Beautiful, accessible, even educational public gardens offer delights for travelers all over the state who want to get close to Nature. Visitors can explore a variety of gardens: botanical, estate, lily, rose, herb, cottage, wildflower, and more.
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Touring Texas Gardens

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Beautiful, accessible, even educational public gardens offer delights for travelers all over the state who want to get close to Nature. Visitors can explore a variety of gardens: botanical, estate, lily, rose, herb, cottage, wildflower, and more.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781461732846
  • Publisher: Taylor Trade Publishing
  • Publication date: 7/19/2002
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 270
  • File size: 4 MB

Table of Contents

Part 1 Welcome to the Best-Kept Secret in Texas 1
The Five Different States of Texas 4
When to Visit Texas Gardens 5
The Garden in Winter 6
Spring in the Garden 7
Coping with the Texas Summer 7
The Blessings of Autumn 8
What to Expect in Texas Gardens 9
Native Plants 9
Hardy Adapted Plants 11
Specialty Gardens 11
What the Gardens Expect of You 12
Visiting Gardens on Private Property 13
If You Live and Garden in Texas 13
Making the Most of Your Guidebook 14
Part 2 The Gardens of North Texas 15
Dallas 17
Dallas Arboretum 17
Texas Discovery Gardens and Conservatory 22
Ennis 27
State Bluebonnet Trail 27
Fort Worth 29
Fort Worth Botanic Garden 29
Japanese Garden in Fort Worth Botanic Garden 33
Weston Gardens in Bloom 35
McKinney 40
Crump's Gardens Christmas Open House 40
The Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary Native Plant Garden 41
The World Collection of Crape Myrtles 44
Paris 45
Pine Branch Daylily Garden 45
Sherman 47
Texoma Landscapes 47
Waco 50
The Earle-Harrison House and Gardens on Fifth Street 50
Homestead Heritage Traditional Crafts Village 52
Weatherford 54
Chandor Gardens 54
Whitewright 57
Whitewright Old Rose and Garden Tour 57
Finding More Gardens in North Texas 60
Part 3 The Gardens of East Texas 63
Athens 65
East Texas Arboretum and Botanical Society 65
Beaumont 67
Beaumont Botanical Gardens 67
The Warren Loose Conservatory 70
McFaddin-Ward House 71
Chandler 73
Blue Moon Gardens 73
Gladewater 75
Mrs. Helen Lee's Daffodil Garden 75
Jefferson 78
Jessie Allen Wise Garden Club Historical Pilgrimage Tour 78
Kilgore 80
Texas Shakespeare Garden 80
Marshall 82
Starr Family State Historical Park 82
Nacogdoches 84
Stephen F. Austin Mast Arboretum 84
Ruby M. Mize Azalea Garden 87
Stephen F. Austin State University Pineywoods Native Plant Center 88
Orange 90
Pinehurst Garden 90
Tyler 93
Azalea and Spring Flower Trail 93
Breedlove Nursery 95
Municipal Rose Garden 97
Finding More Flowers in East Texas 99
Part 4 The Gardens of Central Texas 101
Austin 104
It's About Thyme 104
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center 105
Mayfield Park Garden 111
The Natural Gardener 113
Zilker Botanical Garden 117
Brenham 123
Ellison's Greenhouses, Inc 123
Bryan-College Station 125
Texas A&M University Horticultural Gardens 125
Dripping Springs 129
Pure Luck Organics/Pure Luck Grade A Goat Dairy 129
Fredericksburg 133
Fredericksburg Butterfly Ranch and Habitat 133
Fredericksburg Herb Farm 135
The Japanese Garden of Peace 137
Wildseed Farms 139
Georgetown 141
City of Poppies 141
Harwood 143
Kactus Korral 143
Independence 144
The Antique Rose Emporium 144
Kerrville 152
Riverside Nature Center 152
Lampasas 154
Hickory Hill Herbs and Antique Roses 154
Round Top 155
The City of Round Top 155
The McAshan Herb Gardens at Festival Hill 156
San Antonio 159
Japanese Tea Garden (Chinese Tea Garden, Sunken Garden) 159
King William Historical District 163
Marion Koogler McNay Art Museum 164
Paseo del Rio/Riverwalk 166
San Antonio Botanical Garden 167
Schultze House Cottage Garden 173
Finding More Flowers in Central Texas 174
Part 5 The Gardens of South Texas 177
Alamo 179
Sunderland's Cactus Garden 179
Aransas Pass 181
Newbury Park Hummingbird Garden 181
Brookshire 184
Lilypons Water Gardens 184
Corpus Christi 185
Corpus Christi Botanical Gardens 185
Galveston 187
Moody Gardens Rain Forest Pytramid 187
Hempstead 192
Peckerwood Garden 192
Houston 194
Bayou Bend 194
Cockrell Butterfly Center at the Houston Museum of Natural Science 199
River Oaks Garden Club Garden and Azalea Trail 201
Houston Garden Center in Hermann Park 203
Humble-Houston 206
Mercer Arboretum and Botanic Gardens 206
McAllen 210
McAllen Botanical Gardens and Nature Center 210
Rockport-Fulton 213
Annual Hummer/Bird Celebration 213
Rockport Demonstration Bird Garden and Wetlands Pond 216
Victoria 218
Four Seasons Garden Center 218
Victoria Memorial Rose Garden 219
Weslaco 221
Valley Nature Center 221
Finding More Flowers in South Texas 223
Part 6 The Gardens of West Texas 225
Alpine 229
Sul Ross State University Cactus Garden 229
Amarillo 230
Amarillo Botanical Gardens 230
Del Rio 232
Whitehead Memorial Museum 232
El Paso 234
Chihuahuan Desert Gardens of the Centennial Museum at the University of Texas at El Paso 234
El Paso Municipal Rose Garden 236
Texas A&M Agricultural Research and Extension Center 238
Fort Davis 239
Chihuahuan Desert Research Institute and Visitor Center 239
Hotel Limpia Herb Garden 241
Hale Center 243
Bell Park Cacti Garden 243
Lajitas-Terlingua 244
Barton Warnock Environmental Education Center 244
Lubbock 246
Lubbock Memorial Arboretum 246
Mineral Wells 248
Clark Gardens 248
San Angelo 251
San Angelo City Parks and International Water Lily Collection 251
Finding More Gardens in West Texas 253
Appendix A 255
The Author's Texas Gardens Awards 255
Appendix B 257
A Dozen Don't-Miss Gardens for Rose Lovers 257
Appendix C 258
Six Gardens with Great Conservatories for Tropical Plants 258
Appendix D 259
Some Gardens by Theme 259
Index of Gardens 267
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