Houston Botanic Garden is open with COVID-19 safety protocols in place. Facemasks are required to visit. View Garden Rules.

Houston Botanic Garden is open with COVID-19 safety protocols in place. Facemasks are required to visit. View Garden Rules.

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Celebrating the Mediterranean
Opening Season Weekends: October 30-November 1

Sunday, November 01, 2020
Cultural Event
$15

Join us to see and learn more about how cultures from around the Mediterranean region use a variety of plants that are featured in our global collection. We will also have Popston popsicles available for purchase.

Download the Mediterranean Regional Guide – with Garden map, schedule of events, and plant facts.

*Please note, demonstrations and performances are included in cost of general admission; schedule and demonstrations are subject to change.

Sicilian Plants in a Houston Home Garden
9 a.m. to 12 p.m. (Continuous Demonstrations)
Damon Palermo, immediate past president of the Sacred Heart Society of Little York, will present on plants from “the old country” that grow well in Houston home gardens, including citrus, cucuzza squash, and fico d’india, of the genus Ficus. He will also discuss Sicily’s agricultural history as the breadbasket of Italy and the effects of Arab rule that shaped the course of the regional and global culinary landscape.

Herbs of the Mediterranean Region
9 a.m. to 12 p.m. (Continuous Demonstrations)
The Herb Society of America’s South Texas Unit will present on herbs from the Mediterranean, including rosemary, oregano, bay leaves, olive branches, and more. The presentation will also include discussion of the use of herbs in the Mediterranean diet, as well as the favored climate and growing conditions for wild Mediterranean herbs.

Spices in Mediterranean Cuisine
10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Continuous Demonstrations)
Chef Marlies Wasterval will present on spice blends of Northern Africa, paprika varieties of Spain, and herbs and olive oils of Greece.

Olive Oil of Eastern Crete
10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Continuous Demonstrations)
Stilianos Kasselakis, co-founder of Astarte Organics, will present on the unique history, production, and benefits of Extra Virgin Olive Oil from the village Krista in the Greek Island of Crete.

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