Experience a wonderful display of trees, shrubs, grasses, vines, ground covers and perennials native to the Lone Star State. This garden demonstrates how native plants can be used in a urban garden setting. Many of the trees and shrubs were donated to the garden by the late Benny Simpson, a native plant researcher at Texas A&M research center in Dallas.

Spicy and floral fragrances greet those visiting the Heard native plant garden in spring. As early as mid-February the Red Bay and Agaritas begin to flower sending sweet saffron scents throughout the garden. There is always something new to see, smell and enjoy!

Using Native Plants

Attracting butterflies and hummingbirds is easy! It is simply a matter of having the right plants. Select plants that butterflies use as food for their caterpillars and for nectaring adults. Learn more here.

Trees are one of the most important investments you’ll make in your landscape.

If you would like to start your own native plant garden, be sure to visit our annual Spring Plant Sale.

This exhibit is included in general admission and free for Heard Museum members. Not a member? Join today by clicking here.

Basic Heard Guidelines

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