Houston Botanic Garden Celebrates One Year with Two Must-See Multimedia Exhibits

'Neon Strings,' part of the forthcoming 'Lightscape' exhibit at the Houston Botanic Garden

RECENT COOL FRONTS have heralded the arrival of fall in Houston, a time when it still kind of feels like summer, but definitely nothing like the heat and humidity we endure throughout the months of July and August. Coinciding with this beautiful weather is the one-year anniversary of Houston Botanic Garden and its first outdoor art exhibition, Art in the Garden: Celebrating BioDiversity.


Produced and curated in a collaboration with Lawndale Art and Performance Center, the exhibit features six site-specific installations inspired by and integrated within the Garden's flora and fauna and natural ecosystems. On view through Summer 2022, the expansive exhibit is an opportunity to enjoy the art in an open-air environment ideal for relaxation and contemplation.

The works on display include Lina Dib's "The Weather Station," a sound installation using recordings of species native to the Texas Gulf Coast that changes according to next day's weather forecast. Meanwhile, Jen Rose's "Texas Bee Oasis II" consists of thousands of hand-sculpted, porcelain cups installed in the Garden's Mediterranean Garden to create a watering station for bees, butterflies, hummingbirds, and other pollinators. The other artists in the exhibition include Liss LaFleur, Virginia Lee Montgomery, Gerardo Rosales, and Joyce Matula Welch.

Looking ahead to November, Houston Botanic Garden will host Lightscape, an immersive, after dark holiday lightshow designed to transform a one-mile trail through the Garden into a neon-lit labyrinth of stars, cherry blossoms, and giant flowers. Kids are going to love it, and it's the perfect environment to enjoy a relaxing, romantic walk with your partner.

Lightscape comes to Houston after sold-out runs in London and Chicago, and will be installed to complement the Garden's already visually stunning landscapes. Lightscape at the Houston Botanic Garden opens to the public on Saturday, Nov. 20.

'Lightscape' installation 'Winter Cathedral'

'Lightscape' installation 'Firegard'

'Art in the Garden' installation 'Mother '

'Art in the Garden' installation 'Mother '

'Art in the Garden' installation 'Texas Bee Oasis '

Art + Entertainment

AN INTERVIEW WITH Patty Dominguez, VP of Architecture & Design Sales at Cosentino North America

How did you adjust and overcome obstacles? How did you reset? I believe at Cosentino our biggest challenge was ensuring that we were able to keep the balance between the safety and health of our employees as the main priority and finding a way to continue to operate the daily business worldwide. Similar to other companies we adapted to the virtual world as a way of living and to continue doing business. Since we are a company where our greatest value is personal relationships virtual meetings and visits were very important. It was difficult to adapt at first but we found ways to make this successful.

Keep Reading Show less

Stages' production of 'The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee' / Photo by Melissa Taylor

From its humble beginnings in 1978 in the basement of a downtown brewery, to its current location The Gordy, a beautifully designed, thoroughly modern facility with three unique performance spaces, Stages has not only expanded in size, but in its ambition to speak to and celebrate the diverse culture and experiences of Houston audiences.

Keep Reading Show less
Art + Entertainment

Debbie Guinn, Vandi Hodges, Danette Scheffler and Mary Lynn Khater

Last weekend, as they do twice a year, design-loving Houstonians headed to Round Top for shopping, sips and soirees. Houston-based Ginger Barber Interior Design and crowd-fave vendor Paul Michael Company teamed up for a philanthropic evening benefiting nonprofit Habitat for Horses.

Keep Reading Show less
People + Places