Houston Museum of Natural Science

Organically Delicious: Insectary Gardens, aka Nature’s Pest Control

Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019 – Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019

09:30 AM


Insectaries are fascinating gardens - in bloom much of the time, and alive with some of Nature's most interesting creatures! Organic gardeners depend on beneficial insects as one of our frontline defenses against pest species. Yet how do we invite them to choose our gardens as their home and hunting ground? "Beneficials" are attracted to a specific ecosystem that provides food and habitat and supports their reproduction.

Learn to create pocket insectaries that include all of the plants and amenities required to attract beneficials and keep them in your garden. Your pocket insectary can be built in a container to move it anywhere you see a pest problem arising.

The class is taught by Angela Chandler, an expert organic gardener with specialties in plant propagation, entomology, rainwater harvesting and greenhouse management.

Co-sponsored by Urban Harvest.



  • Monday - Sunday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Permanent Exhibits
    • Adult Ticket: $25 (ages 12 and up)
    • Child Ticket: $16 (ages 3–11)
    • Children ages 2 and under: FREE
    • College Students with ID: $16
    • Seniors (62+): $16
    • Military (with ID): $10
    • Groups (10+): $10
    • School Groups (Pre-K–12th Grade): $4
    • Members Pricing:
    • Member Adult: FREE
    • Member Child: FREE
    Permanent Exhibits Free on Thursdays, 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm. Roam the Serengeti, walk with dinosaurs and discover the world’s mineral wonders—all for free!

Directions & Parking

  • Paid Parking
  • Street Parking
  • Parking is available in our 6-story garage located on Caroline just south of Hermann Drive. The parking garage is $10 for museum members and $20 for all others. Some curbside parking is available near the Museum entrance and in Hermann Park.

Special Offers / Dining

The Museum offers easy access to a quick meal at McDonald's in the Grand Entry Hall. Open between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. McDonald's also offers the option to pre-order meals for field trips.

Please note: Food and beverages are not allowed inside the Museum exhibit halls or theaters.

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