Established in 1954, this 4.5 acre garden site and home are now owned by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Garden restoration work is being undertaken by the Garden Club of Houston. The house and gardens are situated between two verdant native bayou ravines. The garden's design reflects the classical, Palladian style of the house. Formal, symmetrical gardens tangent to the residence dissolve into more rustic "rooms" with descriptive names such as the Waterfall, Folly, and Peacock gardens. Although there are many formal garden areas, native trees and other plants have also been retained, and the landscaping was intended to supplement the natural setting. The gardens are organized in colorful bands of azaleas, camellias, crynums and other bulbs, gardenias, native pines, magnolias (including two landmark ones), and sycamores. Water features, including a swimming pool as well as other pools, form another significant aspect of the garden's design.
Persons and firms associated with the garden include: Ralph Ellis Gunn (landscape designer); W. E. Bulkley (landscape designer); John F. Staub (architect); Hugo Neuhaus (architect); the Garden Club of Houston (advisors, 1998 to date); Jon Emerson & Associates (landscape architects, 1998 to date); and Thompson & Hanson (landscape architects and contractors, 1998 to date).
The folders include worksheets, a garden plan, and a photocopy of an article about the garden.
Garden has been featured in The Garden Club of America, 42nd Annual Meeting Program, 1955, p. 23
Garden has been featured in Howard Barnstone, Architecture of John F. Staub, Austin and London: University of Texas Press, 1979