As a space of natural beauty and learning that many have come to appreciate and rely on in a relatively short time, The Gardens at Texas A&M University will mark its third birthday in June with a month-long celebration.
The 7-acre Leach Teaching Garden, Phase I of the overall 27-acre project, opened on June 15, 2018. It includes 21 themed gardens, an outdoor classroom, an event lawn, demonstration area and a pavilion. This research and teaching garden is an outdoor classroom that showcases landscape design, production agriculture and conservation of natural resources. It also provides a campus sanctuary for students, the local community and visitors to discover and enjoy nature.
The Gardens offer something for everyone
During the past three years, The Gardens have attracted a wide range of visitors, events and activities.
“We’ve seen families touring, students studying and campus staff enjoying lunch,” said Michael Arnold, director of The Gardens and professor in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Department of Horticultural Sciences. “Also, we often host university classes, ranging from landscape architecture, entomology, plant pathology, horticultural sciences and physical education. Even elementary school classes have come here to study biology and botany.”
The third birthday celebration
In an effort to celebrate its birthday with all audiences, The Gardens created a diverse array of virtual programming offered throughout June, including a children’s book reading with the Junior Master Gardener program, a new botanical bartending series and more
During June, The Gardens will also be decorated with birthday-themed décor and offer the second phase of Growing Harmony. The next phase of the location-aware musical experience offered by The Gardens and the Texas A&M Academy for the Visual and Performing Arts is called “Taking Root.” The music is mapped to locations in The Gardens with GPS and delivered via a free mobile app. You can follow along with the schedule at tx.ag/gardensbday to stay up-to-date on how to participate.