Roving Reporter | "Hummingbird Plants Fly Away" by Jeanette Larson

Fran Leith Pontasch, a childhood friend of Carla Rinche, as well students in the agricultural masters program from College Station brought a trailer full of hummingbird plants from the TAMU Agrilife Extension Service to Rockport on Saturday, October 14. Many people from that area donated the plants and the line was forming well before the History Center of Aransas County started to give them out. Within twenty minutes, all of the plants were gone, distributed to Aransas County residents who are rebuilding their gardens. One couple brought their dog and said that they had lost everything to Harvey but were rebuilding from the ground up. Although there was a limit of two per family, many people only took one plant, recognizing that the group would quickly run out. The available plants included calla lilies, hibiscus, Turk's cap, Pride of Barbados, as well as many other species. The History Center of Aransas County holds free plant exchanges on the first Saturday of each month, weather permitting, from 10-12. Participants are encouraged to bring a plant to exchange for a different one.

The line formed early (Photo courtesy of Gary Merchant; used with permission)

Waiting to pick plants

Starting over with new plants for their home

Delivering hummingbird plants to Rockport

Vickie Merchant welcomes plant lovers

Friends from TAMU Agrilife Extension Service
(Photo courtesy of Gary Merchant; used with permission)

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