Out of Sight!

You may wonder what is going on with all that dirt lining the edge of the Centennial Gardens construction site. The beautiful new banners along the construction fence are camouflaging lots of activity going on underground and behind the wall in preparation for the above ground activity that will make the former Houston Garden Center the future McGovern Centennial Gardens. The dirt pile resulted from digging soil to make room for underground utility work, and leveling the grade for the new parking lot that will be constructed along the east end of the Garden site. Some of the dirt has been used for ramps for vehicles to access the building of the Garden Mount.

Other activities that have taken place over the last few months include an underground water detention system that has been installed to carry drainage water to the newly installed storm water piping. Storm water catch basins have been placed at ground level to carry some storm water to those new pipes, while a cistern to be installed in the Family Garden will capture rainwater from the roof of the storage/classroom structure for irrigating the vegetable, fruit and herb gardens. Conduit has been laid to hold the electrical wiring and data connections to service the new buildings that will be constructed on the site. Utility lines to the sites of the new buildings have also been installed. The all-important irrigation main lines have been laid to eventually provide water to the new Garden “rooms”.

Stay tuned for more info as progress continues toward the October 18, 2014 grand opening of the McGovern Centennial Gardens and Cherie Flores Garden Pavilion!


2 thoughts on “Out of Sight!

  1. The Grand Entrance was supposed to be done in April. I guess the Centennial Gardens will be at about the same stage for the opening next weekend. What a disappointment.

    • Come by tomorrow for the celebration of Hermann Park’s McGovern Centennial Gardens and Cherie Flores Garden Pavilion. The Dedication Ceremony kicks off the day of festivities at 9:30 a.m. with a full day of presentations, tours, entertainment and activities for the kids. Although there are areas of the Gardens that will not be completed until December due to inclement weather delays, you will be pleasantly surprised by what you see as you enter the Gardens through the Pavilion and stroll the perennial borders, climb the Mount, enjoy the Children’s activities in the Family Garden, attend the talks, and join the guided tours. See the latest blog for more details of tomorrow’s events.

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