Gardens at Discovery Green
Wetland and Gardens
Waste Management Inc. Gardens
Lining the north shore of Kinder Lake, this is the park’s largest garden and includes wetland plants (Louisiana Iris and Whitetop Sedge on the lake side of its gravel path) and upland grasses (Giant Liriope, Dwarf Maiden Grass, Karly Rose Fountain Grass and Gulf Coast Muhly) on the upland side.
Lindsey Garden & Cooper Industries Garden
At the eastern end of Kinder Lake, these water gardens contain Louisiana Iris, Yellow Flag Iris, Pickerel Rush, Variegated Water Celery, Lizard’s Tail and Arrow Arum. Water Lilies float further out in the water.
Vinson & Elkins Garden
An upland slope shaded by large Red Oaks and Silver Maples, this gateway garden from downtown offers large expanses of Giant Liriope and Gulf Coast Muhly that envelope and protect the John P. McGovern Children’s Playground.
The Brown Foundation Promenade
Devon Energy Global Garden
Located next to Bracewell Plaza and along Lamar Street, this garden highlights plants from around the world that immigrated to Houston with her diverse population. This garden includes Mexican Heather and Sedum, Hybrid Pride of Barbados, Chinese Goddess Bamboo, French Lavender, Korean Boxwood, English Thyme and African Iris.
Lily Chen Foster Garden
Located where the Andrea and Bill White Promenade meets Lamar Street, a variety of lilies highlight this garden, including Spider Lily, Daylilies, Lily of the Nile, White Rain Lily, Giant Crinum Lily, and Black-Eyed Stella Daylily.
Jimi Derrick's Arbor
Shaded by the Nancy G. Kinder Oak—the largest of the Live Oaks moved to The Brown Foundation Promenade—this shade garden includes Indica and Encore Azaleas, Sasanqua and Japanese Camelias, Holly Fern, Reeves’ Spirea and Asian Jasmine.
The Wortham Foundation Gardens
Bernice Hevrdejs Butterfly Garden & Sanders Hummingbird Garden
Designed to attract birds and butterflies, these side-by-side gardens are full of plants with bright flowers, including Coral Fountain Plant, Native Turk’s Cap, Hamaelia, Compact Blue Butterfly, Cherry Chief Sage, Winecups, Yellow Cestrum, Yellow and Red Shrimp Plants, Blue Princess Verbena, Pentas, and African Bauhinia.
Allen Family Rose Garden
Located next to Jimi Derrick’s Arbor and the Transier Bandstand, old and adapted roses can be found in this garden, including Republic of Texas, Ducher, Mutabilis, Rouleti, Double Knock-out, Old Blush, Iceberg, Nearly Wild, Martha Gonzales and Buff Beauty Roses.
Clea and Chapman's Garden
Located at the corner of Avenida de las Americas and Lamar, this corner garden offers a bright display of sun-loving annuals, including Pansies, Periwinkle, Begonias and Snapdragons at different times of year, and perennials, including Salvia, Rudbeckia, Foxtail Fern, Asian Jasmine, Dwarf Abelia and Dwarf Gardenia.
Jackie Martin Family Scent Garden
Located between the Riley Family Fountain and the Maconda O’Connor Listening Vessels, this garden offers scents and smells of all different types from Oregano, Rosemary, Sweetspire, Phlox, Gardenia, Night Blooming Jasmine, Alyssum, “Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow” and Skinner’s Banana Shrub.
Mary Lents Native Plant Garden
Texas native shrubs and flowers can be found in this garden, which is located between the Riley Family Fountain and the Grace Event Lawn. There are simply too many plants to list, but they include several varieties of Sage, Red Yucca, Guara, Viburnum, Salvia, Chile Pequin, Mexican Mint Marigold, Esperanza and Gulf Coast Penstemon.
Fulbright & Jaworski LLP Garden
Tropicals thrive in Houston’s climate as this garden shows with its Hibiscus, Plumbago, Bird of Paradise, Croton, Bouganvillea, Bromeliad, Candlebush, Dwarf Oleander, Ixora, Shell Ginger, and Natal Plum.
Michelle Rozzell Bulb Garden
Located beyond the Hagstette Putting Green, this garden highlights bulbs, including Cyclamen, Pfitzer’s Dwarf Cannas, Aspidistra, So Sweet Hosta, Walking Iris, Autumn Crocus, Amaryllis, several varieties of Hyacinth, Daffodils, Narcissus, Freesia, Scilla, Montbertia, and, of course, Tulips.
About the Landscape
Designed by Hargreaves Associates and Lauren Griffith Associates, the park’s landscapes offer a whole world of nature in the middle of downtown Houston. There are three large areas of gardens that are linked by the Andrea and Bill White Promenade. The White Promenade is lined by shady Mexican Sycamores.
Top photo by David A. Brown; bottom photo by Lauren Griffith.