Houston Botanic Garden
The Houston Botanic Garden is a non-profit organization that aims to promote awareness and conservation of plants. It is located at 8210 Park Place Blvd., near downtown Houston. This 132-acre oasis is one of the newest additions to the cultural landscape of the city. There are eight different facets to the Garden, all of which are educational components. Houston Botanic Garden
Visitors can explore a vast collection of plants and enjoy a tranquil retreat from the urban environment. In addition to its outdoor gardens, the Garden offers workshops, lectures, and performances. Members receive access to the Display Gardens and can enjoy discounts on regular admission.
There is a special holiday light festival called Lightscape that takes place every year. This light festival features art installations from local artists and international favorites. At this time of year, the garden is transformed into an enchanting spectacle, with a towering arch tunnel illuminated by more than 100,000 lights and an interactive experience.
Another new exhibit at the Garden is Sean Kenney's Nature Connects Made with LEGO Bricks, which explores the interconnectedness of man and nature. Other new art installations include Framed by Mandylights and Bluebonnets. The Garden will also host smaller events in its Event Lawn and Glade areas.
The Garden also features six outdoor galleries with ornate botanic-themed metalwork and hand-crafted woodwork. Visitors can enjoy the natural ecosystems found throughout the garden, including a boardwalk maze around a lagoon and the Woodland Glade.
Additionally, there are three acres of themed zones within the Garden. These areas feature hundreds of species of plants, including tropical flowers, grasslands of African savanna, and the mountain forests of Mexico.
The Garden also features interactive discovery in its Susan Garver Family Discovery Garden, where visitors can learn about plants by taking part in hands-on activities. Visitors can also enjoy a number of programs that educate on the history and cultivation of plants.
The Garden is open Monday - Sunday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and is closed on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. However, discount days are offered every Monday-Thursday. To make your visit more affordable, the Garden offers memberships and parking. As a member, you can gain access to all of the display gardens and walking trails.
There is also an Edible Garden, where visitors can touch and taste plants. The Garden will also offer several programs, such as gardening, cooking, and horticulture classes.
The Garden is the next major cultural institution to be created in Houston. Its mission is to enrich lives through education and discovery. Located in the heart of the city, it will be a place where people from all walks of life can connect with plants. With a variety of educational programming, a wide range of plants, and a commitment to conserving them, the Garden will be a welcoming, cultural center for the surrounding community.
After the Garden's completion, Brent McLaughlin will serve as the Horticulture Manager. He is a former senior superintendent of horticulture at the Missouri Botanical Garden. His experience in horticulture will help to shape the innovative design of the Garden. He will work closely with the vice president of horticulture, Joy Columbus, to develop the horticulture department.