: 1400 Streit Drive (In Harrington Regional Medical Center),
, TX 79106 (806)352-6513.
- As part of a regional medical center, this 2
acre botanical garden's mission includes educating health care workers who seek
to develop gardens for patients and their families at their own facilities or
those interested in creating an adaptive gardening program. The garden features
a fragrance garden for the visually impaired and a greenhouse.
: 10,000 Highway 50, Brenham
, TX 77833 (979)836-5548.
Antique Rose Emporium
display gardens of this retail nursery specializing in Old Roses features a
restored Victorian home with period gardens, rose hedges, and a pear allee.
Other gardens include Emilia's Garden (a formal rose garden surrounded by
trelliswork and climbing roses), original rose beds, cottage garden, herb
garden, butterfly garden, native plant garden, children's garden, arbors of
climbing roses and vines, perennial borders, water and stream gardens, and a
tribute to Queen Mary's garden in London.
East Evans Road, San Antonio
, TX 78266 (210)651-4565
- This retail nursery
specializing in Antique Roses showcases roses and other plants in display
gardens including a cottage garden, a courtyard garden, perennial gardens, an
herb garden, and the main gardens.
: Southeast Texas State University, 921 Aquarena Springs
Drive, San Marcos
, TX 78667 (512)245-7570.
Collection and Gardens
- This resort and nature park is
situated at the headwaters of the San Marcos River.
: 1 Westcott Street at Memorial, Houston
, TX 77265
- This museum of the decorative arts, formerly the home of Ima
Hogg, features 14 acres of woodland and gardens. The elegant gardens feature
three lovely statues and include the Clio Garden (boxwood hedges, roses and
perennials), the Diana Garden (evergreen hedges and pink flowering plants), the
Euterpe Garden (a naturalistic garden with azaleas, redbuds, pink oriental
magnolias, and purple Mexican plum trees), the Carla Garden (named after the
hurricane which created a clearing for the garden), the East Garden (camellias
and azaleas and a raised terrace with a small octagonal pool framed by a
semicircular hedge and a wrought iron fence), the Butterfly Garden (boxwood
hedges and dwarf evergreen azaleas), the White Garden (a woodland garden), and a
Topiary Garden (a wire-framed turkey, squirrel, rabbit, deer and eagle).
: HC 70, Box 375, Lajitas
, TX (432)424-3327.
Bell Park Cacti
Environmental Center, serving as the eastern gateway to Big Bend Ranch State
Park, displays 2 acres of botanical gardens planted with cacti, desert shrubs
and trees indigenous to the Chihuahuan Desert.
: FM 1424 and FM 1914 (Ave. K and Cleveland St.), Hale Center
- This garden, established in honor of Hershell Bell, an agronomy and range
management expert, displays 350 specimens representing 15 species of cactus.
: 3910 N. Saint Mary's Street, San Antonio
, TX 78212
Brazos County D. A.
"Andy" Anderson Arboretum
- In addition to the San Antonio Zoo (see below), a carousel, a
Swiss cable car and a train, this park offers Japanese Tea Gardens situated in
an old limestone quarry with winding walkways, waterfalls, stone bridges and
pools. A web site emphasizing the park's role as an aquifer.
: 1900 Anderson off Southwest Parkway,
, TX 77840 (979)764-3486.
Cameron Park Zoological & Botanical
- This 17 acre arboretum, founded in 1975,
emphasizes native Texas plants and displays water oaks, post oaks and elms plus
yaupon, an evergreen holly, and 100 species of grasses, sedges, and
wildflowers. A self-guided tour is available.
: 1701 North 4th Street, Waco
, Texas 76707 (254)750-8400.
- This new 50
acre natural exhibit zoo includes an African Savannah Exhibit, an island with
gibbons, a Herpatarium and a nature trail. Exhibits under construction include a
play area for children, a butterfly garden, a parrot and macaw exhibit, an
African aviary and the Pride Rock African Lion.
11th and Congress Streets, Austin
, TX 78711 (512)463-0063.
Cedar Ridge Preserve
- The 26 acre complex
includes historically landscaped grounds with gardens, statues and memorials.
7171 Mountain Creek Parkway (at Wheatland Road), Dallas
, TX 75249.
