The Forum of Civics Building & Gardens
Even in a temperate climate like Houston, springtime is the perfect time to explore the local gardens. The Forum of Civics Building and Gardens are located on 2503 Westheimer and give residents a serene escape from the weekday rush. It is open to the public from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. every Monday; on Wednesdays and Thursdays, residents can visit with an appointment.
The Forum of Civics building and gardens have a long and intriguing Houston history. The Forum of Civics is a beautiful Greek revival building originally constructed as a school. It is listed on the U.S.'s National Register of Historic Places.
In the 1920s, it was purchased by a civic leader to house the Forum of Civics, a community organization dedicated to city planning, preservation, and the ongoing beautification of the city.
The Forum was chaired by Will Hogg, who was also responsible for the planting of crepe myrtle, roses, and trees throughout the public spaces of Houston. Hogg left the space to the University of Texas, when it was then purchased by the Riveroaks Garden Club.
At the behest of UT, the Riveroaks Garden Club uses the gardens for educational purposes as well as beautification. There are a number of formal gardens for viewing, including one of native Texas plants and one showcasing seasonal plants. In early March, they host the Azalea Trail, which features several Houston gardens with beautiful flowering azaleas.
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