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10:00 am to 5:00 pm Sunday

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Office with a View

 

By: Kim Messer

There are so many lovely things to see here.  My office is on the top floor of the Nursery.  The windows have views of trees and the main aisle.  One window has majestic Oaks, Pine Trees and Palm Trees.   They all have a rotating population of birds and squirrels.  The main aisle Is filled with colorful bedding plants and hanging baskets. I am fortunate to have such a wonderful view from my office.  Once I am down the stairs and out of the Garden Center, the stroll to the back of the property can be mistaken for a nature walk. There are so many photo opportunities. Hummingbirds and butterflies are everywhere. Office with a View

We have both Host plants and Nectar plants for butterflies and their caterpillars.  We have  Master Naturalists on staff and Master Gardeners who have a wealth of information available.  We also have the President of the Houston Chapter of the Plumeria Society of America on staff.  Most of the staff just adores all things nature from plants to bugs and butterflies. I have learned that snakes are good and serve a purpose.  I have been known to scream at first glance, but now I usually just smile.  There are so many things to make you smile here at the Nursery.  When a new shipment of plants arrives, we all wander out to see what is new…. and then the smiling.  Come to the Nursery, wander around in the plants, take some deep breaths and smile! Remember, bee happy!

Petrified Wood

Petrified wood is a fossil. It forms when plant material is buried by sediment and protected from decay by oxygen and organisms. Then, groundwater rich in dissolved solids flows through the sediment replacing the original plant material with silica, calcite,pyrite or another inorganic material such as opal. The result is a fossil of the original woody material that often exhibits preserved details of the bark, wood and cellular structures.

Some specimens of petrified wood are such accurate preservations that people do not realize they are fossils until they pick them up and are shocked by their weight. These specimens with near perfect preservation are unusual; however, specimens that exhibit clearly recognizable bark and woody structures are very common. 

Following is a list of contaminating elements and related color hues:

  • carbon – black
  • cobalt– green/blue
  • chronium – green/blue
  • copper – green/blue
  • iron oxides – red, brown, and yellow
  • manganese oxides– pink/orange

Maas Nursery has many different shapes and sizes of Petrified wood.

 

 

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Talavera Pottery

Talavera Pottery

A type of pottery that was introduced to Mexico from Spain in the mid-17th-century. More than 300 years later, the popular style is still very sought after. Talavera isn’t just any kind of pottery, though, and not just any artisan can make it. The form, which is known in Spain as majolic. An earthenware pottery decorated with brightly colored lead glazes best known for naturalistic/whimsical style. And the  vivid glazes are selected carefully; in fact, for Mexican talavera to be considered authentic, it can only be painted in one or more of six colors– black, blue, green, orange, yellow, or mauve–all of which must be made of natural dyes and all of which must be painted onto the piece of tile or pottery by hand. The clay, a mix of a lighter and darker barro,(which means Mud or Clay) must also come from Puebla and the forms into which it is shaped are fired twice. The process is hands-on, time-intensive, and elaborate. 

Maas Nursery has an entire area completely dedicated to Talavera pottery. I cant help but feel as if I am walking in Mexico.

Maas Nursery Houston Talavera

Maas Nursery Houston
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Maas Nursery Houston Talavera

Maas Nursery Houston
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Maas Nursery Houston Talavera

Maas Nursery Houston
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Maas Nursery Houston Talavera

Maas Nursery Houston
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Maas Nursery Houston Talavera

Maas Nursery Houston
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Maas Nursery Talavera

Maas Nursery Houston
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Haitian Metal Art

Haitian Metal Art 
The art of Haiti is known worldwide. One of the unique forms of art is the Haitian steel drum art. Metal drums, once used for transporting oil or other products are purchased near the port in the capitol city of Port au Prince. They are brought to the neighboring town of Croix-des-Bouquets by  hand cart or on top of a taxi to the metal artists’ workshop. Croix-des-Bouquets is the center of the Haitian metalwork movement. When driving through the primitive streets, one hears the sounds coming from the homes of various artists as they pound on the drums, expressing their art. As in any art form, some metal work is far superior to others. 

