Our unique native plant gardens are designed to inspire, to educate and to demonstrate the sustainable use and conservation of native wildflowers, plants and landscapes. The 4.5 acre Ian and Luci Family Garden will combine whimsical features by one of the nation’s leading landscape architects with dramatic native plantings. Under construction now, it will open in Spring 2014.
The Trailhead Garden leads to the entrance of the John Barr Trail, the Research Trail, and the new Arboretum.
Built with site-collected stone, a low curved wall defines the 15,500 square foot Trailhead Garden and complements our existing walls and signage. The garden inside the wall creates a gathering and welcoming space for visitors before they embark on their treks to the Arboretum or other trails. Areas immediately surrounding the openings in the wall that frame the heads of each trail are under the shelter of existing large Escarpment Live Oaks. Understory plantings such as American beautyberry, giant spiderwort and Turk’s cap provide color and soften the space with lush foliage. Other areas of the Trailhead Garden lie under full sun, providing opportunities to highlight showy prairie and savannah species such as Texas lantana, Lindheimer’s muhly, prickly pear, bluebonnets and mealy blue sage.
View Trailhead Garden Collection in Native Plant Information Network.