BLOG: Discovery Green® honors Sheryl Johns

BLOG: Discovery Green® honors Sheryl Johns

On May 17, board members past and present of the Discovery Green Conservancy gathered on the southwest side of the park to dedicate the newly designed White Garden to Sheryl Johns to commemorate her generous contribution to the park.

Sheryl was one of the founders of Discovery Green and served as the Treasurer from 2008 to 2014; during her tenure, she played a vital role in establishing the financial oversight of the park in its development and early operations. Along with other park founders, Sheryl shared a vision to create a green oasis in the heart of downtown that brought Houstonians of all ages together through free programming including entertainment, fitness classes and more.  

Most recently, Sheryl served as the Vice President for Administration for the Houston Endowment from 1991 to 2016-a philanthropic organization that was instrumental to the creation of Discovery Green. Upon retirement after 25 years of service, the Houston Endowment gave her the opportunity to make a grant to a nonprofit organization of her choice and Discovery Green is thankful to be selected as that organization. In honor of her generous donation to the park, the Discovery Green Conservancy dedicated the White Garden to her.

“This park, as we know it, would not exist without Sheryl’s involvement.  From its earliest days, Sheryl was intimately engaged with all aspects of its construction as well as the creation of its policies and procedures.  From a personal standpoint, she is a dear friend who taught me a great deal about nonprofits and leadership,” says Barry Mandel, President of the Discovery Green Conservancy.

We are immensely grateful for the continuous support from Sheryl. Next time you visit the park we hope you stop by the White Garden near the Listening Vessels bordering Lamar Street.


Houston Endowment—a philanthropic foundation established by Jesse H. and Mary Gibbs Jones in 1937—improves life for the people of greater Houston through its grants to nonprofit organizations and educational institutions. The foundation donates approximately $75 million each year to organizations that support and promote arts and culture, education, the environment, health and human services. To learn more click here.


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