East Texas Botanical Gardens and Arboretums

East Texas Arboretum in Athens

Quiet garden scene at the East Texas Arboretum in AthensQuiet garden scene at the East Texas Arboretum in Athens

Located west of Tyler at the intersection of Texas Highway 31 and Texas Highway 19 is the City of Athens in Henderson County.

The East Texas Arboretum & Botanical Society provides over 100 acres of natural East Texas nature and beauty.

Areas include the Discovery Barn, Dream Garden, Little Red School House, plus numerous gardens and trails.

The historic Wofford House Museum, built in 1850, was relocated to the Arboretum several years ago. It now stands as a reminder of early pioneer days complete with period furnishings, memorabilia, and a seasonal garden.  

The Arboretum is located at 1601 Patterson Road, Athens, TX 75751 (Hwy 175 inside Loop 7). For more information, phone 903.675.5630.

Mast Arboretum and Ruby Mize Azalea Garden

Mast Arboretum at Stephen F. Austin University in NacogdochesMast Arboretum at Stephen F. Austin University in Nacogdoches

Held each year is the popular Nacogdoches Azalea Trail in the spring. Over 25-miles of driving trails are carefully marked and mapped, and walking trails cover the stunning Ruby M. Mize Azalea Garden on the campus of SFA, the largest azalea gardens in the state of Texas. Details about the Nacogdoches Azalea Trails

The Mast Arboretum is a ten acre garden along LaNana creek at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches.

Download the Mast Arboretum Visitors Guide (PDF)

Phone 936.468.1832 for tour information, seminars and more information.

Tyler Rose Garden

Tyler is the Rose Capital of America, the location of the Tyler Rose Garden, the nation's largest municipal rose garden, spanning 14 acres. The city is also the site of the Annual Texas Rose Festival held each October.

Grounds of the Municipal Rose Garden, Tyler, TexasAcres of roses, trees and flowers at the Tyler Rose Garden

The gardens include over 38,000 rose bushes and over 600 different varieties, as well as reflecting pools, walkways and fountains. It was listed in 2011 in Livability.com's top 10 most inspiring gardens in the USA.

The IDEA Garden is located in the Southeast corner of that garden with the goal to inspire the visitor to “Innovate, Demonstrate, Educate & Apply” good gardening practices.

Tyler Azalea and Spring Flower Trails

A highlight of the spring season in East Texas is the 8-mile long Tyler Azalea Trail guiding visitors through neighborhoods of brick streets, residential gardens and historic homes.

The first Azaleas were planted in Tyler in 1929 by Maurice Shamburger, in the Lindsey Lane area. Other neighbors soon followed, and the area became well known for its springtime beauty.

Beautiful spring garden scene during the Tyler Azalea Trails in springBeautiful spring garden scene during the Tyler Azalea Trails in spring

Today, over 100,000 people from all over the USA visit Tyler each spring to attend the Azalea Trail. Two marked routes exist today: the Lindsey Trail and the Dobbs Trail.

Helen Lee Daffodil Garden in Gladewater

During February and March each year, East Texas area is treated to millions of blooming daffodils and other flowers at Helen Lee's Daffodil Garden.

We highly recommend a trip to see the gardens and walk among the blooming flowers, dogwood trees and redbud trees. Admission is free, but a donation is recommended, and appreciated, to help fund maintenance of the grounds through the year.

The grounds range from flat, open fields to hilly, wooded areas, and a number of small ponds and lakes. And don't miss Lake Josephine and the log cabin on the grounds near the lake.

The garden is located between Tyler and Gladewater, just south of U.S. Highway 271, about 21 miles from downtown Tyler and about 7 miles north of Interstate Highway I-20.

Field of Daffodils in TexasScene at the Helen Lee Daffodil Garden near Gladewater

The two country roads (CR 3104 and CR 3103) leading to the gardens from U.S. 271 are narrow, but paved.

The garden opens, depending on the weather, in mid-February and remains open through March or until the daffodils are no longer in bloom. The garden is open during this time seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 

For road conditions in the gardens and predicted blooming schedule, contact the Mrs. Lee's Daffodil Gardens at 903.845.5780 or visit their website. The road through the gardens is dirt/gravel, and one-way, but an easy drive. One large parking lot is available in an area with massive areas of daffodils and ideal for walks and photography.

The Lee Daffodil Gardens photo gallery on this website.


Blue Moon Gardens and nursery in Edom, TexasBlue Moon Gardens in Edom

Blue Moon Gardens in Edom

Edom, Texas is just a short drive west of Tyler towards Ben Wheeler and Canton at the intersection of FM 279 and FM 314.

Blue Moon Gardens is a well known nursery just east of Edom. The quality of all of their plants and herbs is excellent, and their selection of butterfly and hummingbird-friendly plants is huge.

