A stroll through the Bayou Bend Gardens

Today we went for a little stroll in the Bayou Bend Gardens

Today we went for a little stroll in the Bayou Bend Gardens

The gardens were started by Ima Hogg (we didn't make that name up) in 1927 when the area surrounding their property was just thicket.

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.

She started creating the gardens in 1927 so there are lots of really big trees there.

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.

Some of the garden area are woodlands full of indigenous plants such as poplars and maples.

And many of the gardens are like formal rooms with fountains

Which contrasts with the formal gardens which are carefully manicured rooms with fountains

and sculptures.  Although I did think it was a little odd that they had a sculpture of a girl on the potty!  Mum thought perhaps she was just sitting down reading.

and sculptures set in geometrically planted hedges

and plants Ima introduced to the area such as magnolias and azaleas.

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

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.

and I really liked the story about cupid and how he shot a love arrow at Mum and Papi.

We did lots of walking.

We did lots of walking.

thank goodness for all the wrought iron chairs everywhere so we could enjoy nature sitting down too!

thank goodness there were cast iron chairs and benches everywhere so we could have little rest stops.

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4 Responses to “A stroll through the Bayou Bend Gardens”

  1. Abuela Says:

    A slice of heaven!

  2. Bree @meandmy2guys Says:

    How beautiful. I love formal gardens like that. I especially love trees in a row. Were there any trees in a row? When we are travelling and we see them we shout out “trees in a row!” and usually I take a photo of them. Can’t help myself.

    • Ana Says:

      There were lots of trees in a row made into hedges – does that count? There were square hedges and box hedges and curly hedges…

  3. Iggy the Aviator Says:

    Trees in a row!
    Lawns to mow!

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