Public Gardens Photo Tours forum: Mercer Arboretum & Botanic Gardens

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central Illinois
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jmorth
May 28, 2014 10:24 PM CST
260 acres of paradise in north Houston, Texas.

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Scenes/vistas in garden -
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Thumb of 2014-05-29/jmorth/bbfac1 floor of fossil imprints


wildlife Thumb of 2014-05-29/jmorth/c03f8a


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Drifts of petunias and pansies
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Wildflowers


Large sections are devoted to palms, herbs, annuals, unusuals, daylilies, natives, bog plants, and monumental plants. Spent about 4 hours there and took around 500 photos (many added to database here). Didn't have time to explore the arboretum side.
They also have large greenhouses and a nice gift shop.
Nothing that's been done can ever be changed.
Name: Betsy
Texas (Zone 9a)
Region: Texas Daylilies Native Plants and Wildflowers Amaryllis Cottage Gardener Container Gardener
Lilies Vegetable Grower Hummingbirder Bulbs Plant and/or Seed Trader Clematis
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piksihk
Jun 15, 2014 1:51 PM CST
Thanks, jmorth, for the photos; it's been several years since I've visited so it's nice to see that it is still as inviting. The last time was when they had their plant sale.
God writes the gospel not in the Bible alone, but on trees and flowers and clouds and stars. ~Author unknown, commonly attributed to Martin Luther
central Illinois
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Hosted a Not-A-Raffle-Raffle Plant Database Moderator Garden Ideas: Level 2 Photo Contest Winner: 2014
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jmorth
Jun 15, 2014 2:12 PM CST
I was pretty impressed by their array and magnitude. What I experienced in the few hours there I'd rank near comparable to MOBOT (Missouri Botanical Garden in St Louis), at least for enjoyment and enlightenment (the outside part).
Nothing that's been done can ever be changed.

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