Spring in Houston

Miss Mercer

This wonderful lady, Thelma Mercer, and her husband gifted this 14 acre arboretum to the people of Houston. There is some staff but mostly volunteers who work in intolerable conditions to create an oasis in this helter-skelter city. Originally, the land would have been in the countryside and the main road, like many others around here, is called FM (Farm to Market) 1960. Since then, the international airport has been built just a few miles away and the miracle is that you are completely oblivious. The arboretum includes indigenous forest and a major waterway, Spring Creek, which eventually flows into Lake Houston.

conifers and tulips

Doesn’t the white of the tulips pop against the dark conifers? It would make a lovely wedding backdrop.

Every season they chose a different color palette throughout the garden which changes dramatically. This spring it was predominantly maroon and yellow – a feast for our senses. In the decade we have been visiting I have noticed changes in who walks through the park. There are always wedding, pregnancy, Quinceañera and other professional photography shoots. Then there are the poorer immigrant families from Central America, Africa and the Far East who can visit a beautiful location for free. Many of them may have been farmers and perhaps this brings back a feeling of home.

The smell of these magnolias permeated the whole garden.

The smell of these magnolias permeated the whole garden.

It just soothes my troubled soul to be among such natural beauty.

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24 thoughts on “Spring in Houston

  1. What a beauteous place to be able to enjoy in the city. And what wonderful people to volunteer so that it remains gorgeous for the masses. Your pictures are a delight and I hope that your troubled soul is soothed. Email on its way to you later 😉

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  2. Curiously, the doctor who treated me was from Hawaii (native) and he said he had exactly the same problem when he returned from humid Hawaii to dry Palm Springs. I think we all have the capacity to adapt to a new environment given time and no stress because I lived in the desert for 2 years with no problems. The silver lining about humid environments is that it takes 5-10 years off your age because the humidity irons out the wrinkles!

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