- This 633 acre
sit, managed by Audubon Dallas, offers 10 miles of hiking trails, including the
Bluestem Trail (a wildflower meadow), the Butterfly Trail (through the Mary
Alice Bland Butterfly Garden), the Possum Haw Trail, the Cattail Pond Trail, the
Cedar Brake Trail, the Fossil Valley Trail, the Escarpment Road Trail, the
Bluebonnet Trail, and the Mulberry Trail.
: 711 W. Lee Street, Weatherford
, TX (817)613-1700.
Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center and
- Created by a
portrait painter as “living artwork”, this lovely 3.5 acre garden combines
ornate Chinese architecture and formal English garden elements. Features
include a 40 foot waterfall, fountains and a bridge.
: Texas Highway 118, Fort Davis
, TX (432)364-2499.
Children's Museum of Houston
- Run by
the Chihuahuan Desert Research Institute headquartered at the Sul Ross
University Campus, this 507 acre houses one of the largest collections of
Chihuahuan Desert cacti in the world in its cactus greenhouse. Other attractions
include a mining heritage exhibit, a 20 acre botanical garden with a living
collection of trees, shrubs, and flowers native to the region, and hiking
1500 Binz St (at La Branch), Houston
, TX 77004 (713) 522-1138.
- In the Farm to
Market exhibit, children can practice farming, while a garden and greenhouse
with fruit trees, flowers, vegetables and herbs in the adjacent courtyard
further illustrate horticulture and ecology.
: 567 Maddux Road, Weatherford
, TX 76068 (940)682-4856.
- Adorning the
summit of a rugged, picturesque hill, Clark Gardens is an 83 acre botanical park
employing principles of xeriscaping with over 50 gardens of individual interest,
acres of ponds, and a Children’s Garden.
: Houston Museum of Natural Science, One Hermann Circle Drive,
, TX 77030 (713)639-4629.
- Home to 1,500 live butterflies, this three
story glass house replicates a tropical rainforest.
: 8525 Garland Road, Dallas
, TX 75218 (214)515-6500.
- This 66 acre
site, combining two estates on White Rock Lake, showcases Texas trees, shrubs,
vines and flowers plus plants which thrive in Texas. Exhibits include the Palmer
Fern Dell, the Johnson Color Gardens, the DeGolyer House, the DeGolyer Gardens,
the Woman's Garden, and the Lay Ornamental Garden.
: 650 South R. L. Thornton Freeway (I-35 E),
, TX 75203
Dow Park and Botanical Gardens
- This 85 acre zoo is home to 2,000 creatures representing 400
species. Major exhibits include the Wilds of Africa (25 acres with 6 natural
habitats (forest, mountain, woodland, river, desert and bush)), the Endangered
Tiger Habitat, the Primate Place (monkeys and gibbons), and Zoo North
(Children's Zoo, Birds and Reptiles, elephants, giraffes, and more).
: 610 E. San Augustine,
, TX 77576.
The Earle-Harrison House Pape Gardens
on 5th Street
- This 40 acre multi-facility city park features botanical gardens with more than
180 flower species, including 50 wild flower varieties, and colonial light
fixtures, brick walks, wooden arch bridges, and a gazebo.
: 1901 N. 5th Street, Waco
, TX 76708 (254)753-2032.
East Texas Arboretum
- This Greek
Revival mansion is surrounded by five acres of lawns, pond and gardens featuring
native Texas flowers and shrubs. Herb and vegetables gardens with plants useful
to nineteenth century cooking are found near the kitchen.
Patterson Road, Athens
, TX 75752 (903)675-5630.
Paso Municipal Rose Garden
- This recently developed 100 acre
site, varying from marsh and swamp to dry pasture, displays both native and
non-native plants. Features include a guided nature trail, an herb garden (54
varieties, 1000 plants), a bog overlook, a grasslands restoration area, and a
wildflower restoration area, with more to come.
: 3418 Aurora Avenue (at N. Copia),
- This AARS Garden recently expanded to over 4 acres features
a new design, a waterfall and koi pond.
: Court House Square, Rusk
Fort Worth Botanic Garden
- You can walk the longest footbridge in
the world - 546 feet - set in a landscaped park.
