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McGovern Centennial Gardens Debut At Hermann Park

Visitors will get a preview before the gardens open in December.


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gardensThe gardens’ arbor walks lead to the 30-foot mount.


Walk through the breezeway of the McGovern Centennial Gardens, and you’re transported to a world of greenery.

The 15-acre site is the park’s largest improvement project ever. It cost $31 million and took about eight years to complete. Doreen Stoller is the Executive Director of the Hermann Park Conservancy.

“Hermann Park is a great community equalizer,” she said. “You come here on a pretty weekend, you will hear a dozen different languages spoken and people enjoy just being with each other here.”

Stoller says the gardens will make that experience even more memorable. Take a detour on the arbor walks, and you’ll find yourself in one of the gardens’ many hideaways. There’s a community orchard, a rose garden, a celebration room and a trail of historic statues.

At the end of lawn is one of the gardens’ most striking features, a 30-foot hill called the mount. There’s a winding trail that spirals along its side, giving visitors a 360-degree view of Hermann Park as they make their way to the top.

Stoller says the recent rainfall slowed down construction, but she hopes the gardens will be ready to open by December. This weekend’s ribbon cutting ceremony will give Houstonians a sneak peak.

The ribbon cutting for the gardens takes place Saturday morning at 9:30. The celebration runs through the afternoon and is free and open to the public.

sprawling lawn
The sprawling lawn is visible from the top of the mount.

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