The Texas Discovery Gardens in Fair Park features themed gardens with native and adapted plants. The caretakers pride themselves on their organic gardening methods with low water use and environmentally friendly practices. Seven and a half acres show off an inspiring selection of plants.
The gardens can be enjoyed on your own or with a guided garden walk. The guided garden walks provide an in-depth look at each garden and are included with the price of admission. Plan for about an hour to view the chosen garden.
Certified Butterfly HabitatNative butterflies love to visit this garden comprised of plants that offer the butterflies nutrition for every phase of their lives. The Texas Discovery Gardens have put together a Butterfly Habitat Instruction Packet which will help you created your own backyard butterfly garden.
Scent GardenOff to one side of the Main Hall, the Scent Garden provides an exercise for the nose. Dozens of herbs, both Eastern and Western, line the paths.
All-American GardenThis display garden showcases flowers and vegetables selected for the All-America Selections program.
Callier Garden, Circular Lawn, and Leftwich PondThree separate areas were designed by landscape architect Joe Lambert to integrate well. The pond has native flora and fauna.
Sunken GardenJust outside of the Main Hall, the Sunken Garden is a lovely area of cascading vines and delicate flowers.
Shakespeare GardenThis charming English cottage garden is arranged in concentric circles.
Heirloom GardenThe Heirloom Garden contains a selection of plants our great-grandmothers would have been familiar with.
Benny J. Simpson Texas Native Plant CollectionNamed for the co-founder and former president of the Native Plant Society of Texas, this garden showcases a selection of plants from every biome of Texas.
Blachley ConservatoryCurrently being renovated, the conservatory will open in 2008 and visitors will be able to see butterflies and other invertebrates in their native habitats year-round.
Going west on I-30, take the First Avenue/Fair Park exit (exit 47C) and take a right on Exposition Avenue, then another right on Parry Avenue, which will become Robert B. Cullum Avenue. Turn left at Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. Go through gate #6 and park in the lot by the Smirnoff Music Center.