Houston Botanic Garden
Houston Botanic Garden Houston, Texas
Project timeline: 2014 - ongoing
Client: Houston Botanic Garden
Scope: Botanic Garden Master Plan, Concept through Construction Documents
Size: 120 acres
With: West 8 urban design & landscape architecture, p.c.
Claire Agre, Principal & Senior Landscape Architect
Consultants: Overland Partners, Dykema Architects, Texas Community Watershed Partners, Clark Condon Associates, Walter P Moore, SiteWorks, Berg Oliver, IAN+A, Sweeney Associates, Bos Lighting, Minor Design
Houston’s first botanic garden will open to the public in 2020 with the completion of Phase One, “Botanic Beginnings.” 120 acres of botanic gardens, wetlands, a children’s garden and nature play area, picnic groves, tree farms, trails, and event lawns will welcome Houstonians from all walks of life. Houston Botanic Garden’s first phase will be emblematic of the energy and diversity of Houston, America’s fastest-growing and most multicultural city. Like the world’s preeminent botanic gardens, it will showcase international plant collections to inspire and bring joy, while supporting a greater mission of conserving plant diversity in Houston and around the world.
An incredible, rolling site bisected by the Sims Channel and ringed by an ancient bayou, the garden will offer a true escape from the city. Guests will arrive via a new vehicular bridge across the bayou, greeted by an allée of Live Oaks interplanted with diverse trees from across the world.
The “Global Collection Garden,” the main Phase One collections, begins here, on the island’s highpoint. Three zones organize Tropical, Subtropical, and Arid collections from around the globe into a meandering, romantic garden. Further along, Houston’s rich diversity of cuisine is celebrated in the “Edible Garden,” which showcases a diverse array of fruits, vegetables, nuts, and more. Last, the two-acre “Susan Garver Discovery Garden” features some of the wildest and most appealing plants for children, including carnivorous plants and water-loving species. A maze of boardwalks, a sandy beach, and naturalistic play structures allow children to spend time exploring the natural world at close range.