After much anticipation, the construction fence has gone away and the McGovern Centennial Gardens are open to the public. Celebrations, weddings and meetings are already being scheduled for the Celebration Garden and Cherie Flores Garden Pavilion. Vegetables, herbs and fruit trees are growing in the Family Garden. Artist Randy Twaddle’s art installation is in place at the top of the 30′ tall Garden Mount. The Woodland Garden paths and Hawkins Sculpture Walk inside the Caroline St./Hermann Drive entrance provide a pleasant respite for a tranquil stroll. A variety of roses and accompanying plants are installed in the Rose Garden beds and at the bases of the arched arbors. The xeriscaped Arid Garden has been planted and is ready for Garden visitors to learn about plantings requiring low water. The Tudor Family Pine Hill Walk plays host to the Friendship Pavilion donated to the city of Houston in 1978 by the city of Taipei, Taiwan.
Restrooms, drinking fountains, and bistro-style tables and chairs at the Cherie Flores Garden Pavilion offer an opportunity for Garden visitors to rest and contemplate the beauty of the new 8-acre Garden space. From the Pavilion’s patio area, the view affords a stunning panorama of the reflection pond, formal lawn, the perennial borders, and the Mount’s waterfall cascade.
Holiday preview hours are 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (closed Christmas Day). After the first of the year, the winter hours will be 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. seven days per week.