: 3220 Botanic Garden Boulevard,
Fort Worth Water Gardens
- This 114 acre garden displays 2,500 species and varieties
of exotic and native plants. The gardens offer a 10,000 square foot tropical
plant conservatory, rose gardens (including traditional, miniature, and the
Republic of Texas Rose Garden), a Japanese garden (built in a gravel pit and
featuring 5 ponds, a pavilion and a teahouse), collections of cacti, daylilies,
irises and chrysanthemums, and landscaped open areas.
: 1502 Commerce Street, Fort Worth
, TX 76102
Fredericksburg Herb Farm
- This 4.3 acre city park designed by Philip Johnson replicates a
miniature mountain scene complete with rivers, waterfalls and pools and 500
species and varieties of plants and trees.
Whitney Street, Fredericksburg
, TX 78624 (830)997-8615 or (800)259-4372.
retail herb farm maintains 14 acres of formal and informal display gardens.
: 1010 Colorado Street,
, TX 78701 (512)463-5516.
Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife
- This Greek Revival Mansion offers gardens that
feature fountains, decorative hedges and antique cast iron fencing.
: One Nature Place, McKinney
, TX 75069-8840 (972)562-5566.
Helen Lee Estate (Mrs.
museum, showcasing the nature collections of Bessie Heard, is surrounded by a
287 acre wildlife sanctuary. The Texas Native Plant Garden includes 135 species
of trees, shrubs, grasses, vines, ground covers and perennials native to Texas.
: 21600 CR 3103 (Off County Road 3104), Gladewater
, TX 75647
(903)845-5780 (Helen Lee Foundation).
Hermosa Valley Gardens
- This cattle ranch, showcasing 20
spectacular acres of daffodils, is open to the public during bloom season by
request of Mrs. Lee in her will.
: 9410 Hermosa Drive,
, TX 75218-3549 (214)320-3020.
Hilltop Herb Farm and Restaurant
The Retreat at Artesian Lakes (formerly Chain-O-Lake), 235 Chain-O-Lakes Resort, Cleveland, Texas 77327,(832)397-4008.
Houston Arboretum and Nature Center
- The restaurant has views of the herb garden.
4501 Woodway Drive (western edge of Memorial Park), Houston
, TX 77024
Garden Center and J. M. Stroud Rose Garden
- The 155 acre urban sanctuary is organized into three habitats:
forest (pines and hardwoods such as oaks and hickories), pond and prairie (a
demonstration prairie with wildflowers).
, 1500 Hermann
, TX (713)284.1986.
- This public park features rose, bulb, fragrant
and perennial gardens, an international sculpture garden and a Chinese pavilion.
The J. M. Stroud Rose Garden is an All America Rose Selections accredited
garden. See also "Japanese Garden" listing below.
1513 N. MacGregor, Hermann Park, Houston
, TX 77030 (713)-284-8300.
International Water Lily Collection
- Beginning in
1922 with a lone bison, this wonderful Zoo is now situated on 55 landscaped
acres and is home to over 700 species and more than 5,000 animals.
: Civic League Park,
24 N. Park Street (between Beauregard and Harris Avenues),
International Waterlily Collection has been designated by the International Waterlily & Water Gardening Society as a premiere collection of lilies in existence.
The life work of one man whose world-wide expeditions to gather lilies
took him through alligator pits, jungles and snakes, this collectkon
showcases 150 varieites, hybrids and species on a rotation basis,
including 5 specieis native to Texas. Gardens surround the lily
: Hermann Park, Houston
, TX 713-845-1034.
Judge Roy Bean Visitor Center and Cactus Garden
- This lovely
garden, designed by Ken Nakajima, features a stone lantern, a tea house,
waterfalls, and exotic plants. See also "Houston Garden Center" above.
: U.S. 90 at Loop 25, Box
, TX 78871-0160 (915)291-3340.
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
- The Visitor Center features a
botanical garden with native plants of the Southwest labelled with name and
Indian or pioneer lore about the plant.
: 4801 LaCrosse Avenue, Austin
- The 42 acre headquarters of this wildflower promotion
and education center features a wildflower meadow, display gardens, greenhouses
and a shadehouse.
: Highway 114 and O'Connor Road, Irving
Cabin Village Herb Garden
- This remarkable floral clock (37 feet in diameter) is
composed of fresh flowers planted yearly and 665 dwarf hollies.
