Build Your Own Composting Barrel

April 5, 2012 by  
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Sunday, May 6
Build Your Own Composting Barrel
2 – 5 p.m.

Join Instructor and Arboretum Conservation Director Joe Blanton to learn how to compost your own nutrient-rich kitchen waste and yard debris in this hands-on workshop. Each participant will build their own 55-gallon composting barrel and will be able to create rich, dark brown compost in as little as 3 weeks! All tools and equipment will be provided. Cost of workshop includes both barrel and frame kit to make one 55-gallon composting barrel.
Cost is $85 for members; $95 for non-members.

The Houston Arboretum & Nature Center, a lush 155-acre nature preserve, is one of the city’s greatest natural treasures. Located in Memorial Park, at 4501 Woodway Drive, the Arboretum is home to more than 75 varieties of native trees, 160 species of birds, 16 species of turtles, 10 species of frogs and 33 kinds of butterflies. Visitors can explore and enjoy five miles of walking trails to experience nature in exquisite detail. The Arboretum grounds are open to the public from dawn to dusk.

The Nature Center building is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Discovery Room is open every day except Mondays, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and provides fun, hands-on activities and exhibits to explore nature up close. Admission is free, but donations to support this nonprofit organization are appreciated.

A bustling schedule of year-round activities and courses are available for adults, children and families to create a sense of wonder and appreciation for nature. For more information, call 713-681-8433 or visit

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