Nature has reclaimed a former golf course in Houston, which has now become home to the Houston Botanic Garden.
The 132-acre garden, which opened on 18 September after two years of construction, showcases plants from southeast Texas and from around the world.
With Sims Bayou running through and around the northern edge of the site, the Houston Botanic Garden features more than 350 different plant species, in addition to natural ecosystems, and walking trails.
Claudia Gee Vassar, president and general counsel of the Houston Botanic Garden, said: “Adding a world-class botanic garden to enhance the breadth and depth of Houston’s cultural offerings has been a long time in the making. We believe the benefits of an extensive outdoor museum like the Houston Botanic Garden will be especially desirable at a time when so many are looking to engage with and be inspired by nature.”
Among the highlights of the Houston Botanic Garden is the Global Collection Garden, a three-acre zone displaying a collection of tropical, sub-tropical, and arid plants from around the world to showcase the biodiversity that thrives along the Texas Gulf Coast.
The Culinary Garden is an artistic display of edible and medicinal plants – many of which visitors could grow in their own yards.
A sensory-engaging area, known as the Susan Garver Family Discovery Garden, provides 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.
To reflect the cultural richness of Houston and the diversity of its collection, the Garden is presenting an opening season across four weekends, with special educational opportunities to showcase how people connect with plants in several regions of the world from which plants in the Garden originate, namely Latin America, Asia, Africa and the Mediterranean.
All Images: Houston Botanic Garden/Michael Tims
Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief. She writes about lifestyle including sustainable and green living.