Unlike an arboretum or nature center, the Houston Botanic Garden is a museum of plants with evolving, curated collections to inspire home gardeners and inform scientists, as well as entertain and educate more casual visitors. The opening festivities happen across four weekends through early November, each celebrating a different Houston cultural community. This weekend’s focus is Latin America. Later activities highlight Asia, Africa and the Mediterranean.
Located just across Interstate 45 from Hobby Airport, the 132-acre green space has been transformed during the past two years from its previous life as the Glenbrook municipal golf course.
The 3-acre Global Collection is the star of the show, with zones featuring a mix of time-tested, rare and experimental plants from around the world that were chosen for their suitability to survive in Houston’s hot, humid climate.
For information including visiting hours, parking, admissions prices, membership and volunteering go to hbg.org
Field trip anyone?