Houston’s Newest Garden

Yes America, or at least Central Houston, after months of delay due to weather the McGovern Centennial Gardens at Hermann Park are finally open. These new gardens abandon the style descended from a 1930s garden operated by the Houston Garden Club. Sadly the historic Garden Center was not saved, presumably due to its age, but the new center nicely frames the visual impression the designers intended when approaching from the new parking lot. The eye is naturally drawn across a central lawn to the “Garden Mound” an artificial hill whose summit is approached by a spiral walk reminiscent of an ancient temple. The summit has three benches with the “If you think in terms of a year, plant a seed; if in terms of ten years, plant trees; if in terms of 100 years, teach the people” quote attributed to Confucius. From the benches you can see the entire garden, including the pagoda that was moved and restored, along with the numerous statues scattered about the park, including Dr. King, Gandhi, O’Higgins, De Vaca and many others. It will surely become a popular location for Quinceanera, graduation, engagement, and children’s photos. Once there are more flowers blooming I will certainly post more photos. Yes America, or at least Central Houston, after months of delay due to weather the McGovern Centennial Gardens at Hermann Park are finally open. These new gardens abandon the style descended from a 1930s garden operated by the Houston Garden Club. Sadly the historic Garden Center was not saved, presumably due to its age, but the new center nicely frames the visual impression the designers intended when approaching from the new parking lot. The eye is naturally drawn across a central lawn to the “Garden Mound” an artificial hill whose summit is approached by a spiral walk reminiscent of an ancient temple. The summit has three benches with the “If you think in terms of a year, plant a seed; if in terms of ten years, plant trees; if in terms of 100 years, teach the people” quote attributed to Confucius. From the benches you can see the entire garden, including the pagoda that was moved and restored, along with the numerous statues scattered about the park, including Dr. King, Gandhi, O’Higgins, De Vaca and many others. It will surely become a popular location for Quinceanera, graduation, engagement, and children’s photos. Once there are more flowers blooming I will certainly post more photos.

 

copyright Joshua House 2015

The view from atop the Garden Mound at the McGovern Centennial Gardens in Hermann Park, Houston TX

 

Copyright Joshua House 2015

The reflecting pool (with it’s fountains off) of the McGovern Centennial Gardens reflects the Garden Mound, Sky, and buildings from the Texas Medical Center.

Additional images of mine from around Houston can be found here:

http://joshua-house.artistwebsites.com/art/all/all/all/houston

 

PS, later this week thoughts on a couple places I’ve had lunch this month.

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