Houston Botanic Garden is open with COVID-19 safety protocols in place. Facemasks are required to visit. View Garden Rules.

Houston Botanic Garden is open with COVID-19 safety protocols in place. Facemasks are required to visit. View Garden Rules.



Celebrating Africa
Opening Season Weekends: October 16-18

Saturday, October 17, 2020
Cultural Event

Join us to see and learn more about how cultures of continental Africa and the African diaspora use a variety of plants that are featured in our global collection. We will also have Jamaican cuisine from the Cool Runnings food truck, fresh juices from Juice Works Juice Bar, and Popston popsicles available for purchase.

Download the Africa Regional Guide – with Garden map, schedule of events, and plant facts.

*Please note, demonstrations and performances are included in cost of general admission; schedule and demonstrations are subject to change.

Ivy Leaf Farms
9 to 11 a.m. (Continuous Demonstrations)
Ivy Lorraine Walls will share how Ivy Leaf Farms is providing neighborhood beautification and creating sustainable access to healthy food in Houston’s Sunnyside neighborhood.

URME Coffee
9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (Continuous Demonstrations)
The URME Coffee team will present the coffee process from planting to roasting, and share about the Kenyan farmers who work hard to grow their beans.

Sweetwater Farms HTX
9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Continuous Demonstrations)
Chaz Daughtry will share how of Sweetwater Farms HTX – in partnership with Texas Women’s Empowerment Foundation – engages young people in urban agriculture through farm-to-table experiences and entrepreneurship.

Ingoma Planet
2 p.m. (Performance)
A team of Burundi master drummers dressed in colorful robes will hammer out compelling rhythms and complex syncopations in a mesmerizing performance full of energy, grace, and pure athletism.

Cassava and Healing Plants
2 to 4 p.m. (Continuous Demonstrations)
Congolese refugee women in FAM Houston’s Women’s Empowerment Group will demonstrate the communal process of making sombe and fufu from the leaves and tubers of cassava plants and present on the uses of traditional healing plants. 

Learn from home as well by viewing the our virtual lecture at any time throughout the weekend:

The Roots of Africa in Caribbean Cuisine
Chef Keisha Griggs – owner of Ate Kitchen and Bocage Catering – will discuss the African heritage of Caribbean plants and food. She will also demonstrate how to cook Trinidadian dishes utilizing produce harvested from around the African diaspora.

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