East Texas Botanical Gardens and Arboretums
East Texas is home to a wide variety of beautiful botanical gardens and arboretums of interest to residents and visitors alike.
Choose between zoos, animal parks, ziplines, train rides, camping, swimming, scuba parks, water parks and much more!
Inlcuded on this page are highlights of some of the more poular gardens and arboretums in East Texas.
Whether you are touring in South East Texas, around Beaumont, or in Upper East Texas in Athens, or elsewhere in the area, there are many gardens to explore.
East Texas Arboretum
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.
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.
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.
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.
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's Daffodil Garden
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 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.
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.
Blue Moon Gardens
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
Love's Lookout Scenic Park is a great place for walking or for family picnics.
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.
The Longview Arboretum & Nature Center provides an ecologically sustainable city park that reflects the character of Longview and fosters interaction between the landscape and its visitors.
The gardens were opened in November of 2019, and 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.
Phone 903.212.2181 for more information or visit the website of the Longview Arboretum.
Master plan for the Longview Arboretum
Beaumont Botanical Gardens
This 23.5-acre garden of ever-changing beauty is located near the entrance to Tyrrell Park, a 500-acre City of Beaumont Park. A paved Friendship Walk offers excellent views of the various theme gardens, as well as providing easy access for strollers and wheelchairs. Benches along the way invite visitors to rest a moment and “take time to smell the flowers.” The Beaumont Council of Garden Clubs raises funds for development and maintenance of the gardens, and oversees their management.
Shangri La Botanical Gardens
The formal 252-acregardens 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.
Davey Dogwood Park
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.
Wood County Arboretum and Botanical Gardens
Arboretum and Botanical Gardens in Quitman, Texas
The Wood County 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 430.235.5461 for more information.
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.
Glenda Maes Daylily Farm
Glenda Maes Daylily Farm is a daylily nursery growing over 400 named cultivars in its display gardens.
The farm 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.
Other Texas Gardens and Arboretums
Dallas Arboretum during the Chuchuly exhibit
Texas Discovery Gardens - at Fair Park in Dallas
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
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