HOUSTON — (RNR) – Houston Botanic Garden, the city’s new living museum for plants, has opened its gates, after completing the transformation of a municipal golf course into something that’s even more serene.
The 132-acre gardens is near the intersection of Loop 610 and the Gulf Freeway, not far from Hobby Airport. The property had been the city’s Glenbrook Golf Course.
Approximately half of the Garden’s 132 acres are on an island, a feature completely surrounded by the original Sims Bayou meander on three sides, and the later Sims channel to its south.
The garden’s features include:
- Global Collection Garden: Three acres of regionally themed zones that demonstrate the wide variety of diverse and beautiful plants from around the world that flourish in Houston’s climate.
- Culinary Garden: An artistic display of edible and medicinal plants – many of which visitors could grow in their own yards – that have served as a basis for economic and cultural exchange across the history of the world.
- Susan Garver Family Discovery Garden: A sensory-engaging area that presents opportunities for families to engage with nature in a variety of ways, including a boardwalk maze around a lagoon; simple water machines, and nature play structures crafted from trees that previously grew on the property.
- Woodland Glade: An intimate-yet-open space that visitors can rent – beginning later in the fall – to host weddings and other celebrations under a mature overstory of trees surrounded by the beauty of magnolias and sculpted hedges.
“Through its design and programming, the Garden, a collaboration with West 8, an award-winning international landscape designer, seeks to enrich lives through discovery, education, and the conservation of plants and the natural environment,” the operators said.
The Garden’s entry drive, One Botanic Lane, is located at 8210 Park Place Blvd., and the Garden is open every day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Ticket prices on Mondays-Thursdays are $12.50 for adults and $8 for students and children age 3 and older; prices on Fridays-Sundays are $15 for adults and $10 for students and children age 3 and older
Sept. 21, 2020 Realty News Report Copyright 2020
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