Source: Greater Southeast District
By: MK Bower

Seven months into the yearlong centennial celebration of Hermann Park, a culmination remains on the horizon with the grand opening of the McGovern Centennial Gardens.

The 13-month transformation of the 15-acre site formerly home to the Houston Garden Center will reach its zenith on Oct. 18 with the grand opening of the McGovern Centennial Gardens, a homage to the lore of Hermann Park (6100 Hermann Drive) and its ties with Houstonians.

The new McGovern Centennial Gardens will offer tastes of the traditional (a rose garden) and the modern (an interactive family garden, an arid garden, a 30-foot garden mount, and a sculpture promenade featuring public art donated by countries around the globe).

The Houston Garden Center was beloved as a community focal point, serving as a hub for patrons to gather and admire the natural beauty of the city and for children to discover an oasis of nature centered in a booming metropolis. The McGovern Centennial Gardens will maximize all that its predecessor had to offer, both in aesthetics and functionality.

For all the scenic wonder developed by the collaborative team of Hoerr Schaudt (landscape architecture), White Oak Studio (garden design) and Dr. William C. Welch (consultant), the new parking lot on Hermann Drive will increase accessibility and traffic flow. The new Cherie Flores Garden Pavilion, designed by famed architect Peter Bohlin of Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, will draw eyeballs while the pedestrian and vehicular entrances along Hermann Drive will expedite access from neighboring residential areas and cultural landmarks including the Children's Museum, the Health Museum, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston...Read more on