This lovely naturalized cottage garden contains many pollinator-friendly plants, special plant collections, and “green” and sustainable features on a standard-sized West University lot. Elements include a custom-designed green wall/fence, which adds approximately 135 square feet of vertical gardening with ornamental and edible vegetation; a 1,000-gallon above-ground, galvanized rainwater tank for roof-water collection; below-ground tanks for rainwater collection and storage through a porous driveway pavement system; water storage systems for plant watering; a concrete porch made with recycled glass; an exterior deck made of recycled plastic-bag/wood waste product boards; a naturalized dry creek that works as a detention swale for sixty to seventy percent of normal site runoff; and a rain garden created from porch roof runoff. Flowering, edible, and fruit-bearing plants are incorporated effortlessly into the landscape throughout the front and back.
*Note: this garden is listed as the garden of Steve Stelzer and Kathleen English in the 2018 Open Days Directory.
Directions: From US 59, take the Kirby exit south. Albans Road is 2 blocks past Bissonnet Street. Head west on Albans Road to reach garden. Park along street.
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, 77005