The New McGovern Centennial Gardens and Cherie Flores Garden Pavilion Takes Shape

Recent aerial photo shows Centennial Gardens progress

Recent aerial photo shows Centennial Gardens progress

Despite recent rains, amazing progress is being made toward the completion of the new McGovern Centennial Gardens and Cherie Flores Garden Pavilion in preparation for their opening day of October 18, 2014. Tons of dirt are being moved around the site as the actual gardens within the Gardens are being built. Soon the individual gardens, such as the Arid Garden, Rose Garden, Family Garden, and Tudor Family Pine Hill Walk will take their shape. One of the most anticipated gardens being constructed is the Celebration Garden which will be made available to those wishing to rent a lovely formal outdoor garden space for their event.

Both the entry pavilion off of Crawford St. and the new maintenance facility at the far east end of the 15-acre site’s new parking lot are well underway. The Bohlin Cywinski Jackson-designed entry pavilion will also be available for rental for events and meetings (contact the Conservancy’s venue manager Linda Black at lblack@hermannpark.org for rental information). Plans are being made for the projected August planting schedule for the Garden Mount’s groundcover and hedges, the Family Garden’s structural plantings, the Pine Hill Walk’s trees and understory, and the Celebration Garden’s trees and large shrubs. Although it is August in Houston, irrigation infrastructure is in place to assure successful survival rates for these plantings. So let’s hope for good planting weather!

Remember to put the October 18 opening day on your calendar! Excitement is building!

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2 thoughts on “The New McGovern Centennial Gardens and Cherie Flores Garden Pavilion Takes Shape

  1. I can’t find anything on why there is no progress on the Grand Gateway which was supposed to be done this past March.

    • TXDOT is responsible for the hiring of contractors for the Grand Gateway project. The original TXDOT contractor abandoned the job along with 18 other TXDOT projects, so TXDOT is in the process of working with the bonding company to identify another contractor to complete the project. Since this project is a TXDOT project, the Conservancy is not aware at this time of a date certain for the project completion.

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