August 2021

Plants, Sunshine, Water: Time at Houston Botanic Garden Is Just What Doctor Ordered

Nature has served generations of people around the world as a source of meaning and healing since time began. Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, people are increasingly appreciating nature's role in improving physical, mental, and emotional wellness.

Have you visited the Garden recently to soak up your daily dose of nature?

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to weigh on minds and impact lives throughout the community, Houston Botanic Garden is a place for serenity, escape, and healing. The gardens, educational programming, and special events help each one of us connect with nature as we soak in the biodiverse beauty.

*Now through August 31, add to your online cart two or more general admission tickets (in multiples of two) for a date in August, and get one of the two tickets (of equal or lessor value) free! Offer available ONLY for tickets purchased online, not at the ticket window on-site. No promo code needed. Discount is built in to our online ticketing system. 

Houston Botanic Garden's dazzling light show Houston's next great holiday tradition

Direct from sold-out runs in London and Chicago, Lightscape is coming to the Houston Botanic Garden this holiday season. The beautifully illuminated one-mile trail winding through the Garden opens to the public on Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021, and runs during select dates through Sunday, Jan. 2, 2022. Advanced tickets -- which start at $23 for adults and $16 for children -- are on sale now. Garden members receive a $2 discount on standard admission tickets.

Collaborations with John Fairey Garden, Shangri La Botanical Gardens, SFA Gardens bring new ideas, plants to Houston's collection

Francisco Javier de la Mota Daniel, Ph.D., the Garden’s new director of horticulture, who moved to Texas from Spain in May 2021, and Brent Moon, the Garden’s horticulture manager, made multiple visits to Texas gardens during the summer of 2021. Cultivating these professional and personal relationships will benefit all of the individuals and gardens involved, through the exchange of knowledge of and experience with precious plant material. Fran and Brent also brought back to the Garden a variety of new plants to add to our collection. As just one example, look for new Daphniphyllum in the Tropical Heart of the Global Collection.

Learn to take unique photos on Garden visits

On Saturday, August 21, at 10 a.m., professional photographer and instructor Laura Burlton will present Natural Abstrations, a workshop to help you use your camera to create abstract photographs of plants, water, and other natural elements around the Garden. 

Participants will learn how to play with perspective and framing to transform straight representations into images that emphasize lines, shapes, colors, patterns, and textures.

Garden members receive a $5 discount off registration.

Easy Ways to Support the Garden

When you select Houston Botanic Garden as your charitable organization and  shop through AmazonSmile, you’ll find the exact same prices, selection, and convenient shopping experience you would at, with the added benefit that AmazonSmile will donate 0.5% of your eligible purchases to the Garden.

When you create a digital account on and link your Kroger Shopper's Card to the Houston Botanic Garden through the Kroger Community Rewards program, future transactions using your Shopper’s Card will be applied to the program, at no added cost to you. Kroger donates annually to participating organizations -- including the Garden -- based on your percentage of spending as it relates to the total spending associated with all participating organizations.

The best way to enjoy the Houston Botanic Garden is to become a member. Treat yourself, or a loved one, to the gift of a membership and start enjoying free general admission and other member benefits for one year.

Gifts of all sizes to the Annual Fund will help maintain and grow the Garden as a place for discovery, celebration, and connection. A donation to the Garden in any season will make a difference.

Volunteers are vital members of our team who share their time and talents with our horticulture, visitor services, education and/or development staff to help us achieve our goals.

Celebrate life's milestones with family and friends. Host a luncheon, retreat, or conference for your company or organization. You can rent selected sections of the Garden as a beautiful setting for a wide variety of formal and informal events.