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. 



Welcome to Spring 2018! 

Going Baroque!
Thursday, January 18, 7:30–9:00 p.m. | Christ the King Lutheran Church, 2353 Rice Boulevard at Greenbriar. Parking information distributed to subscribers.


An Intimate Concert of Modern and Contemporary Music of Mexico
Tuesday, January 23, 6:30-8:00 P.M.
Private home. Address to subscribers.

Comida en la Cuidad
Tuesday, February 6, noon | Caracol Restaurant, 2200 Post Oak Boulevard, 77056


Modern Architecture in Mexico City
Tuesday, February 20, 12:00-1:30 P.M. | Moody Center for the Arts, Rice University


Thomas Jefferson: The Essential Democrat
Three Wednesdays, February 21, 28 and March 7, 6:30-8:00 P.M. | Covenant Church, 4949 Caroline, 77004



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.