Unique Gardens: The Garden as Playground for Self-Expression

Wednesday, April 23, 12:00 Noon–2:00 p.m., lecture; Saturday, April 26, 2:00–6:00 p.m., tour; Rain date: Sunday, April 27, 2:00–6:00 p.m. | Wednesday, April 23, 12:00 Noon–2:00 p.m. Forum of Civics Building 2503 Westheimer Road at Kirby Drive (southeast corner; parking available); Saturday, April 26, 2:00–6:00 p.m. Rain date: Sunday, April 27, 2:00–6:00 p.m. Tour of private gardens in Houston’s Heights neighborhood. Maps and directions will be provided at the Wednesday lecture or emailed to tour participants.

Personal gardens seduce us with the view into the gardener’s heart and mind. The plants, their placement, their symmetry and asymmetry, their order and color reveal the sensibility of the gardener. Landscape architect Sarah Newbery will give an illustrated lecture about such gardens and offer suggestions on how we can make our own gardens more personal and rewarding. She will then lead a tour of several private gardens in Houston’s Heights neighborhood that are distinct reflections of their owners’ gardening passions. Tour-goers will be provided with maps and will drive or carpool to the gardens.  The tour will conclude with a garden reception.

Sarah Newbery is an architect and landscape architect. In 2013, she was named project director for Memorial Park Master Planning. Previously, she worked at Curtis & Windham Architects. She received master’s degrees in both architecture and landscape architecture at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard.



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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