Japanese Garden is a peaceful hideaway covered with crepe myrtles, azaleas, Japanese maples, dogwoods, and cherry trees. There is no admission fees and it is open all days. The Japanese Garden in Hermann Park was built in the Daimyo Style. It is a traditional design that follows the 17th, 18th, an19th-century stroll gardens. Like most stroll gardens, this five-acre oasis is designed around a sequence of landscape elements, which come together to create a work of living art. The flowering plants in the Japanese garden are Oga Lotus, Taiwan Cherry Tree, Japanese Apricot, Japanese Wisteria, Camellia, Nandina/Heavenly Bamboo, Indica Hybrid, and many more unique plants.
Location: 6001 Fannin St, Houston, TX 77030
Contact: (713) 524-5876
The Bayou Bend Gardens were originally a dense thicket when Ms. Hogg started to develop the property in the late 1920s. She created a series of gracious and beautiful gardens that were intended to be outdoor rooms for living and entertaining, not just views to be admired from within the house. She then planted magnolias, crape myrtles, and other flowering trees with Southern associations. She also planted camellias and introduced azaleas to Houston. Most of Bayou Bend’s gardens evolved between 1934 and1942 and changed little until 1957, when Miss Hogg gave her estate and collection to the MFAH. In 1961, she invited River Oaks Garden Club to supervise the gardens permanently. Since then, the organization’s volunteers have devoted their time and talent to preserving and enhancing the gardens. Bayou Bend is the only formal public garden in Texas currently.
Location: 6003 Memorial Drive, Houston, TX 77007