News at the Garden

Recent Press

"4 Things We Know About the Houston Botanic"

Houstonia Magazine, May 29, 2018

"Virtual tour offers bird's eye view of new Botanic Garden"

Chron, May 9, 2018

"Houston Botanic Garden starts transformation of former golf course"

Houston Business Journal, April 16, 2018

"Houston Botanic Garden takes root with a tree farm"

Houston Chronicle, April 11, 2018

"Houston to begin Botanic Garden construction"

KTRK, Channel 13, March 12, 2018

"Houston Botanic Garden To Open In 2020"

Houston Public Media, March 8, 2018

"Houston's Glenbrook Golf Course to become a botanic garden this spring"

Houston Chronicle, March 7, 2018

"People in business: Laura Easton joins HBG as Vice President of development and marketing"

San Antonio Express, March 7, 2018

"There She Goes: Claudia Vassar Tends to Houston's Newest Cultural Institution"

Local Houston Magazine, January 2018

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Winter 2016 Newsletter


Houston Botanic Garden and Trees For Houston are installing a tree farm - all hands on deck!


Do I have to show up right at 8 and stay until 12?

We strongly encourage our volunteers to be on time in order to most efficiently run the event. Trees For Houston will lead a brief information session at 8 a.m. to let volunteers know exactly what the morning will entail. While we hope that volunteers stay for the entire time, we understand life is busy and you might need to check out a bit early.

Do I need to bring anything?

Close-toed shoes and clothes you don't mind getting a little dirty! We will provide the equipment, sunscreen, bug spray, water, and light refreshments. Those who would like to bring their own gloves should feel free to do so.

Can kids attend?

Absolutely! Everyone is welcome to come and help out. There will be jobs for people of all ages.

Do I need to RSVP?

We prefer that you RSVP to Mariah Lawhon at to make this the best experience possible for all volunteers.

I don't know anything about trees or gardening. Is that an issue?

This is not an issue at all. We will train you on everything you need to know. Our goal is for the morning to be fun and educational, while planting trees that will benefit Houston for generations to come!

We hope to see you there!


Come support the Houston Botanic Garden at the District 1 Community Meeting!


We're hiring! See the information below for our open Vice President of Horticulture position.

Applications are being received exclusively by Kittleman & Associates, LLC. Please send a letter of introduction and a current resume to Megan Monaco,

VP of Horticulture Position Guide

VP of Horticulture Job Description


9/6/2017 Post Hurricane Harvey Garden Update

The devastation of Hurricane Harvey is heartbreaking. We are heartbroken that many of our fellow green spaces were inundated, including Mercer Arboretum and Buffalo Bayou Park who sustained major damage. Hurricane Harvey is a reminder to us that we have an important role to fill in researching and educating about our natural environment. By understanding the role plants play in creating a sustainable environment, HBG will contribute to Houston being stronger in the future.

While so many have suffered tremendously, we are grateful that the Houston Botanic Garden’s site fared well. Sims Bayou never left its banks around the future Garden site. We are in the middle of designing phase 1 and are carefully exploring the best ways to ensure the Garden stays safe from potential flooding in the future.

Our thoughts continue to be with all those still recovering and rebuilding.

With gratitude,

Nancy Abendshein and Claudia Gee Vassar

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