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TODAY'S HOURS: 8 AM – 6 PM

*Last entry is an hour before closing

Plant Trees Now to Create a Shady Oasis for Years to Come

Orange and gold oak leaves

Gardeners must learn to operate on multiple time scales at once, simultaneously planning weeks, months and years ahead. Want tomatoes in July? Plant them in May. Bluebonnets in April? Start planning in October. A flowering shrub in 2027? Start shopping now. The most long-term thought goes into trees. Magnificent and magical, trees can take a decade or more to reach their potential. That’s a long time to wait, but the benefits could last generations.

Homeschool Day: Tree-school – September 18

Autumn leaves on a tree

Homeschool Day: Tree-school is sold out – click here to join the waitlist for either or both dates. Homeschool Days are designed with the unique needs of homeschool students and their families in mind. Come grow with us as we explore environmental science topics through hands-on investigation and engaging activities for the whole family. These […]

Homeschool Day: Tree-school – September 11

Autumn leaves on a tree

Homeschool Day: Tree-school is sold out – click here to join the waitlist for either or both dates. Homeschool Days are designed with the unique needs of homeschool students and their families in mind. Come grow with us as we explore environmental science topics through hands-on investigation and engaging activities for the whole family. These […]

For Brilliant Fall Color, Look to the Living Fossil, Ginkgo

Ginkgo biloba leaves in autumn

Every autumn, guests to the Japanese Garden frequently stop and marvel at a magnificent tree located just inside the east entrance. In the fall, the leaves turn bright lemon yellow. The color is so brilliant the leaves almost appear fluorescent, as if a bundle of yellow highlighters had taken root and sprouted. This is one of the Garden’s Ginkgo biloba trees, and it holds a remarkable story. “If you are looking for a tree to add to your landscape, consider the gingko. It is not only a reliable performer and beautiful tree but also a unique horticultural specimen,” says Sr. Horticulturist Steve Huddleston.