100 Years In The Making: McGovern Centennial Gardens

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25, 12:00–2:00 P.M. | Parking available adjacent to the Centennial Gardens in Lot C on Hermann Drive at Crawford.


Great cities need great public spaces. Houston is in the midst of an extraordinary renascence in creating, restoring, and transforming its public spaces. As the first in a series of courses on new or transformed public spaces in Houston, the Seminar is focusing on the McGovern Centennial Gardens in Hermann Park. This 15-acre project was conceived to honor the 100-year anniversary of George Hermann’s gift to the City of Houston. Join Doreen Stoller and Jane Curtis for lunch in the award-winning Cherie Flores Garden Pavilion and an “insider” tour of the gardens. Wind your way up the 30-foot garden mount for a spectacular view of Hermann Park and Houston.

Doreen Stoller is executive director of the Hermann Park Conservancy
and has successfully led the Conservancy’s efforts at Hermann Park for more
than eleven years. Under her direction, the Conservancy launched the second
phase of its multimillion-dollar Centennial Campaign creating the new $31
million McGovern Centennial Gardens. Ms. Stoller holds a B.A. from Yale
University, an M.A. from the Institute of Fine Arts, and an M.B.A. from Rice

Jane Curtis is the director of horticulture for the McGovern Centennial
Gardens in Hermann Park. Ms. Curtis came to Houston in 1995 after serving on
the Hermann Park project for Hanna/Olin, Ltd., the Park’s master planner. Ms.
Curtis has previously served as Associate Curator and Ima Hogg Horticultural
Fellow at the Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens. Ms. Curtis holds a B.A.
from Yale University and a Master of Landscape Architecture degree from the University
of Virginia.



Fall 2018 brochures are out! Please let us know if you did not receive one and we will be happy to send one to you.

Registration is now open. You may register online, by mail, or by phone with a credit card. 


The interest list for the fall and spring study tours is also now open. If you are interested in traveling with the Houston Seminar to Natchez in the fall of 2018 or Virginia in the spring of 2019, please call the registrar at 713.666.9000 to place your name on a list. Please see Terms and Conditions for "travel list" policy.


Please note a date in the Mid-term Elections course has changed from that published in the brochure. The course will meet the first two Mondays, October 29 and November 5 as planned, but will meet Tuesday, November 13 instead of Monday, November 12. 


Also note Art Underground: Carlos Cruz-Diez at the Cistern is FULLY SUBSCRIBED. Please contact the registrar if you would like to be wait listed for this course. 


Have a great summer. We look forward to seeing you this fall!


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