News Categories: Parks & Trails

New and Upcoming Precinct 4 Parks

From a boat launch to picnic tables and new playgrounds, Harris County Precinct 4 continues to enhance recreational amenities and expand access for area residents. Two new parks, Edgewater Park and Champion Forest Park, add nearly 100 acres of green space to Precinct 4’s vast parks system and provide connectivity to the Spring Creek and Cypress Creek […]

Little Blue Library at Mercer

For many patrons to Mercer Botanic Gardens, a visit to the park isn’t complete without a stop at Baldwin Boettcher Library. So, when the library closed last year due to severe flood damage, Commissioner R. Jack Cagle, Jim Nutter, interim director at Mercer Botanic Gardens, and Edward Melton, director of the Harris County Public Library […]

Mercer Announces Tropical Garden Reopening

Just days after the anniversary of Hurricane Harvey, Mercer Botanic Gardens will officially reopen the Tropical Garden on Monday, Aug. 27. Although the garden required work after last year’s flood, plans to update the garden actually began six years ago. “The garden needed wider paths to meet ADA standards, along with other improvements,” said Jeff Heilers, […]

Mercer Botanic Gardens Opens New Children’s Garden

Children and families are invited to visit the new Children’s Garden at Mercer Botanic Gardens. Visitors will have the chance to explore the new garden, which features a larger-than-life succulent lizard; a plant zoo highlighting animal-named plants, such as elephant’s foot jade, red bird plant, and zebra aloe; and sensory plants, such as lamb’s ear […]

Feeding the Hungry

It was a labor of love for a group of volunteers at Mercer Botanic Gardens. Volunteers spent the morning harvesting hundreds of pounds of winter greens to donate to the Houston Food Bank. “This is a great example of how plants can be both ornamental and nutritional,” said Mercer Greenhouse Manager Jacob Martin. “We planted […]