We’re ready for the big reveal at the Houston Botanic Garden!
Gates open at 9 a.m. tomorrow at the Houston Botanic Garden, the newest gem on Houston’s garden and horticultural scene, with Triple-S Compost products throughout the attraction. Located on the 132-acre site of the former Glenbrook Golf Course just inside I-45 south along Sims Bayou, the Houston Botanic Garden includes stunning and meticulously planned garden spaces, hiking trails, walking tours, water features and much more.
The long-awaited project reveal is the culmination of months of hard work with installation partner Landscape Art. Triple-S Compost supplied bulk soils, mulches and composts throughout the site. Stone and boulder work was provided by A&A Stone and Masonry, with whom Triple-S has partnered on numerous projects.
Triple-S Compost products are a natural fit for the Houston Botanic Garden, whose designers sought to optimize sustainability and highlight Houston’s ecosystems. Triple-S Compost’s Grant Hileman said, “Our premium green-waste products improve the underlying soils of the gardens by adding beneficial nutrients back into the landscape,” he said. “The result is a healthier garden that requires less water, less fertilizer and fewer pesticides.”
Triple-S enjoys strong records of success with both Landscape Art and A&A Stone and Masonry, and this project was no exception. “We appreciate the opportunity to work with these partners on this important project,” Hileman said. “What an honor to play a role in creating a beautiful, sustainable space that will be enjoyed and cherished in Houston for generations to come.”
The results are stunning — the Houston Chronicle calls it a “discernable natural wonderland.” Visitors enter the complex by driving up Park Place Boulevard, just off of I-45 South, and then turning onto a newly constructed bridge that crosses over the Sims Bayou meander to a parking lot, picnic area and welcome pavilion.
Phase I of the garden, accomplished with $35 million of an $80 million master plan, includes the following spaces:
- The Susan Garver Family Discovery Garden highlights hands-on ways families can engage with nature, and includes water features, a boardwalk maze surrounding a lagoon, and plenty of space to explore.
- The Global Collection Garden is a colorful, three-acre space where visitors can discover plant species from around the world that flourish in Houston’s climate.
- The Culinary Garden showcases edible and medicinal plants.
- A Woodland Glade provides an outdoor wedding and event space with magnolia trees and sculpted hedges.
- The Natural Ecosystems includes stormwater wetlands and coastal prairie with wild grasses and educational programming.
Organizers say Houston’s diversity and cultural richness are reflected in the garden’s design. To that end, each of the opening season’s four weekends will celebrate the plants, food and culture of a different region of the world. Sept. 18-20, it’s Latin America; Oct. 2-4, Asia; Oct. 16-18, Africa; and Oct. 30-Nov. 1, the Mediterranean.
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