The McGovern Centennial Gardens are a large garden space in Houston as a part of Hermann Park. The Centennial Gardens open at 9:00 a.m. daily and close at differing hours depending on the season. During the summer, they close at 8:00 p.m., during the fall and spring they close at 7:00 p.m., and during the winter they close at 5:00 p.m. The gardens are also closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas day.
The McGovern Centennial Gardens were custom-made for Hermann Park to commemorate its centennial in 2014. The Hermann Park Conservancy, a non-profit organization dedicated to maintaining Herman Park, oversaw the process of converting the previous Houston Garden Center into the new centennial gardens. The Hermann Park Conservancy has won many awards and national recognition for their work in the area and currently maintains the McGovern Centennial Gardens.
The center of the McGovern Centennial Gardens is a wide lawn called the Centennial Green. The garden offers an array of different themed gardens breaking off from the Centennial Green. There are several specific gardens, including a rose garden, the Hawkins Sculpture Walk, a woodland garden, and an educational family garden. The McGovern Centennial Gardens states that there are “over 50 species of trees, 760 hedge shrubs, 55,000 perennial bulbs, 650 azaleas, and 4.5 acres of grass” in the gardens.
Along with the various gardens, the McGovern Centennial Gardens offers additional garden areas that can be rented for events. The Cherie Flores Garden Pavilion is one of these locations. The Cherie Flores Garden Pavilion is the main entrance to the McGovern Centennial Gardens. The pavilion can be rented for many events, from weddings to cocktail parties. Another event location is the Celebration Garden. It is a 2,640 square foot open area surrounded entirely by tall hedges, providing privacy to the party.