Visit a House Museum Steeped in History in Houston
A house museum in the larger collection of Houston's Museum of Fine Arts, this display resides in the former home of Ima Hogg, a Houstonian who was a philanthropist and civic leader. It is largely decorative art and paintings, but the grounds surrounding the house are stunning, especially in the spring, when the azaleas are blooming.
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Stroll Majestic Gardens at Bayou Bend
Bayou Bend Gardens is a serene oasis located off Memorial Drive of Houston. For five dollars, visitors can take a self-guided tour of the property’s majestic grounds. Tucked behind a Georgian style mansion lies a formal, manicured garden started by former owner, Mis Hogg in 1927. The rest of the 14-acre property is engulfed by serene woodland ravines composed of luscious native trees and shrubs. If you're there in early spring, don't miss Bayou Bend's spectacular display of vivid pink azaleas The estate is open year-round and holds many programs and events that includes family days, children’s art festivals, lecture series, and holiday celebrations.
Famous Houstonian Ima Hogg's estate has been preserved and displays a grand collection of American decorative arts and paintings. The walk through the gardens and grounds is also enjoyable, if furniture and ceramics aren't your thing. Touring the grounds are free, and Bayou Bend also hosts several events throughout the year, most notably the popular Sip and Stroll.
Part of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston's Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens are 14 acres of lush and organically maintained grounds in the pristine, posh and historic neighborhood of River Oaks. The land includes the historic home of one of Houston’s former civic leaders and philanthropists, Ima Hogg, and the gardens were designed with the intention of being outdoor "rooms" for both living and entertaining. Ms. Hogg is credited with bringing azaleas to Houston, and the gardens (which are open to the public, and the only organic ones in town) are brimming with these pink blooms during the spring.