: 2100 Log Cabin Village Lane (University Drive
and Colonial Parkway), Fort Worth
, TX 76109 (817)926-5881.
- Supported by the
Greater Fort Worth Herb
Society, this garden is planted with pioneer herbs, native plans, heirloom
plants and contemporary herbs. Features include an arbor, period benches and
stone pathways. Log Cabin Village showcases 7 authentic pioneer homes built
during the 1850s.
: 4111 University Avenue, Lubbock
, TX 79413 (806)797-4520.
Lynn R. Lowery Arboretum
- This 55 acre arboretum specializes in plants that will grow on the Llano
Estacado high plains. Displays include flowers beds and a rose garden.
, TX (713)348-5736.
Meadows Museum Sculpture Garden
- Created in 1999, the arboretum contains
about 4200 trees and shrubs throughout the campus, representing 88 species of
woody plants in total, with about 100 collected botanical specimens. In addition
to native plants of Texas and northeast Mexico, the arboretum offers a
collection of other North American trees and shrubs. When complete, the
collection will showcase large shade trees, smaller trees, palms, shrubs,
perennials, and aquatic plants.
: Southern Methodist University, Bishops
Boulevard at Binkley Avenue, P.O. Box 750356, Dallas
, TX 75275 (214)768-2516 or
Arboretum and Botanic Gardens
- This art museum includes an exterior sculpture garden.
: 22306 Aldine-Westfield Road,
- The gardens in this county park showcase Texas native
plants, including wildflowers, carnivorous plants and endangered species, plus
miles of nature trails, a butterfly nursery, and koi ponds.
: One Hope Boulevard,
, TX 77554 (800)582-4673.
Municipal Rose Garden and Lily Pond
- This multi-facility education and recreation
site features a 10 story glass Rainforest Pyramid with butterflies, birds and
tropical fish live amongst exotic plants from the rainforests of Africa, Asia
and the Americas. A Butterfly Hatching Hut, a Bat Cave, and the Mayan Colonade
are also offered.
: Civic League Park, W. Beauregard and
Park Streets, San Angelo
, TX (915)657-4515 (city).
National Ranching Heritage
- This 11 acre public park
features a Municipal Rose Garden, an International Water Lily Garden and native plants.
: Texas Tech University, 3121 W. 4th Street, Lubbock
, TX 79409-3200
- The museum of buildings features 35 authentic furnished ranch
ranging from an early Spanish fortress-style blockhouse to the elegant home of a
wealthy rancher. Gardens include 5 vegetable gardens and 1 flower garden
demonstrating "historic gardening in Texas".
, TX 77484 (979)826-3232.
Garden Conservancy garden, this
12 acre garden along a creek features wooded areas as well as dry climate
: 390 Rio Concho Drive, San Angelo
, TX (915)657-4515 (city).
Riverside Park and
- This 26
1/2 acre public park features three gardens including a waterlily garden.
: McCright Drive, Victoria
, TX (512)572-2763.
Ruby M. Mize Azalea Garden
- This 562 acre
public park on the Guadalupe River features an All America Selections accredited
rose garden with 1,050 rose brushes representing 105 varieties, an ornamental
water fountain, a gazebo, and walkways.
: Stephen F. Austin State University, University Drive (south of W. R.
Johnson Coliseum), Nacogdoches
, TX 75962 (936)468-1832.
Samuell Grand Municipal Gardens
- An 8 acre woodland of patriarch pines, sweetgums,
oaks, pecans, and understory maples is planted with 4,500 azaleas, 150
camellias, 150 Japanese maples, and 46 planting beds.
E. Grand Avenue, Dallas
, TX (214)670-4100. A
San Antonio Botanical Gardens
- rose garden is located near the
Recreation Center and across from the Amphitheatre and an iris garden, currently
being refurbished, is located near the Samuell Boulevard entrance.
