Pied Beauty

Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844-1889)

Glory be to God for dappled things—
For skies of couple-colour as a brinded cow;
For rose-moles all in stipple upon trout that swim;
Fresh-firecoal chestnut-falls; finches' wings;
Landscape plotted and pieced—fold, fallow, and plough;
And all trades, their gear and tackle and trim.

All things counter, original, spare, strange;
Whatever is fickle, freckled (who knows how?)
With swift, slow; sweet, sour; adazzle, dim;
He fathers-forth whose beauty is past change:

Praise him.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Happy Public Gardens Day!

Today is National Public Gardens Day!  Celebrate by spending some time at one of our local treasures.

(Photo from Stephen F. Austin State University's Mast Arboretum)

Armand Bayou Nature Center
8500 Bay Area Boulevard
Pasadena, TX 77507

 Bayou Bend Gardens
1 Westcott Street
Houston, TX  77007

Houston Audubon Society
Edith L. Moore Nature Sanctuary
440 Wilchester
Houston, TX 77079

Houston Arboretum and Nature Center
4501 Woodway
Houston, TX 77024

Houston Garden Center
1500 Hermann Drive
Houston, TX 77004

Houston Museum of Natural Science
Cockrell Butterfly Center
1 Hermann Circle Drive
Houston, TX 77030

Jesse H. Jones Park and Nature Center
20634 Kenswick Drive
Houston, TX 77338

Lynn R. Lowrey Arboretum
Rice University MS-170
P.O. Box 1892
Houston, TX 77251

Robert A. Vines Environmental Center
Spring Branch Independent School District
8856 Westview Drive
Houston, TX 77055

Russ Pittman Park and Nature Discovery Center
7112 Newcastle
Bellaire, TX 77401

Mercer Arboretum and Botanic Gardens
22306 Aldine Westfield Road
Humble, TX 77338

Moody Gardens
One Hope Boulevard
Galveston, TX 77554

Stephen F. Austin State University
Mast Arboretum
Nacogdoches, TX 75962

Fort Bend County Master Gardeners
Display Gardens
1402 Band Road
Rosenberg, TX 77471

Harris County Master Gardeners
Display Gardens
3033 Bear Creek Drive
Houston, TX 77084

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