Q: Where can I go to see gardens in the Houston area?

A: The Houston area has many great locations to explore and enjoy springtime blooms, trees and plants budding with new flowers and leaves.

Of course, the first place to mention is Mercer Botanic Gardens. Spring blooms are at their peak now and there is a patch of bluebonnets with paths where you can pose for photos! Don’t forget to check out the vast trail system throughout Mercer’s West Side Arboretum that will take you through a canopy of springtime green.

If you’re interested in traveling outside the immediate Houston area, try heading northwest toward Hempstead to visit Peckerwood Garden. Featuring beautifully landscaped areas and an unparalleled oak tree collection, it’s certainly worth the drive. Be sure to visit their website first to confirm their hours and research available guided tours. You can also enjoy the lush, tropical conservatory at Moody Gardens in Galveston.

In the center of Houston, Hermann Park boasts the McGovern Centennial Gardens, Japanese Gardens and Cockrell Butterfly Center. Also, a trip to the Houston Zoo is great for gardeners. Bayou Bend is a lovely garden with varied terrain nestled on the banks of Buffalo Bayou. Enjoy wandering the native plant trails at the Houston Arboretum, local trail systems along the bayous and creeks, and grounds of local universities to take in their seasonal plantings.

Swinging back to the north side, the Kingwood Garden Club is hosting a garden tour soon of homes in Kingwood, including Harvey-recovered gardens!

Houston is a diverse green city, so get the family outside and enjoy springtime!

Suzzanne Chapman
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Suzzanne Chapman is the botanical collections curator at Mercer Botanic Gardens and promotes organic gardening, growing native plants, and protecting the environment. Send your questions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..