A stroll through the Bayou Bend Gardens
Today we went for a little stroll in the Bayou Bend Gardens
Bayou Bend Estate is 14 acres in the River Oak neighbour hood that was purchased by the children of the first native Texan Governor, Ima, Will and Mike. The house was built in 1928 but Mike moved away in 1929 and Will died in 1930 leaving Miss Ima the sole resident.
Ima began creating the gardens in 1927 before the house was completed. The site was dense thicket with lots of big pines, elms and oaks which still stand today.
Some of the garden area are woodlands full of indigenous plants such as poplars and maples.
Which contrasts with the formal gardens which are carefully manicured rooms with fountains
and sculptures set in geometrically planted hedges
Ima introduced many Southern flowering trees such as magnolias and camellias and is credited with bringing azaleas to Houston
the squirrels were one of our favourite things (Rafa was impressed by their Spiderman skills getting up the tree so fast)
and I really liked the story about cupid and how he shot a love arrow at Mum and Papi.
We did lots of walking.
thank goodness there were cast iron chairs and benches everywhere so we could have little rest stops.
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