The Dotys are longtime Heights residents who decided to update their garden in 2016. The front garden is shaded by several camphor trees, which made for poor lawn growing conditions. They sought help from a local design and landscaping company. The problem was overcome by designing a garden that was shade-tolerant, low-maintenance, and attractive. This was achieved by using several waves of ground covers (instead of lawn) and other adaptable plants along the house. A large ceramic vessel is placed under the “V” in the roofline to help divert water away from the house. Sarah wanted a garden along the side of their home that would attract birds and pollinators. Originally this side yard, which runs along the alley, was a long strip of lawn. The grass was removed and a winding path using decomposed granite edged with chop stone was put in. This space was turned into a "Pollinators Café." The majority of the beds are irrigated with drip tubing. The plants are mostly native, and something is meant to be in flower most of the year. The garden was knocked back by Houston's two-day hard freeze two weeks after it was installed, in December 2016. It came back with only a few plants needing replacing. The deluge of rain from Hurricane Harvey has not disturbed the garden much at all even though the entire garden was underwater. Another fun feature is the back deck, which Rich has painted into an airplane runway.
Directions: From I-10 you exit Heights Boulevard and head north. Go up to 14th Street and turn left. At Rutland Street turn left again. Then turn right on 13th Street. The house is on the left. This is a residential neighborhood, and all parking is street parking.
Open Days 2018: April 28
Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Admission to this garden is $7 for members and nonmembers without tickets purchased in advance. Or, purchase a day pass for $24 to see all four private gardens on this date; available at each location.
- New garden or feature
- This garden allows photography
- Partial wheelchair access
Houston, TX, 77008