The McGovern Centennial Gardens, the Conservancy’s largest improvement project ever undertaken, will completely transform the existing 15-acre Garden Center site into a community resource unlike any other in Houston. The $31 million project will reconfigure the site and create a spectacular new attraction for the Park’s six million annual visitors. The Gardens will delight visitors with traditional features like the rose garden, and new areas to explore, such as an interactive family garden where children can learn about urban gardening, an arid garden featuring drought-friendly plant materials, and an expansive lawn crowned by the Cherie Flores Garden Pavilion on one end and a 30’ garden mount on the other. The City’s extensive collection of international sculptures donated by countries around the world will be displayed along a new sculpture promenade and a new parking area will help open up space and increase connectivity to the Park’s surrounding neighborhoods. The Gardens will be free and open to all. Chicago landscape architecture firm Hoerr Schaudt, is collaborating with Houston’s White Oak Studio on the Gardens’ design, with Dr. William C. Welch of Texas A&M University consulting. The Cherie Flores Garden Pavilion will be designed by world-renowned architect Peter Bohlin, known for designing the iconic glass Apple stores. Tellepsen is the contractor on the project. The grand opening of the McGovern Centennial Gardens is set for October 2014 during Hermann Park’s centennial year.
Founded in 1992, Hermann Park Conservancy is a nonprofit citizens’ organization dedicated to the stewardship and improvement of Hermann Park, one of Houston’s largest and most loved urban parks. Through a public-private partnership with the Houston Parks and Recreation Department, the Conservancy has secured over $110 million toward a $122 million goal for the Centennial Campaign for Hermann Park, which will celebrate its 100th birthday in 2014. Beyond raising millions of dollars toward capital improvements in the Park, the Conservancy oversees programs focused on visitor services, conservation and stewardship, and tree care.
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