: 555 Funston
Place at N. Braunfels Avenue, San Antonio
, TX 78209 (210)207-3250.
impressive and diverse garden features several formal gardens including the
Formal Beds, the Wisteria Arbor, the Azalea Gardens (with azaleas, camellias,
hollies, dogwoods and gardenias), the Fountain Garden, the Garden for the Blind,
a Daylily Garden, the Kumamoto En (a Japanese Garden), the Rose Garden (old
fashioned and antique roses, hybrid teas, grandifloras, florabundas, climbers,
miniatures and tree roses), the Herb Garden (medicinal and culinary herbs), the
Old Fashioned Gardens (annuals and perennials), the Biblical Garden (plants
mentioned in the Bible or cultivated in Biblical times), plus the Children's
Garden (plots cultivated by children) and the Lucile Halsell Conservatory (the
Alpine Exhibit, Epiphyte Display, Aquatic Garden, Hot Tropical Room, Desert
Pavilion, Palm House, Orangery, and the Fern Room).
San Antonio Zoological Gardens
Brackenridge Park, 3903 North Saint Mary's Street, San Antonio
, TX 78212-3173
San Antonio's Paseo
Del Rio (River Walk)
- This exciting 25 acre landscaped zoo is home to 3,000 creatures
representing 700 species. Exhibits include the African Water Hole, Amazonia, the
Hixon Bird House and the Pad (17 naturalistic habitats for amphibians with
plants, lighting, and water misting).
: 315 East Commerce, San Antonio
, TX 78205.
- This walkway
was constructed along the banks of the river which winds through the downtown
business district and is bordered by subtropical vegetation, cypress trees, oaks
and willows and flower gardens.
: 510 Preston, Houston
, TX 77002 (713)250-3666.
Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center
- This park honoring the
city's 150th birthday is situated on a multi-level setting on the banks of the
Buffalo Bayou and features waterfalls and distinctive lighting.
2001 West Park Avenue, Orange, TX 77630 (409)670-9113.
Botanical Gardens and Nature Center
Inspired by the novel Lost Horizon, a local philanthropist, H.J. Lutcher Stark, created his version of the mystical retreat with
azaleas and a a cypress/tupelo swamp rich with wildlife, including swans, ducks, egrets, otters, rabbits, and more.
The Gardens were open from 1946 to 1958 when a devastating frost destroyed the azaleas. In 2005, construction began anew in
the gardens to create 252 acres of ecological wonderland with an Orientation Center.
: 8545 S. Staples Street,
TX 78413 (361)852-2100.
F. Austin State University Mast Arboretum
- This 180 acre garden includes an Orchid House, an
Exhibit House, a Plumeria collection, a Sensory Garden, a new Hibiscus Garden
and Water Garden, a Bird and Butterfly Trail, the Oso Creek Trail, Gator Lake,
plus extensive natural wetlands and protected native habitat. Exhibits under
construction include a Rose Garden and Desert Garden. Formerly called the
Corpus Christi Botanical Gardens.
: 13000 - SFA Station (Wilson
, TX 75962 (936)468-3705.
- This 10 acre arboretum features 22
theme gardens, including the Perennial Borders, the Elking Environment, the
Daylily Garden, the Herb Garden, the Shade Garden, the Bog Garden, the Dry
Garden, Conifers and Hollies, Shrub Rows, Lines of Vines, Asian Valley, the
Children's Garden, and the Azalea Garden.
: Corner of FM 495 and 907, Alamo
, TX (956)787-2040.
Sunken Garden Park
- This commercial nursery has a 5
acre garden displays native and exotic cacti and succulents.
700 block South Abe Street and West Avenue D, San Angelo
, TX (915)657-4515 (city).
- This 7
acre public park features a collection of cannas and native plants ornamented
with water fountains.
: 518 Tankersley Road (I-30 at Loop 271), Mt. Pleasant
, TX 75455
- This 7.5 acre garden wedding and reception facility offers a
variety of flowering shrubs, annuals and perennials have been planted among
native dogwood, redbud and buckeye in a creek setting. An iris garden displays
125 varieties and 9 footbridges cross the creek.
A and M Horticultural Gardens and Field Laboratory
: Houston and Jersey Streets,
Hensel Drive, College Station
, TX 77843-2133 (409)845-3658.
Texas Discovery Gardens
(formerly Dallas Horticulture Center)
- These test gardens
display more than 300 specimens in 27 different beds and planting areas with
habitats ranging from bog and wetlands to desert southwest. Gardens include the
Trellis Garden (vines), the Xeriscape Garden (drought tolerant and native Texas
plants), the West Texas Garden (50 desert dwelling species), the Shade and Water
Garden (Hill Country, wetland and bog), the Compost Garden, the Texas Perennial
Border (English-style), the Fenced Garden (herbacious and woody plants), the
Salvia Garden (20 species) plus Greenhouses and a wildflower area.
