FAQ

General:

Can I host an event at the garden?

When Phase 1 of the garden is complete in 2020, there will be many places to host events like the Events Lawn and the Woodland Glade. These two areas will be available to host intimate weddings, birthdays and other events. There will also be smaller venue spaces for a variety of different gatherings and events.

Where are your offices located?

Our administrative office is located on 3701 Kirby Drive, Suite 992. Eventually, the offices will move to the Garden site.

Why does the city need a botanic garden?

Botanic gardens are major cultural intuitions around the world. Botanic gardens strive to provide an understanding and appreciation for our natural world by educating visitors and inspiring them through beautiful plants and a restorative escape from the concrete jungle. From exotic collections and natural ecosystem gardens, and research and education programs, the Houston Botanic Garden hopes to teach guests about plant species, our diverse ecosystem, and the important role that plants play in our community. We hope that through this natural learning experience, people will be encouraged to grow their own plants and impact positive change in the environment.

Is the garden open to the public?

Phase one of the Houston Botanic Garden, Botanic Beginnings, is scheduled to open in late 2020.

When will construction begin?

The Houston Botanic Garden has already begun to take root with the installation of our Reforestation Tree Farm. The existing clubhouse will undergo renovations in 2018, and construction on the garden is scheduled to begin in 2019.

How is the Houston Botanic Garden being funded?

The Houston Botanic Garden is a non-profit organization, supported by private donations from generous individuals and foundations. Additionally, in 2015, the Houston Botanic Garden signed a long-term lease agreement with the City of Houston, giving us access to the beautiful 120-acre site on Sims Bayou.

Can someone from the Houston Botanic Garden come speak in front of my group?

The Houston Botanic Garden staff get many requests to speak at a variety of organizations, group meetings, and events. We are more than happy to send someone to present - we just ask that you fill out this online form in advance.

Will the botanic garden increase flooding in the nearby community?

Luckily, Sims Bayou performed very well during Hurricane Harvey and the home of the Houston Botanic Garden did not flood. Extensive efforts are being made to mitigate the potential for flooding in the garden and surrounding area in future rain events in addition to teaching visitors ways that we can reduce flooding as a community. Plans include installing stormwater wetland detention ponds, wet prairies, and planting for flood mitigation.

How much will it cost to enter the Houston Botanic Garden?

We are studying admission policies, discounted admissions, and membership options at other botanic gardens around the country and other similar institutions in Houston. Our goal is for the Houston Botanic Garden to be accessible and a great value, likely costing less than a ticket at the movie theater.

Will neighbors have free access to the garden?

We want all Houstonians to be able to enjoy the garden. Portions of Houston Botanic Garden, including a picnic grove and the wetlands gardens, will be free and open to the public. We expect that the garden’s neighbors will be some of the most frequent guests.

How can I get involved?

There are many ways to be a friend of the Houston Botanic Garden. We will have many volunteer opportunities prior to opening including tree plantings, programming support, administrative work, and more. The garden is committed to being a good neighbor and an asset to this area. We want to keep the lines of communication open with the surrounding neighborhoods and work together. This truly is Houston’s garden, and we need the passion and energy from Houstonians to bring the garden to life.

Where can I go to golf now?

For a complete list of municipal golf courses, visit http://www.houstontx.gov/municipalgolf/. Gus Wortham Park Golf Course is undergoing renovations and is expected to open later in 2018.


About the design:

The site is filled with birds and nature. What will the construction do to this beautiful environment?

The Houston Botanic Garden will build natural ecosystem gardens to create habitat for native wildlife. For example, we plan to plant native trees to attract birds on the Central Flyway Migration Corridor. The garden’s goal is to restore habitats and teach guests about wildlife conservation. We have also partnered with Houston Audubon to conduct regular bird counts. Our hope is to not only maintain but bring back more of the native bird species to the area. We hope you will come volunteer and count birds with us.

This will increase traffic in the area—will Park Place Boulevard be able to handle the extra traffic flow?

The City of Houston has committed $1 million towards renovating Park Place Boulevard to improve traffic and mobility. The city and the Houston Botanic Garden are also working closely with affected stakeholders, including nearby schools, churches, and businesses.

Will we be able to use the pedestrian/cart bridges to cross over the bayou?

We understand access across the bayou is important to the community. The Houston Botanic Garden is partnering with Houston Parks Board and evaluating options to allow public access across the bayou and connecting to the Bayou Greenway hike and bike trails.

Will parking be free?

Yes, parking at the garden will be free.