The grounds themselves at Blue Moon are very well done and make a great place for walks, and the inside gift shop and garden center are not to be missed! Plus, their new outdoor pizza kitchen is beautiful.

Phone 903.852.3897 for hours and other information.

Love's Lookout Scenic Park in Jacksonville

Love's Lookout Scenic Park is a great place for walking or for family picnics.

Love's Lookout entrance area near Jacksonville, TexasLove's Lookout near Jacksonville, Texas

The park includes a 5,500  square foot facility with restrooms, vending machines, an information center and a sheriff's sub-station.

The vista to the east stunning, with a 30-mile view of beautiful East Texas hills and forests.

The flower gardens in the front of the building are nicely done in the spring, summer and fall.

Located nearby is the Lavender RV Park and Lavender Farm. It is located 5 miles south of Bullard off US Hwy 69.  Phone 903.617.4731 for more information about the RV park, farm or special events.

Longview Arboretum

The Longview Arboretum & Nature Center  will provide an ecologically sustainable city park that reflects the character of Longview and fosters interaction between the landscape and its visitors.

Master plan for the Longview Arboretum
Master plan for the Longview Arboretum

The gardens are currently under development, and will include the Longview Arboretum Visitor Center at 706 West Cotton Street.

The Arboretum shares parking with Maude Cobb Activity and Event Center, it covers 26 acres of watershed from Grace Creek and borders the JR Curtis Garden for the Blind and The Green.

Dirt work began in August of 2017, and a formal ground breaking for the Longview Arboretum was celebrated in September of 2017.

 Phase 1 is planned to be completed in the winter of 2018.

Phone 903.237.1392 for more information and current status.

Quitman Arboretum and Botanical Gardens

The Quitman Arboretum & Botanical Gardens covers 23 acres and includes a walking trail, gazebo, sensory garden, shade garden, a waterwise garden, numerous rose and flower beds.

 It is located at 100 Governor Hogg Parkway in Quitman, Texas. Phone 903.466.4327 for more information.

Meems Garden

Meems Garden is located in Van, Texas, and is an East Texas flower farm growing fresh-cut blooms for local florists, the Rose City Farmers’ Market in Tyler, and special events. 

They welcome visitors to the farm and garden. But please make arrangements with them ahead of time.

Phone 254.718.5957 for more information.

Shangri La Botanical Gardens & Nature Center in Orange

Shangri La Botanical Gardens in Orange, South East TexasShangri La Botanical Gardens in Orange, South East Texas

In Orange, Texas, a modern 252 acre Shangri La has been recreated with the best of both nature and gardens.

The formal Botanical Gardens contain more than 300 plant species. Adjacent to the Botanical Gardens is a bird blind which allows visitors to observe nesting birds in Shangri La’s heronry.

The Nature Center includes a hands-on exhibit called the Nature Discovery Center, a laboratory, and three outdoor classrooms located deep in the cypress swamp. 

Read more, and check opening schedule, at the website of Shangri La Botanical Gardens

Davey Dogwood Park in Palestine

Davey Dogwood Park, Palestine, TexasDavey Dogwood Park, Palestine, Texas

Davey Dogwood Park is home to more than 200 acres of picturesque roads meander throughout the park.

The park is featured during the annual Texas Dogwood Trails Festival from late March to early April. Admission is free.

Glenda Maes Daylily Farm

Glenda Maes Daylily Farm is a daylily nursery growing over 400 named cultivars in our display gardens.

It is located at 4741 FM 2339, in Murchison, Texas, 75778, 4 miles west of Edom.

Phone 903.235.2529 for more information, and hours of operation.

Gardens in South East Texas

Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center - Orange, TX

Beaumont Botanical Gardens - Beaumont, TX

American Rose Center - 118 acre wooded tract in Shreveport, LA

Dallas Arboretum during the Chuchuly exhibit
Dallas Arboretum during the Chuchuly exhibit


Other Texas Gardens and Arboretums

Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens

Texas Discovery Gardens - at Fair Park in Dallas

Fort Worth Botanical Garden

Texas Tulips - Pilot Point, Texas, northeast of Denton. Seasonal openings.

Chandor Gardens - Weatherford, Texas

Clark Gardens - 50 acres, 567 Maddux Road, Weatherford, Texas 76088

Ziker Botanical Garden - Austin, Texas

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center - Austin, Texas

South Texas Botanical Gardens & Wildlife Center - Corpus Christi, Texas

Amarillo Botanical Gardens - Amarillo, Texas

"The nature we are concerned with ultimately is human nature" ... Lady Bird Johnson
"The nature we are concerned with ultimately is human nature" ... Lady Bird Johnson