Houston Places | McGovern Centennial Gardens

Cherie Flores Garden Pavilion

I started a new series on The Simple Detail called Houston Places. I want to share with you my favorite places that I have been to. One of my favorite places is McGovern Centennial Gardens.

Last Spring I went to McGovern Centennial Gardens for the first time. Walking up to the entrance, and into the pavilion, I remember seeing a photographer taking photographs of a graduate with big gold numbered 2 0 1 7  balloons swaying in the warm Spring air. As Scott and I ventured in, I kept on seeing more photographers and their dressed up clients. I also saw families relaxing on the lush Centennial Green and couples hand in hand walking through the Rose Garden . It really was as beautifully pictured as I had seen it on someone’s Instagram page. Truly a fashion blogger’s dream!

 McGovern Centennial Gardens is located on 1500 Hermann Drive, Houston, TX  77004 and they are open from 9 am to 5 pm everyday and free to the public. The McGovern Centennial Gardens hours change seasonally. The Gardens stay open later during the summer months between Memorial Day and Labor Day and close earlier during the shorter winter months. The Gardens are closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas day.

Explore the Gardens

Cherie Flores Garden Pavilion

Cherie Flores Garden Pavilion

To commemorate Hermann Park’s centennial in 2014, Hermann Park Conservancy transformed the former Houston Garden Center site into the eight-acre McGovern Centennial Gardens. The Gardens were custom-made for Hermann Park and add a new dimension to Houston’s garden attractions. Visitors can explore a variety of themed garden rooms arranged situated along a spacious central lawn, the Centennial Green, and are home to more than 490 new trees of over 50 species, 760 hedge shrubs, 55,000 perennial bulbs, 650 azaleas and 4.5 acres of grass. They include the Arid Garden, the Rose Garden, the Celebration Garden, and the Woodland Garden, and an educational Family Garden, which produces seasonal vegetables, herbs and fruit trees. The main entry into the Gardens is through the Cherie Flores Garden Pavilion, which was designed by Peter Bohlin, architect of Apple stores worldwide.

Celebration Garden – rental venue

Cherie Flores Garden Pavilion– rental venue

Arid Garden

Family Garden

Hawkins Sculpture Walk

Rose Garden

Pergola Walk

Tudor Family Pine Hill Walk

Woodland Garden

The Friendship Pavilion

Click here for a map of the Gardens.

Click here for information on guided tours of the Gardens.

McGovern Centennial Gardens

Centennial Green

Garden Etiquette

For your enjoyment and safety, and to preserve and protect this Garden:

  • Leash your dogs (6′ max) and clean up their waste.
  • Do not pick flowers or plants, and please stay out of planting beds.
  • Walk your bicycle.
  • Scooters/Skateboards/Skates are prohibited.
  • No active or team sports, and no exercise groups.
  • No open flames or barbecues.
  • Keep out of the cascade, pools, and fountains.
  • Groups require an advance reservation.
  • Weddings in the garden require a reservation.
McGovern Centennial Gardens

Arid Garden

Rose Garden

Rose Garden

Information provided by Hermann Park Conservancy

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