Mercer Arboretum and Botanic Gardens
Just north of Houston is the Mercer Arboretum and Botanic Gardens. Set along the banks of Cypress Creek, the park offers 250 acres of native woodland trails, color gardens, koi ponds and more.
Thelma and Charles Mercer purchased the original 14 acres with dreams of establishing a public garden. They later sold the property to Harris County and more acreage was added to the park.
Upon entering the park you will be greeted by a koi pond and the beautiful color beds surrounding the original home site. There you will always find flowers in bloom throughout the year, with an ever-changing display of annuals and perennials. Further into the park are endangered plants, old fashioned gardens, herb gardens, tropical plantings as well as native wildflowers. Stroll along the pathways to natural plantings under a canopy of trees. Across the road are picnic areas, outdoor classrooms and nature trails.
Mercer is a perfect place to just stop by for a morning stroll or all afternoon nature walk. There are wonderful monthly programs and guided tours.
Mercer Arboretum and Botanic Gardens is just a mile north of FM 1960 on 22306 Aldine Westfield Road. Admission is free!
Stop by anytime, something is always blooming!!