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Mercer Arboretum and Botanic Gardens

Plants from around the world, including those found in tropical rainforests, deserts and wetlands are found at Mercer Arboretum and Botanic Gardens. Located northeast of Houston in Humble, the gardens showcase Texas' native plants, including wildflowers, meat-eating plants and endangered species. Miles of nature trails, a butterfly nursery, koi ponds, picnic areas and guided tours are also available. Don't miss monthly programs, such as Master Gardener Morning and the Lunch Bunch.

Ornamental Horticulture for Houston and the Gulf Coast Area

A public service website dedicated to helping ornamental gardeners in the warmer climates along the Gulf Coast and the Houston, TX area learn more about all aspects of ornamental horticulture in this growing region and acquire useful, accurate information on a wide variety of ornamental horticultural topics.

River Oaks Garden Club

Explore the 14 acre gardens, part of the American Decorative Arts Wing -- Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

The heavy wooded 14 acres along Buffalo Bayou include eight formal gardens. Each are unique in their own way. Three of these are named for statues of goddess and muse that preside over their area, Clio, Diana, and Euturpe. The other gardens are named White, East, Butterfly and Carla.

J. Kolenovsky's Native Wildlife Habitat

Nestled in the heart of Houston in an incorporated city called Bellaire, lies a native plant habitat that draws people from surrounding areas to behold and inquire. The habitat was once barren and with years of patience and soil amendments such as compost, it became a fertile area teeming with native botanical growth.

J. Kolenovsky is a public speaker for the National Wildlife Federation, the Native Plant Society of Texas, Houston Chapter and promotes native and organic gardening through his website, "Celestial Habitats" at

Japanese Garden


Hermann Park

This garden, next to the Jones Reflection Pool, represents serenity and harmony, and is an escape from everyday metropolitan life. Stroll through the shaded paths and take in the beauty and simplicity of Japan (713) 284-1914 or visit the Japanese Garden Society.

Space Center Houston

Space Center Houston is a place where people can experience space -- from its dramatic history and exciting present to its compelling future. Space Center Houston is the only place on Earth that gives guests an out-of-this-world journey through human adventures into space.

Houston Museum of Natural Science

Founded in 1909, the purpose of the Houston Museum of Natural Science has always been to "enhance in individuals the knowledge and delight in natural science and related subjects..." To this very day, this purpose is carried out in every project, program and exhibition associated with the museum.

As we enter a new century, the Houston Museum of Natural Science is ranked as the nation's 4th most highly attended Museum. It's also the most highly attended attraction in Texas, with an annual attendance of over two million visitors.

Official Guide to Houston

Picture yourself traveling by train through a tank full of shimmering sharks, catching your breath as you soar along a city's glistening skyline in the carriage of a Ferris wheel and enjoying the freshest seafood meal you can find.

Now imagine all of this in one great place - downtown Houston.

Whether it's your first time in Houston, Texas or your first time back in years, the Official Guide to Houston is your ticket to dining, attractions, the arts, hotels, entertainment, shopping, fashion, sports, real estate, relocation, maps, special events, weather and tourist/visitor information in the Houston area.

The Museum of Printing History

The Museum of Printing History provides entertaining, affordable and family-oriented education with hands-on demonstrations, exhibits and artifacts focusing on the importance of printed words and art in the full sweep of history since the invention of printing in Asia and Europe.

Their mission is to "exhibit, preserve and demonstrate the books, machines and artifacts that illustrate the inseparable relationship between a responsible free press, a literate society, knowledgeable people and freedom."