughes Corporation recently hosted an art contest for both children and adults. Participants were required to create a nature themed work of art. The winning entry for the children’s contest will be featured on a recyclable tote bag that will be available for purchase at the event. The adult contest winning entry will be featured on a poster available for purchase. Proceeds from the bag and poster sales will benefit The Woodlands Lion Club.
Parise added that the Wildflower Festival along with the annual Arbor Day event, which is typically held in January, are two of the longest running events the Howard Hughes Corporation has been hosting. Both events help to repopulate the community with fresh vegetation.
“People look forward to them. It’s a way they can reforest their community through trees on Arbor Day and through wildflowers at the Wildflower Festival,” she said. “It’s just a lot of fun for the whole family.”