Children's Discovery Garden

Children's Discovery Garden 

The Children's Discovery Garden encompasses almost two acres in a fantastical “wonderland” garden environment offering experience-based learning opportunities for children and families. It opened on May 15, 2016.

The focal point of the garden is the Stream Valley, with the water source emanating from the Spring Giant, a 15’ rugged stone face entered through a hidden grotto. (Hint: see how many carved bats you can find inside!)  The Stream Valley includes fountains of spitting animals and the nearby Art Wall, a favorite for kids of ALL ages!  The stream flows into the Bonnie Klein Round Pond near the entrance planted with aquatic plants including water lilies, papyrus, hibiscus and more. Keep an eye out for tadpoles or turtles.  Be sure to look for the Bog Bowls near the pond where Venus fly traps and other carnivorous plants catch their next meal. 

 

The Meadow offers exploration of trails through grasses and flowering perennials as well as larger-than-life insect whirligigs hovering above.  It's a great place to look for caterpillars, butterflies, hummingbirds, or the occassional lizard sunning on a rock.  

A grove of post oaks, at the highest point of the Children’s Garden, is home to the Carter/Sherry Families Tree Fortoffering a secret hiding place within the trunks as well as vantage points through windowed portals set among the tree limbs. Local artist Clayton Coss created one-of-a-kind 'Oak Thrones' – oversized, ornate wooden thrones for the Tree Fort, carved to represent the two predominate native oak species: blackjack oak and post oak. Families can borrow a book to read from our Little Library near the Tree Fort or dress up as butterflies, birds or other animals. 

A Sensory Walk invites all to experience plants through touch, smell, sound and sight. Look for, touch and sniff the lamb's ear, myrtle, sweetshrub, thyme, rosemary and more growing here. Take the steps up the hill for a short walk in the trees and listen for birds or other small animals.

In the spring over 15,000 tulips, hyacinth and daffodils welcome the change of seasons along the Color Walk. Check our calendar of events for information on Story Times and other programs that may be scheduled.