Houston truly has some of the best weather in the country. Nine months out of the year our moderate climate is mostly pleasant before the temperature and humidity start to climb into triple digits. Our mild tropical climate makes the city a great place for flowers to thrive when spring arrives in March. Make sure to visit all of these flowery spots when they come into bloom.
In honor of it’s 100 year anniversary, the Hermann Park Conservancy opened the eight-acre McGovern Centennial Gardens in 2014. The garden became instantly iconic with it’s centerpiece, The Mount, a multi-story spiral walkway that culminates in a beautiful city view atop a magnificent waterfall. The garden also features several smaller gardens like the rose garden, an amazing place to visit in spring. There are over 50 species of trees, 760 hedge shrubs, 55,000 perennial bulbs, 650 azaleas and 4.5 acres of grass in the park and dogs are welcome too. After your visit have a cocktail at the Hotel Zaza terrace, within walking distance.
In the heart of River Oaks you will find the 14-acre Hogg estate, and Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens, which used to be the home of Houston’s most famous philanthropist, Miss Ima Hogg. The meticulous gardens are now maintained by the River Oaks Garden Club and is the only formal public garden in Texas currently practicing organic gardening. The gardens reflect the Country Place era in American landscape design (1880-1920) and clever visitors will recognize the the Greek goddess Diana and two muses, Clio and Euterpe who reside in the garden all year. Take a tour and enjoy the southern style of the garden’s magnolias and crape myrtles. Azalea lovers will be interested in knowing that Miss Hogg is credited with introducing the beloved flora to Houston.
Houston has more than just beautiful flora. We are also one of the top cities to visit if you are an avid ornithologist (bird watcher). This space offers several trails and gardens for you to enjoy the spring awakening. The Carol Tatkon Sensory Garden located on the north side of the The Houston Arboretum Nature Center, is a delight to all the senses. Although most of us rely primarily on our sight to explore the world around us, take time to touch and smell as you explore this small, fragrant garden. A large portion of the Arboretum is under renovation as part of a major redevelopment of Memorial Park but the spaces that are open are well worth the visit.
This is not so much a place as it is a tradition. Bluebonnets are the state flower and every native Texan has a story about driving out to the bluebonnet patches and taking photos in the springtime. You can find these beauties during a short window in the spring, but don’t pick them! In Texas it’s against the law to pick bluebonnets. Houston has a lot of special spots for spotting these azure blooms. Take the time to visit any of the trails along Buffalo Bayou, Spotts Park, White Oak Bayou, Hermann Park, Terry Hershey Park, Blessington Farms, Mercer Botanical Gardens.
Houston has some of the most beautiful green spaces in the country. All of the ones mentioned here are free to the public and all will help you shake off the winter doldrums and get ready for a frisky new season.