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Native Plant Garden


Bringing Together Nature and People

The Heard’s mission is to bring nature and people together to discover, enjoy, experience, restore, and preserve our environment. While most of the Heard’s property is preserved or restored to a state in which once-dominant ecosystems can be shared with future generations, the Heard also uses two garden spaces to educate the public about designing wildlife-friendly landscapes, wildlife habitats, native plant gardens, and residential bird and butterfly gardens. Using native plant life, the Heard hopes to also share techniques for conserving natural resources.


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!

Beautiful pink flower blooming in the native plant garden
Monarch butterfly resting on a plant in the Native Plant Garden

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.

Garden Talk

Ready to learn more about gardening with native plants?

Book a garden talk for your group!

Venue Rentals

Looking for an Event Venue?

Book our Native Plant Garden for your special event!