Urban Gems:  Exploring and Celebrating Houston’s Public Gardens

Two Thursdays, April 7, 9:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m; and April 28, 9:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m. (lunch and bus included on April 28), One Wednesday, April 13, 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. | COURSE HAS BEEN CANCELLED

Houston’s public gardens serve as sources of civic pride and offer spaces of beauty where, even in the midst of our energetic, bustling city,  we can feel refreshed and spiritually renewed. From an award-winning rooftop greenspace to the serenity of a historic cemetery and from a peaceful cloister garden to a lively bayou promenade, we will be led on enlightening, carefully paced tours by the landscape architects, garden designers, and historians who have created and studied these exceptional spaces.

Thursday, April 7

The Cloister Garden at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church

Glenwood Cemetery

Sabine Promenade
  Tapley Tributary

Wednesday, April 13

Menil House Rose Garden

Bayou Bend Gardens

Lora Jean Kilroy Visitor and Education Center at Bayou Bend

Thursday, April 28

The Roof Garden at the University of Texas School of Nursing

The Japanese Garden at Hermann Park

The Wortham Garden at Discovery Green

Market Square Park

The Reading Garden at the Julia Ideson Building of the Houston
  Public Library

Before the course begins, the Houston Seminar will distribute a class roll to subscribers in the event that  they care to arrange a carpool for the first two sessions. There will be a bus for the third session, and the meeting place will be given to susbscribers. 



Registration for fall 2018 is ongoing. You may register online, by mail, or by phone with a credit card. 


If you are interested in traveling to 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 on Wednesday, November 14 is FULLY SUBSCRIBED. A second session has been added and will meet Monday, November 12 from 2:00-3:30 P.M. Registrations are being accepted for November 12. You may register online, or by phone.


Who Gets to Vote: Challenges for the 2020 Elections?
Speaker: Dale Ho, director of the American Civil Liberties Union Voter Rights Project
Monday, November 19, 6:30-8:00 P.M.
Location to be announced


Register today!


For additional information about any of our courses, to register offline, or to add your name to our mailing and/or email lists, please contact our adminstrator at  or phone 713.666.9000.