: Fair Park, 3601 Martin Luther King
, TX 75210 (214)428-7476.
The Texas Zoo
- This horticultural education center
offers display gardens including the Benny J. Simpson Texas Native Plant
Collection, the Grand Allee du Meadows, the Kilgore Rose Garden (antique
fragrant roses), the Iris Display Garden (300 varieties of bearded iris
hybrids), an herb and scent garden, and perennial displays. The renovated glass
Blachly Conservatory houses a rare collection of African flora.
: 110 Memorial Drive,
, Victoria, TX 77902 (361)573-7681.
Tyler Municipal Rose
- This 6 acre zoo, decimated by
a 1998 flood, is now rebuilding. The naturalistic exhibits once housed 23
species of Texas mammals, 23 species of Texas birds, and 35 species of Texas
: 420 Rose Park Drive, Tyler
, TX (903)531-1212.
Tyrrell Park Botanical
Gardens and Warren Loose Conservatory
- This magnificent 14 acre rose garden displays more
than 400 varieties. Special collections include the Heritage and Sensory
Garden (antique varieties), a Memorial Garden (camellia and day lily
collections), and several test gardens.
See the helpful brochure. The Rose Museum
features exhibits and memorabilia of Tyler's rose industry and the Texas
: Tyrrell Park, 5305 Tyrrell Park Road,
, TX 77726(409)842-3135.
Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Museum
- This multi-facility public park includes a 10
acre botanical garden with lovely floral displays, a pond with ducks and geese,
and a Japanese Garden.
: 605 Robert E. Lee Road,
(Lower Rio Grande) Valley Nature
Center (formerly the McAllen Botanical Gardens)
- The xeriscape gardens feature 60 sculptures of Charles
Umlauf in a naturalistic setting, with more in the museum.
Gibson Park, 301 S. Border Avenue, Weslaco
, TX 78596 (956)969-2475.
Plantation State Historic Park
- The site features a
6 acre thicket of native vegetation, primarily upland scrub forest, with a
courtyard of labeled native plants, a butterfly garden, a lily pond and cactus
: Box 696, FM Road #2852, West Columbia
77486 (409)345-4656 or (800)792-1112.
- This manor and surrounding 65 acres of
grounds depicts plantation life in Texas in 1835 to 1850 and features
plantation-era flora and fauna and pecan orchards throughout the park.
North Vine Street, Victoria
Weston Gardens in Bloom
- The 10 acre botanical gardens include the
Butterfly and Hummingbird Gardens, a Community Garden (with 19 plots), an Herb
Garden, a Kinder Garden (children's garden), a Memorial Area, Nativescaping
(native annuals, perennials, and biennials demonstrating water conservation and
low maintenance), a Pollination Garden, a Rock Garden, a Sunflower Garden, and a
White Garden as well as a tree nursery (Project Re-Leaf Victoria).
Anglin Drive, Fort Worth
, TX 76140 (817)572-0549.
Zilker Botanical Garden
- This retail nursery’s
spectacular demonstration gardens are the restoration of an estate as English
Perennial Gardens - Texas style. Special areas of the 4 acres of gardens
include the antique rose garden, the lily pond, the arbor, the waterfall, the
perennial garden, the shade garden and patio and the wedding court. Native Texas
and acclimated plants are labeled.
: 2220 Barton Springs Road, Austin
, TX 78746
- This 22 acres of charming gardens include the Xeriscape Garden
(demonstrates the 7 principles of xeriscape design), the Cactus and Succulent
Garden, the Herb and Fragrance Garden, the Posey Perennial Garden, the Freda
Bodine Caladium Garden, the Hamilton Parr Memorial Azalea Garden (5,000 plants),
the Floral Display Garden (annuals and perennials), the Rose Garden (an All
America Display Rose Garden with 800 bushes), the Butterfly Garden and Trail,
the Isamu Taniguchi Oriental Garden (with a teahouse, Bridge to Walk Over the
Moon, and koi ponds), as well as a Pioneer Settlement and Dinosaur Tracks.