How are these oil drum art pieces created?
Using these recycled 55-gallon oil drums, the artist first removes both round ends of the drum and places these inside the cylinder along with dried banana or sugar cane leaves. He sets this on fire, to burn off any paint or residue. When cooled down, the artist then cuts the round drum from top to bottom. The flattening process is a sight to behold, as one of the artists’ helpers will climb inside the drum and using all his weight, push with feet, legs, arms and shoulders to open it up.  It is then pounded into a flattened “metal canvas” of approximately 3″ x 6″. With chalk, the design is drawn onto the metal sheet. Now, the real art work begins. Using hammer, chisel and various primitive tools, the shape is cut and the various decorative patterns are pounded into the metal, creating a unique and treasured piece of primitive art. The finished design is signed by the artist and coated with a protective finish.

 
 

Each metal art sculpture is very labor intense and unique. Because of the intricate designs within each piece no two pieces are exactly alike. This makes your piece a special treasure that you and your friends will appreciate for years to come.

History of Haitian Metal Art
This particular art form was born in Haiti in the early 1950’s by a simple blacksmith, Georges Liautaud. In his small shop, he made and repaired tools and created primitive metal crosses, for the graves in the Croix-des-Bouquets cemetery. It was at the encouragement of an American teacher, DeWitt Peters, who in 1944 opened the Le Centre d’Art in Port-au-Prince that Georges Liautaud expanded into the creation of decorative metal sculptures.  A few talented men apprenticed under him, and this tradition has continued. A particular metal artist will have assistants, who, as they mature in the art, will branch out and begin expressing themselves with their own designs.

Thank you for reading this brief story on Haitian Steel Drum Art
We hope that we have sparked your interest in this metal art form and that you will take your time looking through the selection of Haitian drum art that we have selected for you to purchase next time you are at Maas Nursery

Maas Nursery  Haitian Metal Art

Maas Nursery
Haitian Metal Art

Maas Nursery  Haitian Metal Art

Maas Nursery
Haitian Metal Art

Masks

Water Pot Fountains

We can make a water feature from almost any pot that you purchase from our Nursery.

We will put some photos of samples here soon.

Call for information.

281-474-2488

Pots

 

WE CARRY THOUSANDS OF POTS.

If you see one in these photos, call first in case we’ve already sold it!

 

 

 

 

Statues

Be sure to call first in case we sold it!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Maas is well known as the Statue Headquarters for gardeners.

Photos coming soon

 

Fountains

FOUNTAINS 

The soft splash of a fountain brings life and motion to the backyard. Fountains were originally of a purely functional purpose connecting to springs and used to provide drinking water and water for bathing and washing to the residents of cities, towns and villages. Until the 19th century fountains depended on the natural gravitational flow of water in order to function. Today outdoor fountains provide a way to add ambience that plants and flowers can’t.  A fountain might add beauty, drama, serenity, or romance, but it most definitely provides a focal point.  Fountains give a space action, movement and sound. 

 There are many things to consider when purchasing a fountain, a few of them are:

1. Style – Wall fountain or pedestal or something in between all add a different personality to a space

2. Water Flow – Bubbling or cascading fountains, Spilling fountains or Jet type fountains are several to consider

3. Scale – This should be an important consideration when purchasing a fountain. As a primary garden focal point, fountains are often chosen that are too small. 

Also consider that unless you plan to run your fountain through solar power it will need access to an outlet. 

Below are a few of the many fountains we have to choose from at Maas Nursery. We carry a large selection from traditional to contemporary and small to large.  Some of our fountains are are one of a kind or have limited stock.  

WE HIGHLY SUGGEST THAT IF YOU SEE A FOUNTAIN YOU LIKE ON OUR WEBSITE THAT YOU CALL TO SEE IF WE HAVE IT IN OUR CURRENT INVENTORY.