Exhibit traces Houston's history through its gardens

Houston’s historical timeline is typically highlighted with the Allen brothers’ founding of the city in 1836, oil booms and busts, NASA and the rise of a glitzy skyline that sparkles over once-muddy streets.

The exhibit, which opens with a reception 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday, will include images and stories of historical gardens, a juried presentation of recent public and private garden design and a McDugald Steele-designed vignette.

An obvious milestone is the 14-acre formal and informal woodlands at Bayou Bend, the Latin Colonial home of the late philanthropist and garden visionary Ima Hogg.

While researching the exhibit, Moore discovered three major ideas influencing home garden design at the turn of the century: house and garden integrated for living, a particular style for both and the suggestion of country living.

[…] it was mostly the wealthy who could afford gardens, and the public park was where people went to see exuberant flowering displays, enjoy social time walking the promenade and get away from the density of the city.

Buffalo Bayou Park, a 2.3-mile stretch of green belt between Shepherd and Sabine, is being transformed into a gem, not only with more amenities for users, but also with an emphasis on restoring and preserving landscapes that were altered during the years.

Today, Houston is bursting with garden clubs, plant societies and nurseries that share the tools and know-how to again grow food at home, plant wildlife habitats and try the latest cultivars.Imaginative individual gardens thrive, new place-makers in a sprawling city landscape.    

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