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After two years of construction, Houston’s first botanic garden will finally open Sept. 18.
“The Houston Botanic Garden is a 132-acre living museum for plants that showcases the biodiversity that thrives along the Texas Gulf Coast,” Claudia Gee Vassar, the garden’s president and general counsel, said.
“A stroll through our outdoor gallery spaces – including the Global Collection Garden, Culinary Garden, and Susan Garver Family Discovery Garden – will engage the senses in the unique cultural experience associated with a botanic garden, which are found throughout major metropolitan areas around the world, but until now was missing among the world-class institutions here at home in our diverse and internationally known city.”
The garden’s Phase 1 is now complete. Phase 1’s Global Collection Garden so far includes a tropical zone with a “rainforest” and plants displaying some of nature’s most beautiful and vibrant shapes and colors, a Culinary Garden with edible and medicinal plants, a family discovery garden with water machines and a boardwalk maze, and two natural ecosystem areas, as reported by the Houston Business Journal.
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An educational space and a space for weddings is also in the works and will be completed at a later date.
The Houston Chronicle reported that Phase 2 involves enhancing the current collections and some additional research work, and Phase 3, which will likely be happening in the years to come, could include an education and events building and “seasonal display area aimed at home gardeners.”
Opening day will kick off a series of weekend events, according to Director of Communications & Community Engagement Justin Lacey, with opportunities for guests to learn more about the Bayou City’s cultural richness and biodiversity.
The Houston Botanic Garden will be open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and customers will be required to abide by COVID-19 safety guidelines, including wearing masks and social distancing. The garden will eventually be located at 1 Botanic Lane, but currently sits at 8210 Park Place Blvd.