Garden Mount at McGovern Centennial Gardens in Hermann ParkI am looking forward to the completion of these new gardens in Hermann Park.  The most interesting design element is this “Garden Mount”, which can be seen from the Museum of Natural Science.  A handicap-accessible ramp spirals up to the top of the mount, from which we will be able to view and appreciate all 15 acres of the McGovern Centennial Gardens.  The new gardens will still have the rose gardens for which this park is known, and will add a woodland garden, a celebration garden, and an international sculpture promenade.  A water cascade will run from the top of the mount to a reflection pond.  To teach children about gardening and healthy eating, an interactive family garden will provide fruit, vegetable and herb beds.  We Houstonians really love our green space, so here’s hoping the kids will be able to (literally) roll up their sleeves and get their hands dirty!

The new McGovern Centennial Gardens mark the one hundredth anniversary of Hermann Park.  The re-opening of the gardens is planned for Saturday, October 18, 2014.  Hermann Park (and the new gardens) are located 3.55 miles from downtown West University Place.