Beaumont Botanical Gardens
|Established||April 12, 1951|
|Location||6088 Babe Zaharias Drive|
|Nearest parking||On site|
The Beaumont Botanical Gardens (23.5 acres), also known as the Tyrrell Park Botanical Gardens, includes botanical gardens and the 10,000 sq ft Warren Loose conservatory. The gardens are located in 500 acre Tyrrell Park at 6088 Babe Zaharias Drive, Beaumont, Texas, USA. An extra benefit is that the gardens are located in a migratory bird flyway. Tyrrell Park is listed on the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail map.
Hours and accessibility
The outdoor gardens are open to the public every day during daylight hours at no charge; while the conservatory is open Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 9 am to 4 pm, Saturday and Sunday from 1 pm to 5 pm from April through October and noon to 4 pm November through March. (closed on Wednesdays and major holidays) Both the outdoor gardens and the Warren Loose Conservatory are wheel chair and stroller accessible.
A large meeting center is also on the grounds.
The gardens trace their origin to April 12, 1951 when the Beaumont Council of Garden Clubs was formed. Creation of a public garden was one of the goals of that organization. The gardens were first established in 1968 when the city of Beaumont set aside 10 acres of land at Tyrrell Park. The Beaumont Garden Center Building was dedicated on August 20, 1971. In 1972, a master plan for the gardens was drawn up, and labeling of the trees, vines, and shrubs begun. The Beaumont Garden Center became the Beaumont Botanical Gardens in 1996. In 1999, the city of Beaumont set aside additional acreage increasing the gardens to the present size of 23.5 acres.
A variety of gardens and structures have been added over the subsequent years, including:
- Green and White Garden (1986)
- Stream Bed Garden (1986)
- Antique Rose Garden (1987)
- Shelter Building in the Garden (1988)
- Grandmother's Garden (1989)
- Modern Rose Garden (1990)
- Japanese garden (1991)
- Gazebo (1991)
- Azalea Trail (1991)
- Daylily Display Garden (1991)
- Native Plant Garden (1992)
- Display Garden (1992)
- herb garden (1994)
- Violet's Garden (1994)
- Camellia Garden (1995)
- Vi's Fountain (1996)
- Secret Garden (2000)
- Agave Garden (2001)
- The Bob Whitman Propagation House (2001).
Also on the grounds are the Binks Horticultural Center and the 10,000-square-foot (930 m2) Warren Loose Conservatory, one of the largest in Texas. The Loose Conservatory features tropical plants from around the world, a waterfall, a Koi fish pool; and many theme gardens displaying camellias, modern and antique roses, bromeliads, and native plants. The Warren Loose Conservatory was dedicated on September 7, 1997. The Binks Horticultural Center was dedicated on February 14, 2000. The Bob Whitman Propagation House has a collection of rare bromeliads and orchids.
Recovery from Hurricanes Rita and Ike
Hurricane Rita, in 2005, and Hurricane Ike in 2008, both damaged the conservatory as well as numerous trees on the garden grounds. In addition, the outdoor walks were damaged. Many plants died. Not only was the damage repaired and plants replaced, but many improvements to the grounds and buildings were made.
- In God We Trust, United We Stand, September 11, 2001, Memorial Garden
- List of botanical gardens in the United States
- Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center
- "Hours". Beaumont Botanical Gardens. Retrieved October 16, 2015.
- "History of Gardens". Beaumont Botanical Gardens. Retrieved October 16, 2015.
- McDonald, Elvin; Kevin Vandivier; Earl Nottingham. "Texas Public Gardens". Gretna, La.: Pelican Publishing Company, 2008, p. 30, ISBN 978-1-58980-567-5.
- "History of Gardens". Beaumont Botanical Gardens. Retrieved October 30, 2015.