"Earth laughs in flowers" ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
We here at Living Expression Landscapes are enthusiastic about plants, gardening, and encouraging everyone to reconnect with nature. We've pulled together some of our favorite local places to see the plants we love that inspire you while you enjoy the outdoors!
Great Local Gardens to Check Out:
- Mercer Arboretum
- Lillie and Hugh Roy Cullen Sculpture Garden
- Peckerwood Garden — A Natural Treasure
- Cockrell Butterfly Center
- Antique Rose Emporium
- Chappell Hill Lavender Farm
- Mrs. Helen Lee's Daffodil GardenMercer Arboretum
Located along the Cypress River, just north of 1960 in Humble, Texas is where over 20 acres of beautiful gardens lie. Purchased in the 1940's by avid horticulturists Thelma and Charles Mercer, they sold the property to Harris County in 1974 with the stipulation that be maintained as a horticultural facility and they have done just that. The grounds feature multiple garden styles from rock gardens to the more traditional English gardens. There are long walk trails that extend well past the gardens and along the river.
The Arboretum also has all kinds of classes and events throughout the year such as Wednesdays Lunch Bunch and Children's Story Time in the Garden, plus biannual plant sales for the public. Plant sales and events are held throughout the year and feature a wide range of local, exotic, and rare plants that are hard to find elsewhere.
22306 Aldine Westfield Rd Humble, TX 77338 - (281) 443-8731
Lillie and Hugh Roy Cullen Sculpture Garden
A welcoming destination for visitors, the Lillie and Hugh Roy Cullen Sculpture Garden a tranquil combination of art and nature. Today the Cullen Sculpture Garden showcases masterworks of 20th- and 21st-century sculpture by artists including Louise Bourgeois, Dan Graham, Henri Matisse, Auguste Rodin, and David Smith. Its acres of more than 80 different trees, bamboo, flowering crepe myrtle, sloping walls, lawns, and pavers form a brilliant frame and compliment to outdoor sculptures.
Located at The Museum of Fine Arts
1001 Bissonnet St, Houston, TX 77005 (Montrose Boulevard at Bissonnet Street)
Open daily from 9 a.m.–10 p.m.
Peckerwood Garden is a natural treasure of a garden which is at the convergence of three climatic zones. It features an award-winning, beautiful space with a collection of more than 3,000 plants from Mexico, Asia, and the United States. It is also a living laboratory to learn about rare and unusual plants, many of which are no longer found in the wild.
Peckerwood Garden has public "Open Days" where you can enjoy a 1 hour guided tour of their gardens and an opportunity to purchase many of the plants featured in the garden from their nursery. They can also schedule private group tours year-round.
Located at: 20559 FM 359 Road in Hempstead, Texas.
Cockrell Butterfly Center
This attraction is inside the Houston Museum of Natural Science in the downtown museum district. Here you can not only learn about the importance of butterflies and other beneficial insects to our ecosystem, but also see the amazing tropical plants that attract them. The center is full from top to bottom with beautiful plants and butterflies, just be sure not to touch or grab their wings! Every year the museum has a spring plant sale featuring the plants ideal to attract butterflies. Throughout the butterfly exhibit are spectacular orchid plants, so another plant sale the museum puts on is the 5th annual Orchid show and sale.
555 Hermann Park Drive Houston Texas 77030
Information/Tickets: (713) 639-4629
Antique Rose Emporium
This eight-acre display garden gem features antique roses, native plants, perennials, herbs, and wildflowers. The Antique Rose Emporium has roses down to an art. While here you can walk the grounds and experience the gorgeous gardens and then head over to purchase your own antique roses and other unique plants to accessorize your garden. Any questions or concerns about roses can be answered in detail by their knowledgeable staff. The garden and retail center are open Monday- Saturday from 9am-5pm, Sundays from 11am-5pm.
10000 FM 50 Brenham, TX 77833 - (979) 836-5548
Chappell Hill Lavender Farm
While you're visiting The Antique Rose Emporium, stop over at this fragrant Lavender farm. This relaxing destination is 23 acres of majestic lavender plants. With no admission there is no reason not to stop and experience this serene scene. Their gift shop is full of fresh dried Lavender and Lavender products. Since this plant is seasonal the farm and gift shop open this year on the first weekend in March and remain open through November. Peak blooming and cutting season is from August- October.
The hours of operation vary depending on the season, visit their website for a current schedule.
2250 Dillard Road Brenham, Texas 77833 - (979) 251-8114
Mrs. Helen Lee's Daffodil Garden
See Daffodils in bloom peaks mid-Febuary thru March at Mrs. Helen Lee’s Garden in Gladewater, TX. The garden opens, depending on Mother Nature, around the middle of February and remains open through March or until the daffodils are no longer in bloom. Those who have visited believe it is a private paradise tucked away among the East Texas Landscape.
The garden is open during bloom time (mid-Feb. through March) seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Call (903)845-5780 or visit www.daffodilgarden.com/daffodils_home.htm for more information
*Another location to note:
South Boulevard, Houston - Rows of soaring live oaks form arches of a great cathedral-like proportions over grassy pathways lined with graceful mansions from the 1920's. It's one of the best places in Texas for a completely serene nature walk . "To stand at the foot of South Boulevard in Houston is to look down what is perhaps the most magnificent residential street in America." - The New York Times.